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Old 07-16-2013, 10:55 AM
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Has anyone had experience using doubleknit fabric for lap quilts? I have quite a bit of fabric and would like to find a good use.

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Old 07-16-2013, 10:59 AM
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I made one with a scrappy dp9p and it turned out great...just used fleece on the back ad did a sid around the large 12" finished squares, wrapped the fleece to the front for binding and machine stiched it down.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:03 AM
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Are you talking about polyester doubleknit or cotton doubleknit (also known as cotton interlock knit)
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:04 AM
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Double knits can make some of the longest lasting quilts. That fabric is almost indistructable! Just make sure you use simple patterns with out a lot of intersections as the seams get quite bulky. Do note they can also weigh much more than a cotton quilt..
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:06 PM
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I have a stack of them here. Not lap quilts, but full size bed quilts.
I didn't make them, DH's mother and sister did. I like them cause they are alot warmer.
They also launder up nice. These are tied not sttich quilted. I think it would be hard to stitch them. They are also handmade.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:14 PM
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I've used polyester double knit to make quilts for dogs ... not very fancy, but they are interesting and almost indestructible as they go through weekly washings. I also made one for a lady in a nursing home for the same reason (it was made from clothes that had hung in her closet), but don't know what happened to it after it walked away. As others say, keep the pattern simple. I tied some of them and then tried stitching simple designs where fabrics met in a couple. Easy and quick projects.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:57 PM
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Also use caution when pressing. I made a commission memory quilt once out clothes that had double knits and it was very easy to glaze the polyester knit with a hot iron. After I ruined one piece of patchwork I used a pressing cloth after that and it worked well. Can't say I liked working with them though.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:41 PM
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I love double knit quilts!!! Only problem is my sons likes them too and when they moved out over the years, they took them with them. They are just super warm. I didn't make them. A dear lady made them years ago. I still manage to keep two of them for me. I was lucky to find a KING size, dk quilt for $50. I snapped that up in a heart beat! My DH thought I was nuts because it is sooooooooooo heavy, but I love it! So yes I am a fan of double knit and never turn it down when it is offered. I plan to make some lap quilts for the nursing home this year. They make great dog beds. Also, wonderful clothes line bags. They are wear like iron!!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:55 PM
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I use double knits all the times in my Veterans quilts.....
I use ANYTHING that is donated..... ANYTHING!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:03 PM
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I have been covered with a lap quilt of double knit today.[sick]. I have many quilts for bed that my sister made from double knits. They are so warm and never wear out and very ,very washable. she tied them. some she made in long strips, that way she could have them machine quilted. Don't worry about using it for quilts. It is very good.
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