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Date: 7/25/08 6:09 PM

My grandmother was an avid cross-stitcher. When she died several years ago, we found stacks of pieces she had finished and never done anything with. My mother recently came across them again -- they had been packed into storage -- and she and my sister want me to try to make a quilt out of them.

I know I can't work with the cross-stitch as it is -- the cloth isn't woven tightly enough. What should I mount them to? And how should I mount them? I don't know what to do with the raw edges of the cross-stitch cloth. I'm guessing some type of applique must be in order? But I don't know how to do that, either.

All advice is appreciated...thanks!

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Date: 7/25/08 7:41 PM

I think it depends on whether the cross stitch is fully filled in or if it just has a pattern with areas of exposed mesh. If it is fully covered, then I think you could just treat it as a square of fabric and sew it the same way you would a piece of fabric square. If it is the exposed mess variety, then you might have to applique the piece onto a muslin backing to stop any batting from leaking through. It is a wonderful chance to create something that would be a memory quilt of your grandmother, and a worthy project of finding a solution for doing it. I think I would bind off the edges of the fabric square with at least an overcast stitch or serged edge before I trimmed it to size. Also you are going to have to deal with the skewering of the fabric due to the cross stitching of the pattern. I used to have to block the needlepoint that I did to get rid of the skewering of the finished piece, and sometimes that wasn't enough so I had to mount it to a mounting board and then frame it. I don't know if that is a problem with cross stitch as I have never done any. But it is a part of the needlepoint process, and one that a lot of people hate. I think you should try to find a solution as it would be a wonderful way to remember your grandmother. Maybe a series of wall hangings?

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Date: 7/31/08 10:15 PM

I originally posted this on the quilting board, but the quilters are unusually quiet! Cross-stitch is like embroidery (kinda sorta?) so I thought I'd try here.

I know people use embroidered graphics to embellish garments and tote bags. Can you do the same thing with cross-stitch?

My grandmother was an avid cross-stitcher and after she died we found stacks of finished pieces she never did anything with. I want to make them into a quilt, and ideally make several -- one for my mom, my sister, my aunt, my cousin, and me.

What do I need to mount the piece to so that I can work with it? I know there is a stabilizer used for embroidery pieces but I don't know what it's called, where to find it, how to use it, etc. It is fusible? I'd be afraid to apply heat and steam to the cross-stitch, but I guess if you can do it with embroidery...

Would I then have to applique the cross-stitch to a square of fabric? Can I do that with a regular sewing machine? (My budget isn't embroidery-machine-friendly at this point.)

TIA for any suggestions or insight.
--Sarah

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Subject: Not really embroidery but similar... Date: 8/1/08 7:06 AM

I have seen quilts with cross stitching. What a wonderful way to remember your grandmother. To protect the fabric I would stabilize the cross stitching either by appliqueing or fusing them to a piece of muslin to make the quilt blocks.

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Subject: Topic merged Date: 8/1/08 9:16 AM

Topic merged from Not really embroidery but similar... into Quilting with Cross-Stitch Pieces

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Date: 8/14/08 4:54 PM

I am a cross stitcher and this is what i would do.First i'd wash each piece in the sink in tepid water and a small drop of dawn dish liquid.Then rinse very well in cool water and roll in a towel.Iron the pieces dry,placing them face down on the towel and iron til dry.Then i iron a piece of fusible midweight INTERFACING to the wrong side of each one.With mine i then pin them to a padded board or the ironing board and leave overnight , making sure they are totally dry.Then you can sew strips of fabric to all the finished edges,do the sides first,then top and bottom.This is called borders.

Here are some directions,and you can also visit 123stitch.com and the gals there will show you some beautiful ones they have made,and also help you along.You do have to register,but it's free.

Here's the link for the directions.

http://www.stitchingthenightaway.com/articles/cross_stitch_quilt.htm

Good luck
kathi

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Date: 8/15/08 1:46 AM

Thank you, Kathi! I was starting to think I'm the only person who's ever wanted to use cross stitch in a quilt!

Would you recommend washing the cross stitch even if I don't ever plan on washing the quilt? What about the risk of the colors bleeding? I'm intending them to be more decorative/keepsake quilts than actually being used as a blanket (which is why the baby cousins, who are 4 and 2 1/2, won't get theirs until they're a lot older).

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Date: 2/19/13 4:37 PM

Sorry I never got back here Curlysue,but 2008 and 2009 were not good years for me.Had 2 major surgeries,went thru chemo and all that that entails.I'm doing very well now,and heading to my 5th year cancer free come august.

I read the newsletter everymonth,but havn't been posting,hope to be changing that.

Not sewing as much as I used to,doing more cross stitching these days.

Hope all is well with you and you got that cross stitch washed and put into a quilt,if not,post back and i'll help you out with what to do.

I plan to check In here more often now to see what everyone is doing.
Take care,have a great week.
Kathi

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Date: 2/19/13 11:07 PM

Kathi, that is good news. Be sure to come here and tell us on your anniversary!!

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Date: 2/19/13 11:40 PM

Thanks barb I will.This seems to be the most popular sewing/quilting board on the net.
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