Calming, quirky quilts for Alzheimers patients

Dealing with Fabrics of Mixed Weight and Texture

Suggestions for Troubleshooting



All fabric must be washed before cutting.  This is essential with mixed fabrics which may shrink differently from one another.


  1. Do lots of pinning.
  2. Baste if necessary.
  3. Stabilize stretchy or flimsy fabrics with iron-on interfacing before cutting.
  4. Back light-weight fabrics with muslin or flannelette.
  5. With sharp scissors shave the pile of fake fur from its backing in the seam allowance. If your clipping is a bit rough it will not show.
  6. Finger press the pile away from the edge -- towards the centre -- before you pin and sew. If , after sewing, too much pile is caught in the stitching, pull it back with a knitting needle or crochet hook.
  7. Use a walking foot, if you have one.
  8. If fabric has a roll in front of the presser foot push down on it with your fingers or a slim screwdriver as it goes under the presser foot. Be very careful not to get fingers or screwdriver under the presser foot or needle.
  9. With some fabric combinations it matters which fabric is next to the feed dogs of your machine. If you have trouble getting the seams even, try turning your work over to sew it.
  10. Try to keep seam allowances to 1/4 inch. However if that is too difficult, cut fabric larger so that the finished block size remains constant.
  11. Be patient and fuss to get it right.
  12. Seam allowances will tend to fold away from the heavier fabrics. If, when joining rows, the seam allowance wants to go one way for one block and the other way for the next, you can carefully clip the seam allowance to let it do so.


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