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Date: 10/9/12 9:15 PM

Over the years I have found innumerable old 100% cashmere, camel's hair, and vicuna coats at thrift shops. I decided to recycle some of them since they are way out of style or way too small.

I took 5 or 6 of them apart in the last few months, washed the fabric, steam pressed them, and with cardboard templates cut out lots of rectangles in order to try to make a quilt. That is as far as I have gotten.

I am thinking of sewing the squares together into long strips, then sewing the strips into a quilt. Is this a good idea? Do I really need to use cotton batting, or wouldn't it be ok just to use a backing and border?

What do you guys think?

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Date: 10/9/12 9:47 PM

I'll let the more experienced quiltersl answer you. But I can't wait to see how this works out for you. Sounds like a very exciting project!

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Date: 10/9/12 9:54 PM

If your fabric is outerwear fabric, no you don't need batting unless you really want it. I had a quilt once made of woolen menswear suiting scraps. It was gorgeous and extremely heavy. It would have been too heavy to sleep under, I think, but my 1973 Chrysler New Yorker had to have it's engine "tucked in" every cold night or it wouldn't start in the morning. So that ultra heavy quilt (which just happened to fit the engine block exactly) was just right for its purpose.
And even if your fabric were lighter, you're the one making the quilt and you don't have to use batting if you don't want to. There is a long tradition of summer quilts made of a top and backing, period.

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Date: 10/9/12 10:05 PM

Sounds like you have some fabric rectangles that have more "heft" than the usual quilting cotton, and that's fine.

Since you have rectangles, I'd suggest an offset brick pattern, like this. It's a simple, but attractive design. There are no matched seams (places where 4 corners meet). This makes it a good first quilting project. In your case, because you are using heavy fabrics, avoiding matched corners makes the offset brick pattern a good choice.

And, yes, you can sew the rectangles into long strips (sew the short ends together) and then sew the strips to each other. Your goal is to match a seam on one strip to the middle of the brick on the strip next to it (still, no seams to match up).

Depending on how heavy your fabrics are (compared to quilting cotton) you may find that you don't need batting. However, you can wait until you've pieced all your rectangles together to decide whether or not you want to use batting.

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Date: 10/9/12 10:29 PM

That is exactly what I had in mind! Even the colors remind me of my quilt pieces, only they are solids not prints.

I think this idea might end up working real well!

Should I try to plan out the colors or should I just make it a random pattern?

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Date: 10/9/12 11:00 PM

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Should I try to plan out the colors or should I just make it a random pattern?

You can do it either way - "random" where you try not to have the same color next to each other (although sometimes it can't be avoided - and that is fine, it's part of randomness), or planned, for example this brick quilt where the bricks of each color are offset so that you end up with "zig-zags" on the diagonal.

If you have the space, lay out all your bricks and move them around until you like the design. I don't have a design wall, but I have put a flat sheet on the floor (you can also use a blanket or table cloth or any large, flat textile), then arranged my blocks there until I liked the design. Sometimes it helps to arrange, then leave it for a day, then come back and look at it again. You can roll up the sheet with the bricks on it, too, and preserve your arrangement as you work on sewing the bricks together.

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Date: 10/10/12 8:36 AM

Thank you CMC! You lhave been real helpful!

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Date: 10/10/12 9:37 AM

I love the 'brick quilt' design. I don't think I've seen this before.
So simple yet really, really good-looking...and those colors are perfect.
I actually prefer more simple lines in MY quilts and they are easier as well.
Is this a quilt that you've made? It's so nice.

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Date: 10/10/12 3:20 PM

I have made a quilt top (eh, not quilted yet) using this design. My SIL gave me a stack of 30's repro fat quarters, and I cut them into 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 bricks (and some 3 1/2 x 4 half bricks), and figured out how many bricks I had in total to determine how many bricks long each row needed to be. I sewed them into strips, more or less mixing them up so that the same fabrics weren't too close. The size and layout was determined by how many fat quarters I had, and how many different fabrics.

Then I draped the strips over my stair railing and moved them around until I was satisfied. I could flip the strips end-to-end if I didn't like how they lined up with the row "next door". There were some fabrics that were next to the same fabric and I made an attempt to distribute those spots more or less evenly over the quilt. Looked just fine.; there really isn't a "rule" about fabrics not touching, I wanted them as "mixed up" as was possible.

Then I sewed the rows together. The most matching that you do is to match the brick seam to the middle of the brick next to it. That way, the seams line up every other row; it does help to pin. But, it's not a super critical match - if you miss it by a little bit, no harm done.

It is a very attractive design, isn't it? When you look at it, your eye travels over the quilt, picking out different bricks that catch your attention. You can make the bricks go horizontal or vertical. It lends itself to simple quilting designs, too; an edge-to-edge pantograph, meandering, stitch-in-the-ditch, simple straight line cross hatching, etc.

You can make the bricks any size. I think they look best when the finished brick is half as high as it is long: 3x6, 4x8, etc.

Eleanor Burns (Quilt-in-a-Day) uses a variation of this technique for her Quick Trip Quilt pattern. You can watch a QiaD episode (#3101) here where she demos the technique. She sews fabric strips into tubes, sub-cuts the tubes, then opens the tubes at different spots to make the colors offset into the "V" pattern. It's an easy technique that gives a very dramatic result. One of these Quick Trips is in my future, I think.

CMC

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