I'm very new to this but I've just started making a quilt for my baby niece and I'm really enjoying it. The fabric I've used is plain cotton - a little from a fabric shop near me and some from online (it's Dan Bennett, if you're familiar - really pretty patterns imo). Problem is, even when I have washed the starch out, it doesn't have a very soft texture. If I'm looking online (seems best, shops round here are rubbish!), how do I find nice soft fabric I can quilt with?
You can't reallu, unless it is old material. I have made a lot of quilts and the nicest are made with scraps of old materials from teatowels, pillowcases, blouses and even boxer shorts. Means the quilt tells a story too.
I'm not sure we're on the same page here. Teatowels are really rough and scratchy - do you mean the things you dry dishes with or is this somethign else?
I was meaning is there anything other than cotton that'd be softer - I've heard of people turning their wedding dresses into quilts back in the day, I guess that would have been silk but would that need you to be very skilled to sew?
I do love the idea of the quilt telling a story though.
Haha! Towels to dry dishes. I found some very old soft ones in a charity shop once. Cream with thick green and pink stripes throguh them. Perfect. My 10 year old is under the quilt I madeo ut of them when I was pregant with her, as i TYPE.
I do patchwork and quilting with cotton fabric and I often find myself thinking it's not very soft while I'm doing the patchwork - but once you add the wadding and start quilting, it is transformed into the loveliest (and most addictive) touchy-feely end product. Stick with it, honestly.
PH - I will check out, but I think I am probably going to carry on with washing it a lot and hoping (I fell in love with the fabric I bought first off, it's looking really good cut up), but will look for brushed cotton. DH has this endearing belief that I will soon finish the baby's quilt and should make one for us.
open - I bet it'd look lovely - someone I know has done a pattern including a star made of stripes and it looks amazing! My DH is unfortunately attached too his shirts ... including the crappy ones.
Lots of really easy and quick quilt patterns out there. The first one I made was for dd. I used a line of fabric from Moda (so quilting cotton) and used a polyester batting - it's beautifully soft now after a few washes.
Good - it sounds as if I didn't need to worry about the softness.
I'm making it with 6-point stars, it's fun.
While I'm asking questions, I should come clean and admit I'm not a mum so am ignorant: what size do you reckon I should make it? My neice will be nearly nine months old by Christmas and that's teh first time I'll get to see her (, I know). Is there such a thing as a standard cot-size? Or if I made just a biggish rectangle, would that be ok?