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    Piecing with chenille

    I will soon start piecing 4 patch flannel blocks alternating with chenille blocks. The directions give no instructions on needle size or seam size. The chenille fabric was difficult to cut and and wondering if a size 70 needle will be ok. Also I can't imagine that a 1/4 inch seam will "work". Maybe I'm making too much of this. I've never worked with chenille,
    minky or fleece ("thicker" than quilting cotton). This was a quilt kit given to me. Never paid attention to the chenille
    and worked on the flannel blocks. Got those finished and started cutting the chenille this weekend--each block
    had to be cut separately (per directions) and I should finish this PM. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I believe a size 70 needle would be too fine, likely to bend and break. I would use a size 80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I believe a size 70 needle would be too fine, likely to bend and break. I would use a size 80.
    Glad I asked, thanks for the suggestion.

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    ​I wonder if you could give the chenille seam allowances a hair cut? Maybe dog or hair clippers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I wonder if you could give the chenille seam allowances a hair cut? Maybe dog or hair clippers?
    I just took a close look and the fabric is so closely chenilled, I don't think I could manage it and I would have to do it with scissors - no clippers. But I will keep that in mind if I work with chenille again.

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    I made chenille and flannel blankets for our church bazaar. Used my regular old size 12 (80) needle and seams about 1/2". There was absolutely no problem with any of it.

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    I have made quilts using regular cotton and alternating with the chenille, did not change a thing. I used my same 90/14 needle and regular seam allowance. Didn't have to shave anything either. I used 2 different types of chenille one was regular channels the other was wavy. You can do this. Good luck!
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    Thanks Irishrose2 and Ariannaquilts for the info. I know to definitely change my needle. I usually piece with a 70 but
    will switch to a bigger needle. Not sure if I have an 80 but I do have a 90. I have some extra scrap flannel and chenille pieces so I'll see if I can do a 1/4 inch seam.
    Thanks for the encouragement.

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    One of the first quilts I made was a chenille and flannel baby quilt for a newborn grand-daughter. I followed a pattern in a book of baby quilts. I didn't know enough to worry about it and just followed the pattern. Turned out fine. I would use a larger needle as suggested, though. Have no idea what I used at the time. I'm sure you will have a warm and cozy quilt when you are done. Hope to see a picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    One of the first quilts I made was a chenille and flannel baby quilt for a newborn grand-daughter. I followed a pattern in a book of baby quilts. I didn't know enough to worry about it and just followed the pattern. Turned out fine. I would use a larger needle as suggested, though. Have no idea what I used at the time. I'm sure you will have a warm and cozy quilt when you are done. Hope to see a picture.
    Thanks for the good wishes. I was concerned because the chenille included in this kit is really chenilled (is that a word?).
    Had a hard time cutting with my 60 mm new blade and couldn't imagine being able to accurately sew a 1/4 inch seam (not that I can do that with regular cotton).

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    I have made two chenille and flannel quilts. I didn't have any trouble with the quarter inch seams or needles. It is very linty though. I cleaned the machine a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I have made two chenille and flannel quilts. I didn't have any trouble with the quarter inch seams or needles. It is very linty though. I cleaned the machine a lot.
    Thanks for the info. I don't clean my machine very often as I pretty use flannel for backing and someone else does the quilting. I will definitely keep an eye on that.

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