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Thread: starching flannel

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    Hello everyone. I would like to try Sharon Schambers quilt basting technique. I wonder if any of you who have tried it had used flannel for your quilt back. I have 3 lap quilts with flannel backs waiting to be quilted. I know she recommends starching your backing really well but can you do that to flannel? Yes, I did make sure to wash the flannel first and it is a good quilter's grade flannel bought in a quilt shop. Thanks in advance for any advice and help.

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    Good question! I am ready to quilt a baby quilt with a flannel backing. I look forward to seeing the responses you get...

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    Yes, you can starch flannel.

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    I use quiltshop quality flannel alot for the backs of baby and large lap quilts. Last one was 75x75". I never starch my flannel, and I baste with safety pins...lots of safety pins. I have yet to have a problem using the flannel.

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    The starch will wash out so I don't see why you couldn't but I'd probably do it from the back side.

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    I don't see why you couldn't starch flannel...it's cotton, just fuzzier. :) I've used that method with flannel backing...but I didn't starch it. For some reason, I never starch my backings, it's never occurred to me to do so! LOL

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    I did use her technique for my last two quilts and one had a flannel back. The technique works well, but I thought it was better with the regular cotton backing. Starch the mess out of that flannel as well. Good luck with your quilt!!
    Here is the link for my flannel backed quilt: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-73761-1.htm
    Just FYI - I won't use flannel as backing again - we just don't play well together - LOL!!

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    I starch flannel & most other fabrics from the back side without any problems. I don't put a lot of starch on flannel, though because it will really soak it up. Just enough to get it to behave.

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    good tip to remember. I didn't think of that at all.

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    looks like it came out great

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