I've just discovered minkee fabric. I think it might be one of those love/hate things! The fabric is so gorgeously soft and strokeable. It's just crying out to be turned into sweet little baby blankets, which is what I've been making with it. It's got a velvety feel and a really soft drape, and the little raised dot detail is perfect for little fingers to explore. I really, really love it ... the only problem is that it's a bit of a nightmare to sew! As you cut into it, it's like a snow flurry with tiny pieces of fluff flying everywhere. And despite the fact I thought I'd cut the square of minkee to exactly the same size as the cotton square, they didn't seem to want to match up while I was sewing!
So, bring on the safety pins and the walking foot! I put the pieces right sides together and safety pinned all over, then I also pinned all the way round the cut edges as the minkee has a tendency to roll inwards. I'm really happy with the end result - I could just sit down and stroke these little baby blankets. I only wish I'd made the discovery when my two were babies as they're the height of small baby luxury!
In case anyone's interested, I found a few links with helpful tips on working with minkee:
Flickr thread in the Sew Mama Sew group
A Common thread
America Quilts Creatively
The general consensus seems to be to pin, pin again, then pin some more! Also use a walking foot and a universal size 80 needle, with the minkee against the feed dogs.
There are going to be more of these in the works, just as soon as I get hold of some more baby blue and ice cream pink fabrics - they just look so pretty against the white minkee.