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Can I use 100% cotton flannel for the sashing in my 100% cotton quilt

Can I use 100% cotton flannel for the sashing in my 100% cotton quilt

Old 11-13-2015, 04:04 PM
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Default Can I use 100% cotton flannel for the sashing in my 100% cotton quilt

I have some left over cotton flannel that is the perfect color for the sashing in my quilt. I am using a cotton flannel blanket for the backing.

will the two fabrics look and wash ok?

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Old 11-13-2015, 04:26 PM
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Cotton flannel & quilting cotton often shrink at different rates. I would launder the flannel first, but other than that there's no reason why you can't.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:10 PM
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I agree with PaperPrincess. Always launder flannel because it sometimes shrinks a lot, shrinks unevenly, or bleeds. I've mixed flannel and quilting cotton in quilts before.
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Ditto what PaperPrincess and dunster wrote!
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:10 AM
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My only thought is that the different weight of the flannel will make matching all your seams between the blocks and the sashing harder.
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
Cotton flannel & quilting cotton often shrink at different rates. I would launder the flannel first, but other than that there's no reason why you can't.
I always pre-wash flannel if I am using it with cotton. As stated above, the shrinkage ratio is much greater in flannel. Watch out, flannel is much more stretchy than cotton.
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:53 AM
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To answer your question - it will wash and look just fine - but, IMHO, only if you pre shrink your flannel. I would also pre shrink your blanket as well as they may shrink at different rates.

I always pre shrink flannel. I have had even expensive flannel purchased at the LQS shrink. One piece started off at 42"wof and ended up 39" wof.
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I prewash/shrink all fabric.
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If you can I would use 1/2 inch seams because sometimes in wear the flannel will pull out of the seam. I would wash the flannel also.
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I agree to washing and drying the flannel but I usually wash and dry mine 3 times.
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