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Topic: Can quilted fabric be made into duvet cover instead?  (Read 1222 times)
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« on: June 17, 2007 01:33:30 PM »

I love to quilt, but I hate the actual quilting!  I love the designing, the cutting and piecing, but putting the layers together and quilting them all together is a total nightmare for me.  Case in point: I am making a twin size quilt for my son's bed and it has taken me over a year because I dread the machine quilting!  I do have a walking foot, and I try to go slow and take my time, but I just hate it.  For me, it's hard to work with so much fabric and batting.  Is there something I am missing? 

I really want to make a new quilt for my bed (queen size), but I fear it will be even harder than the twin size.  So my idea was to make a quilted top, then make it into a cover for my feather duvet.  My main concern is to prevent all the pieces from fraying once they're on the inside of the cover.  Has anyone tried this?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007 08:18:37 PM »

Well, one easy way to do it would be if you had a serger to overlock when you're piecing. Another would be to do a very simple backing, and no batting - just using a flat sheet or something, and loosely quilting in the ditch, so you essentially end up with 2 layers at the front of the cover and 2 layers at the back.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007 04:29:07 AM »

I agree with anixamander about the simple backing, it'll protect the piecework, especially if you plan to wash it.

« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007 02:30:36 PM »

You could try to skip the machine quilting a do it by hand.  I know that takes a long time too but it's easy to just do a running stitch on a grid...like every foot or so. Here's a pic of a quilt I'm finishing for someone. I just sewed the blocks borders together and i put the place where i did the actual hand quilting in yellow so you could see. (I put the machine quilting in green).
This is a picture of something that wasn't totally finished at the time of the pic but I have finished all the hand quilting now and it took me about two weeks, which isn't bad...at about a half hour everyday.  Some people really like quilting on the machine but I hate it.  Running stitch is way easier.  I just put my safety pins in every foot or so and then I can sit in front of the TV and stich away!

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2007 03:37:23 PM »

How about light-weight iron-on interfacing behind the quilt top?

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pro-weight knit doesn't affect drape, and it fuses easily and stays fused. And your seams wouldn't fray.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2007 09:20:55 PM »

You don't love to quilt, you love to make tops. There are many in the quilting world exactly the same-this is why a quilt finishing industry exists, and you could always go that way and make tops to your hearts content then farm them out to someone else to do the less-fun part. You also might try hand quilting as aspenwall suggested and find you like it. It takes more time, but less skill to do a reasonable job.

Certainly you can line a pieced top without quilting, but be aware that will likely make it difficult to use as layers shift. There is a reason that step exists in the first place-my grandma found this out as she wanted me to make a pieced blanket with no quilting. After trying to convince her to let me quilt it, I just backed it like she wanted. She later said "I should have listened to you-it never stays together".

Serging the pieces also sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2007 09:25:14 PM »

I have a pieced duvet cover that my grandmother made, and it works great. It looks to me like she just turned the edges under and sewed it all the way around, right onto a commercial duvet cover. So the underside of your piecing isn't exposed--it's backed by the top of the duvet cover. I've had it for years and it seems like it's holding up perfectly.

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