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Thread: What to do with Minkee Blankee?

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    Hi all, I saw this fabric on line and thought that it was very pretty. I wanted some brights so I purchased two charm packs. I had never used Minkee Blankee before but as I said I loved the bright colors. When I received them boy was I suprized to fine out that they were fuzzy. Not your regular charm paks. (I mean my regular charm paks) I will not be sending them back as I really like them. But.....can they be used with regular cotton. Do you have to treat them diffenently? They have a stretch to them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am new to quilting so I didn't know what Minkee Blankee was, just thought that it was another brand. I have since been told that all Minkee Blankee is fuzzy and stretchy. Does it need to be sewn with special threads? Help Please. Thank Brenda :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    I love Minkee, and I've used it with cotton and chenille, and the textures together are beautiful! It is stretchy, so I ironed stabilizer for knits on it (carefully). I also use large pieces for baby quilt backings.

    I'd send pix, but the quilt was a gift and I didn't take one.

    Linda

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    I have used some Minkee, my best suggestion is to pin, pin, and pin!

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    I love Minkee, and I've used it with cotton and chenille, and the textures together are beautiful! It is stretchy, so I ironed stabilizer for knits on it (carefully). I also use large pieces for baby quilt backings.

    I'd send pix, but the quilt was a gift and I didn't take one.

    Linda

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    I've used it and pin,pin,pin It is so soft

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    I made a quilt for my new GS.....Boy, it is slippery!

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    I've used minkee as borders on baby quilts. Loved it - couldn't stop feeling it & could just imagine a baby's cheek against that softness. Here's one that I made:
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    Quote Originally Posted by karenchi
    I made a quilt for my new GS.....Boy, it is slippery!
    Thanks for the replies. Did you use special thread? What did you back it with? Were they the little squares or in yaradges? I have a feeling that to just use the charms pks I have will take a long time if I have to be so carefull. What did you put in the middle? Did you wash it before you sewed the quilt? As you can see I have a lot of questions. I'll keep watching to see what ideas you all have. I wanted to do a quilt for a three year old boy. Maybe I'll just make one for his sister. She is almost one. .Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    I've used minkee as borders on baby quilts. Loved it - couldn't stop feeling it & could just imagine a baby's cheek against that softness. Here's one that I made:
    That is a cool quilt.. I hadn't thought of just using it for borders. Maybe that would be the best. Thanks

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    I don't care for Minkee at all. I agree it's very soft and pretty but I prefer quality flannel. So much easier to sew.

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    Love Minkee but it is a bugger to work with....I did it the easy way. Decided what size I wanted then sewed it right side to right side around the edge leaving room to pull it through and then stitched it closed. Then did kind of lines down and across for holding it together. The stitches sink beautifully into the Minkee. A walking foot is absolutely necessary. I didn't think to use a stabilizer but that's a great idea. It makes a totally soft fluffy warm quilt for babies/toddlers. I just used my cotton King Tut thread but since it's polyester you could use that without problems. Just remember Minkee is very, very slippery. Also just don't have the patience as some to cut it up and try to make a quilt so that was my way of being able to make a Minkee quilt. Simple, easy and fast.

    No didn't wash it until it was finished. I don't use any type of precuts but many, many people do. Hopefully some of them can help you more.

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    You might make small, take-a-long blankies out of your squares to "practice". I have seen them pieced with alternating cotton squares, and backed with all minkee. It is slippery, but makes a wonderfully soft and cuddly backing and edging for baby quilts. I used cotton thread to piece and quilt with it as a backing on my GS's cotton log cabin baby quilt, and one other crib quilt I made. Am still using up the scraps on baby toys, but I think I will cut some squares!! I have also embroidered on it with no problems. Pin, pin, pin is good advice!

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