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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice for using a stretchy wadding with non-stretch top/backing. on: February 26, 2015 01:59:18 AM
I have made blankets with a fleece as batting.  Its doable. Just baste or pin way more than usual.

 I also have used rubberized canvas as backings for picnic blankets. I quilted my top and batting (that one is a woolblanket i found for four dollars at the thrift shop and then just added anchor stitches when i added the back.  No sense in having a water proof layer with a bunch of holes in it. Wink

That's fab news to hear the fleece works - I have for now chucked the stretchy fleece in my car boot for cold journeys and will stick with the nice wadding! Great advice for the quilting part though but not sure if it'll work as nicely with wadding - I bet the blanket worked wonderfully. I'm possibly going to use two shower curtains for the bottom layer (slippy much?) because I'm worried just one will be too thin and my wadding will get wet and gross! Maybe I'll quilt the whole thing with the inner curtain then just a few anchor stitches on the bottom layer to keep it where it's meant to be? I have so not planned this properly but I just can't wait to get started - hopefully by the weekend! Thanks for the advice ♥
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice for using a stretchy wadding with non-stretch top/backing. on: February 23, 2015 01:13:29 PM
I would be hesitant using a waterproof backing unless the fabric can easily be washed.  If this is a picnic blanket, it's going to get dirty and will need washing.  The picnic blankets we use are all fabric and we've never had an issue.

If it was me, I would use the top and middle layers you have but I would use an old sheet for the bottom.  That way you can sew all the layers together and not worry about distortion.

If the waterproof backing can be washed, I would recommend that you stitch the top and middle layers together before adding the back - straight lines vertically and horizontally.    Doing that would stop the middle from distorting during use. 

Thanks Homerof2 the waterproof fabric I should've said, it's a shower curtain, so more water resistant. Here in the UK I'd prefer a water-proof backing since the ground is wet more than it is dry most summers so we tend to get wet bums through the blanket, the shower curtain should prevent most of this! Tongue The shower curtain can be washed at 40 so I was going to pre-wash everything and then only ever wash the blanket at this heat.

I do like your idea of sewing the top to the middle, definitely something to ponder over although this stretches waaaaaay more than I'd have hoped and I don't have a walking foot either so I think I might have more problems than I first thought - I might save it as a dog blanket (for my non-existent dog) or perhaps for a smaller similar project with less to go wrong and just stick to the expensive wadding I have instead! Smiley

Hmm I know several people that use waterproof fabric on their picnic quilts so that's not the part that's giving me pause, it's the stretchy blanket. I wouldn't use that, I would use the batting you have. Anything with stretch is just going to give you a big old headache.

Thank you MareMare Having now gone through my fabric stash and picked out literally every single nice piece of fabric I own (I was going to use old curtains..) I think I will go for the expensive wadding after all so I can keep this blanket forever and ever! I have a second old shower curtain so might do a double layer of these on the bottom so the wadding doesn't get ruined if any water does seep through on a soggy day!

Thank you for both of your help and advice! Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Advice for using a stretchy wadding with non-stretch top/backing. on: February 23, 2015 11:33:14 AM
OK firstly I'm actually making a picnic blanket, but the process is going to be similar to that of a quilt and I figured you guys will know so much more than I do about the subject!

So I've gathered supplies for a super simple patchwork picnic blanket but before I take the plunge and get started I'm a little concerned about the innards I've chosen. I wanted this to be a budget make and am literally winging it but the fact I'm worried already makes me think I need a second/third/fourth opinion.. The materials I've gathered are as follows:

TOP: Patchwork top using medium-weight cotton (non-stretch)
Middle: Fleece blanket which I now find has quite a stretch to it
Backing: Non-stretch poly waterproof fabric.

I wasn't going to quilt the finished thing but would probably add a few anchor stitches just to keep everything in place a little but I'm worried about that middle layer - I'm worried once I've stitched it all together that the middle layer will shrink or something awful and distort the top and bottom layers?

Should I scrap this layer all together and find something else to use instead? I was planning on pre-washing all my fabrics on the same temperature before I start so if I ever need to wash the finished thing I won't have any problems.

I'd appreciate any advice about this, what would you do? I have a whole bolt of poly/cotton wadding I bought a while back but am reluctant to use it for this project (I'd rather use it for 'indoor' quilts!). I could go out and buy a non-stretch blanket but if I can use this then I'd much prefer to do that!

Thanks for any help!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Upcycled leather backpack on: September 18, 2014 04:15:21 PM
This is insanely awesome, kudos! I always want to make stuff like this but in reality my brain can't do it!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My 4 hour, $1, Valentine's Day Dress! on: March 24, 2014 03:07:09 AM
This is SO pretty, kudos!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TUTORIAL - Old Vest top to Tiered Maxi Dress on: March 24, 2014 02:55:53 AM
beautimous!!  Cheesy

Thanks for reviving this thread - right in time for Summer too YEY!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Colette-O SorbettO Pyjama set on: May 05, 2013 12:57:15 PM
I've been playing with patterns recently, a lot of patterns - and we all love a freebie! So I went ahead and had a go at the lovely Colette Sorbetto pleated tank top pattern, available here: http://www.coletterie.com/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-sorbetto-top

This was super-dooper easy to make, and fun, and I now have a new fave PJ set which is always a total WIN! I used a vintage fabric my grandmother gave me (I have a tonne of this and it's a lovely light-weight cotton but not too light that it's a pain to sew)

I drafted the knickers for my set to my own measurements but have found a cool looking freebie (yey) pattern here: http://www.madalynne.com/amerson-the-details-pattern

Would love to know what you think!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me make something awesome with this old bedspread! on: April 29, 2013 03:22:56 PM
I picked this single bedspread up from a charity shop yesterday and desperately want to make a dress or something amazing with it! I really can't work out whether the fabric is beautiful or fugly but the colour combo really caught my eye so I had to have it (and those little birdies are SWEET) Those huge scallops are super-cute too so I'd love to keep them as a feature somehow - can anything think how?

I'm reluctant to take it apart until I know what I'm doing with it in case I ruin it somehow! It's a medium weight curtain fabric and I think the print is too much for an entire dress but might work well as a bodice with a lighter maybe lace fabric for the skirt part, and then the scallops for something else? Or worked into a dress somehow? I'm 50/50 on going back to the shop to buy the matching curtains!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sorbetto top variations - from the fabulous free download by Colette patterns on: April 23, 2013 01:57:00 PM
I just tried this for the first time today! Made it two sizes too big though - boo! I'll try again!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Help on: April 15, 2013 05:07:50 PM
Here's the link tot eh elimination of the front pleat on the colette blog: http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-plain-sorbetto

I'm trying this one out tomorrow, can't wait! Smiley
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