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Old 09-21-2010, 06:34 AM
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I pieced a baby quilt last PM...cotton fairly thin material.
I am thinking of backing it with corduroy or flannel.
Do I need batting still? I know not for weight but looks and quilting
Thanks for the advice in advance.
Susan
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I would probably use batting, especially because you said the fabric is thin. If no batting, I would definiately use flannel in the sandwich, top, flannel, backing.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Terryl
I would probably use batting, especially because you said the fabric is thin. If no batting, I would definiately use flannel in the sandwich, top, flannel, backing.
Thank you...that is what I thought but would love not to have to sandwich it...this is one of my lesser fun parts to quilting.
Love to piece and create...but the finishing I am slow at.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:58 AM
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I've never made a quilt without batting. I live in the northeast, though.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:03 AM
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I have used two layers of flannel before inplace of batting and backing.

If it's for a baby, wouldn't flannel be softer than corduroy?

My oldest son had a favorite quilt that my Step-mom made and everytime it was washed, I had to go over it with needle and thread to repair the seams. I highly recommend some type of stitch to cover the seams with. A lot of people like to used a zig zag stitch over the seams. Helps with fraying when washing.

Would love to see a picture when you are finished.
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Originally Posted by sumcoop
I pieced a baby quilt last PM...cotton fairly thin material.
I am thinking of backing it with corduroy or flannel.
Do I need batting still? I know not for weight but looks and quilting
Thanks for the advice in advance.
Susan
I've never used corduroy, but would not use a batt with it.
I've made a lot of quilts with fleece as the back, no batts.
If it's a thin flannel I'd probably use a batt.
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I would use batting unless it is going someplace very warm. A layer of flannel would give it body without a lot of weight.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:34 AM
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You would still have to sandwich and pin/spray/sew baste some way even without any batting to keep the two layers together... so I am not sure that it would help with your dislike of sandwiching :wink:
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