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Date: 1/6/14 4:11 PM

I have two queen sized comforters. They are both from the Company Store and are stuffed with European down. The one comforter which we are using more often now is the heavier fill and the newer one. However, we recently bought two twinXL beds and I push them together and use a king top sheet. The Q size fits the top of the bed perfectly but there is no drape.

I have an idea! Given that the size of the blocks are the same in both quilts, would it be possible to take the older quilt open of the seam adjacent to the rest of the blanket--stuff more feathers into the row of blocks on the edge of the quilt and then re-stitch. I could then cut it off of the older quilt and attach to the newer quilt and get some drop on the side of the mattress. Has anyone here ever worked with feathers--besides getting up your nose and all over the place, what else do I need to know? What size needle for instance--what type of seam should I use to attach the piece to the quilt? Any insights at all would be most welcome!!
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Date: 1/9/14 9:47 AM

I am confused (maybe my age?). Are you asking about comforters or quilts?

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Date: 1/9/14 10:17 AM

I have reduced the size of a down duvet in the past. That was fairly easy, but oh my what a mess.

I marked where I wanted to cut the duvet, then I stitched two lines of stitching about 1.5 inches apart on either side of the marked line. Oh I tried as much as possible to push the down out of the way. Once stitched I cut between the lines and then folded the seam allowance over twice and stitched it down again.

What you are talking about will create a huge mess, I would contact a duvet company and see if they do alterations.

Traditionally European Duvets are not designed to have a drape over the side of the bed. All the twin sized ones in our house fit the top of the mattress no overhang.

When I was in NZ 25 years ago I saw several duvet covers that fit the duvet, then had an attached double sided piece that you could either drape down the side of the bed or use to tuck in under the mattress.

Good Luck with your project.

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Date: 1/10/14 1:28 AM

Hi Doris--down comforter!

My gut tells me that Michele is not exaggerating! But, I am tired of wrestling with DH for some extra cover-- do you think I should put something on the floor to help curtail the mess? It doesn't sound like something you would do again--but, these things are so dang expensive and I hate to waste.

Thank you,

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Date: 1/10/14 1:31 AM

I forgot to ask:

What type of needle and thread do you suggest?

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Date: 1/10/14 1:43 AM

Until you decide what to do, why don't you drape one further over one side, and then drape the other further over the other? It's not attractive, but it works. My husband and I went through this when we got a king sized bed. Now we have a queen size with a double sized comforter so we can't win. When a dog plops down in the center of the bed, my rear end loses every bit of cover it started with! (Husband doesn't care, he sleeps in sweats anyway.) I really need to finish a large enough quilt.


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Date: 1/10/14 2:41 AM

We ended the cover dilemma very quickly after I moved here to DK: we have two duvets, one each (what I'd term medium-sized -- not the really big ones which are great for a king-sized bed, and not the twin-sized ones which are kind of small for an adult, imo). Each fits the top of our more-or-less queen-sized bed with no overhang, which provides ample wrap-around and/or leg-out-side-the-covers-because-OMGHOT (thanks, perimenopause) when we're in bed together.

I'm given to understand that this is a very common solution in this part of the world: you get to choose how heavy a cover you want, and how much coverage you want or don't want on whichever side of your body you want, all without disturbing your sleeping partner.

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