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Thread: Flannel Sheets- It's not my imagination!

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    Flannel Sheets- It's not my imagination!

    I like flannel sheets, both on my bed and on the backs of my quilts. Lately, I've been finding it much more difficult to find tightly woven, good quality flannel sheets that don't shrink, pill or get really thin after a few washings. I was pretty positive that the quality has deteriorated and now I'm sure. I've been cleaning out closets and on the top shelf, I found a flannel sheet purchased from Sears probably twenty years ago which had never been used. It's thick, soft, has deep hems and best of all, Made in Canada! (Don't ask why it's been in the closet that long). It's absolutely perfect for the quilt top backing that I need to finish a quilt for my granddaughter. Now I wish there were a few more up there. Does anyone know a source for good quality flannel (sheets or yardage) at a reasonable cost?
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    I too have noticed the quality going down in fabric. Have you tried to find a good quality muslin lately? They go from canvas like to too thin with nothing I like in between. I have switched to white on whites or whilte on creams for my Red Work. The flannel seems nice when you buy it but pills when washed. There doesn't seem to be any way to tell in advance. This was good LQS flannel that pilled the last baby quilt I did. Good luck on your quest!

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    I tried Hobby Lobby, Joann's, and Hancocks to find just some plain black and some plain white cotton and all they had was this stuff that's only got one selvage edge. The other edge has been cut and then glued! Yes, some type of glue has been used to seal it and in places it's 1 1/4" wide. Very shabby quality. But then again, I don't look as good as I used to either.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Try The Vermont Country Store at www.VermontCountryStore.com or 802.776.5710 and I am NOT associated with them in any way. Some of the things they have will take you back! Some are quite amazing and unique in today's time.

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    I have give up on flannel. I bought "the good stuff" and paid big $$ at LQS and it pilled on the first washing , not as bad as some of the Jo'ann cheaper flannel , but pilled none the less.
    I thought sheets might be better , but from what you are saying .. quality flannel is not in most sheets either.

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    Also LL Bean has flannel sheets, different weights and free shipping, both ways. I love flannel sheets on my bed, winter and summer. I am not associated with them in any way except I order from them.

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    QVC's "Northern Nights" linen line has "Super Chunky" flannel bed sheets. These are the only flannel sheets I use now. I also use their 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets in the warmer months. Very nice quality on both.
    "I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane!"
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    I think JC Penny's sheets are really nice.

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    I agree with the LL Bean sheets - very good quality - or at least they were last time I bought them. Menopaus has made flannel sheets a thing of the past. I will also say that Moda flannel is very good. Bought some at a small shop in Lancaster last year and it was just yummy. Was a dream to work with.

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    We bought a red plaid flannel sheet set at Target last winter and they are the most fabulous flannel sheets that we have ever had. Wash after wash. The only problem is that they still bleed - don't want to wear a white nightgown as it will be pink by morning.
    Nikki in MO

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