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Ultra suede on quilt

old lady | Posted in General Discussion on

In reading thru the forum, I notice that quilting is another love some of you all have.  I need some help on a quilt I am making.  The center block on the wall hanging is an eagle dancer.  I want to use ultra suede for the body.  I know that I can sew it ,but I don’t want stitches to show on the body.  Has anyone ever used ultra suede and glued the suede to the material?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  I am new to the forum and you all share such wonderful ideas. Thank You


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    There are a lot of sueded fabrics, both knit and woven, that give the appearance of suede but have the properties you'd probably want in a quilt: washability and flexibility.  I've never used ultrasuede for garments because the care instructions are very complicated, and any little dent or nick seems to damage the surface.

  2. thimbles1260 | | #2

    I just finished up a wallhanging of a wolf using ultra-suade.  I decided it would probably not be washed (my intent is to frame it behind glass) so I just used heat and bond (heavy weight).  Some of the pieces are quite narrow, so I am not going to sew them, but go over them in the quilting process.  So far, it seems to have worked well.

    1. old lady | | #3

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the ultra suede.  It's what I wnat to do with the wall hanging, and knowing that you had no problems with it ,I will also use the suede for the body.  Is the 1260 after your name the number of a bernina machine that you use.  I also own the same  machine and love it.

      1. thimbles1260 | | #4

        You asked: is the 1260 after my name the number of my machine.

        Response:  It certainly is.  I look at the Artista machines and they're absolutely beautiful, but I love my 1260.  Its been a real work horse and has not given me a bit of trouble.  I have a Deco 650 for embroidery.  It's a little small, but I don't use it as much as I thought I would, so guess I don't need that embroidery module as much as I thought I did!  LOL

  3. suchasewer | | #5

    I have used ultra suede for small pieces on wallhangings. If you want to sew it on invisibly, consider sewing it with silk thread 100. I have only done this by hand, but it is possible you could do it by machine also. It is almost invisible.

    1. old lady | | #6

      Thank you all for sharing your wonderful ideas in using the ultra suede for the body of the eagle dancer on the wall hanging.  I will use it, it does look better.  I will pin instructions on the quilt, it is going to my son, who does colored and whites in the same laundry load.  Part of his college education.

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