Saturday, February 13, 2016

sewing with sheets...


Was at Ikea the other day and found this queen size sheet set discounted. The price for the yardage was more than right. To the naked eye, the thread count looks very similar to high quality quilters cotton. Presumably, the fabric will be durable. My digital camera is upping the colour contrasts but I think it will make a good background for saturated prints. Has anyone ever sewn with Ikea sheets? Any tips? Anything to watch out for? Quilting with sheets- yea or nay?

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  1. What a great conversation to start! I haven't sewn with ikea sheets but I'm all for trying different fabrics.

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    1. Please forgive me! Am having problems with my email forwarding and did not realize you'd commented. Well they say variety is the spice of life. I'm sure that applies to fabrics too:)

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  2. I remember when I first started quilting, I often read comments that you should not use sheets, say for the backing. The reason I think was that the high thread count made quilting difficult. But if you are machine quilting....? Surely it would not be a problem? I'd love to hear how you find it, coz that is one gorgeous sheet!

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    1. Please forgive me! Am having problems with my email forwarding and did not realize you'd commented. I am a machine quilter. My rationale for the purchase was that the weave seemed somewhat looser than our own high count bed sheets so presumably easier to quilt. I will definitely report how it goes!

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  3. I do regularly use Ikea sheets as backing fabric for my quilts, as they are much cheaper than extra-wide fabrics. I like the GÄSPA sheets best, but have also occasionally used DVALA, e.g. when I needed an orange fabric. I wash and dry the sheets before sewing them up to avoid any shrinking. No issues so far. I have also bought a duvet cover with the intention to cut it up and use part of it for a patchwork pattern. The duvet cover turned out rather "rough" and not really pleasant to the touch, so I ended up using it for small zipper pouches, but not for quilts.
    Ikea lists the information on the thread count of the fabrics on their web page; it gives you a basic idea of the quality of the sheets.

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    1. Please forgive me! Am having problems with my email forwarding and did not realize you'd commented. Thank you so much for your input. I saw the solid sheets and was quite drawn to the colours. What is the difference between the GÄSPA and DVALA from a quilter's perspective?

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    2. Gäspa has a silky smooth finish, which I like a lot for quilts that I use in hot weather. It also "shines" quite nicely. Dvala feels more like the regular quilting fabrics.

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    3. Thank you so much for the info Andrea! Do you have a blog? I'd love to see what you've made with your Ikea sheets:)

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  4. @greeneggs:
    I machine quilt all of my quilts, and have never had any issues with the Ikea sheets.

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  5. I've tried hand-quilting with some home decorator fabrics, and they can be hard on your hands. I am curious about sheets. Their width and price surely makes sense for quilt backs.

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    1. Please forgive me! Am having problems with my email forwarding and did not realize you'd commented. Did you really hand quilt decorator fabrics?! They are really heavy. This sheet just looked so tempting. I'm hoping it's not too tough on my machine let alone my hands:)

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  6. A made up item could be cheaper than metreage but why not try it just wash first and unpick seams if you need a bigger backing. I made curtains with Ikea fabric 20 years ago and they are still nice. I would trust Ikea fabric.
    I had opposite problem bought a linen doona cover in a sale for quilt backing but it is so comfy and cuddly I cannot cut it up and have to sleep in horrible mushroom pink I wish I paid twice the price for the charcoal.

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    1. Great advice! Hope you are learning to love your pink doona. Thanks for the laugh:)

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