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Thread: fleece fabric

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    I was in maryland at a fabric store and the lady cutting fabric said she uses fleece on the back of her quilts. Have any of you done that? if so, is it hard to sew with a cotton fabric on top?

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    Ive heard of using flannel for the backs but not fleece.

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    I have used fleece on baby quilts - it is very stretchy but makes a nice backing.

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    I have used fleece quite a few times for the backing. I made t shirt quilts for my son and some of his fraternity brothers and it worked great. Also for baby quilts. I had better luck free motion quilting it. I didn't get as much distortion.

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    I've used fleece and it is very cuddly and warm. You do have to make sure you baste it very well so that it will not bunch but other then that it is great for kids' quilts.

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    I have used the more "luxurious" minke fleece and the "bumpy/dotty" minke quite a few times.

    I do the sandwich in the garage where I can get as much air flow as possible (I was taught to do this or the fumes can explode). I spray baste it first and then pin baste it.

    Kids and adults love the fleece backing on a quilt that is going to be used and loved because it feels so soft. The fleece also helps it to stay on and not slide off of you or the bed or whatever.

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    We have used fleece for the back on one quilt. My FIL takes dialysis three times per week and is always cold while he is there and just after he leaves. We have done a quilt for him (not bound yet) that used fleece as the back, and also has a layer of batting in the middle. It quilted beautifully. The great thing was I pulled almost NO LINT out of the bobbin area of the quilter. I suspect all the lint got imbedded in the fleece as I was quilting.

    The quilt is amazingly warm. My wife put it over me one night when I had fallen asleep on the couch and I woke up sweating.

    We will definitely use fleece again.

    We hope to finish the quilt soon and will post pictures then.

    Darren

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    I haven't used it but it sure sounds warm and cuddly! I will try it sometime.

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    There is an article in the new issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine about making quilts for our troops in Afghanistan. Some of the guys were tall and their sleeping bags were too short. 72" x 90" flannel quilts were made with fleece backing for extra warmth.

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    I have used fleece as a backing on QAYG or rag quilts. I love it for baby quilts. It just doesn't "rag up" as good as flannel front and back do.

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    If u have to use spray basting In a garage because the fumes might explode what happens to the fabric? Will it easily ignight? I don't think I'd use It! Scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs
    If u have to use spray basting In a garage because the fumes might explode what happens to the fabric? Will it easily ignight? I don't think I'd use It! Scary!
    Apparently nothing happens to the fabric. The can and my LQS say that the fumes are combustable so not to use it where there is an open ignition source (ie the funace pilot light or the gas fireplace pilot light, etc). It is meant to be used on heirloom quality fabric though and does not damage it. It also washes right out with the first washing with no damage to your washing machine.

    I've now used it on five quilts and never had any problems. All five kids (two were mine, two were nieces and one nephew) have LOVED the minke backing and it wore so well with many repeated washings. "Spills" like getting puked on in the middle of the night didn't sink in to the minke either and washed out with no effort what so ever.

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