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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Washing Fabric Bits on: June 02, 2008 10:41:13 AM
A friend of mine finished a beautiful quilt recently, and gave me all her fabric leftovers from it to add to a quilt I'm working on. There are all kinds of fabrics I'd love to use, some pieces are about a yard or half a yard, some are the size of a sheet of notebook paper or even smaller.

The problem is that she has several cats and I'm allergic to cats. And of course, the cats have been shedding on the fabric as it was being worked on. The fabric has already been pre-shrunk, but if I'm going to use it, I'm going to have to find a way to re-wash it, or my allergies are going to kill me.

Is there any way to launder the smaller pieces of this fabric to get the cat hair and dander off it? Will washing it in a mesh lingerie bag make the smaller pieces fray less? Do I have to give away it to someone who isn't allergic to cats? Any ideas on how to wash this stuff without it turning into a pile of tangled thread are very welcome. Thanks!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 80/20 batting? on: June 27, 2007 09:12:49 AM
I know, I know, I just keep changing my plans every 5 minutes, but I have more questions on batting.

My quest for flannel topsheets has not fared well (the used one I found that I thought was dingy white turned out to cotton candy pink, and I'm afraid the color will show through some of the white squares. And I haven't found anything else. And I haven't found a good quilting store in my area. And I'm impatient and I don't think I can wait for months for the thrift shops to provide the perfect sheet.

So I was browsing Hancock and saw that they were about to have a good sale on batting. They had this stuff called Heirloom 80/20 which is part cotton and part poly. It also came in a pale enough color that I don't think it would show through the white squares. It also seems pretty damn thin, which is what I'm looking for. The question is: is it any good?

I'm trying to do a queen sized quilt on a common home machine, so thinner is better. But will it hold up? Will it shift? Will it beard? Will it be too puffy for my little Kenmore to mange? Has anyone used this kind of batting and have any advice?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Flannel for batting? Help for a newbie? on: June 04, 2007 12:24:42 PM
Ive read several posts here about using flannel for quilt batting and Ive got some questions. Im working on the first quilt that I have any chance of finishing, and Im trying not to make it too tough for myself. Is flannel batting easier to machine quilt than loftier batting? The fabric Im using for the quilt top is very very lightweight my dads old dress shirts that have been washed a million billion times (conservative estimate.)  My plan was to make a light late spring/summer quilt and flannel seemed a better choice because it might add a little more strength to the quilt and it wouldnt be too warm. Is this correct?

Also, does anyone have any recommendations on what kind/size of flannel? Would I need one or two layers of flannel batting? My quilt is going to be queen-sized. Should I get queen-sized flannel top sheets? King-sized flannel top sheets and cut off the folded part at the top of the sheet? Where can I find flannel top sheets that arent part of a bedding set? Should I sew together 45 or 60 inch wide strips of flannel from the fabric store? Since the quilt top fabric is so lightweight, Im afraid the batting seams would show through.

Any help or advice would be appreciated. I just dont want this quilt to end up like my last 2 attempts: in pieces, in boxes, in the basement, never to be seen again.
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