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Quilt456 Posted: Sat, Apr 26 2014 11:51 PM

Hi!

I am planning to make a quilted shower curtain and am concerned that if I use a cotton batt, the quilted curtain will be too heavy and will pull the tension rod down.  The quilt will be about 70" x 70".

So - I was wondering if using a thin cotton flannel sheet would be a better option for the batting.  I like the feel of a quilt that's shrunk after it's been constructed and quilted, so I don't think I want to go with a poly batt.

And do you think I should prewash and dry the flannel prior to layering/quilting?  I don't know if the 100% cotton flannel will shrink too much.  The constructed top and backing are all quilt shop quality cottons that will not be preshrunk.

Would love to hear from anyone who's made a shower curtain out of a quilt - what did you do for your batt?  And also - how did you attach it to the rod?  Grommets?

Look forward to hearing from you!!

Thanks!!

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Flo replied on Sun, Apr 27 2014 8:40 PM

Cotton flannel would be just as heavy, I used it in a tablecloth.  Have you thought of polyester batting?  That would keep it light.

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Flow that sounds like a good idea.

 

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Quilt456 replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 2:00 PM

I want this quilt-shower curtain to have a shrunken.soft feel to it.  Can I get that with a poly batt?

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weezee56 replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 2:27 PM

if you are making a quilt shower curtain why would you have to put any batting in it. If you need three layers add a plain piece of fabric for the middle layer.

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Quilt456 replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 3:44 PM

Hi!  Thank you for your responses!  In my mind's eye, this will look like a quilt only it will hang like a shower curtain.  I want the thick texture of a quilt.

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Roxana replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 9:38 PM

I don't think my warm and natural batting is heavy at all. I use it primarily because of living in the south. it's usually too hot here for much of a heavy quilt.

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Your definately going to have to post a picture of this shower curtain quilt when its done.

 

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Don't forget we want to see pictures when this shower curtain quilt is done.

 

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Quilt456 replied on Wed, Apr 30 2014 7:13 AM

Ok - will post a photo!  My company arrives on 5/18 so I need to get this finished fast!!  I'm headed to a weekend retreat tomorrow and really hope to get the top pieced while I'm there!!

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Agnes replied on Wed, Apr 30 2014 9:35 AM

I've made a shower curtain once but choose not to line it, just pieced front and back fabric. I made tabs for hanging it off a second rod. May have to revisit this idea again seeing my next bathroom and tub will be more visible than I am used to.

Agnes in NW Ontario

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