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Thread: Backing & Batting for String Quilts

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    Backing & Batting for String Quilts

    I piece my string blocks on muslin. On the only quilt I've finished I used fleece for the backing with no batting and loved how it turned out. I have several UFO string tops to finish up.

    I have a great piece of flannel that will match up to one of my tops for backing, but I'm wondering if the flannel alone will be enough like the fleece was. I usually use Warm & Natural batting but that will make this quilt way too heavy.

    What have you used when quilting a string quilt for backing and/or batting?

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    I don't think W&N makes it too heavy.
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    I've used a thin batting and I've also used a low-loft batting, depending on the look I wanted. For the backs I usually use a coordinating solid cotton, but if I were making one for a child I would probably use a kids print or flannel. I'm currently making my first project using fleece for the backing and I did put a thin batting in there too.
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    How could someone from northerrn Minnesota ever think that a quilt could be too heavy or too warm?

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    How heavy is your muslin? If it's really thin cheesy stuff you can probably use warm and natural. The Warm

    Company also makes Warm 50-50 blend batting which is quite thin which would be my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judys View Post
    How could someone from northerrn Minnesota ever think that a quilt could be too heavy or too warm?
    this was my thought, too LOL
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    It is your quilt so you could use a flannel back with no batting. I like to have some dimension from my quilting so I would use a low loft batt with the flannel would be okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judys View Post
    How could someone from northerrn Minnesota ever think that a quilt could be too heavy or too warm?
    LOL... for me it wouldn't be a problem you are right! These are going to be donated to Project Linus, when I layer it using W&N it just seems so stiff and not cuddly at all.

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    I'm making a string quilt also on muslin and was also wondering what kind of batting to use. I was also considering fleece. I'm going to follow this thread and see what everyone suggest.

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    I am just finishing up a string lap quilt and used warm and natural, don't think its heavy at all....
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    I would layer with a thinner batting than Warm and Natural. Quilter's Dream request would be a wonderfully soft, thin, and sturdy batting to use. It is needlepunched, so does not require super close quilting.

    Edit: I used to use Warm and Natural, but find that its drape is stiffer than I like (although it does soften up somewhat with washing), especially on small quilts. My absolute favorite for small quilts is Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton; however, it requires quilting every 2" or so. The QD is a great substitute and does not require such close quilting. Request weight is thin and lightweight; select weight is a little thicker. All cotton battings will soften more with each washing, making them really wonderful over the years.
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    I like to use warm & natural. Also my thought, too warm with batting?
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    Used fleece on my string quilts. Love how it looks when you FMQ. Washes so well. But live in West Texas, so haven't done it with W/N, might be too warm. My baby quilts I make from Strings always get fleece.
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    I've used quilters dream green plus a muslin foundation. It's lightweight weight but a a little stiff as most quilts are made with the green batting. They do soften with use.

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    I use muslim for a base for my string quilts...Then I used low loft batting. I live in Florida, and it was a fine weight and perfect for winter evenings

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    I have just completed a string top with ultra thin sheeting as foundation. Have purchased a very thin poly batting and the back will be calico/cotton mix. I don't think it will be too heavy as it is for my future DIL and she feels the cold as I do.

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    Thanks so much for all of your comments! I'm going to look for a thinner batting to try or else I might use fleece again if I can find something that looks nice. For a little person I want it to be super cuddly and "squishy" enough that they can wrap up it in it/carry it around easily.

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    I made my string blocks on pieces of old sheets or really OOOOOOOOOOOOGLY fabric that I had in my stash. I then just sewed anothe piece of fabric to the back.

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