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Date: 9/29/12 11:07 PM

Today I was at JA's and saw some really cute knit fabric. I was thinking if it is possible to even make a quilt using knit fabric? I am thinking of a baby blanket.

Here's my next thing: I've only made two quilts. And they were very small and with panels and borders around them. Plus the back and binding. So, what kind of pattern would I use? Am I being too ambitious??

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Date: 9/30/12 3:57 PM

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I was thinking if it is possible to even make a quilt using knit fabric? I am thinking of a baby blanket.

Do you want to make a blanket or a quilt? There is a difference.
A blanket with knit fabric would be simple. Piecing a quilt with knits would be a challenge.
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Date: 9/30/12 4:03 PM

I've seen quilts made of T-shirts lots of places (google too, you'll find lots) so I imagine the limitations are perhaps based on the complexity of piecing? T-shirt quilts are just big squares cut out of a t to save the memory...

Grain of salt though - I've never made a quilt, ever!

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Date: 9/30/12 5:38 PM

You can make a quilt with any fabric. I have seen beautiful and successful quilts made of doubleknits, t-shirts, denim, wool suitings, flannel, and silk.

That said, I personally would not want to make a quilt of all knits. The best fabric to make quilts with is 100% cotton.

Perhaps you should research t-shirt quilts - there might be discussions of how best to stabilize the knits so that your piecing will be successful and to control raveling.

I freely admit that I do not like sewing knits.

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Date: 9/30/12 5:42 PM

I think you can do anything you want -- not a too ambitious project all.

When I am using problematic fabrics -- i try to to pick a pattern or create a pattern that has too many small cuts ..

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Date: 9/30/12 5:47 PM

Most t shirt quilts I have seen have the knit fused to stabilizer so it can be sewn to regular quilting type cotton.

And yes you Can make a quilt out of knits, as long as you know you will not get real accurate piecing because knits stretch. A design with LARGE simple pieces, like BIG squares, would work. And make it small, like baby blanket size.

If you have not sewn much with knits, just be warned they
REALLY s t r e t c h out when you sew it.

I would not even ATTEMPT to put the batting and backing together without fusible spray. If you just layer 3 pieces together, you WILL get so much movement on the backside when you quilt it will not be smooth. Even with the spray, the quilting would have to be REAL simple, just a few lines to keep the layers together. Hand tying would be the easiest way to do it without making yourself crazy.

When I made a knit quilt, I used the quilt-as-you-go method with my serger. It was adorable! So thick and soft and cuddly! I made mine real small (36" x 38") because it was a Project Linus donation. If I was to make another quilt with knits, this is the only way I'd do it.

here is the tutorial I used:
Kaye Woods serger quilt as you go

The biggest difference in using knits vs cottons, is after each strip is put on, you have to use your rotary cutter and ruler to even up the edges where the knits stretched out.

Here is the quilt I made. It was all wrinkly from being stored before I turned it in. I made it opposites on either side:


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Date: 9/30/12 6:52 PM

Adorable.

I have made many entire quilts with tee shits - with no interfacing. And, quilted them to death and it worked out ok.

Here is a strip-y one I made.



I think that qult was the 4'th or 5'th quilt I ever made.. I did not have many quilting skills when I made it and it worked out fine.

My best advice -- just go get it. Whatever you want -- try it.

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Date: 9/30/12 10:13 PM

What an adorable quilt! Thank you everybody for your encouragement, thoughts and tips. I so appreciate it.

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Date: 9/30/12 10:22 PM

One question: Is there a pattern for the six hour quilt? I was wondering how much fabric I would need. I like the youtube tutorial. Thank you!

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Date: 10/1/12 11:17 AM

Quote: Sewncooknmom
One question: Is there a pattern for the six hour quilt? I was wondering how much fabric I would need. I like the youtube tutorial. Thank you!

As far as I know the tutorial IS the pattern. You really don't need a "set" pattern, because you decide the size to cut the pieces according to your starting piece.

I did not pre-cut, I cut as I went along, each piece to fit the side it was to go on.
You start with the center, then the 2 contrasting sides for the middle. Then once you sew them on, ALL the rest of the pieces are cut to fit the bit you just sewed!

The ONLY difference when using knits is you need to trim the edges before you sew the next strip on, it really does stretch out on the ends. I used a ruler and rotary cutter to make sure the ends were squared.

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