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Thread: Using fleece instead of batting

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    Lightbulb Using fleece instead of batting

    I seen the picture of the person whose batting fell to pieces due to excess washings. My question is have anyone used fleece instead of batting? What is the life of the quilt using that? Do you wash it first? Whats the down side if not washed first?

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    I just started using fleece for my lap and kids quilts. Love it. Works nice.
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    I have made several with fleece. Since it is polyester which does not shrink, I preshrink the top fabrics and then cut and piece them. Then sew them together. Makes a nice warm quilt with not as much weight as a quilt with the cotton batting.
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    Have not tried it but should be warm and cozy! Not sure what the life span would be.

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    Going to try this ...

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    Would you use the fleece as backing and batting?
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    When I'm doing quick baby quilts, I will often back them with polar fleece instead of using batting and a cotton backing. I have one friend who orders quilts for her real estate clients and specifically requests the fleece back, because they're so snuggly. When I use the fleece, I don't put batting in the quilt, it just becomes too bulky, especially for AZ.

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    Used it in about fifty quilts. Ihand quilt. Machine quilted one for my kitty,zoey. She loves polar fleece

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    I make all my rag quilts with fleece as it is light weight and warm. Have not tried a traditional quilt this way.
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    Yes, use fleece! Especially for baby and lap quilts - the 60" width is usually sufficiently wide for them.

    I used a single piece of fleece only in one quilt - it was both backing and batting. It was very soft and snuggly. I do worry about pilling over the long term when I do that, though, so usually use fleece for batting and put a cotton backing on a quilt, too.

    I get the lighter weight fleece at Walmart to use for baby quilts. It's light weight in terms of how heavy it is as well as how warm it is. I figure that babies aren't so strong that they'll want to drag around a heavy quilt!

    I've used the heavy weight fleece, too. It gives a quilt a soft, pillowy feel.

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