Minkee, Minkee, Minkee; if you’re a quilter this word is probably quite familiar to you. Minkee is the incredible, ever so soft, fabric that everyone dreams of having on the back of their quilt. Well maybe we should leave it at “dreams of having” on the back of their quilt. Speaking for myself, I for one, love the feel of this material. However, I am NOT a fan of quilting it as a backing on my Longarm. My reasoning is simply because I like to pull my backings nice and tight. Due to my fondness for those two things this is where “Minkee” and I have relationship issues.
Back in the day when I was quilting as a business, I had a client bring a Minkee backing for me to complete. Easy peasy I assured my customer, but the joke was on me.
I quilted this small baby quilt (in hindsight I thanked the gods above it was small) and was quite satisfied until I removed it from the frame. My once “small” baby blanket had managed to be reduced to a “shrinky dink” blanket. Yes, this little quilt became more than little when it shrunk! As a result of my strong desire to have a nice tight backing I managed to pull the backing too tight (imagine that). AND because the material is a knit, in a shocker, it stretched!! Needless to say when I took it off the frame, this cute baby quilt wasn’t feeling or looking too cute.
No amount of marinating in the corner was going to resolve the problem that had transpired (marinating- letting a quilt sit in the corner in hopes that a slight tension issue will resolve itself once the quilt relaxes).
PS. This normally works.
It took me three LONG days of ripping out all of the stitching so I could partake in a wonderful redo with this adorable quilt made with a Minkee backing.
Did I want to repeat that “Minkee Production”? Hell to the no! Once was more than enough for this quilter, so from that moment on Minkee backings have not made an appearance in my studio.
Sorry Minkee, I can only live through that nightmare one time. Do you like to quilt with Minkee backing and if so, please enlighten me on the best way to do this?