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Thread: Backing & Batting for String Quilts

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    Backing & Batting for String Quilts

    I piece my string blocks on muslin. On the only quilt I've finished I used fleece for the backing with no batting and loved how it turned out. I have several UFO string tops to finish up.

    I have a great piece of flannel that will match up to one of my tops for backing, but I'm wondering if the flannel alone will be enough like the fleece was. I usually use Warm & Natural batting but that will make this quilt way too heavy.

    What have you used when quilting a string quilt for backing and/or batting?

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    I don't think W&N makes it too heavy.
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    I've used a thin batting and I've also used a low-loft batting, depending on the look I wanted. For the backs I usually use a coordinating solid cotton, but if I were making one for a child I would probably use a kids print or flannel. I'm currently making my first project using fleece for the backing and I did put a thin batting in there too.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    How could someone from northerrn Minnesota ever think that a quilt could be too heavy or too warm?

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    How heavy is your muslin? If it's really thin cheesy stuff you can probably use warm and natural. The Warm

    Company also makes Warm 50-50 blend batting which is quite thin which would be my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judys View Post
    How could someone from northerrn Minnesota ever think that a quilt could be too heavy or too warm?
    this was my thought, too LOL
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    It is your quilt so you could use a flannel back with no batting. I like to have some dimension from my quilting so I would use a low loft batt with the flannel would be okay.
    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by judys View Post
    How could someone from northerrn Minnesota ever think that a quilt could be too heavy or too warm?
    LOL... for me it wouldn't be a problem you are right! These are going to be donated to Project Linus, when I layer it using W&N it just seems so stiff and not cuddly at all.

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    I'm making a string quilt also on muslin and was also wondering what kind of batting to use. I was also considering fleece. I'm going to follow this thread and see what everyone suggest.

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    I am just finishing up a string lap quilt and used warm and natural, don't think its heavy at all....
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