Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Coping with Fuzzy Fallout.

As I mentioned in a previous post, most of  the baby quilts that I quilt for customers are backed with Minky.  Well, hey--I use it too--and I purchase it wholesale so I can keep several bolts on hand in a small variety of colors.

It was a constant fight with Minky-fuzz debris on the tables, on the floor, on me, and on anything else in the studio.  I no longer have this problem and thought I would share my solution.

I put up a hand held vacuum on the wall so it is always charged and ready to go.

I grab it before I ever start to make a cut in the Minky.

I use the back side of my cutting mat because minky fibers stick in the "self healing" cuts--preventing your mat from self healing.

After every cut, I run the vacuum up the quilt edge, gathering all the fibers from that side, then I swipe it across the mat cleaning up any loose fibers there in the cut, and lastly, I vacuum up the cut edge of the extra fabric trimmed from the quilt. It all takes a few seconds and then I move the quilt down for the next cut.

See, the cutting table looks just like it did before I started.

This extra minute or two while cutting, is much, much faster than having to clean up the whole area: floor, table, and everything else in the room!

Unless a customer does not want their quilt trimmed, I always trim for them.  It makes such a nice presentation when they receive their finished quilt.  Also quite a few quilts are mailed and it makes a considerably smaller package.


  1. Now, why haven't I thought of either of these solutions before?? About to quilt two with minky backs, so now I'm armed - an upside-down mat and the hand vac!



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