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Thread: MINKIE

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    has anyone used that incredibly soft minkie for a backing? I bought some for a baby quilt but since it has sort of a nap I'm not sure about quilting it. I only have exactly enough for the quilt so I can't experiment. I guess if nobody knows for sure I'll have to buy another piece to try it on. I hope somebody can save me some money, that stuff aint cheap!

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    i sure wouldn't try quilting it by machine

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    Maybe you could tie it. That way the nap wouldn't be disturbed.

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    Kathy, I guess ignorance is bliss. I have used the minkie on two baby quilts. I machine quilted both of them with no problem! They turned out lovely. My machine did have a lot of minkie lint to clean up afterwards though!

    The only "real problem" I found with the minkie is that the pieced top of the quilt gets put face down on the floor because the minkie is so soft for the baby to lie on. :D

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    I used Minkie on the back of a baby quilt also - no problem machine quilting it, but had a heck of a time putting the satin binding on it! It kept slipping & sliding - finally ended up giving up on the satin & used some of the cotton I had used on the front. :wink:

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    ok we have one not sure, one CHICKEN! and two that say it works, so I'm gonna try it, thanks girls

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    We have used it for backing on the long arm machine at the shop with no problems. The biggest problem with minkee is the mess from the cut edges. It's like glitter, just when you think it all cleaned up, someone asks what that is on your cheek! :lol:

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    now I have to worry about a beard to go with my mustache! LOL

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    I have used minkie(minkee) as a backing also but I sewed right sides together with minkie on top and used a "walking foot" to help feed it thru.
    Then turned right side out and no batting or very light weight batting. (I can't remember. :? )

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    I've never even heard of this minkie stuff. I've lead a sheltered life! :oops: LOL

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    lin, tomorrow, first thing, take a trip to a quilt shop. Ask to see the minkee, then touch it. There is no way to explain how it feels, it must be experienced.

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    I'll try to find some minkie first time I get a chance. I can't wait see (and feel) this stuff. It sounds like something that would be very comfortable up against the skin. :)

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    Minkie is my favorite fabric. If you are quilting it you need to pin it or use temporary adhesive so it does not shift. I made my granddaughter a 3-D flower quilt for her nursery...too cute. good luck its very soffee as she says now.

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    Would someone please post a picture of Minkie? Up here in the boonies we don't have Minkie!!! :cry: :cry: :cry: Thanks.

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    This is what it looks like... Like Boo said... nothing can describe just how soft it is!!
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    Thanks, Carla - I'm gonna have to order some online just to feel it!!! :wink:

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    Here is a picture of a quilt I did that I made for my grandaughter using minki. Turned out cute.
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    Hmm, I thought I knew what Minkie was until I saw the picture, so the next trip to the quilt shop, I'm going to check it out.

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    That is so cute quiltnana! I love the wall :D That is a darling room!!!

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    If you've ever handled goose down ( the light, fluffy stuff) and imagine running you hand over a pile of it, that's something of what minkie feels like to the touch. It's unbelievablely soft.

    The "slippery-ness" is because it is so soft and has a texture, giving it a "nap".

    Now...not to be a "wet blanket" or pour water on enthusiasm...being that minkie is polyester (please correct me if I'm wrong), even though it feels so good to touch, is it really fire-retardant enough to use on a quilt or clothing for children? Polyester melts...and basically turns to napalm.

    I love the stuff on the bolt, but I hesitate to use it. For baby quilts (especially), I stick with 100% cotton flannel.

    Of course, there are some who would call me obsessive-compulsive about this...but, then, I saw a grass fire surround my home when I was a child...and had a childhood friend die because she was playing with matches. I was 4 and she was 6.

    I even have a love-hate relationship with the fireplace in our family room.

    take good care. madolyn

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    That's really pretty!!! I personally don't care for minkee (it feels slimy and catches on the cuticles like those polyester baby sleepers), but your quilt is great! And that's a beautiful crib, too!

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    boy--that crib would be great for having the fixtures on the bottom so you could turn it into a twin bed headboard!!

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    I have the same question about minkie. I tried quilting on a sample with walking foot, and several other possibilities. None worked. Do I have to hand sew this fabric. I love the softness.

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    Beautiful quilt, quiltnana! No wonder she calls it her "soffee!" What a lucky little girl! It looks like she can really "float" off to sleep every night! :D :D :D

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    :cry: I will never use minkie as backing again--too large a piece; I did use washable thread to baste but still dissatisfied. I keep to small pieces as blocks or "spitting cloths"

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