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Thread: Using a flannel

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    I make small lap/crib quilts and don't have time to do a lot of quilting. What can I use for the batting that wouldn't require much quilting and wouldn't bunch up during washing/drying?. I thought about flannel, Could I use this with 100% cotton quilting fabric? How would the flannel shrink compared to the 100% cotton fabric? Any ideas?

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    You could buy inexpensive blankets, or thrift store ones, they are easy to quilt on, cosy for winter, and one would make several lap size. flannel tends to shrink a lot

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    Hi Dixie, I was just looking at flannel day before yesterday since I'm trying to keep it light for a California baby. The poly-blends are way too thick and hot. When I went to the store I was dismayed to find all the whites were flammable (with warning on the label and price tag) and the best I could do was a light white with pastel spots on it. I don't imagine the spots would show through anyway, and all material is to some extent flammable, but geesh. I suppose too that after washing a few times all the other flannels they had would be just as susceptible to fire.

    I wonder why the warning on some of the material and not all? Maybe they go up like dried Christmas trees or something worse?

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    Steve, it doesn't mean they spontaniously combust! LOL The ones marked not intended for childwear, have not been treated with a nonflamable. Neither have cottons for that matter. Law requires the flannels to state the not intended warning if it is not pretreated. 100% cotton flannel is no more ignitable than regular cotton. If you use flannel for batting as in a summer or baby quilt, I would suggest washing it a few times first. The amount of shrinkage is significant and unpredicatable.

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