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Thread: Quilt made from upholstery fabric samples

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    Quilt made from upholstery fabric samples

    My daughter gave me a bunch of samples of designer fabrics last year - the kind you use for upholstery, draperies, etc. This quilt is made from some of the heavier fabrics, so I kept the design simple. After sewing each seam, I zigzagged down the center to force the seam allowances to stay open. I intended to quilt it without batting, but the seam allowances were still so bulky that I felt batting was needed, so that the seams would not be felt through the backing. The quilt is 60x60, made of squares that were cut at 8". The backing is a Christmas fabric, but the colors were just right for this quilt.
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    Very pretty. Nice job. BrendaK
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    Very beautiful quilt. Great work.

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    What a neat idea, it looks great.

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    Beautiful quilt. Betcha it's heavy also.

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    Oh Wow!! I posted recently about having some samples of upholstery fabric. Now i have incentive after seeing yours, it's so beautiful.
    will quilt 4EVER

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    It is so pretty Dunster! I was given many upholstery books too, but cannot get the silly labels off them. If I just cut where there is no label, I will have very tiny pieces = ugh! What did you do?

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    What a beautiful quilt! And what a great use for that fabric! Great job!
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    Good used for your samples

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    love the colors...

    wow.. 8 " blocks? they must have been BIG samples or small yardages.

    I've often wondered, as I've seen other " upholstery fabric" quilts... how to you clean them? spot clean or sent to cleaners?

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    wow very nicely worked up
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    That looks so nice!! I had a bunch of upholstery fabric at one time too. I was the receptionist at an upscale furniture store . They let me have the discontinued samples. I gave many away but I kept some for some "future" use.
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    Nice job!!!
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    A wonderful idea! And a very pretty quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr View Post
    It is so pretty Dunster! I was given many upholstery books too, but cannot get the silly labels off them. If I just cut where there is no label, I will have very tiny pieces = ugh! What did you do?
    These were big samples - maybe 25x30? I just cut off the labels. On some of the fabrics I was able to use DK5 (from the makers of 505) to remove the labels, but it isn't meant for fabrics (says so on the label) and it can leave a strong smell, so I don't really recommend it. I have some more samples that are smaller, but all of them are big enough for a good sized quilt patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi View Post
    love the colors...

    wow.. 8 " blocks? they must have been BIG samples or small yardages.

    I've often wondered, as I've seen other " upholstery fabric" quilts... how to you clean them? spot clean or sent to cleaners?
    Good question about the cleaning. The fact is, I don't know. These fabrics were a mix of poly, rayon, cotton. By the time they're quilted, I don't think shrinkage will be an issue, but I don't know whether it can be washed or not. Fortunately the colors are dark!

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    Verrrry nice. Great job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I have used a lot of the cotton type upholstery fabric (like Waverly) for totes and sofa pillows. I prewash them for any shrinkage but I don't think there has ever been much. It's really nice having washable pillows.

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    Wow, who would have thought samples could turn out so wonderful.

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    My mom had made one about 45 years ago and my brother still has it and still uses it. Yours is beautiful and will last forever!
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    Your quilt turned out beautifully. I hadn't been on my computer for almost a week so have had lots of quilts to look at today.
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    Great looking quilt and nice colors.
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    Very pretty! I too have been given some heavy fabric samples that I plan on making quilts for camping.
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    I always eye those sample booklets I wonder what they do with them when they renew with new lines...

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    very nice. I bought a bunch of samples myself and didn't know what to do with them. But being heavy and after seeing yours I think a floor rug would be really nice. or a table cover, thank you for the idea, I can get mine out now.
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