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Thread: Fleece for backing?

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    When you back a quilt with fleece do you put batting in the middle or just do the fleece?

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    I just do fleece.

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    I've used a thin layer of batting with fleece. I've also only used fleece.

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    I didn't know you could use fleece. Do you have a regular cotton quilt top?

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    some use both depends on the look they want.

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    I have made a couple of rail fence flannel quilts backed with fleece. I didn't use any batting. They are tied, not quilted. They are favorites with my family! In fact, one has been used so much over the years that the seams of the flannel are coming apart.

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    I use Warm and Natural batting if I want it really warm and heavy. I've done it both ways and like it both!

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    I just use the fleece. It is usually warm enough on it's own.

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    ive wondered about this too.....if doing fleece with or without batting, is the binding the same as doing a normal quilt?

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    I have made three quilts with fleece for backing. I used warm and natural with cotton tops. They are heavy but warm. I used cotton fabric for binding on two of them and flannel for binding on the other. I like how soft the flannel binding is.

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    I am working on a normal pieced cotton quilt top and backing it with flannel right now!!! I do not use Warm and Natural batting but I do pin as normal. Set your stitch lengh a bit longer and use a walking foot if you are doing stitch in the ditch which is what I would reccommend when using fleece. I have done some free motion stuff but it just doesn't feel the same....looked OK tho.

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    be sure to practice on a few scraps to get your stitch length set first!!

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    I have done both. Made one for a couple of people during chemo and used fleece and batting for warmth. Other times just the fleece. Bind it like a regular quilt.

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    I did a Christmas throw for my mom and used flannel for the front and binding and fleece for the back. It is plenty warm and has a nice weight without additional batting. I couldn't find a picture of the back but it is plaid fleece with Christmas trees.

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    I was going to ask the same question tonight! I just am getting ready to do a quilt backed with fleece!

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    Either way is good, my friend,who lives up north in michigan,has made a bunch of quilts with fleece as backing..no problems at all..she stippled it on her table top machine! and used cotton binding..

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    My DGD is in the middle of her first quilt (age 15), and she always complains she is cold, so I thought about backing her quilt with fleece. It will be a generous double sized when finished. My question is, do you prewash the fleece, the top is 100% cotton not prewashed, and can you use fleece on something that big?

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    IMHO, fleece doesn't shrink..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimmieH
    ive wondered about this too.....if doing fleece with or without batting, is the binding the same as doing a normal quilt?
    I use fleece for many many quilts. I love flannel for the front. Sometimes I just roll the fleece to the front over the flannel. You don't have to turn under as it won't fray. Sometimes I make a bias binding of flannel. Since fleece is stretchy, the bias works better than straight of grain. Sometimes I just serge the edges. Here are some of my fleece backed quilts.
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    it depends on the quilt, if it is for someone here in northern michigan i put batting in and back with fleece, if it is for one of the kids in florida i do not bother with the batting, they love the fleece back because of it's warm coziness but do not need the extra weight of the batt. i used curly minkee on the back of my mariner's compass quilt...it is so wonderful! the grandkids call it the 'get-naked' blanket!

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    If my fleece seems thin, I use batting, but if the fleece is reasonably heavy/thick, I do not use anything but the top and fleece. Most of mine I "self-bind" by bringing the fleece to the front and stitching it down with a decorative stitch. I really try to watch when I'm picking up fleece (on sale) to get a heavier one. There is a lot of difference in the feel of the different fleeces. The more expensive ones are NOT always the heavier ones. I started using fleece on children/baby quilts but my big kids (ie. parent's of my grandchildren) really like the fleece backed "throws" they snuggle under to watch TV.

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    I love making quilts with fleece backing. I don't use batting and use cotton binding...also FMQ it.

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    It sounds like a good idea to back with fleese. Do you quilt them yourself? Do the quilters have trouble quilting them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMoe4487
    When you back a quilt with fleece do you put batting in the middle or just do the fleece?
    I just made two quits with fleece backing, I like to put a flannel piece between the top and the fleece. With the fleece only it seems to thin to me. Mine came out great, one was the 3 D pinwheel and one was called monkey business, the pattern looked like those toy monkies that you can hook together and make a chain. I wish I could send pictures but I can't. :cry:
    MNM

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    I have used the fleece by itself. No batting. It seemed to be just fine and not too heavy.

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    But how you quilt them?

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