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Thread: Can I mix my fabrics.....

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    I am making a quilt, the top will be made with LQS good fabric, then on the back, instead of traditional batting and backing fabric.....can I use flannel or fleece? It is hot here in Florida, and I want the person I am making the quilt for..to use it.

    I know I have to pre-wash my fabric either way I go. I am just wondering what will happen if I put flannel or fleece on the back, what will happen if when I give it away and the person I gave it to washes it.

    I plan on having it quilted...if not FMQing it myself.

    Thanks for replys...

    Bejay

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    Just per-wash whatever You use. There are no RULES. Try what you think will work best.

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    yes, you can combine fabrics. and fleece or flannel will work fine for the back. Since flannel shrinks a lot, wash it a couple of times before you stitch it all together. Fleece won't shrink, but washing will help get out extra "fuzzies". I happen to think that flannel and fleece are both warmer than regular fabric...have you thought about using a muslin instead of batting with regular fabrics for the front and back - that might be cooler than the flannel or fleece.

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    ktbb

    AHHHHH.....muslin!!!! Great thought!!!!

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    If you decide to go with fleece and are planning to have it LA, I would check with them first. Some LA's don't like to work with it as it is stretchy :D:D:D

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    Good point! Thank you!

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    I made a tied fleece quilt using a pieced quilt top and fleece backing. I left the borders unfinished and clipped the borders with the fleece into strips to tie. I didn't have time to baste and quilt the top. It's one of my favorite quilts when I can keep it home. It always finds a place in one of my kid's cars when they leave.

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    I would consider just using a queen or king size quilt for the backing, sans batting. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bejay28
    ktbb

    AHHHHH.....muslin!!!! Great thought!!!!
    muslin works great since it comes in 105" width and it shows your quilting off quite well! I use it a lot!

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    I think that is what I will use Muslin....thank you all for the thoughts and help....

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    I've used flannel for backing and it makes a warm quilt. I live in NJ and it's nice for the winter. Not hot, though.

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    If you use fleece or flannel, it will be a warm quilt.
    I know some LAQ have tension problems with fleece, I love it. It quilts so nice as long as you don't tighten it.

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    I have quilts both with fleece and flannel backings and I can tell you that they are WARM!!!! If you want it to be lightweight and cooler, use the prewashed flannel as batting and use a cotton backing. It will make a world of difference. The quilt will be much cooler and far more comfortable to use.

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    Very good everyone...thank you for all your insight....

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