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Thread: sheets as backing

  1. #76

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    I am making a twin size quilt for my grandson. He really, really, likes "Thomas & His Friends", so I bought that fabric. I am working on the back, but I wasn't sure if I could put the back onto the front and quilt it together. I am very, very new into quilting. This will be my first one when I get it done. I am not sure if I can find "Thomas & His Friends" theme on flannel.
    Thanks for all your help

  2. #77

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    What did the women use back in the 1800s? I know my grandmother made a lot of quilts, but she is gone now and I am finally getting interested in making quilts, so I can't ask her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treeseek quilter
    What did the women use back in the 1800s? I know my grandmother made a lot of quilts, but she is gone now and I am finally getting interested in making quilts, so I can't ask her.
    My grandmother used flour and feed sacks for backings back then. They were not one solid piece of fabric but were 4 to 6 sections sewn together, depending on the size of the quilt.

  4. #79
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    I have made a summer quilt with just a flannel sheet as backing and no batting. Seemed to work fine and just enough to keep me warm.

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    A quilt made with a top and a backing would be what we used to call a summer quilt, not necessarily for warmth but just something to cover ourselves. Nothing wrong with that if you live where it is very warm and don't need extra padding as we in the northern states prefer. But it won't be accepted in a quilt show I would suspect, as a bonafide quilt. This would be a nice way to show off a pieced quilt top and use it as a spread.
    Carol J.

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    you are right Carol, couldn't show it. I made it just for myself and more of a picnic blanket. I am originally from WI and you definitely need more batting then down here n the south.

  7. #82
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    I use sheets whenever I can...especially on large quilts.
    They wash well and are comfortable. I usually find 400 count sheets on sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

  8. #83

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    I have been using sheets for years. I have never had a problem with them. And I hand quilt.

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