Goody, goody gumdrops!!! Today I have a real treat for you guys! I'd like to introduce you all to Carmen, a friend of mine and member of the Fort Collins Modern Quilt Guild.
At our meeting in January, she finished piecing a lovely quilt top and said she was going to back it with minky. Well, I was completely intrigued and asked her if she would share some of her experiences with her process with you all. I hope you enjoy Carmen's post!!
Hi there, sewtakeahike readers!
I'm so excited to be guest-posting for Penny today! Let me tell you a little about myself... I'm Carmen, and I blog over at seaschell. I dabble in several different crafty areas, including quilting, crocheting, a little scrapbooking, and some general sewing. In the real world, I'm a kindergarten teacher in Colorado, I've been married for five years, and I'm thrilled to be expecting my first child (a girl!) this coming August. Enough about me..
Penny asked me to talk today about my experiences quilting with a soft, cozy fabric called minky. I love minky, and this was the first time I've used it as a quilt backing... actually, it was my first time using minky ever! Usually I just pet it in the store and keep going.
What is minky, you ask? It's a soft, plush polyester microfiber fabric. It comes in lots of colors, with the "dots" you see above and without, and also embossed with designs and graphics. It's great for blankets, toys, and pillows. I've heard a lot about minky shedding, but I didn't have a problem with that. For today's post, I quilted this baby quilt for a friend's new daughter:
Here are a few things to think about when quilting with minky:
- It's not hard at all! I was really concerned about shifting, and especially because I pinned it instead of spray-basting, but shifting wasn't an issue. Do use lots of pins, though! Minky is stretchy.
- Treat it as you would any other backing... same quilting processes apply.
- Don't go too fast! I found the places where I let my machine go super fast were the bunchiest places on the back of the quilt (although not so bunchy as to make me want to pick it out and redo it. :) ). These places were also where the little bumps on the minky were squished a lot by the quilting.
- I did use batting, as the minky is pretty sheer (and thin).
- After quilting and trimming the edges of the quilt, the minky behaved just as a cotton backing would. I didn't have a problem with curling or anything while I was trying to bind it. In fact, I bound it on my machine and it worked like a charm!
- Minky is very forgiving as a backing. I used white thread on pink minky, and it pretty much hid all of the stitches.
Quilting further apart will allow the minky bumps to show more, and quilting close together will squish more bumps.
Minky is a floppy fabric, so make sure it doesn't get folded under itself while quilting.
I absolutely love how the quilt turned out! I'll definitely be using minky again as a quilt backing. It's so soft and cuddly, perfect for a sweet baby.
That's all, folks! I hope this encourages you to give minky a try! And thanks, Penny, for letting me take over your blog today!