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    Backing quilt with fleece

    A friend mentioned that she woul like me to back a quilt I am making for her mom with fleece. I have never done that. Should I use batting? Can I quilt it on the machine? Help, please!
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    I've made one quilt this way and did not use batting. I quilted it, leaving room around the edges of the top so I could just turn it under and stitch it, leaving a bit of the fleece for fringes around the edges. I have some cuddle fleece that I bought for backing of a baby quilt. I can't wait to try it, but I don't think they recommend leaving raw edges for the cuddle fleece like you can for the polar fleece.

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    You could use a batting... but I would not.. depending on the fleece it could be quite thick . I would take the fleece and roll it up as if you were to roll for quilting and see if you can handle the over all volume that will have to fit into your machine.
    The fleece will be quite warm so the batting really is not required.
    Consider tying or machine tacking as an alternative to quilting if you find the quilt roll will be more than you want to handle.

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    I made one in which I used fleece for backing and included batting. I found it very heavy/stiff in the end, even with light quilting. Since then, if I'm using fleece I don't use batting. Fleece is so warm, I don't think it is necessary anyway.

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    I have made quite a few quilts with fleece backing & warm & natural batting. I have posted the pictures before but will include again, they are nice & cuddly! Name:  Devon finished001 (Small).JPG
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    I have made over 100 quilts for the Children's Hospital and always use fleece. I don't use batting to keep them soft and not too heavy. They wash very well and really hold up to wear and tear. I sandwich the two layers using basting spray and then quilt. Don't have to quilt too closely (a real plus) and I bind them. Have fun.

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    I have used fleece as a backing in several quilts and don't use batting with it. It works fine and is especially nice for making soft, cozy kids quilts, as well as lap robes for the elderly (they don't slide off so easily).

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    I would not use fleece. It is a polyester blend fabric and will shrink differently than your cotton quilt top.

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    Pretty quilts Thimblebug!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    A friend mentioned that she woul like me to back a quilt I am making for her mom with fleece. I have never done that. Should I use batting? Can I quilt it on the machine? Help, please!

    How heavy/warm do you want the quilt? It will be fine with just the fleece. But batting will make it even loftier and warmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieces2 View Post
    I would not use fleece. It is a polyester blend fabric and will shrink differently than your cotton quilt top.

    No reason in this world not to use fleece specially since the family wants it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    I have made quite a few quilts with fleece backing & warm & natural batting. I have posted the pictures before but will include again, they are nice & cuddly!
    Love your quilting. And the appliqued flowers on the one are really cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieces2 View Post
    I would not use fleece. It is a polyester blend fabric and will shrink differently than your cotton quilt top.
    I do a lot of my baby/lap quilts with polar fleece. You just need to make sure you wash and dry everything on HOT to get all the shrinkage done and over with before you start. I've only had one problem quilt, and I'm pretty sure it was designer error than fabric issues

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    I agree with Shana. Then again I always was my fabrics before I use it. Even fleece, which I love to use without batting for baby quilts. The quilting on the back always seems to look so nice LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieces2 View Post
    I would not use fleece. It is a polyester blend fabric and will shrink differently than your cotton quilt top.
    You might think it would, but in reality it does not--they wash "like a rag" and are very durable. Quick and easy to do. I've done a "jillion" of them.
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    I just finished 2 quilts for little kids with fleece backing. I pillowcase turned them and then tied them with Perle cotton. They are very soft and cuddely
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    I was in a hurry to have a finished quilt for a class. I made the quilt top but no way had time to quilt it. I put a five inch border on the quilt, backed it with fleece and cut and tied it all around the edges like a fleece quilt. The ties had to be doubled tied since it was cotton and fleece tied together. Everyone loved the look and the beginners were excited they could do a quilt top and not have to worry about getting it quilted. I didn't do anything to hold the top to the fleece back except tie the edges. It's been washed many times and has never separated.
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    I wish we had a "like" button! Has anyone used the "cuddle fleece"? Do I have to pre-wash it? I suppose I should though...I just don't want to un-fluff it...maybe I could toss a sample of it in the wash and see what happens to it. I want to do it on the long-arm, but I've never done anything so fluffy and don't want to get it matted down. Any suggestions on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    A friend mentioned that she woul like me to back a quilt I am making for her mom with fleece. I have never done that. Should I use batting? Can I quilt it on the machine? Help, please!
    I've been wondering the same thing so yesterday I bought 1/4 yard of fleece and experimented. I found that I liked it better with a batting inbetween than without. I only played with 9x12 pieces, but found it easier to move the sandwich when it was thicker, and I liked the way the quilting looked on the back of the fleece. The "quilt" seemed a little too light for me without the batting and I got a few puckers. However, I did NOT pin at all with either sandwich since they were so small.

    I may try fleece on 2 tops I made for a grand-neice and -nephew. They will probably like the pattern on the fleece better than the pieced top, lol.

    I have to add for Tashana, that every question I've had recently where I've searched, there You are asking the same question. Our great minds must think alike, haha. :-)
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    I just finished my first one three days ago. It was my friend's top and she wanted batting + the fleece. I put it on the frame and looked at it for a week, afraid to begin. Finally started. I needed to move my foot up a bit but other than that, no issues. I made sure I didn't have too much tension on the backing from the rails or side clamps.
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