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Thread: flannel quilting

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    i bought some cute strawbery shortcake material that is flannel that i couldnt pass up i want to make a blanket out of it for my granddaughter. I never used flannel to make a quilt out of, is it the same procedure as cotton.

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    wash before using to get the shrinks out

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    Same but softer and warmer. You can use it just as you would any cotton. Enjoy!

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    I love using flannel...I think its the new gen,,,,my kids say...Mom can use use flannel...I use flannel for the backing only and yup...its sooo comfortable.

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    ooo flannel for the backin (mental note made)

    =^..^=

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    WASH AND DRY then iron with sizing BEFORE you begin to cut out your blocks......flannel is great stuff but it shrinks like crazy!!! the addition of the sizing while you iron will help to add body to the fabric....I use sizing whenever I press or iron any fabric. buy it at WalMart for less than a dollar a can....doesn't gunk up your iron either!

    jodi in leavenworth

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    I notice a big difference in piecing accuracy when I piece flannel with dual feed (built-in on my machine, but you could use a walking foot) and without. Without, my pieces don't line up well at all.

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    prewash prewash prewash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    prewash prewash prewash
    yes, yes, yes!!

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    I was reading in one mag. and they say do not prewash...I did not on this last quilt...fingers crossed

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    I prewash mine. I'm always shocked at how much it shrinks up.

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    not much difference it has more give would use easy pattern not many pieces

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    I use a larger seam allowance. The first one I made with 1/4 inch seams had some seams come apart when it was washed. Luckily, I washed it before giving it away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie
    WASH AND DRY then iron with sizing BEFORE you begin to cut out your blocks......flannel is great stuff but it shrinks like crazy!!! the addition of the sizing while you iron will help to add body to the fabric....I use sizing whenever I press or iron any fabric. buy it at WalMart for less than a dollar a can....doesn't gunk up your iron either!

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    definately do the above. You lose some accuaracy, at least I do, but gain cuddly factor. I made a quilt for hubby with flannel and he loves it.

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    In the Fons and Porter's Magazine dated March 25, 2002 it states do not wash flannel. I wonder if it makes a difference when using flannel that is for quilters? The feel of the material is very different then the feel of the flannel for shirts. The quilt flannel is a lot thicker.

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    Is there much difference between quilt flannel and the flannel that you would buy at Walmart or Hancocks?

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    Flannel is kinda stretchy, so you may want to use a walking foot while piecing your quilt top. Also will probably need to pin
    your pieces well. I'm sure your granddaughter will love it.

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    I have used flannel a lot, for my own and families quilts I always back them in flannel and baby quilts are always in cosy flannel. My favourite make is Northcott, especially for babies as their choice of design and quality is so good, this is one I have just finished.

    I must confess to never pre-washing my batting or fabrics, cotton or flannel, and the ones that my Sister has, which are dozens, have been washed so many times and with no problems at all.

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    WOw, I always prewash mine, but maybe they want it to shrink to get the puckered look?

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    I have done a number of flannel quilts also. Biggest thing is to be sure your seam allowances are ample--Flannel tends to raffle more than plain cottons. Quilting flannel is generally heavier weight/tighter woven than shirt/pj flannel.
    I do not prewash them, just let the family wash their own, which they do a lot of. One I have had to mend seams on, but I just did more machine quilting right over the seam area and it worked fine.

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    yes, pretty much the same. a couple differences...use a little bigger seam (i use a 1/2" seam allowance when working with flannel) it tends to fray a little more because it has a looser-weave. you may have to adjust pattern measurements.
    and if it is (thin/flimsy) a spray of starch or sizing will make it easier to cut straight.
    flannel washes up wonderfully soft and fluffy!

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    When I buy flannel I always buy extra fabric for shrinkage. I wash the fabric twice. If the fabric seems to me a loose weave I will wash it again.

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    I have a book of flannel quilts and the author specifically says not to wash the fabric. Lots of opinions on the subject.

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    Question about using flannel as backing? Can you use only the top and flannel or do you need something like muslin in between?

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    You don't prewash if your going to make a rag quilt do you?

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