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    Super Member mimiknoxtaylor's Avatar
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    Need help sewing Minkee

    Hi, I need tips on sewing Minkee & fleece.
    Last year I made a quilt for youngest grandson using Minkee & fleece & my experience with the Minkee was not so good. Seems like it was wonky. He loves & its soft but I cringe everytime I see it!
    I have a good bit left of it & would like to use it for another baby quilt but hesitate after that experience
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks so much.
    Joyce T
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    I so sympathize - I tried to make Minkee squares in nine-patches with regular cotton and it was awful ... I stopped after a few blocks and gave all the minkee away to someone on the board and never looked back! My LQS told me that it is best used as the backing for a quilt. But is is SOOOOO SOFT! Mmmmmmm!
    I'll be watching this post in hope you get some good feedback
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    I have never one a quilt backed with Minky but I did read an article about it. It said that Minky stretches less on the lengthwise then the crosswise? I am not sure but I would find the less stretchy direction and keep my sewing and quilting going in that direction as much as possible. I have seen some amazing quilts backed with Minky on QB and FMQ also but I think they have a longarm?

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    I made a practice mini quilt on my LA and had the Minkie on the back, but I had the stretch going(lengthwise) the wrong way and ended up with a mess. it's become a doll blanket for my daughter and she doesn't care. The next time I practiced with the Minkie on top and that worked well, but it's hard to see what you've quilted and the back which was really the top, was no great work of quilting art, but it quilted well with no wonkiness. When I try it again, I will load the Minkie the other way so the stretch is across the top and bottom and not lengthwise, and use it on the back. It's just that it tends to sag a bit across the bottom. I love the feel and the look of it, I just need to figure out the best way to quilt it.

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    with minky i use a spray adhesive when I am using it as a backing and i found that it helped a ton. I have made a few quilts with minky. they are sooo very soft and when you use a satin binding they are really nice. i do agree that there is a stretch one way and would suggest that you just pull on it to see which way it pulls more and just be very careful with it. that is why i like the spray adhesives.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    I've never used minkee but wonder if it'd help to cover it with something like "stitch & tear" or tissue paper, before quilting.
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    A lot of the quilts I have seen have been quilt as you go using Minky on both the top and back. Try looking at shannonfabrics.com, I think they have some patterns and maybe some helpful videos

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    I have backed several quilts with minky. I use the adhesive spray and pins whennI sandwich it. I try to avoid close quilting. For baby quilts I get the outline of their little feet and use that for border design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    ... For baby quilts I get the outline of their little feet and use that for border design.
    What a darling idea! Personally I haven't even purchased any since I have heard of others having difficulties with it. It does feel soft though.

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    Thanks everyone. I'll check out shannonfabrics.com. Still don't feel brave enough at this point.
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    ​Who knew? Shannon fabrics, a whole site for plush fabrics.

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    I used fleece on the back of a quilt (and also batting). I quilted the layers with free motion but I was able to stitch only from top to bottom (the other ways the thread kept breaking). The quilt did not distort at all. It was not my best experiment but I loved how soft and warm the quilt was.

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    I have only used to on my granddaughter's quilt as a border. No problems but took it outside after cutting to shake off the fuzzies. I call it illegally soft.

    piney

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    http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/02/...ky-fabric.html
    this site has some good tips for sewing with minky!

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    Shadowirish, Thank you so much for the link to Sew Much Ado.
    Just looked at the tips & think "maybe I can do this".

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowirish View Post
    http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/02/...ky-fabric.html
    this site has some good tips for sewing with minky!
    Joyce T, RN retired
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    When you use the spray adhesive, are you actually spraying the right side of the minky? Does it separate easily without distorting the fabric?
    Shanon Fabrics as a great selection of minky but I didn't see any tips for sewing it. A nice selection of free patterns too.

    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I have backed several quilts with minky. I use the adhesive spray and pins whennI sandwich it. I try to avoid close quilting. For baby quilts I get the outline of their little feet and use that for border design.
    Joyce T, RN retired
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiknoxtaylor View Post
    When you use the spray adhesive, are you actually spraying the right side of the minky?
    You would be spraying the back side of the Minkee.

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    I've not made any large quilts with Minkee, nor done any on my Longarm. I have made several 40" X 55" quilts using blocks of Minkee fleece.

    Two things I've learned with Minkee:

    1) You will be sneezing fluff out of your nose for several days after cutting several blocks of Minkee.

    2) When piecing together blocks of Minkee, put safety pins about an inch or two in from the two stretchy sides. That way when you are piecing the blocks together, you can make sure that you never stitch 2 stretchy sides together.

    I've made about 5 quilts like this and they've all turned out pretty cute. Each of them were quilted on my DSM using the SITD method. It's really a great way to show off a large cotton fabric on one side and several coordinating blocks of Minkee on the other side.

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    I have an awesome book, I will go in sewing room in morning and get details, I seen some of her quilts and they are spectacular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckySt View Post
    I have an awesome book, I will go in sewing room in morning and get details, I seen some of her quilts and they are spectacular.
    The book is called Minky Quilt Success, Quilting Outside the Box with Billie Veerkamp. If you are interested in book and you can't find it, a friend of mine is friends with her and I can get her number so you could order it.

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    After much frustration with my fancy sewing machine, I gave my little FeatherWeight, Sally a chance at sewing this stuff. No problem! This is a "quick" Christmas gift for each of 9 grands. Finally with my little Sally it will be . Have half of them done!
    Joyce T, RN retired
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