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Thread: re:sewing with velvet

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    Senior Member maggiemuggins's Avatar
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    Hi ladies..I have lucked on to a bunch of velvet samples from a furniture store and was wondering whether these could be used for quilts..they are not stiff but about a medium weight..also if I was going to sew them together would you use a 1/2 inch or bigger or smaller to put them together...

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    They would be perfect for a crazy quilt.

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    Consider how to wash the finished piece before you invest a lot of energy in it. A wall hanging that doesn't get a lot of abuse may be a better choice.

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    I see a crazy quilt in your future :lol:

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    I would wash the velvet first. I was everything that comes in my house. If there is going to be a problem I want to know before I spend any time sewing. I made a crazy quilt velvet throw with some friends. It was fun we shared blocks and it has great memories attached to it.

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    Definately see if it is washable! I used velvet for sashings in one quilt. Was a little bit if work as it tended to creep away from where I wanted it, even when it was pinned very well. Be sure to have the 'nap' going the same way when you put the blocks together. And with velvet, once you stitch it, don't rip it out, the 'holes' don't disappear like cotton.

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    If it is washable it would be wonderful to use in a quilt.

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    I use velvets alot in my quilts...can't seem to "conform" to the cottons and calicos and such...if it is washable or not, since most of my quilts have silks and velvets in them and would prefer dry cleaning anyway.

    I would attach pics but can't seem to get them in here but, of the only two quilts I have completed, both used velvets, silks and taffeta...the stretchy stuff is tricky but, good pinning or a fusible interfacing stabilize everything very nicely and the really thin interfacing doesn't effect the "hand" of the fabric at all.

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    Do T shirts fall in the stretchy catagory? I've done a few of them. I always stabilize with a cheap pellon.

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    ARE YOU THE QUEEN OF CRAZY QUILTS OR JUST FANCY QUILTS?????
    PLEASE SHOW US YOUR WORK, PLEASE.


    Quote Originally Posted by treeboss
    I use velvets alot in my quilts...can't seem to "conform" to the cottons and calicos and such...if it is washable or not, since most of my quilts have silks and velvets in them and would prefer dry cleaning anyway.

    I would attach pics but can't seem to get them in here but, of the only two quilts I have completed, both used velvets, silks and taffeta...the stretchy stuff is tricky but, good pinning or a fusible interfacing stabilize everything very nicely and the really thin interfacing doesn't effect the "hand" of the fabric at all.

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    I have my mother's velvet, eyelet lace, and satin quilt and pillow covers that she had about 18 years. It is still like new. I just have it dry cleaned when it needs cleaning. This is not used all the time on the bed, but, it is used and loved still.
    You probably would want to invest in a needle board for pressing if you are wanting to work with velvets. It is worth the money.

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    There's another thread active today about Christmas stocking patterns, specifically Eleanor Burns' pattern. It might look great in velvet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggiemuggins
    Hi ladies..I have lucked on to a bunch of velvet samples from a furniture store and was wondering whether these could be used for quilts..they are not stiff but about a medium weight..also if I was going to sew them together would you use a 1/2 inch or bigger or smaller to put them together...
    after washing and concluding that everything is colorfast and preshrunk, washer and dryer, and good to go.........

    try using a thin foundation and butt the edges together. cover the raw edges with a strip of bias tape or ribbon or lace. if you make regular seams and press them under, you'll have the thickest seams you've ever seen, even if you open the seams up.

    using this method, you can still produce traditional patterned quilts, the pieces will just have stripes between them and look like stained glass.

    consider not using batting. the finished quilt will weigh two tons. you might want to tie off with flannel interlining or just a backing. if it's a small quilt or a lap size, you can even machine tack.

    show us the finished quilt.

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