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Flannel for backing ???

Old 11-27-2011, 05:38 AM
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I have read on several blogs that some ladies use flannel for the backing on their quilts. Do you have to do anything special to be able to use flannel. I haven't had the courage to use it as I am afraid it will shrink & distort my quilts. Any advice please.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:45 AM
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I've used it a few times... pre-washing is a MUST!! I find that flannel shrinks more than "regular" cotton fabrics do, I wash mine in HOT water and dry.... I also quilt it fairly close...about every 2 inches...not enough to make the quilt stiff, but enough to keep things from shifting if there's any additional shrinkage anywhere.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:58 AM
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Flannel is GREAT for backing! But like Charlee said, be sure to prewash. It is SO cozy and cuddly.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:10 AM
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Do the prewash so you don't have a surprise after washing the quilt. If you long arm quilt the flannel will stretch so keep that in mind.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:17 AM
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I've never used flannel in any quilts yet, but I want to. I guess flannel has issues that I'm not sure I want to face yet. I'm a little intimidated with flannel.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:22 AM
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I love flannel for backing just make sure its not a thin cheap flannel
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:26 AM
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I'd like to make a quilt with flannel backing too but was afraid of the shrinking issue. That's a good idea to wash in HOT water and dry in a HOT dryer so most of the shrinking occurs before putting it on your quilt.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:29 AM
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Whenever I make my raggy quilts, I use flannel for the back. Love the way it feels! If I used flannel on back of a traditional quilt, I would prewash and definetely not use cheap flannel.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:35 AM
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I just quilted some charity quilts for my guild (on my domestic machine) OMG the flannel was a pain- it won't slide on the bed the way cotton will..

That said, I got less puckering with the flannel, and it is super soft now that it is done.

I don't know if they prewash or not. I like the shrinky look you get when you don't prewash cotton batting.
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Yes, prewashing and drying in a hot dryer is a must. I am making lap quilts for a nursing home and they asked if we could put flannel on the backs so that it doesn't slide off of their patients laps while in the wheel chair.
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