For added strength?

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

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Polly Esther
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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Ginger in CA
Den 21-02-2012 03:12, Polly Esther skrev:
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
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Hanne in DK
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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Polly Esther
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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Polly Esther
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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Hanne in DK
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
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Roberta
"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
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Bobbie Sews More
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 Q as in Quilt
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Butterfly-Wings
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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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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 Q as in Quilt
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Taria
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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Polly Esther

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