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Thread: Minky vs Flannel fabric for rag quilt

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    Hi-

    Just wondering, but I am wanting to make rag quilt as a gift and which fabric would be nicer for a backing? I realize there is a HUGE price difference between the 2. Is the minky a "heavier" fabric? I want the quilt to be of a nice weight. Also, if I use the minky, do I still need to put a piece of batting in-between the squares??

    Thanks!

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    Minky is much heavier, and it is also more difficult to sew as it is stretchier than cotton. It does make a wonderful backing, though. I would not use batting as it may be too warm. :D:D:D

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    I wouldn't use minkee in a rag quilt. That stuff sheds like there's no tomorrow!! A friend does baby quilts with minkee and we all sew together on a regular basis. By the time she would get a top cut and sewn there would be minkee fluff every where!! I don't know if she put batting in the quilts but she mixed the minkee with flannel, chenille and cotton and then backed with either flannel or minkee. She used the cotton squares to embroider name and birthdate.

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    When you make a rag quilt, you clip the seam allowances, then wash, to get that fuzzy edge to each block. Since Minkee is a polyester fabric, it won't fuzz like cotton fabrics do.

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    I didn't even know what minkee is! Duh.

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    I would use flannel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granniebj
    I didn't even know what minkee is! Duh.
    minkee is like fleece except it is fuzzy, kind of like the material a stuffed animal would be made out of.

    Hope I explained that correctly, in my head I know what I mean. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by granniebj
    I didn't even know what minkee is! Duh.
    Here is some info.

    http://www.sewing.org/files/guidelin...ke_fabrics.pdf

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    Minkee is a very soft, plush polar fleece-type of fabric. It's great for backing a baby quilt or for making stuffed animals. The longer the pile of the Minkee, the more it will shed when you cut it.

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    minky makes a mess if you leave the edges raw. I would go with the flannel

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