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Thread: would you, use cordoroy for backin?

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    I bought some heavy cordoroy for $2.99 a yard and it is wide enough that I don't have to peice the it to use for backing. Would it be alright to use for backing? If so, would you still use batting? I was thinking about using it for backing for string blocks. You know, they are peiced on muslin so I thought perhaps with all of that it would be heavy enough that I would not need to use batting. I am thinking about using it for a quilt I am making for the soldiers overseas. Thanks for your help.

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    I would think it would be too heavy.....especially for shipping weight.

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    I made a quilt entirely of corduroy once and it was so cute! My daughter still has it. It was pretty corduroy fabric with little flowers on it.

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    This fabric is plain dark green. I think it would be fine I was just looking to think if anyone else thought it would be nice.

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    I believe it is too heavy to be comfortable in the hot climate the troops live in. Yes, you can use it but think of it's ultimate use.

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    I am told the nights get very cold over there.

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    I think the corduroy would be a durable, warm backing and need not have batting. Because of the weight you might consider using a whole cloth top, maybe woven or fleece camo. and tying it. Practicality trumping beauty.

    Corduroy could back tied lap quilts or throws. The nap would help prevent slipping, as well as being cozy. Whatever you choose to do will be a blessing to someone far from home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owie
    I am told the nights get very cold over there.
    It does get cold at night, I beleive year around in Afg, and certian times of the year in Iraq, when my son was in Iraq he had us sending hand warmers. I think it would be snuggly after being washed and dried.

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    I wouldnt use batting, I think it will be heavy enough.

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    I made an all corduroy quilt recently. It is nice and warm and snuggly but very heavy. It was about 75" square.

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    I made a quilt for my boyfriend when I was in college and used courdoroy for the backing. ( in the 70's quilt fabric was not so easy to find that was not feminine) He only would use it in the dead of winter as he said it was very heavy and very HOT ( he said it went way past warm).
    The weight of it made it really hard to quilt ( no walking feet then). I gave up and tied it , but I remember having to use pliers to pull the needle thru.

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    I made several quilts last year for my family from flannel and corduroy as the backing. Most of the corduroy I used was fine wale, very soft and yielding but I also has a wide wale or two. It can make a great quilt backing. Corduroy softens with washings.
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    I have used it both ways- with and without batting. It was very heavy and warm with batting. We use it as a stadium blanket. Everyone fights over it :)

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    When I was a little girl I had a pink cordoroy quilt I loved it. There was a clothing factory where I lived and 2 times a year they opened the dorrs and sold not cloths but the fabric they made them with. Fabric that was SUPER wide They had the softest cordory in pink. I bought it an back a quilt for my DD. I love it.

    As for your quilt being too heavy I don't think it will be if you don't use batting. However I myself would use batting the person is not going to be overseas forever.

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    I think it would make a nice and cozy backing. And if it were me making it, I would use a batting. I love being cozy under my favorite quilt. And this sounds very comfortable.

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    Sounds heavy and I would prefer something that would be smoother.

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    I used pieces of corduroy from sewing clothing for my children years ago to make the backing of a quilt. The top was old drapes and no batting, we used it for years as a picnic blanket and it stayed in the car, ready to be used. We have used corduroy squares for a quilt top too, will last forever whether used on top or bottom. Use it up and give it a second life.

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    I think it will be nice, and very warm!

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    I would use it for backing. But don't use batting with the strings. I have done this way before and it does get cold over there.

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    Maybe without any batting? :D:D:D

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    I have thought of using the fine wale as a backing for it is so soft and cozy. I wouldn't use the wide wale bt that is just my choice.

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    What a novel idea! I think it would be a great idea. I personally would put the batting in it for 'substance'. I don't think it would be too heavy at all. (if you're using a thin corduroy that is!)

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    I have used it before, makes the quilt a little heavier, but so much the warmer. It's very durable and soft.

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    For the uninjured troops,possibly, but so many of the wounded have been hurt by IED's or roadside bombs. They so often have horrible burns. We have been told that even flannel is uncomfortable for burned skin and so take that into consideration.

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    Have and did use batting it keeps us very warm here in the winter

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