Transform quilt top to duvet cover?

coffeehausFebruary 17, 2013

Many years ago, I began a Churn Dash quilt that I never completed. Last year, I realized that I was NEVER going to end up with an actual quilt, so I decided instead to make it into a duvet cover. I joined the squares with an interposed lattice, and I am in the process of adding borders to make an 86" x 86" cover (approx.). Because I don't want to have exposed seams next to my duvet (don't want threads accumulating on the comforter), I was thinking that I need to back the quilt "top" with something before I sew it to the underside of the cover (using a queen size sheet), thus forming a case for the comforter. Then I'll fashion some kind of closure, like snaps or buttons. My question is this: what should I use for this backing? Plain old muslin OK? Too wrinkly? And if I don't plan to actually "quilt" the top, should I use something fusible, or is it best to do at least some minimal machine quilting to keep the top and backing together as a unit for the top of this cover? If it makes any difference, the cover will be machine-washed on a regular basis. I hope this all makes sense...

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Sounds like a good plan to me. I made my daughter pillow shams to match her quilt and used muslin to back the tops of them, then had them quilted to match the quilt. So far it has worked very well. I did use batting, but I see no reason you would have to. Be sure to wash and dry the muslin a couple of times so it will shrink before you wash the finished duvet.


    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:38AM
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I don't think the top would survive washings long if it wasn't quilted down to something. I think I'd put a back to it in maybe flannel and quilt it like a normal quilt before I assembled the duvet. That would hold it together well. I'd also do french seams around edges to seal it for washing.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:54AM
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What is wrong with using a sheet to back it??If you arn't going to quilt it I feel that would be reasonable thing to do.
Walmart has inexpensive flat sheets at very reasonable prices and obviously withstand washings.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 2:11PM
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Thanks everyone for the tips!
Looks like I might need to do at least a bit of quilting, just to tack the quilt top to the backing so that it can withstand repeated machine washings. Good idea to use a sheet for the backing, as well as for the other side of the duvet cover. Then I don't have to worry about shrinking or wrinkling muslin.
Might be my project for NEXT winter!

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 6:38PM
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