Last Friday, we did a little moving and rearranging in the store in preparation for Saturday’s FREE Everything Series: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minky. Every chair was full with those anxious to learn a bit about how to sew with minky. With a show of hands, we learned that very few of us have used it. Karen and Della shared several projects and tons of tips with us.
Stop by the store soon to take a peek at this quilt-as-you-go quilt. Yes, soon, because I just might
steal borrow it for the winter. The front and the back are both minky, with a thin layer of batting in between. It would be perfect for keeping warm this winter or as a floor quilt for a baby. The free pattern for the Cuddle Strip Quilt from Shannon Fabrics can be found here.
While making the Cuddle Strip Quilt, Karen and Della knew they’d be fighting the minky as it stretched and moved as they sewed. To help with this, they used 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Adhesive. The basting spray is used to adhere first the backing to the batting and then to adhere each strip layer as it’s added to the quilt. I used 505 when I made the i-pad envelope and found it easy to use and very helpful. Just don’t forget to protect your surfaces and the rest of the quilt from overspray! Old sheets work great for large areas and freezer paper is best when applying the 505 to the strips.
Oh, texture…I love texture. Look at that photo on the right! Wouldn’t this pillow look gorgeous on your bed? (Yep, along with that Cuddle Strip Quilt!) Some of the minky comes with texture. If you take a close look at the photo of the quilt, you’ll see dots, a paisley print, and stripes. This grey minky, however, did not come this way. Karen and Della used a product called Texture Magic. It is layered on the back of your fabric and then sewn on. In this example, the pillow front and the Texture Magic were quilted in a grid pattern. Then, following the manufacturer directions, they applied steam (not direct heat!). This caused the pillow front to shrink up to 30%, resulting in that amazing texture. Texture Magic is available at Quilt Expressions both prepackaged and by the yard (47″ wide).
I think that Karen had a favorite project this time. Stop in the store and, chances are, she’ll be wearing one of these infinity scarves. Imagine a layer or two of minky draped loosely around your neck this winter…so cozy and warm! This project takes just a small cut of minky and would make great holiday gifts. The pattern is provided free with a minky purchase.
Stop in the store for more helpful sewing-with-minky hints and to take a look at our selection of solids, florals, kids’ prints, chevron, and animal prints. You can also take a peek online by searching with the keyword “minky”.
I’m going to step out of my comfort zone a bit more (I’ve survived sewing from a pattern so far!) and sew with minky. I’d like to try something besides one of the projects shown above and would love suggestions. If you’ve sewn with minky, please leave a comment and tell us about it!
Join us for our next FREE Everything Series: Everything You Wanted to Know About Color and Value on Saturday, September 7 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stop in or call today to reserve your seat.