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Fleece as backing ,instead of batting and backing fabric

Old 01-13-2018, 12:56 PM
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Pat, That is what I am working on now, I have the top done. How are you doing yours birthing it, or with binding? Thank you, Michele
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:06 PM
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Worked fine for me .... take a look at how I did it ....

Who Let the Cows Out?? ... a jumbo one block quilt with fleece backing
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:07 PM
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I made a tee shirt quilt a few years back and used fleece backing, didn't have any problems with it, hopefully I'll have the same with this next tee shirt quilt for a neighbor.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by KenmoreGal2 View Post
I do it often. I pin baste and usually FMQ.

Sometimes I simply use the fleece backing folded to the front as the binding because fleece does not unravel. Sometimes I make a traditional binding. I have no issues with it. My very favorite quilts for personal use have old minky throws as the batting/backing. They are so cozy!! I didn't even quilt those, I finished them birthing style.

I can't attest to the longevity of the ones I give away but in general it makes a physically lighter quilt. I really like using fleece and plan to continue it.

Since the fleece will not degrade and bunch up like batting, you can quilt as much or as little as you want. I find that appealing. The 2 quilts which I use all the time were not quilted at all in fact. I just birthed them and top stitched the edges.

Also since you are only sewing 2 layers, not three, a walking foot is not needed. I don't own one, so using fleece allows me to do some straight line quilting.
I have used it for backing, easy and cozy!
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:37 PM
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My Aunt made a baby quilt for each of our children in the 70’s and I loved them. A top with flannel backing, no batting. I’ve always put batting in baby quilts but lately I’ve been thinking for next baby quilt, I should substitute a layer of flannel for the batting.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:40 AM
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I'm just learning to FMQ, and recently tried using fleece as a batting/backing. Previously I had only used W&N, so the fleece was waaay to floppy for me to control in comparison, and I did not enjoy the process at all.

That being said, I did really like the drape once it was finished...It had the feel of a quilt that has been well loved and softened with age. And, of course, fleece feels so nice to the touch.

Overall, I think once I have more experience with FMQ, I will probably use fleece again.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:59 AM
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As a side note on using fleece, some of it is much more stretchy than others so if what you have is stretchy then glue basting is best.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:19 PM
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I love it for throws, baby quilts. Soft, snuggly and stays on your lap. Not sure I would like it for a whole bed quilt as I would want more "body" to the quilt.
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:08 PM
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Yes, I've done it several times. Sometimes I use batting as well. To be honest, I like the look of the quilt with top/batting/fleece better than just top/fleece. but that is a personal preference, and either way looks good.
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:11 PM
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I love to use flannel as backing as well. It's softer and feels warmer, plus it doesn't seem to"slip" off the bed or user as easily as a cotton backing does.
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