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Thread: Anyone Ever Use Flannel for borders/backing?

  1. #11
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    I have used flannel several times and have always been pleased. I agree that it seems to be a warmer, cuddlier (is that a real word?), quilt to snuggle with. Especially for a baby quilt

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    i mix textiles all the time in quilts- flannels and flat cottons work great together-
    the only things to keep in mind is- flannels tend to fray more (they are a looser weave)- starching makes cutting easier and more precise-if you are using clothing- all the pre-shinking has been done- so i wouldn't worry about that-
    if the flannels are thin you can use a stablizer
    cottons- and flannels get softer, cozier with time/use/and washing/drying...make FABULOUS quilts
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Super Member LivelyLady's Avatar
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    Western MA
    I agree with the others; flannel is great but should be washed and dryed first.
    When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.

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    Super Member Olivia's Grammy's Avatar
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    I've used flannel in baby quilts as batting. It makes the quilt lighter in weight. I love flannel in quilts as piecing, boarders or backing.
    We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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    Super Member JenniePenny's Avatar
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    It's also great to have a few flannel squares or blocks on the same side of the cotton. Mix 'em right in and it will be a nice manly quilt with different textures.
    "He who masters the grey everyday is a hero."


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    Senior Member sandilee's Avatar
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    Before I wash the flannel, I sew up the raw ends. Even though I wash it on delicate flannel will ravel bad! I use a zigzag stitch around the fabric square.

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    Flannel makes a cozy backing.

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    Super Member brushandthimble's Avatar
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    North of Boston, MA, USA
    I have seen flannel used for borders, came out very nice. I use flannel often for backings and always pre-wash. Alot of my customer use flannel for backs all the time.
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    Super Member Mad Mimm's Avatar
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    Pacific Northwest
    I have not had problems with too much unraveling, but I have only used flannel a few times with baby quilts. It is a little fuzzy and a good bobbin cleaning is needed after, but I love it and it gives the quilts such a snuggly feel. I do think flannel requires really good basting, but then again, what project doesn't? I say go for it and let us see a picture of the result!

    PS I prewash my flannel too, but did not prewash the top fabrics on my last baby quilt, which I am working on now. We will see if that proves to be a problem!
    Sheila N.

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    I used a flannel backing for a lap quilt and it worked out really well. It is also so soft.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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