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    Floor Quilts

    I have been looking at some web sites about making floor quilts. My questions is, have any of you made a quilt to use on your floor?

    http://quiltexpressions.wordpress.co...-on-the-floor/

    http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1141

    http://chrisquilts.net/blog/?p=3013
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    I have looked at that book several times! I think there is a member here on QB that makes Floor Quilts exclusively but alas, I don't remember who it is! I must admit when I went to the quilt expressions link, I gasped when I read that they were using quilts for the customers to walk on! I definately would have a hard time doing that with any of the quilts that I made! But I think if I made one specifically to be a floor quilt, I would be okay with it.
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    I made a small one to use as a bath mat. It has worked out well but I do rotate my bath mats.

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    I think they look nice, but I also think that I would walk around them and not on them. Would also worry about someone sliding on it and falling. Does it have a backing like a rug?

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    Maybe a way to ease into this would be bath mats as Freckles48 has done. What a neat idea!
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    Wow, floor quilts, I can totally get behind that idea. I would put a non slip rug mat underneath so my kids do not go sliding, but think of the possibilities. One more quilt to go on my "to do" list.

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    Been wanting to try this ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Wow, floor quilts, I can totally get behind that idea. .......
    I, on the other hand, will need some time to come to grips with acceptance of quilts on the floor!
    I'm just getting into "modern" quilts, for Pete's sake; I'm an 'old girl' and find change harder and harder to deal with, LOL!!
    Now "Floor Cloths" that are painted as quilts I could really get into, or painted concrete floors.

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    'Quilts on the Floor' is quite an interesting book. The author uses some different techniques though. She paints quilt patterns on canvas which would definitely be durable on the floor. Also uses a 'Decoupage' technique with fabric strips; 'glues' them into a pattern which would also be very durable. What a way to use up some of your stash!

    I've made an Aunt Phillys toothbrush rug - - - nearly 30 years ago and I still use it. Throw in the wash when needed. Love it and would much rather do that for a rug then glue strips of fabric onto canvas. Just my opinion. . .

    If you make a quilt rug, please be sure to share pics!

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    I do floor quilts for babies to lay and play on.

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    I have done a small floor quilt out of scraps to pratice free motion quilting I have also done a floor quilt where you glue on the fabric to canvas except I used the back side of heavy home dec. fabric and applied non skid material to the back then on top you use mod pog on top 2 or 3 coats then put a sealer on top of that I did not like it as I prefer a softer rug I have no pictures of it but did use for over 3 years.

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    Like Mucky, I make floor quilts for babies to play on, and specifically tell the recipients that the quilt is not valuable, heirloom etc (usually I just use a panel and do some work around it). They are great for me to practise FMQ, and wonderful for mothers when they go visiting with the new baby. No need to worry about dust, dog/cat hair etc on the floor -- the baby has somewhere clean and safe to be on, and later to use inside the playpen to protect your home carpet from spills and accidents.

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    I use worn out bathmats and large towels as the back for rugs made of quilt blocks. Sometimes I put batting in between, sometimes not, depending on the weight of the towel/mat. Works well and washes well, too.

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    If this is doable, consider painting quilt designs right on the floor! Perfect for a kid's room or even a sewing room !

    How fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I, on the other hand, will need some time to come to grips with acceptance of quilts on the floor!
    I'm just getting into "modern" quilts, for Pete's sake; I'm an 'old girl' and find change harder and harder to deal with, LOL!!
    Now "Floor Cloths" that are painted as quilts I could really get into, or painted concrete floors.

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    I'm with you Jan....can't see me walking on a quilt!

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    I've made several. They aren't hard to do just a little time consuming but then so are regular quilts. I painted the back of the canvas with a non-slip material. I made mine as mats to go under the dog bowls. I could customize them any way I wanted. PM me if you want more info.

    These aren't fabric quilts that are sandwiched and quilted. They are fabric glued to artist's canvas. You glue the fabric to the canvas then seal it with several coats of polyurethane and use a non-slip paint on the back. They are very stiff but can be rolled up. If properly taken care of they will last for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I've made several. They aren't hard to do just a little time consuming but then so are regular quilts. I painted the back of the canvas with a non-slip material. I made mine as mats to go under the dog bowls. I could customize them any way I wanted. PM me if you want more info.

    These aren't fabric quilts that are sandwiched and quilted. They are fabric glued to artist's canvas. You glue the fabric to the canvas then seal it with several coats of polyurethane and use a non-slip paint on the back. They are very stiff but can be rolled up. If properly taken care of they will last for years.

    MaggieLou ... could you please tell me more about the non-slip paint on material?
    Where do you get it?
    Any identifiers to help get the right stuff?
    Brand name? which may or may not be helpful, being that we may not have the same here in Canada.
    Please and thanks!
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    No way would allow my quilts to be walked on. I have heard of painting a quilt on a floor but no way wouldI use a real cloth quilt. Just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    MaggieLou ... could you please tell me more about the non-slip paint on material?
    Where do you get it?
    Any identifiers to help get the right stuff?
    Brand name? which may or may not be helpful, being that we may not have the same here in Canada.
    Please and thanks!
    The name is Saf-T-Bak it's rug backing compound. It's made by Testworth Laboratories, Inc. in Columbia City, Indiana. If you don't have it in Canada try Googling "rug backing compound" and see what comes up. I ordered it from JoAnn's but I think you can get it at Lowe's or Home Depot. You just paint it on, two light coats, let it dry 24 hours between coats before using. I think I just used a foam brush to apply it.
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    Thanks MaggieLou ... no luck on the googles for anything here yet. Called Michael's, Lowes and Home Depot and no luck. Now that of course doesn't say it doesn't exist as sad to say customer service in the three is never known as a strong point!

    Thinking I might contact Testworth direct to find their Canadian distributor, I found this ...
    http://www.epa.gov/Region5/cleanup/t...abs/index.html
    Perhaps the production rights were sold off to someone else?

    Does the product keep the carpet/fabric flexible? or does it become somewhat hard?
    Thanks!
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    J have made a floor quilt from a class from Fiber Works they are quite sturdy and I enjoyed doing it I keep it on the porch to set shoes on it damp mops very easily I used the book called floor Quilts and a pattern by Laura Heine I want to make more but where oh where is the time to many things on the to do list

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Thanks MaggieLou ... no luck on the googles for anything here yet. Called Michael's, Lowes and Home Depot and no luck. Now that of course doesn't say it doesn't exist as sad to say customer service in the three is never known as a strong point!

    Thinking I might contact Testworth direct to find their Canadian distributor, I found this ...
    http://www.epa.gov/Region5/cleanup/t...abs/index.html
    Perhaps the production rights were sold off to someone else?

    Does the product keep the carpet/fabric flexible? or does it become somewhat hard?
    Thanks!
    Amazon.com has it. Go to Amazon and search sat-t-bak.
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    I started to make a rag rug, had the front and back cut and decided not to finish. It was a circle so I used the front as a window valance hung over a rod. The back I decided to quilt and use it as a rug in the bathroom. Works great. Tried to load a picture but it isn't working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2blackcats View Post
    Amazon.com has it. Go to Amazon and search sat-t-bak.
    I meant saf-t-bak, sorry.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, WINE IN THE OTHER, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, what a ride!"

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