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Thread: All flannel quilt front and back

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    Senior Member sewgray's Avatar
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    I really want to make an all flannel quilt for my daughter who lives in a very cold climate. Flannel front and back with warm and natural batting. I know the flannel tends to stretch and warp. Any suggestions on how to handle this? Thanks in advance.

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    I made a "bricks and mortar" quilt out of all flannel. It is just squares and rectangles, so there are no bias edges to worry about stretching. I would recommend a pattern similar to that to avoid the stretching.

    The other good pattern for flannel are the raggedy quilts. They make up very soft and warm.

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    I have not had any problems using flannel on my quilts.

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    dont use small peaces buy good quality flannel and starch it youl be fine.

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    I have made lots of flannel quilts front and back and never have I ever starched it or had any problems with the material stretching. they work up really nice. I generally use 8 in squares and do around the world or a diagonal. they turn out really nice and warm. use the regular batting from Joann's. I buy it by the roll. Still have 2 rolls of the blue bag and 1 of the yellow bag.

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    But flannel shrinks quite a lot. Maybe if it's all flannel, pre-washing is not so important, but it's in my head very strongly that flannel must be pre-washes.

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    I have done all flannel with warm and natural, and I have made a rag quilt with quilting cotton on one side, good quality flannel on the other, and warm and natural in between, they have all turned out great! For rag quilts i do not starch. for the others i do lightly and then just am careful not to stretch.
    The flannel quilts are very popular!

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    I have made several rag quilts and no problems with stretching :thumbup:

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    I always wash and dry flannel before cutting and I have never had any problem with stretching. I have made rag quilts and other patterns with flannel and like working with it.

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    Why don't you use Fleece? I make regular cotton-top quilts, use poly batting, and fleece for the backing. Very warm. I donate these lap quilts to the Chemo therapy treatment center patients near me in honor of a friend who was treated successfully there. Patients are very appreciative and they are warmer than the blankets the Center hands out.

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