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Thread: What is a "flimsy"??

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    I have seen the word 'flimsy' used on various blogs but don't recognise it as a British term! We certainly refer to 'batting' as wadding tho!! You know what they say...." Divided by a common language" !!!!
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    ghquilter53.. You make an excellent point. "What an idiot I would be if it weren't for this board!!!! Me too!!

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    From the contexts of those posts - I'm guessing that they are just a pieced quilt top?

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    I guess I could have used the word pieced in my first post ;-)

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    You all crack me up!!! LOL
    but I too must admit that I have never hear of it in quilting before and some of the other things mentioned in the responses are also new to me. Glad to learn new things even if it sounds silly, brings a smile to my face and that's worth more then anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghquilter53 View Post
    I never heard the term "spiders". What an idiot I would be if it weren't for this board!!!!
    Isn't a spider a cast iron skillet?
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    I've seen this term a lot lately too and finally figured out from the context that it was a quilt top---glad I was right about that but I too always thought of flimsy as something thin, light or close to being worn out.

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    I looked it up in the dictionary. Synonyms for "Flimsy" are words like: delicate, fragile, easily broken. Why anyone would associate that with a quilt top is beyond me. I've never heard of it, and never plan to use it. That's my story.
    MacThayer

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    Don't think we refer to a 'flimsey' in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyboomerquilter View Post
    I have never heard of it being used that way, but now I have learned something new.
    You & me both. I just always referred to them as "tops". Live & learn!
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    Thanks for the info never to old to learn something new. Sue

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    I am always amazed at the new things I've learned here on the Board!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgarden View Post
    I'm aussie and have never heard of flimsy for a quilt top. We often do call the batting 'wadding' and we also call our pieced tops patchwork and then we do the quilting to join the three layers together
    Me too and I'm from Perth, so you know we can be a bit "different" Here a "spider" is a big glass of pop (Creaming Soda is the best!) with a huge dollop of icecream in it....loved them when I was a kid.
    Last edited by earthwalker; 05-17-2012 at 06:55 PM.

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    Well, I will stick with quilt top & flimsy as something of poor quality, unworthy of being in my quilt.
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    Well, I learned a new definition of flimsy! You just never know what you will learn on here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I think it's a term that Aussies and/or Brits use for unquilted top. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. They also use the term "wadding" for "batting".
    I have never heard that term connected with patchwork and quilting here in the U.K.Flimsy often refers to the bottom copy of a carbon document. or something that is very lightweight

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    Flimsy is not a word I've heard of as describing a quilt top here in Australia......batting or wadding yes...

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    can see a quilt top referred to as a flimsy--as in, not as sturdy or "rigid" as a fully quilted 3 layers. i've seen suggestions that voile can be used for quilt backs. that would certainly be more flimsy that a patchwork top. i've moved quite a bit in the u.s. and have only heard the expression on this board. i admit i sometimes refer to my quilt tops as flimsies, and use leaders, but not enders. good idea, tho' as i have a 2" sq. patchwork to do and that would be killing two birds with one stone! reminder, virtual quilting bee this sunday!
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    In Ky we refer to leaders as "thread bunnies".

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