Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Flannel FQ ?

  1. #1
    Junior Member Joan in AK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    160
    I was thinking of buying some flannel fq's for a quilt. I want to use one of the patterns in Laps From Fats. The directions for each pattern call for a specific number of fats and a specifc number of shapes/strips to be cut from each fq. I know that it is a good idea to wash flannel first, but here is my dilemma. If I wash the fq's, I may not have enough fabric for all the pieces from each, but if I don't wash, it may shrink up too much. I would appreciate some opinions.
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Camarillo, California
    Posts
    35,320
    I would buy and extra FQ or 2. I have had some of my flannel FQ's shrink up too small to use in a Yellow Brick road and I had to substitute another FQ for it. I don't normally prewash my regular cottons but always prewash the flannels because the shrink at all different rates.

  3. #3
    Junior Member Joan in AK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    160
    Thank you. Do you do anything to the edges of the fq's before washing? Is there a lot of unraveling?

  4. #4
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,113
    Blog Entries
    1
    I would be tempted to buy 1/3 yd cuts and use them instead of FQ's.... that way after prewashing, you would still have atleast a 1/4yd+ of each to use.

  5. #5
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,965
    When it comes to flannel I shy away from fat quarters because of the shrinking. Yardage is my best bet.

  6. #6
    Junior Member Joan in AK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    160
    Thank you for your response. I am still thinking about whether to buy fq's because I have seen some flannel bundles for sale.

  7. #7
    Super Member wvdek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    A million dollar view!
    Posts
    8,897
    Buy extra, wash, iron, and maybe you will be lucky to have some left over. Flannel quilts are so 'homey' and comforting. I hope you make it.

  8. #8
    wishiwerequilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    196
    We make samples for our kits from flannel fat quarters and we don't pre-wash them. BUT we only use Moda flannels which are "brushed cottons".
    you can just open the kit or bundle of fats and begin sewing. I know this from experience. If you want to use a different manufacturer, then the story may be a different one. I believe the authors of the book have used Moda fabrics in their sample. Hope this helps!
    Lisa
    Quilter's Paradise, Westchester NY
    www.quiltersparadiseonline.com

  9. #9
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,113
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have been thinking about this... If you look at the pattern, and it calls for many different flannel FQ's, and you are not using the full width or length measurements for any of the individual pieces, and are only going to be cutting up 2/3 of each FQ, the shrinkage would not matter.

  10. #10
    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    currently central new jersey
    Posts
    8,703
    when i sew with flannels i stitch all the pieces together on all the sides with a zigzag stitch and wash as one and dry as one. then its easy to slide a seam ripper under the stitches, releasing everything at once.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.