String Quilts and more

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      I painted the eyes in on my two fish quilts instead of using buttons.
 I really don't like buttons on quilts except wall hangings. I used paint t
hat says it is for fabric, wood, glass and etc.   Only place big enough was
 in the living room.  Some were all black eyes and others were green with b
lack centers. While I was waiting to go to town to buy eye paint I made two
 string quilts using foundation material. Quilt #1 has 10 inch squares with
 2 1/2 inch sashing and 5 1/2 inch borders. Quilt #2 was a 6 inch square bl
ocks and 2 inch sashing squares and 4 1/2 inch borders. These two quilts ar
e so colorful and bright. I love to make these no brainer quilts.  Still ha
ve strips of material left over for but that will be for another time.  
      My next quilt will be either a modern quilt or one that has dogs appl
iqued on it. I am thinking about using felt for the dogs. Do you have to pr
epare the felt any way before cutting the dogs out?  I usually use heat and
 bond for calico fabric before applique.
                                 Sandy$  

Re: String Quilts and more
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eally don't like buttons on quilts except wall hangings. I used paint that  
says it is for fabric, wood, glass and etc.   Only place big enough was in  
the living room.  Some were all black eyes and others were green with black
 centers. While I was waiting to go to town to buy eye paint I made two str
ing quilts using foundation material. Quilt #1 has 10 inch squares with 2 1
/2 inch sashing and 5 1/2 inch borders. Quilt #2 was a 6 inch square blocks
 and 2 inch sashing squares and 4 1/2 inch borders. These two quilts are so
 colorful and bright. I love to make these no brainer quilts.  Still have s
trips of material left over for but that will be for another time.  
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pliqued on it. I am thinking about using felt for the dogs. Do you have to  
prepare the felt any way before cutting the dogs out?  I usually use heat a
nd bond for calico fabric before applique.
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I usually use an iron and a glue stick for applique.

Felt is easy to applique because you just cut it out, stick it down and sew
 around the edges. This is where you may want to consider a heat fusible as
 opposed to stitching though.
Felt does not turn under well.  There may be a variety out there that does,
 but I have not met it yet. So your stitching will show.  Heat bonding it d
own without stitching neatly solves the problem if you do not want the stit
ching showing.
Felt will absolutely go to hell with repeated laundering. Using a fusible u
nder the entire piece will extend it's life.
Downside, you have to plan your quilting to go around the felt  piece if yo
u bond the whole piece rather than just around the edges. It can be done, b
ut it is hard on needles.  You really don't want to quilt across felt anywa
y.  It is the weakest nonwoven fabric, and even bonded you will find a tend
ency for the needle to pull felt fibers up with nearly every stitch.  I ass
ume that if you are considering felt that it is for a wall hanging, so rand
om fuzzy would be an issue.

NightMist

Re: String Quilts and more
Hello Night Mist,
      I thank you for all this information on felt and what it does and doe
s not do. The quilt when done will be tied and not quilted traditionally so
 that part will not be a problem. Much to think about here before a decisio
n is made.  Thanks again for your help.
                       Sandy$    

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