any sewers/quilters out there?

  1. i am sewing a quilt for my sister...it will be my personal creation and tribute, comprised of an array of beautiful fabrics. my question is what material would be most desirable for the backing? i am thinking either flannel; a cotton with a very high thread count; silk/satin....i want the quilt to feel luxuriously soft when she cuddles herself in it. it might seem like a petty question to you but it is important for me for this quilt to be a masterpiece, in honor of lisa.

    many thanks in advance,

    leslie
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  3. by   gwenith
    Hmmm I have never quilted although I have done other things including tatting. Personally I would thing that both satin and silk although they feel smooth against the skin are "cold" fabrics and difficult to work.

    Flannel has an "ordinariness" about it possibly because we were made to wear flannel PJ's as kids.

    I would go for the high weave cotton. To be honest some of the nicest feeling fabrics are old well washed calico - dense high quality cotton.
  4. by   laughingfairy
    Not silk or satin because it doesn't wash well, Flannel is not so great because it pills (nasty little balls of lint), The nicest would be Egyptian or South Seas cotton ($20-30 a yard) in a very high thread count always. If it isn't that high in price and a high thread count then it is not what you are looking for. Gets softer with wearing, and should last about 20 years with regular washing. Remember to wash it before you start the quilt and to not use any type of fabric softner (this fabric doesn't need it).

    Failing to find this fabric the next best is high thread count percale sheets...any department store (800+)

    This is not my advice its my MIL my guru of anything to do with sewing.

    Another thing that she says makes a very nice quilt is to use the flannel for batting. Warm and light weight and seems to hold up better than the polyester fill for multiple washes (my thought is it probably breaths better too) She says if you don't use flannel you will want to use a good cotton batting this tends to be heavy as well as flat but does hold up for years and drapes better. (She also has told me to go find the ugliest $1 per yard flannel at walmart for the inside...that is where you can save a little bit of money when your spending huge money for the backing LOL.)

    good luck.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Washable silks are quite soft against the skin, and as they say can be washed. They are made over here and shipped all over the world for people to cuddle into. And they are soft. If I was in a location that was cool or cold, I would definitely be using one of them.

    Leslie, when you see the right thing, you will know it..................
  6. by   leslie :-D
    i always use cotton batting; hate the polyester fill; and thanks for the idea about flannel filler, that really does sound quite nice. i was considering looking into pima or egyptian cotton but absolutely LOVE the idea of washable silk....with the flannel as a filler then the silk should not feel cool to touch. and unless lisa happens to vomit on the quilt, i can't imagine it needing a weekly washing....however, i do want it to be able to take weekly washings but only get softer with time. suzanne, i'm not sure if i'll know it when i see it for i don't always make the most practical decisions...now i'm thinking even a simple toile might be nice....NO POLYESTER.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Leslie,
    Remember that this is something that you are making out of love, not of being practical.......................you want something to cuddle in, to make her be able to rest and cozy up with.
    Have you seen any made with special pictures that are transferred to the fabric and sewn into the quilt?
  8. by   shygirl
    I have been quilting for over a year now and I just LOVE it! I would use cotton also, it washes well and gets cuddly soft after a while.


    Shygirl
  9. by   leslie :-D
    no suzanne i haven't....i remember when lisa was in the peace corps in the philippines; she would write to me stating that all urinating, defecating and washing laundry and taking baths were all done in the same river where she was stationed....God as my witness this is true. anyway i made her an all cotton nightgown that where the ruffle attached on the bottom, i elasticized it for those times she had to 'squat'.....over 20 years later she still has that nightgown. and going through all my fabrics for this quilt, i actually found a remnant from the nightgown i made her. this particular pattern of quilt is an add as you go...in other words, there is no pattern but it is called roman stripe...i promise when i finish it, i will have someone take a picture of it and try to upload it to this site...even though i was technically challenged just getting the damned avatar on here. i don't know why, but i so want to share this creation with you guys. to this day, i've always taught my children that nothing can compare with a gift from one's heart and you cannot put a price tag on that. i do believe we all have gifts; mine are my hands to workand to create...i don't even have a vision of this quilt so it should be an interesting journey, for sure. what are these transferrable pictures you're talking about suzanne, now that i've babbled you guys to death...
  10. by   laughingfairy
    When my mother died my MIL inherited a large box of scraps...my dad asked her if MIL could make him something out of a house dress my mother wore all the time because she loved it so much...(pull over primary colors, kinda south american looking) My dad expected a pillow or something else small...my MIL went throught that entire box of fabric and asked me where different pieces came from.

    From that she made a large aphgan size quilt...every piece held a memory...my dad cried when he got it...

    things made by hand and with love are the best things there are...

    The only reason I suggested practical stuff was because (though I don't know your family situtation) my guess is this will be something that can be passed on for many years and loved by people who love you and your sister...and to hold it will be to hold a small peice of your love for one another...just as my dad's aphgan holds my mother and the love that they shared as well as the love that my mother in law has for me, my children and our family.

    And someday when my dad is gone, that cherished quilt will be passed to my children or one of my siblings children and they will hear the stories of Grandma, Grammy, and Papaw, and their uncles and aunts. So it was made to be used and loved at the same time.

    and I for one would love to see this quilt when you are done.
  11. by   Koalablue
    `Proper' quilters flannel is a little stiff and creased when new..but let me tell you it becomes oh so soft and warm when it's been washed a few times. Good quality stuff doesn't pill either, I just love it for it's cuddlyness. High thread count cotton of course is always nice and will wash and wear well. There was a series of cotton silk fabrics on (I think) equilter.com....they had a nice sheen to them and looked very pretty :-) I don't know how they wear though.

    I wish I had time to quilt more! Nursing school just kind of sucks the life out of you and leaves you wimpering on the floor. Not conducive to sewing, I've found
  12. by   seanymph
    I've used the good quality flannel for backing for quilts for loved ones and the have loved it, especially since we live in Michigan. They say curling up with it on a cold winter night is so comforting.
  13. by   June55Baby
    I have been a quilter for 15+ years... Just remember if you are going to hand-quilt the quilt (and I believe that is the only way to do it! LOL), fabric with a high thread count is tightly woven and may be harder to quilt.
  14. by   leslie :-D
    for the past 2-3 days i have been ripping all sorts of fabric in preparation...and yes, some of these fabrics are an absolutely bear to rip. then some of my vintage fabrics are extremely weakened. i've ripped the appropriate widths, now i have to go back to the hundreds of scraps to cut the appropriate length. if i rip it against the bias it will not tear evenly....very tedious. and depending on my state of mind, i still have not decided if i will hand quilt or machine quilt. of course hand quilting is the authentic and desirable way to do it....has anyone ever quilted with embroidery floss?

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