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Thread: Mixed weight fabric quilt suggestions

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    Hi
    Been pondering this problem for about 14 years - don't know why I didn't think of going to a quilting forum - not like I teach computer applications and the Internet or anything....

    My daughter met her husband at a Renaissance Fair and naturally we had a Renaissance wedding for which I made about 14 costumes. I would love to make a quilt from the scraps, but there is everything from a delicate lawn to fairly substantial tapestry.

    I've only really made double wedding ring quilts, and I don't think all those curves and pieces would work.

    Does anyone have a suggestion on/experience with a quilt design that might work well with mixed weights - it won't be for heavy use. All the colors coordinate and I have quite a bit of some of them.

    Thanks for any help

    K Cama

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    perfect for a crazy quilt!!! it would be beyond beautiful. :P

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    I totally agree.... my MIL made some beautiful crazy quilts with the same types of fabrics...add some nice embroidery stitches and some ribbons and you have yourself a perfect crazy quilt!

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    Crazy quilt - definitely!! Sounds just perfect -- and you still won't have to go very 'straight line' either. :-)

    sue

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    I agree sounds perfect for a crazy quilt :)

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    If ever a fabric stash cried out for a crazy quilt design, your Renaissance collection does! It will be fabulous.

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    Now why didn't I think of that? I've always thought they were so pretty. Although I think my instinct is more linear, this would be great - I have some really odd shaped pieces.

    There won't be a problem with mixed weights? Should I back the lighter weight pieces? About what size piece would be best? Ha! And you thought you all answered the question!

    Thanks bunches...of fabric.

    K Cama




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    All I thought of was backing the lightweight and use your choice of pattern :D

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    KCAMA.....found a great site this morning for info on Crazy quilting... I put it in the Links and Resources section but here it is again just for you! LOL

    http://inaminuteago.com/blog/index.php/archives/category/crazy-quilting/
    inaminuteago - the blog Crazy quilting

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    I think a foundation piece, no matter the weight, or fabric. I'm on my _ crazy quilt and I alway use a foundation piece, I use muslin, Theres also a pattern to make curved pieces for a crazy quilt design. If curves are what you want. I love crazy quilts, they can be created to be just for that person, with all the embellishments you can do and pesonalizeing of each block.

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    These fabrics sound exactly like the fbrics that were in the original crazy quilts. They'd be perfect!

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    Thanks, Ladies, these are great ideas. I have a couple other quilts to finish (and start and finish), then I'm on it. Maybe in time for her 15th anniversary....where does the time go?
    KCama

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    If you use muslin squares as a base for crazy quilting, they should be fine. The very lightweight fabrics I would apply iron-on interfacing to before cutting, just to add durability. If you plan on washing the quilt, wash fabrics first to prevent uneven shrinkage. I use mesh lingerie bags if I think anything will unravel too much - learned the hard way on that.

    With all the beautiful shiny threads out now, it could be stunning. Be sure to post a picture so we can oooh and ah!

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    It must be the times my son also had a midevil wedding Oct 28. He loves halloween she likes midevil times so it worked out perfect. Any way back to the point I also did the clothing for the wedding. Have loads of scrapes I just stuck away, never thought of doing a quilt with them. What an awesome anniversery present it would make.

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    Loved the way you can get away with being over-the-top on the medieval clothes - we'll have to exchange pictures when we're done.

    The guys wore kilts, but don't think they'll let me have a snippet....6 yards of 60-inch wide fabric and they won't share....meanies. :-)
    K Cama

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    If you are concerned about some of the more delicate fabrics --be creative and sew them over other fabric with decorative stitches to reinforce them. I agree that a crazy quilt would be great!!! Good luck!!
    Susan

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    hi, i did many quilts with different quality of silks and also i used my kids old t shirts in the backing. i learned the hard way, as they stretched in all direction and buckeled up at the seams. so now i use the lightest iron on stabalizer; sometimes the one which can be ironed on both side and use a light muslim on the other side. hope it works for you too and good luck

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    I'm waiting for pictures, y'all! Have you posted them yet?

    Happy Quilting,
    Sharon

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    The crazy quilt is still a pipe dream. You will appreciate that right now my sewing room has "exploded" with baby quilt stuff for our soldiers to send home to their new babies. I donate them through Any Soldier although there are other organizations that do the same thing.

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