Can it be done?

Biinaboo, Zone 10, Naples, Gulf CoastOctober 10, 2012

I know that quilting with reclaimed fabric can be a crap shot but I'm willing to give it a shot at a chance to create something cool with my kids outgrown baby clothes. I know a stabalizer will help keep those knits in check and I've come across a pattern that can accommodate the verying sizes of text/prints. The thing is, I have so many cute piece that I want to incorporate but only want a lap or crib size. Would it be silly to have 'tops' on both sides? Has it been done? Is there a hard fast rule why 'backs' are usually more simple?

Thanks a million


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I believe you are wanting to make a "reversible quilt", that is the top and backing are both pretty.

No, quilt backings do not have to be "simple".

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 10:59AM
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Yes, do it. Just treat it as a backing. I have made quilts that are reversable.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 11:00AM
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Biinaboo, Zone 10, Naples, Gulf Coast

Awesome!!! Thanks ladies. Would it be more visually appealing to have the same pattern on both sides or change it up?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 11:08AM
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Keep in mind it will be thick. You will have double the seams to quilt through so you'll need to try and not let seams lay in same spots on both sides and quilt it with something simple like straight lines using feed dogs up. It will be bulkier but a real treasure if you can do it.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:15PM
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Biinaboo, Zone 10, Naples, Gulf Coast

Thanks toolgranny. That's something I didn't think about.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:30PM
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If it gets too thick, use a thinner batting or use flannel as the batting, just be sure to wash it a couple of times with hot water and dry with high heat. Flannel shrinks like crazy so do it before you use as batting. Or if you have a lot of the clothes, why not just make 2 quilts? Your post did indicate kidS as in multiple :)
just a thought

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 6:30AM
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I would indeed make more than one quilt.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 12:23PM
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I usually do a pieced back because I like to use up my fabric. Fabric is so expensive, and it seems so practical and interesting to use it that way. I made a quilt for a great niece of mine, and I arranged the pieces in the back to be a giant purple checker board. She and her sister tell me they love to play checkers in her room on it.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 2:03PM
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