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Friday, April 3, 2009

Working with Minki fabric?

Hi all. Glad to see some are still quilting even though the weather is nice in most of the northern hemisphere. (Canada excluded) Snow! yuck.
Here is my minki question.
While I was in Ocala last week I found a 2007 mag. with a pepermint twist quilt pattern for red/white for a Christmas quilt. I went wild and bought lots of red and whites. Could I use white Minki for backing to make it super soft? This would be in place of batting and backing. It sounds like it would work, but I don't know. Since it is 60" wide I wouldn't have to piece the back. Would it slip and slide all over the place ?
Thanks for your input. I may or may not take it, but JoAnn's has a 40% off sale this weekend, so would be a good time to buy.
Sara in Fla. where the sun is shining again and there is no drought going on now.

10 Comments:

  • At April 3, 2009 at 12:40 PM , Anonymous Teria said...

    To be honest I am just started quilting. I feel I will never make it to make something nice.

     
  • At April 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

    Ah yes! That "stinkin'" Minkie.

    I backed a baby quilt with it several years ago. I used a walking foot and couldn't make it stop shifting even with close pinning. After tearing out the quilting twice, I finally resorted to spray basting to hold the stuff in place. Swore I'd never work with it again.

    I did, however, use the leftovers in 5" squares on the front of a second quilt. That wasn't too bad, probably because it didn't have room to roam and it had the flannel fabric to hold it down.

    I would suppose if you have one of those sewing machine feet that is meant to use on velvets, etc (the one where a little point drops into the fabric to hold it), you might not have as much trouble as I did.

    Kathi

     
  • At April 4, 2009 at 11:03 AM , Blogger NancyH said...

    I've seen Minkie used as a backing, like you said in place of batting + backing, but the quilt was tied to keep it from shifting. Made a very soft, drapey baby quilt.

     
  • At April 4, 2009 at 11:25 AM , Blogger NancyH said...

    Sara - What magazine did you find this pattern in? Just curious - always looking for something Christmas-y. NancyH

     
  • At April 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM , Blogger Joleen in MN said...

    Would it work to quilt the quilt in an overall design or meandering from the back so that the Minkie is on top? Might solve the slippage problem. I haven't tried it but it is a thought....Joleen in MN

     
  • At April 4, 2009 at 6:37 PM , Blogger jdb in AZ said...

    I spray-basted minkie as a backing and it worked beautifully.

    SeamSTRESS Sally

     
  • At April 5, 2009 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    The only comment I've heard iss from a long arm quilter who said that it has a definate grain & it needs to go a certain direction on a quilt to reduce the stretching.
    I'm not sure what that means in terms of long or home sewing machines?
    She said she likes it for backing, I think she's using a lite batting as well. Jill

     
  • At April 5, 2009 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Shelli Fiorenza said...

    I love using minkee as a backing, but I use a handiquilter so mine is stretched taut as I quilt. I also quilt with a medium meander with a light weight batting to make it puffier--more like a comforter.

     
  • At April 5, 2009 at 10:23 PM , Blogger Shelli Fiorenza said...

    I love using minkee as a backing, but I use a handiquilter so mine is stretched taut as I quilt. I also quilt with a medium meander with a light weight batting to make it puffier--more like a comforter.

     
  • At April 5, 2009 at 10:23 PM , Blogger Shelli Fiorenza said...

    I love using minkee as a backing, but I use a handiquilter so mine is stretched taut as I quilt. I also quilt with a medium meander with a light weight batting to make it puffier--more like a comforter.

     

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