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    quilting fabric

    I hope this doesn't sound to dumb? Am thinking of making my Grandson a scrapy quilt. My question is can I mix cotton and flannel in it? How about fleece. I would like to get an assortment of frog prints.
    Any help is appreciated!! I am such a newbee!

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    I know that I don't mix cottons with other blends, but then I've never tried. It just seemed that I might run into trouble with the different thickness of fabrics. Hopefully someone else can give you better information.

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    I have always heard to stay with same fabric whether it be all cotton, cotton blends, flannel, etc.
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    Personally, I would give it a go, but I'm not very good with rules.

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    I think because the three you mentioned all have different weights and thickness it would make for an uneven appearance. Plus fleece and flannel stretch and would make them difficult to keep stable with cotton.
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    Way back when - some quilts were made with almost anything the maker could get her hands on.

    I tend to prefer the same weight for the whole back and the same weight for the whole top - but that is not what everyone else needs to do.

    I think if I did have a 'rule' - if it's an item that is meant to be washed - to only use sturdy washable fabrics in it.

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    Since they're in the cotton family, I would and this winter would make it a very cozy quilt if he lives in the same climate zones as you!. I don't use muslin for the Victorian Crazy Quilts I'm working on either. My quilt, my way. Your quilt your way! Photos when you're finished Please and Thank You!

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    If you do, I would make sure that you pre-wash in HOT water and dry both of them. I usually pre-wash/dry flannel twice. Flannel is notorious for shrinking a lot and if you don't pre-wash it will shrink more than the cotton and you won't like the end results.

    I think it might be neat to see the different thicknesses in some blocks ... like a pinwheel or an Ohio star with the stars in flannel and the base in cotton.

    Also suggest reducing your stitch length (more stitches per inch) and using lots of starch (easier to iron the flannel from the back and don't forget to let the starch "set in" before you press it).
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Go for it! I mix cotton, batiks, woolies, flannels. Prewash before cutting, then starch n iron. The only limitation is your imagination. ♡

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    Also, since you say you are new....use your walking foot for piecing different fabrics until you are confident.

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