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Thread: Flannel & Fleece together.

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever put flannel & fleece together for a raggy quilt? I wanted to make my grandson a raggy quilt with Minnesota Team logos, for our 4 major sports teams. I could not find anything in flannel, but I found the team logo's in fleece. Then I couldn't find the solid colors in fleece, just in flannel. So, do you think it could work to use the fleece on the front and flannel on the back and tie the cut pieces on the front together and after a couple washings trim them to the same length?

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    I don't think I would trust the flannel to just tie it.

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    If I was doing it -

    1) Wash everything before doing anything - in my experience, different fabrics have different amounts of shrinkage

    2) Sew the fleece pieces together and make one side of it

    3) Sew the flannel pieces together and make the other side of it

    4) At this point, you could do any of several things -

    a) do the sew right sides together, turn inside out, and tie

    b) sew wrong sides together - make a fringy edge

    c) sew wrong sides together - bind

    d) sew wrong sides together - fold one edge over and make a self binding

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I don't think I would trust the flannel to just tie it.
    Oh no, I wouldn't just tie it. I would sew it all togther first like a regular flannel raggy quilt.

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    It would not rag very much, especially if you only use one layer of flannel.

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    I don't think I would attempt it. the flannel gets raggier, while the fleece remains the same. Flannel will shrink and lose it's color, while the fleece won't. Just a thought.

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    Well, duh!!! Maybe I should try a small 4 square quilt and see what happens! Maybe 8 inch squares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda58
    I was wondering if anyone has ever put flannel & fleece together for a raggy quilt? I wanted to make my grandson a raggy quilt with Minnesota Team logos, for our 4 major sports teams. I could not find anything in flannel, but I found the team logo's in fleece. Then I couldn't find the solid colors in fleece, just in flannel. So, do you think it could work to use the fleece on the front and flannel on the back and tie the cut pieces on the front together and after a couple washings trim them to the same length?
    I put flannel and fleece together all the time. But I wouldn't do raggy, the flannel frays too much. I sewed the squares with wider (3/8" or 1/2") seams to the inside. I also use one large piece of fleece. Then I would either sew the 2 layers with 3" or 4" rows of stitching or tie. For a child the stitching is best. Hope this answers your questions.

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    I like bearisgrey (A) sew eash side, then right sides together. sew around leaving a space to turn inside out and tie it close, maybe a hand width apart. It sounds cute!

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    I used fleece as the backing and fold over binding on a flannel quilt for a grandbaby. It turned out really cute & snuggly. I haven't tried it for a shaggy quilt but I don't why it wouldn't work. Prewash the flannel first in hot water and a hot dryer and I would used 2-3 squares of flannel so it's really fuzzy.

    Around here, folks are taking 2 contrasting pieces of fleece and putting them back to back then fringe cutting all 4 sides and knotting one piece to the other with the fringe. It looks good when they use very highly contrasting fleece.

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    Give it a try and see how you like it. I have made a couple that way and was happy with the results.
    I did prewash everything and made the seam allowance just a little bigger.

    Let us know how it works. :)

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    Cant wait to hear how it turns out!

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I will give it a try.

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    you can use fleece on one side and flannel on the other, and put it together like any raggy quilt with your 'sandwich' squares with the edges (up- seams) then if you are only using one layer of flannel, or no batting you do not even have to quilt each square. that part is your choice. then when it's together clip your seams. the clipping part is necessary, that's what lets the flannel (rag) if you do not clip them it will just string/fray. my kids love flannel/fleece raggy quilts they are so very soft and fluffy! if your flannel is lightweight/ lower quality you will want to prewash it and dry it in a hot dryer before using it. the fleece will not shrink or fade so prewashing is not necessary. i always use pretty expensive flannels and seldom prewash them for raggy's; i just wait till the whole quilt is washed. but that part is up to you only you know what your flannels are. once you make one you will want to make more :)

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    As the flannel rags the fleece is going to pick up the lint from the flannel. I think you run a risk of ending up with a mess.

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    9 flannel/fleece raggy quilts later...never had this problem; actually the only problem i 've ever had was trying to make the blocks too big,(15") so they went screwey, but the 9" and smaller blocks never had any problems.


    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    As the flannel rags the fleece is going to pick up the lint from the flannel. I think you run a risk of ending up with a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    9 flannel/fleece raggy quilts later...never had this problem; actually the only problem i 've ever had was trying to make the blocks too big,(15") so they went screwey, but the 9" and smaller blocks never had any problems.


    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    As the flannel rags the fleece is going to pick up the lint from the flannel. I think you run a risk of ending up with a mess.
    Thanks ckcowl, waiting for my fleece to arrive by mail, then I will try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    9 flannel/fleece raggy quilts later...never had this problem; actually the only problem i 've ever had was trying to make the blocks too big,(15") so they went screwey, but the 9" and smaller blocks never had any problems.


    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    As the flannel rags the fleece is going to pick up the lint from the flannel. I think you run a risk of ending up with a mess.
    Thanks, this is good to know.

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    Thanks everyone for your input on this issue.
    I really love this group, and appreciate everyone's input.

    Linda58

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