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Thread: Rayon in a quilt top?

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    Rayon in a quilt top?

    I picked up a sari at a thrift shop today that I want to use as a "focus" in a quilt. Really it will be most of the quilt top and then I'll have a series of borders around it to make it out to the size I want.

    The fabric is all one piece and is 100% rayon...what kind of trouble am I going to get myself into with this? It is woven like cotton, actually looks and feels a lot like quilting cotton but the label says 100% rayon. I know rayon can fray so I'm planning on using 1/2" seams around the rayon part and leaving the existing edges intact (2 sides are hemmed, the other 2 sides are selvedges that I will leave on; it's all pretty thin so I don't think it'll get too bulky) Anything else I should worry about? It's used and I can tell it's been laundered plenty so I'm not worried about bleeding. Any reason I can't mix this with cotton borders or should I look for more rayon to finish the top? Cotton thread, or poly? I have both on hand.

    It's a batik Ganesh design, in really bright colors (teal, yellow, tangerine, lime). Really cheery, I just love it!

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    maybe use fusible lining for lightweight/sheer fabrics. I did this when I was making a quilt for a friend using some of her old silk camisoles and it worked out great.
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    Rayon shrinks unevenly, but if this item has been laundered that has probably already occurred. I would wash it before using it, just to be sure.

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    maybe use fusible lining for lightweight/sheer fabrics. I did this when I was making a quilt for a friend using some of her old silk camisoles and it worked out great.
    Ohh, that's a good idea! It is somewhat sheer, and that will help with any fraying problems too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Rayon shrinks unevenly, but if this item has been laundered that has probably already occurred. I would wash it before using it, just to be sure.
    Oh definitely, I have it in the wash now. It seems clean but I always wash everything from thrift shops! You just never know where something has been...

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    ​After washing, try ironing a piece of it to see how it reacts to the heat. It might be fine but you don't want to get any surprises when you press your quilt blocks.

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    Get some Pellon SF101 fusible interfacing. This is my go to interfacing. Lightweight and works perfectly for stabilization. You can buy iy by the yard at Joann's. here's a video on hoe to use it. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ygfG5...%3Db_ygfG5YuKA
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