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Thread: Has anyone ever added Crochet onto a quilt.. sounds crazy I know...

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    Has anyone ever added Crochet onto a quilt.. sounds crazy I know...

    Well.. my mother was a big into knitting and crochet. She passed away about 30 years ago and had a hope chest full of projects that were 'in process'. One of which was a bed spread that she was making for my brother and his (at the time) new wife. The only problem was that it was in pieces still when she died. She was creating it out of crochet thread and hadn't yet completed enough doilies to make a queen sized project. For some reason I was the one who kept the big box of her belongings and these doilies were inside. My mother was always very fond of my brother's wife, so I decided that perhaps I'd be able to complete the project for her. Well, I am about as terrible a crochet(er) as there is but I can sew, so I put the doilies together and unfortunately there are not enough to cover a queen sized mattress. The dimensions that I have been able to put together evenly are 66" wide X 76" wide.

    So, I stretched what I had assembled onto my quilt frame and stood there staring at it thinking about what to do. And I started, of course, to think that perhaps I can attach this to fabric and create something of a fabric panel which I can then piece the rest of the queen size quilt. Given the pattern of the crochet I am thinking perhaps a 6 sided star throughout the boarder... but... not sure if attaching this to fabric would be feasible and if so I'm wondering if anyone here has ever attempted something like this before?

    I'm looking for any advise you can toss out at me... I've attached a photo of what I'm proposing to work with here.
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    It's beautiful!!!!

    I think it'd be totally do-able ... because of the delicacy of the crocheting, I'd keep it simple! simple! simple! .... a plain whole cloth underneath, so that the colour can come thru the crocheted lace.

    Rather than making it a full queen cover, as you're thinking ... I'd suggest keeping it to not much bigger than what you have. It'd still be large enough to use as a coverlet on the bed (not a bedspread) ... or very useful as a day quilt for a quick nap!

    Otherwise ... what about using it as a lace tablecloth for the dining room table?
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    WOW!!! Its beautiful

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    Thank you ladies! I'm just happy I was able to assemble it and do it justice.. my mother was an artist with a crochet hook.. just one of those ladies that sit with her basket of thread and the needle moves but you never see her checking a pattern or making a mistake. She used to count by feel or by tying little pieces of colored thread in her work then going back and pulling the colored threads out at the end. I feel these things, sadly, are becoming a lost art... at least in my family.. I really should try again to learn...

    I like the idea of a solid color fabric behind it.. and ya know, I never thought of a table cloth before.. might be a good option.

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    thats very pretty, i love it
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    wow that is very pretty.

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    Am no help with ideas, but that is beautiful.

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    It is absolutely gorgeous! Like you, I am not very good at crocheting; especially when compared to your mother or in my case either one of my grandmothers. Both of my grandmothers were like your mother, you never seen a pattern, just them sitting in their favorite chair and "flicking" that hook and creating the most beautiful doilies, tablecloths, and so on.

    I agree with attaching it to a solid colored fabric that would really enhance the stitches/pattern. Hope that you share the finished project.
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    Very beautiful. I have many doilies form my mom too and will try something with them someday. Right now I'm using up older fabric and will wait and see how you progress. Keep us posted!!!

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    I would see if it would fit their dining room table as a tablecloth first. It would look great with the wood showing through the designs. If they don't have a table big enough, I would then stitch it down to a larger dark whole cloth quilt. I would use a large stitch with matching thread colour and carefully stitch it to the completed whole cloth quilt, that way it could be moved later if desired.

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    Wow! It's gorgeous. I agree w/QuiltE, leaving it as is, and using it as a coverlet on her bed. Just beautiful as is

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    Just remember that crochet cotton doilies need to be ironed when washed because they "shrink" up. So if you want to use it as a quilt, you will need to do a lot of stitching to keep the doilies from shrinking and shifting.

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    I think the tablecloth idea is PERFECT! It makes a beautiful tablecloth that I would treasure if it was given to me. My Mother used to crochet things like this also but I never got anything when she passed. :-( I was never shown how so I couldn't even join them like you did! That way the project will look just like she wanted to look. Just on the table, not the bed.

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    I have 2 of these crocheted pieces from my great grandmother. The lacier one, like yours I use as a tablecloth. The heavier one is a bedspread, and boy is it heavy! Takes the place of a quilt, but my husband HATES it, says it reminds him of the xray apron they put on you when you go for x rays. Hence it is called the "lead sled," and remains at the foot of the bed. So I'd consider the heft of whatever you decide to do with this piece.

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    I also like the tablecloth idea - and plastic on top of it to protect it! (Gasp!)

    It's too pretty to languish in a box in a closet somewhere.

    I do vaguely remember those crocheted things being stiffly starched and stretched. I also remember those sheer curtain stretchers! Wicked things with those sharp things around the edges.

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    I love the crochet work your mother did. I, too, would leave it as it and just use it on the dining room table or as decoration. It's beautiful.

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    I have sewed small individual crocheted doilies, onto my crazy quilts. I use a matching color thread and start in the center and do it by hand. Your Mother did beautiful work.

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    I cut apart a "find" into 4 inch circles. Of course it wasn't anywhere as nice as your table cloth. The circles were sewn as snowflakes onto a Christmas landscape quilt.

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    It is so beautiful I would want to use it as a tablecloth instead of the quilt.

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    So beautiful! I, too, would use it on a table over a colored tablecloth; or, use as is across a bedspread. Sewing it down on fabric it will pull when it is laundried and be distorted. When I have my crocheted table cover cleaned I send it to the cleaners and ask them to starch heavily before ironing. The starch will help keep stains off this beautiful creation.

    Enjoy!!!!

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    I came across this a while back:

    http://www.sewingdaisies.com.au/sewi...n-blanket.html

    A pretty ingenious way of melding pieces of fabric with crochet borders.

    I don't know if it's appropriate - or even desirable - for your piece, but it's an interesting option.

    Although, personally, I'd use it as a tablecloth, unadorned with additional fabric.
    Not saying I wouldn't dye it, but that's just me.

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    Kim44, your mother would be very honored and proud of how you have cared for and loved her work. Placing these lovely dollies together is a treasure, and you definately should finish your vision. If nothing else place it on a large wall or on a display bar for everyone to enjoy. Very touching and beautiful!

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    I have some treasures from my grandmother, who crocheted all the time. I agree with those who said to use it as a table cloth. I have a beautiful, heavy bedspread that we can't use it on our bed, so I put it on a spare bed (unless we have company). The problem we have had with the bedspread is that DH loves to lay on the bed and the knots of thread while strong enough if the bedspread is just laying on the bed does not stand up to being layed on and I have had to patch the blocks as they have pulled apart (and the pattern is soooo complicated that it is a real struggle to re-do the stitches).
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    I made aquilt a few years back using crocheted doilies as fan. I finished it off with a crocheted border. I would post apicture but cannot figure out how. Any one help me out there?
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    definitely a tablecloth!

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