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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

flannel chemo quilt

I made a flannel quilt for my step father using warm and natural. He loved it and used it every day. I ended up making at least 6 of these for different people. I use 8" blocks in trip around the world, four-patch and the brick/postcard patterns, then tied them with perle cotton 5. I used 56"-60" wide flannel on the back. In some of the middles I used a great heavyweight natural colored flannel that was 90" wide--I think Hancocks of Paducah carries it. 3 layers of flannel makes a really cuddly quilt. The layers stick together so the tying goes quickly. The quilts are snuggly, get softer with use and washing and everyone who has received one absolutely loved theirs.

I posted this last night but for some reason it never showed up so hope its not a repeat to you. These quilts are fast, easy and loved!

judy in ar

Chemo quilt

When I was doing chemo, my quilt group made me a ragtime quilt with Warm n Natural batting. Two layers of flannel. It was just right and could be laundered over and over when necessary. The infusion of the chemo liquid is what makes you cold...sort of lowers the body temperature right then and there. Having the quilt to snuggle under between times was like having a hug from the group.

We ended up making chemo quilts for anyone who needed one. Over the years, there have been hundreds and hundreds of quilts made and distributed by the little quilt club in a town of 600.


scorching and batting

ROSEY P - I don't know of a cure for scorching, but a garment I was pressing on a wood clapper picked up some color from the wood. I soaked it in Biz for a couple hours, then washed it, and it was fine. Biz has enzymes as its active ingredient, and more than one sewer suggested it. It's worth a try with the scorch marks, since you have nothing to lose.

Oxy-Clean might also be worth a try. Its active ingredient is a non-chlorine bleach, like the old Snowy bleach. Soaking for a few hours . . .

But I can't say which to try first.

LAVINIA - I suggest one of the 80%cotton/20%poly battings for your friend. The only quilt I ever made with poly batting, my first, sits on a quilt rack and I never use it. It doesn't breathe the way cotton does, so I was either too hot or too cold with it on the bed. Mostly too cold. JMO

I think the needle-punched battings like Quilters Dream would hold up better to multiple washings & dryings than the Hobbs Heirloom, but your friend probably won't be laundering it very often. The needlepunched battings don't have to be quilted quite as closely, either.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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I was making a small charity quilt when learning that a distant cousin just found out she has breast cancer in both breasts and her lymph nodes. So I've decided to complete it to send to her to keep her warm during chemo and anytime she gets cold, which some people seem to do. My question is which kind of batting to try to use, cotton or poly or polycotton. I don't know which is warmer or which would hold up better during a lot of use. All suggestions most welcome. God bless you all.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Socrch marks

Has anyone found a means of removing scorch marks from white cotton cloth?