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    I'm going to be using flannel to back my quilt. Having never worked with flannel I'm looking for any comments and or tips. Thanks.

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    I prewash and dry flannel twice before using it, it likes to shrink a lot!!! Other than that, I would treat it the same as you would quilting cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I prewash and dry flannel twice before using it, it likes to shrink a lot!!! Other than that, I would treat it the same as you would quilting cotton.
    Just what I was going to say!

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    Wash and dry flannel before using. Flannel will shrink.
    Flannel does make cozy backing. Godd luck with your project.

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    Me too. I used flannel on the back of my husbands Christmas quilt. I had no problems with it.

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    Flannel just makes a quilt much more snuggly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    Wash and dry flannel before using. Flannel will shrink.
    Flannel does make cozy backing. Godd luck with your project.
    Thanks I will post pics of the top after I attach the borders tomorrow.

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    While we're talking flannel - my mother in law seems convinced that flannel doesn't wear well, and won't back quilts with it. I use it for backing all the time for throw-sized quilts, but none of them are over two years old now, so I can't say if they don't wear as well or not.

    Will using flannel significantly shorten the lifespan of a quilt?

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    Always wash it at least two times. It shrinks a lot. I have used it and love it.

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    For kicks, overcast or zigzag the raw edges of your flannel, measure it before washing, and measure it after.

    Flannel comes in different weights and qualities. Some wears very well. Some is like fuzzy cheesecloth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Flannel just makes a quilt much more snuggly.
    Can feel the "warmth" of it all ready.....love flannel :)

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    If you are using it for backing and need to seam it, use at least 1/2 inch seams.

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    There are definately varying weights and qualities in Fannel, some when washed, well the life is washed out of them before you start!
    As already said, I would wash a couple of times just to make sure it is well shrunk and see if you are happy with the results. Usually it will shrink more widthwise than lengthwise. Some wash up tighter and are ok, because of the soft finish on Flannel it is made with fluffy shorter threads and it is this widthwise thread which wears first, therefore I would cut all my backing using the lengthwise grain of the fabric, lengthwise on my quilt. Does that make sense? There are some I would not waste my time on for a quilt with so much work involved, if it is not durable.

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    The new quilting flannels are wonderfull, its the pj flannels do not wear well.

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    Glad all are saying wash... I was going to say the same... infact I wash and dry mine twice unless I want the old quilt look and I do not wash and hope it will shrink after quilted
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    Now I'm not sure if I got pajama flannel or quilting flannel. It was on sale at joanns this week so I picked it up.

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    I have used flannel as backing many times, as well as the washing, if you are machine quilting be prepared to clean out your bobbin case very often, it is very fuzzy and there will be lots getting into your machine.

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    Aw, it will be warm and SOFT! I agree, just prewash in case it should shrink!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I prewash and dry flannel twice before using it, it likes to shrink a lot!!! Other than that, I would treat it the same as you would quilting cotton.
    Just what I was going to say!
    me too

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    I always wash my flannel, but I think everyone is right about washing and drying TWICE, since I did have one quilt where the backing obviously shrank after the first wash of the completed quilt. Didn't do it a lot of harm, but to me it looks "off".

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    My mother used to use flannel on every Qt, I used it on the first 3 Qts after that I forgot about flannel, thanks for reminding me. Theresse

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    Flannel makes lots of lint in your sewing machine. Stop occasionally and brush it out.

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    Flannel is great when wanting to make a Rag Quilt too.

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    We use flannel for backing when making wheelchair lap quilts. They don't slide off as easily and seem to last a long time. Heaven knows, they get plenty of wear and washing.

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    I love flannel for backs. I almsot always use it since I want my quilts used & not put away. Flannel is so nice to cuddle in!

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