For added strength?

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What was I thinking?  I decided to make a Christmas quilt.  Collecting
Christmas was big fun and not too pricey since lots of it is on sale now.
Mr. Esther politely says it sure is colorful.  Yes, it is that.  I have
everything from carols, nativity scenes, snowmen and even 3 wisemen.  ( no
firetrucks but it's a thought).
    But - two of the prints are right shabby.  The Grinch and the original
Rudolph (not the one who knows rain, dear) are on fabrics that are quite
thin.  No delusions here about the crib quilts lasting very long and they
are to be used and worn but I would really like to be able to pass this
queensize quilt down at least one generation.
    Is there any way I can give the fragile fabrics some added strength?  I
just can Not bring myself to use a glue or fusible; their reliability and
biodegrade proclivity (whew!  how'd you like that?) cause me great concern.
Polly
 


Re: For added strength?
Well, if you feel the fabric is shabby now, don't use it for something
you want to last. Make placemates, or wrap gifts in that fabric.
I have a bit of nutcracker fabric I can send you?

Ginger in CA

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Re: For added strength?
Ginger, you're right.  That's what I've been telling myself.  If I just have
to have them, there's the option of scanning the Grinch and Rudolph onto a
better grade of fabric.  There's no history of 'scanned' fabric holding the
print but I won't have to worry about the thread count/quality of the
fabric.  And thank you.  Yes.  How could this quilt neglect the nutcracker?
Please send some to me.
Polly

Well, if you feel the fabric is shabby now, don't use it for something
you want to last. Make placemates, or wrap gifts in that fabric.
I have a bit of nutcracker fabric I can send you?

Ginger in CA

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Re: For added strength?
Den 21-02-2012 03:12, Polly Esther skrev:
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I agree with Ginger, maybe reconsider using those?

Alternatively, is there a fabric you could put behind it? As in double
up the fabric in those pieces? That way, if they do wear through,
something else is already there. It would still look worn, but the
integrity of the quilt would not be compromised.

Hanne in DK

Re: For added strength?
Thank you, Hanne.  You're hearing my misgivings too.  I think I'll just scan
them onto a better grade of fabric.  The scanned print might not hold
'forever' but at least we can hope that the weave of the fabric will be
better than a raggedy gap.  Why do they print special things on such shabby
fabric?  Because they can I guess, but isn't it a shame?  Polly

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Re: For added strength?
Yeah, I have wondered the same thing before, a lot of the "known figure"
fabrics are pretty flimsy. I think they believe that it needs to be that
cheap to sell, and maybe if you want quick bedding for a crib, that will
only be used for a few years, it is good enough, anf so the fabric NEEDS
to be cheap. But I think they are missing part of the market by not
making good quality fabrics with these prints.

Scanning and printing is probably smart. Don't forget that if you are
going that way, you can scan/print from any picture, not just off the
fabric :-)

Hanne in DK

Den 21-02-2012 07:22, Polly Esther skrev:
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Re: For added strength?
Find something else in the proper quality. Or if it absolutely has to
be the Grinch, cut some spare patches and store them in a little
pocket on the back of the quilt so you can find them again. (Although
I'd take them out before laundering.) Then you have what you need when
it comes time to mend.
Roberta in D

On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:12:18 -0600, "Polly Esther"

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Re: For added strength?

"Polly Esther"

How about cutting out the picture and appliquéing it to better fabric?
There would still be a thinner fabric for the design, but it would have a
good backing.  And use extra stitching (quilting)  when you place it on the
better cloth.
Barbara in FL



Re: For added strength?
Sure hope you didn't pay 'top price' for those 'seconds'. It is what is
commonly referred to as "trial runs' in the fabric making world. They do
'practice fabrics' to check for color correctness before they run it on
'good' quality fabric.
Those fabrics are good for 'making muslins': what dressmakers would use for
'fittings' before they cut into the 'final cloth'.
I'm sorry you got took. What size fabrics are you using? I have a bit of
Christmas that I will share as soon as I know what all you're looking for.
Might even have a Fire Truck or 2.
Have a 'helper' that'd love to go hunting for you : )

Butterfly <Butterfly - Wings at q  dot com> Q as in Quilt



Re: For added strength?
I have a lot of fire truck fabric.  Some Christmas too I'd gladly share.
Taria


Sure hope you didn't pay 'top price' for those 'seconds'. It is what is
commonly referred to as "trial runs' in the fabric making world. They do
'practice fabrics' to check for color correctness before they run it on
'good' quality fabric.
Those fabrics are good for 'making muslins': what dressmakers would use for
'fittings' before they cut into the 'final cloth'.
I'm sorry you got took. What size fabrics are you using? I have a bit of
Christmas that I will share as soon as I know what all you're looking for.
Might even have a Fire Truck or 2.
Have a 'helper' that'd love to go hunting for you : )

Butterfly <Butterfly - Wings at q  dot com> Q as in Quilt


Re: For added strength?
I'm sure most of us have Christmas fabrics and more than we need or
will ever use up- what would you like?   Do you need any particular
colors or lights or brights or fun(ny) or elegant to round out what
you have?   Just let us know... you'll be showered with fabrics!
Nooooooo doubt about that!   ;-)

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

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Re: For added strength?
Thank you soooo much but I'm not going to need more; what I need is somebody
to yell, "Stop!".
    Happy, happy event today.  I asked my sweetheart to come help me find
firetrucks to go with the annual awful joke.  I figured it would take 3
hours or so to rootle through the scrappy "I Spy" collection.  Would you
believe the 1st box and the 1st pieces were exactly what was needed?
    In all humility (and surprise) when this quilt is finished, I'm betting
someone else will want to give one a try.  We can help them collect.  It is
such a joyful quilt.  Polly




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