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Thread: Polyster knit material to make quilts

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    Does any of you know if polyster knit material can be used to make quilts?, Any suggestions as to what can be made with it?

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    Use whatever you want. i've seen people quilt with some pretty wierd stuff. polyester knit should produce something quite interesting. :-)

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    I hope somebody besides me replies. My dad's wife gave me a top pieced from polyester blocks the other day and I'm not too sure what to do with it either. I guess it shows that a top can be pieced from poly, I just don't know where to go next.

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    Oh my oh my......my MIL made tons of quilts out of polyester and gave me her stash, not to mention 11 of her quilts to "finish".....I'm still in progress of doing that! I will post some pics, in the pictures section for you!

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    The first quilt I ever made was made of double-knit fabrics. It lasted forever, but the seams seemed to come out fairly easily, probably because I was mucher younger and more stupid then and was using my mom's old 1949 machine that didn't have a stretch stitch. So keep in mind that stretchy fabric will need a little extra care. Hope this helps.

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    I posted pics in the pictures section!

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    My now deceased aunt used every scrap of anything. She made dozens of poly/knit quilts and just used a cotton sheet as backing. As someone else said, the seams do come out fairly easily. I inherited the entire stack of quilts, many of which I gave to my kids, but the ones I kept get plenty of use covering all our unholstered furniture where the cats and dog make their nests. Very easy to wash and dry also.

    She did make some puff blocks......put a tiny pleat in each of the 4 sides of a block, then sewed them together.

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    Love that profile pic, On The Go!!! Us flatlanders don't ever get that kind of color.

    My son is sleeping under a poly quilt right now. They do have to be stretch stitched to keep the blocks together, but you can do anything. Tie them, outline with decorative stitches, but I've never tried to hand quilt them. They are exceptionally warm, so be careful what you put on as a backing is my only real suggestion.

    Don't y'all remember wearing that horrible unbreathable stuff?? Oh, I get it, to young huh? OK, just don't make a dress or jacket out of it. It doesn't breathe. lol lol

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    Sharon, the avatar picture was made last year. We're still green here...that is, what hasn't died from the drought. Some of my shrubs and a holly tree appear to be dying. The trees were turning in CO last week.
    We were supposed to fly back to CO yesterday....but hubby got a blood clot while we were there last week and is taking the Lovenox shots in his belly and coumadin. Dr. said "STAY HOME FOR NOW".

    I'm NOT too young to remember polyester knit. I loved it for sewing...call me crazy. I worked in an office where we had to "dress". I often bought fabric on the way home from work, made a dress at night and wore it the next day. Now that could be attributed to many reasons.....the patterns were simple usually...2 side seams, 2 bust darts, 4 waist darts and a zipper up the back..??? And it was 60" wide so I could get a very short dress out of a yd....remember mini-skirts.??? And I was very thin in those days. Gotta get off this road 'down memory lane'.


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    I'm not a natural fiber fanatic either. I don't like ironing clothing.

    I wouldnt' try to hand quilt poly quilts - tie them. They are kind of stretchy for machine quilting, but you could try.

    I have made a LOT of them as charity quilts for orphanages, nursing homes, hospitals, fire depts, etc. I sew them on the serger.

    I'm from Wisconsin, where we LIKE hot heavy quilts. ;)

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    Here's a picture of one of the many tote bags my aunt made from polyester using the 'puff' block. She put a little wad of batting in this one. I don't think she did that with the quilts she made with puff blocks.
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    Mini skirts? Oh yeah, 1/2 yard of fabric, turn the hem up once and go! I loved those, but my mom hated them on us girls. We are all tall, but they were longer than the mini rags the kids are wearing now. They showed our knees though and that was hard on mom. lol lol

    I will use any fabric to quilt, to make clothes, to sew sew sew. It's just in my blood and I can't get away from it!


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    Yeah, mini shirts. But at least I usually wore the skirts with a blazer and heels. My mother was old-fashioned but she didn't say anything. Of course, I was already grown and on my own by the time mini shirts were 'in'.

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    every time i wear a short skirt now (but NOT those wide belts the younger girls call skirts today) i remember my mother rolling her eyes and having fits at the sight of women over 40 in miniskirts "back in the day". i keep waiting for her to reach down from heaven to smack me on the back of the head. :lol:

    she made all my skirts to the middle of the knee. i'd roll them up on the way to the bus stop. i think she knew but pretended she didn't. and i pretended i didn't know she knew. the unspoken language of mothers and daughters. :wink:

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    Hi to all. I have offered to finish some quilts out of poly knit for a friend at work that were started by her mother. One top is done & the other has the pieces cut for a "rail fence". My question is : what type of batting did you use for these quilts? I was thinking of using just a fleece backing and no batting. But saw where it was stated to use a flat sheet so it wouldn't be too warm. We're in MO and you never know what the weather will be like in the winter. I think they will be used for couch throws. Any help on this would be appreciated.
    On the Go, love your aunts tote bag.

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    The way my MIL did it was ..if she was putting a cotton backing on ...she used batting...if she was using polyester for the backing, she didn't use any batting, but ...all of her crazy quilts have a muslin foundation so there is already 3 layers when they are finished...the rail fence quilts will have a cotton backing and a thin batting.

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    Thanks for your info. Your MIL's quilts were beautiful. Isn't great to have something so beautiful to remember someone with. I have some of my Great grandmas quilts & I just love to touch & look at them. I marvel at her tiny stitches. Thanks again, Pat

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