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Old 02-22-2019, 09:08 AM
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Hi all! I'm about to start a denim rag quilt for my grandson who is graduating this June. I have plenty of denim, but am wondering about the middle and back of the quilt and what to use. I have read a few ideas but can't make up my mind about what to use. If I use batting and flannel I feel it may be too much, but definintely don't think my dd's idea to use corderoy in place of the flannel is a good idea either. Should I use a lighter fleece, two layers of flannel, or do a batting and flannel? I'm so confused and don't want to start this until I'm sure of what I'm going to do.

Any ideas would be appreciated! We live in Western New York where the weather is really unpredictable and we never know what to expect!

Thanks for your ideas!
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:58 AM
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I used just flannel & denim. It was very heavy.
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:48 AM
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I am making one too and have many ideas given to me. I have decided to use flannel and denim and that is it. It has been told to me by my cousin that if I put batting or any kind of filler in between the flannel and denim that it will be very, very heavy. Please give us a progress report when you make your decision.
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I wanted a heavy duty quilt I could keep in the car and use on camping trips, so I made one with W&N, and denim front and back. It is soooo heavy, lol.

If I were going to make another that was not intended to be used roughly, I would skip the batting, and just use a layer of denim and a layer of flannel. If I really wanted the seams to be really fluffy, I would do two or three layers of flannel, but I would cut out the centers of the hidden layers of flannel to cut down on the weight.

Also, I recommend using a heavy duty thread. I had to go back and re-stitch a few seams after about a year, as the weight was too much for the thread I had used, and it was starting to come apart.
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:04 PM
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I used batting in between the denim and gingham. If I were to do another like this I would omit the batting. It is queen size and very Heavy. Look in my albums, the Quilt album, it's in there. Good luck with what you decide.

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Old 02-22-2019, 08:58 PM
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I wanted a heavy duty quilt I could keep in the car and use on camping trips, so I made one with W&N, and denim front and back. It is soooo heavy, lol.

If I were going to make another that was not intended to be used roughly, I would skip the batting, and just use a layer of denim and a layer of flannel. If I really wanted the seams to be really fluffy, I would do two or three layers of flannel, but I would cut out the centers of the hidden layers of flannel to cut down on the weight.

Also, I recommend using a heavy duty thread. I had to go back and re-stitch a few seams after about a year, as the weight was too much for the thread I had used, and it was starting to come apart.
When I have sewn with denim in quilts I have used the straight stretch stitch on my sewing machine. The one that takes 2 stitches forward then 1 stitch forward. I have used this concept with 2 pieces of denim and use them as mud room rugs in my farm house. Believe me with the snowy winter we have had and 5 Grands up the road in and out on no school days, those rugs get used and tossed in the washer constantly!
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However you decide to make your denim quilt, think about doing it is sections and then joining them. A denim quilt can be very heavy to sew.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:11 AM
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I would definitely consider going with just 2 layers. I make a 3-layer flannel quilt (top, batting, and backing) and it is very heavy. I like heavy quilts, but you need to be able to at least roll over.
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:37 AM
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I have used batting in my denim rag quilts a few times, the best one I made though had a layer of muslin & a layer of flannel inside and corduroy on the back. It is anall time favorite raggy quilt my youngest son requested. The two layers inside really added to the ( chinelle) edges. Yes it is a heavy quilt but that goes with the territory of a denim quilt. Since we live in a cold climate heavy/ warm is good. The denim quilts I’ve made go everywhere- camping trips, overnights, road trips. They are used and loved
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Iím making one using just denim and fleece but will add a layer of flannel if itís not warm or heavy enough. Iím making it for my grandson who is in a wheelchair (MD) and canít use his legs and arms, which means he needs the warmth and weight.
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