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Old 06-23-2017, 08:24 AM
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I have been gifted a pair of very expensive custom curtains. They are practically brand new but they are also 14 foot long if they are an inch! The backing is 100% cotton sateen and the inner lining is 100% heavy cotton flannel. The curtain fabric is a beige polyester moire satin. One panel is wide enough to cover my queen size bed with a 15 inch + drop on each side of the bed. Of course given the length I will have plenty of fabric for the pillow tuck at the top. My questions are: would a long arm quilter be able to quilt it into a whole cloth type quilt for me, and would you replace the flannel with quilt batting?

I will still have the other panel to harvest fabric from to make a bed skirt. I am going to save the sateen from it for quilt backings. As for the flannel inner lining, I am thinking of turning it into receiving blankets for the local women's shelter.

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Old 06-23-2017, 08:57 AM
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I'm not a LA quilter, but I think it could be done. If the curtain panel has a seam straight down the length, that might be an issue. I like the sateen for backings and the flannel for baby blankets ideas. In this house, since I make costumes as much as I quilt, with fabric like that, I'd be making hooded cloaks. LOL
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I'm not a long armer, either. But it sounds like the kind of thing I do all the time! I guess you could take it to someone who does LA, or your LQS and ask.
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Old 06-23-2017, 07:45 PM
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No, no. You are supposed to make a fancy gown with curtains aka Gone With The Wind.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:31 PM
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Jokir44, with the curtain rod still attached a la Carole Burnett, lol.

When I first read your description, I immediately thought of a whole cloth. Not sure about the long arm work but it should be do-able.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:52 PM
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Yes, it can be done, as I've done it myself, and it will be beautiful. My only thoughts would be the weight, and whether the fabric has sun-block on the back, if so I would not use it for a quilt.
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Several years ago I had a home based business. I made window treatments. The most important concept was matching draperies and bed cover. I made the draperies and sent matching fabric out to be quilted into the bed cover. Always beautiful. So, a longarm quilter could do this as a wholecloth project. I would recommend using batting rather than the flannel because you will want loft. Please show us your project when you finish it.
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Old 06-24-2017, 04:16 AM
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Thank you, Ladies! I am not planning heavy quilting, just a pretty pantograph will suffice. I hadn't thought about the loft of the batting. I will use it instead of the flannel, it will make it lighter too - that flannel is heavy! I will post before and after pictures. There is so much fabric I need to get it taken care of soon, this is one UFO I don't want laying around!
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Yes, it can be done, as I've done it myself, and it will be beautiful. My only thoughts would be the weight, and whether the fabric has sun-block on the back, if so I would not use it for a quilt.
If you are thinking the foam backing , no. it is just regular fabric.
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Can you make a valance type window treatment to match your bed quilt?
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