I didn’t entirely like this flimsy when I was given it to quilt.  My friend got a really good deal on it but it turned out to have a lot of tucks, it wasn’t square, and it was made of all kinds of fabrics, only some of which were all cotton.  And to top it off the fabric weights were all various:  from those loose weave cottons we all try to avoid to over-dyed until they’re stiff ones and to nearly denim/decorator weight.  All in all, I don’t think I would have gone to any trouble with this flimsy if I had come across it.

And here’s the lesson:  It’s turned out to be quite an endearing quilt.  My friend wanted a summer weight quilt so she provided old flannel sheets to be the batting.  Here’s another lesson I learned:  a flannel sheet makes quite a decent batting.  Let me first say that this quilt is quite large, measuring 100″ by 100″.  We chose the 2 heaviest flannel sheets she had but they had both been washed lots, so were not as thick as new.  The back isn’t a heavy fabric either and still this quilt weighs 7 lbs!!  I don’t know if she’s going to be able to think of this as a summer quilt.

Anyhow, with all its problems, I’d be some pleased if it were mine.  It turned out really nice and makes me re-evaluate some of the things we strive for.  With all those different fabrics, some of them very cheap, some heavy, others light, the quilt is still great!!

Fabric prices are rising quickly.  People are going to have to make do with their fabric choices and it’s wonderful to see that the result will probably often still be very worthwhile.  These make-do choices will not be the makings of heirloom quality quilts but if you’re making one to be used and loved to death, that quilts end will probably happen well before the fabric wears out in any case.

For the record, I just stippled it so as not to highlight the flaws and it’s a modified Trip Around the World design bought in southwest Ontario and pieced by a Mennonite sewer.  I think it was probably a young girl to account for all the tucks.  Mennonite flimsies are normally exemplary quality work.

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4 Comments on A large quilt plus 2 lessons

  1. Lynette says:

    hehe – I live in Florida, where flannel backing would *never* begin to be thought of as summer weight. ;D Sure is pretty, though.

  2. Sara says:

    Flannel is very nice to work with as I have just finished quilting with some myself as batting.

    It was nice to learn about the Mennonite’s a bit too:)

  3. Shannon says:

    I love the star pattern in this quilt! Beautiful work by all!

  4. Sarah Craig says:

    It’s gorgeous, Rita! I’ve used flannel as batting in my baby quilts, but never in a larger quilt – I’ll have to give it a try! Whoop whoop!!

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