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    My DGD is three and likes everything soft. I made YBR matching quilt tops for her, her mom and her doll. DH says ihers needs to be backed in fleece. I kept telling him that you can't do that. Then I read a post that it could be done. Can it be machine quilted (Reg. home machine) or does it need to be tied? Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

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    I have never done it,(using fleece as a backing) but I have sewed mittens out of fleece using a home machine, so I would assume you could quilt it quite handily!
    Unlike Minkee, fleece isn't so stretchy.
    when I made the mittens, I used a ball point needle and lengthened the stitches because of the thickness ... but, if you are free motion quilting, that probably wouldn't be an issue ... but the ball point needle in a denim (90/14 or 100/16) would be a good idea since I think fleece is knit, rather than woven.

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    I did one of dog themed prints and used a dog themed flannel on the back. I hand quilted it. It came out just fine. I do not know about machine quilting because I have not tried it.

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    I have made several quilts that are fleece backed and everybody loves to snuggle in them in the winter time. I have always tied mine...I imagine you could machine quilt but I would think it would cause to fleece to not quite be so soft.

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    McDaniel,
    I just finished my first two fleece backed quilts. I bought the non-pill from Joann's and Hancocks. The non-pill brand from Hancocks was heavy enough that I did not include batting. It was a camel color and quilted beautifully. The next was a lavender from Joann's and was a little lighter, so I added flannel as batting. They were very soft after washing and I'm happy with the results. I bought non-pill cause I heard it can after many washings. Just make sure when you machine quilt to make the stitches longer and I had not problem, even with decoratives stitches, just went slower.

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    Thanks for the hints. I am going to give it a try.

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    If you go to the post pattern ideas needed with dolphin girl, here is where I posted the pictures of these quilts. Good luck, I will continue to use the fleece for kids because of the feel.

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    Here's what a quilt I did with batting and fleece looks like on the reverse. I think it is fine!
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    Mamagus, did you use batting in yours???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    Here's what a quilt I did with batting and fleece looks like on the reverse. I think it is fine!
    I think it looks better than fine. It looks very nice. Thanks for taking the time to show it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrishwhippets
    If you go to the post pattern ideas needed with dolphin girl, here is where I posted the pictures of these quilts. Good luck, I will continue to use the fleece for kids because of the feel.
    That was the post I was looking for. Thanks for all your help.

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    I ALWAYS use fleece on the back of mine with no batting. I tie all my blankets just because I love the look. I can't see why you can't quilt with a machine. Some angels have sent me fleece scraps and I'm sewing blocks together for patchwork backs. Same with flannel. :D I'm not sure if I was any help to ya, but I hope you do try it.

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    I have backed several baby quilts with fleece. I use a short arm and frame and am very careful not to stretch the fleece when loading. I do an all over pattern or meander. A very loose pattern works best to keep the fleece soft and drapeable.
    I am sure you could quilt on a domestic machine as well. Just remember the stretch and pin or baste carefully.

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    I've made about 24 baby quilts with either fleece, flannel or minky as backing. With some of the minky ones I used a piece of flannel as batting, but with fleece, no batting at all. I use spray basting & machine quilt them. It's a piece of cake. Fleece is great because it glides over the machine. Check your machine for lint when you're finished.

    With satin blanket binding they're irresistible.

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    I've made about 24 baby quilts with either fleece, flannel or minky as backing. With some of the minky ones I used a piece of flannel as batting, but with fleece, no batting at all. I use spray basting & machine quilt them. It's a piece of cake. Fleece is great because it glides over the machine. Check your machine for lint when you're finished.

    With satin blanket binding they're irresistible.

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    Very, Very nice!! How hard is it to put on the satin binding??

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    I've learned SO much from this board...
    and those baby quilts are simply BEAUTIFUL!

    ps...LOVE the satin binding!

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    The satin binding is pretty simple. It's 2" wide, so I lay the quilt flat & trim it with my rotary cutter to about 1 1/2" from the edge of the quilt. Then pin the binding down one side of the quilt about every 6" leaving about a 6" tail.

    I use my walking foot to avoid the front & back slipping & attach it with a straight stitch, a wide zigzag, or any decorative stitch. Stitch all the way to the end, then miter the corner and pin the next side. When I get back to the beginning, leave another 6" tail, overlap the beginning by one inch, making sure both ends are cut straight. Then pin the ends, right sides together with lots of pins because they're slippery & bias cut so they'll shift if you let them. Then sew the ends with a 1/2" seam allowance. I don't think 1/4" is enough because the ends fray easily. Then press the seam open, pin the binding to the quilt & finish sewing.

    The satin bindings come in 4 3/4 yard packages, just right for a 36" square quilt. Have fun!

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    I have used fleece several times and I do quilt it on my machine. The only thing that I do different is to sew the binding on the back and turn it to the front.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! Going to try that on my next fleece. With kids it's all about the feel.

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    hi I just done two baby quilts and used fleece for backing and quilted on my home sewing machine it seemed to work fine for me

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    I can't wait to try it. Those baby blankets are beautiful. Thanks everyone.

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    I made 5 quilts for c
    mas last year using fleece as backing and addd no batting. I machine quilted them, just straight lines. It turned out fine...Iam not too savvy at machine quilting yet!!

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    I'm working on a fleeced back quilt for my daughter for C'mas right now. I use either fleece or flannel backing because I want the quilts I give away to be used... and warm enough to keep away the cold. I find cotton/batting/cotton to give little warmth... :lol:

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    I love the idea of using fleece on the back of quilts, it sounds so soft and cozy...so NO batting when you use fleece?

    Also, if you use cotton fabrics on the front, fleece on the back...what kind of binding do you use?

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