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BethDurand

graduation gown for binding fabric?

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I am making a memory quilt for a friend.  She gave me two boxes of shirts to use, but I focused on the well worn t-shirts.  One thing that was in there was a high school graduation robe.  Could I cut this up and use it for the binding?  Based on a pattern search, There should be more than enough fabric in there for the binding.

 

Any thoughts?  Pros/Cons?

 

Thanks,

 


Beth Durand

Elizabeth Originals Custom Quilting

www.eocquilting.com

beth@eocquilting.com

2006 APQS Millenium

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I don't know about the graduation gown you have to work with but I have several from my children and I don't think they would be good candidates for binding.  First of all the shiny fabric is slippery and hard to work with, it frays and would not stand up to much use.  Maybe the gown you have to work with is much better quality.....but I wouldn't want to put all that work into a quilt and have the binding fail...:-(

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probably nylon fabric.  The quilt won't get used much, but I'm starting to think that you're probably right about not using it.

 

Thanks for the help.


Beth Durand

Elizabeth Originals Custom Quilting

www.eocquilting.com

beth@eocquilting.com

2006 APQS Millenium

Authorized APQS Dealer

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Beth,  I agree with the gals.    I also think it will look a lot better if you don't use it.

 

It is going to give a pretty cheap looking job when you are done.  I don't know if it would help to stabilize the gown,

but that won't help the slipperiness and still not look as rich as you'd like, plus it is going to cost more.

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If you think adding a touch of the graduation gown fabric would be meaningful, perhaps stabilize a long narrow strip to add as a flange as you add the binding. To make it easier to handle, stabilize the gown fabric with an appropriate fusible.


Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

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Putting my two cents in here and I think Linda R's idea is a great way to use the graduation gown.


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Bekah

Shepherd's Garden Quilting

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I made some memory/t-shirt quilts with an assortment of fabrics.  I pieced some of the blocks with the slick, silky shirts and even a few pair of flimsy pajama pants because I was asked to use a piece of all the shirts/pants.  Here are an assortment of blocks on my design wall.  I also stabilized the other fabrics so they would handle like the t-shirts. 

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Hand driven green Millennium, Bliss Table.

 

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This is a baby quilt made for a customer. She asked me to use fabric from her bridesmaid dress, very slippery and stretchy and frayed like crazy. She was very pleased and I'm glad I didn't try anything more ambitious. I think using that type of fabric for the binding would only bring headaches and tears.

Carol

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