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Date: 6/13/13 7:42 AM

Has anyone quilted a baby quilt using minky as the backing? I have just completed one and did stitch in the ditch around all the squares which came out perfect. I decided to try some FMQ and just used a test scrap but it was horrible to work with. I couldn't get the piece to move around at all (glad it was a test piece and not my quilt because it was a real mess!!!) Am I doing something wrong? Has anyone done FMQ using this on the back and if so do you have any tips?

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Date: 6/13/13 8:05 AM

It's funny because this is the very stuff I frown upon for backing, especially baby quilts, mostly because of its tendency to migrate. But several people here have used it and find it okay. Would like to know how they did.

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Date: 6/13/13 9:10 AM

The long arm quilters at my local store use the stuff, but of course the process for those machines is somewhat different. Have you got something like a Supreme Slider or Teflon sheets on your machine bed? If you've already tried that, I suppose one possibility would be working it upside down, but that would only work if you're doing an allover pattern and not something dependent on the piecing.

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Date: 6/13/13 9:22 AM

I use Minky as backing a bunch but find that the walking foot is my best and only friend. FMQ attempts have been disasters. I wonder if basting spray might help?

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Date: 6/13/13 9:26 AM

No I don't have the Supreme Slider or Teflon sheets on my machine bed and working with the minky on top is not an option for this quilt as I have squares that are applique which I don't want to quilt over.

The squares that I was looking to stipple are 6" square and I did use Warm & White as the batting which says I can quilt up to 10" apart so I believe it will be fine to leave them open if I need to.

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Date: 6/13/13 9:28 AM

Basting spray didn't help me at all. I spray basted the entire quilt and did use my walking foot for the in the ditch which worked great. FMQ - not so great!!!!

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Date: 6/13/13 10:13 AM

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... working with the minky on top is not an option for this quilt as I have squares that are applique which I don't want to quilt over.

Once you have outlined the areas you want to quilt (or not quilt), you can flip it over and use those stitching lines to guide you to put your stippling where you want it.

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Date: 6/13/13 1:06 PM

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Once you have outlined the areas you want to quilt (or not quilt), you can flip it over and use those stitching lines to guide you to put your stippling where you want it.

What a FANTASTIC idea Tess!

I recently used minky on the back of a quilt. I used the dimple dot and I did not want FMQ to smoosh the dots. So I did all my FMQ first, with just the batting, THEN I put the minky on the back and SITD around all the squares.

It came out great! I would probably do it this way again if/when I use minky again.

I used very light but extra fluffy poly batting. It gave me wonderful texture and no extra weight. Minky is heavy!

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Date: 6/13/13 4:21 PM

I've used it twice now and gave the quilts as gifts. Parents both reported it did not wear well with frequent washing. It was a big pain to sew with- so I'm back to flannel now.

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Date: 6/13/13 4:28 PM

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That is an excellant idea, I wish I would have thought of that or posted this question before I did the stitch in the ditch!! I really didn't think it was going to be so difficult to FMQ it. The quilt is finished now with the binding on and it is was it is...........but I will certainly remember your suggestion for the next one. I LOVE the softness of Minky and for a baby quilt is just finishes it off so nice.

Tess, I think your suggestion is also great and not one I had thought of but..........I'm not sure I could have even free motioned around the animal appliques on it.......seriously, the test piece was a mess!!!!

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