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    Senior Member sew_southern's Avatar
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    I've made a flannel quilt top out of unwashed scraps from DD's pj pants, I made it extra large to allow for shrinkage when washed. My problem is I don't know what fabric to use for the backing, flannel or regular cotton? Do I wash that fabric first or wait until after it's quilted and let it all shrink together? Maybe I should wash the top first then put a backing on it? I also plan to use a low loft batting with simple, basic quilting, so it won't be to heavy. Normally I wash my quilt fabric when I bring it home, but I cut these scraps about 10 years ago with no thought to quilting them. All ideas will be appreciated, thanks.

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    Use unwashed flannel for the back, quilt together without batting, and wash all at one time. This will still be a very heavy, warm quilt.

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    My daughter kept all the grandsons PJ's, housecoats, and flannel boxers since they were babies, and presented the large black garbage bags with about 60 items, I washed them all, scavenged what I could (remember these are boys, so lots of holes and tears), ended up with enough flannel to make a quilt for each of the 3 boys.

    I found a really fuzzy blanket at Cosco, took it over to my longarm person, and she put it onto the flannel top - no batting - she was concerned that it may stretch, telling me after she had stitched it all, that it was no problem for longarm quilting. It turned out really lovely, not heavy, but very warm according to the boys.
    My youngest grandson told me "It is the best blankie ever". Just another idea for you.

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    Flannel shrinks alot...I always wash it first. The one time I did not I regretted it...it pulls at the thread...After that I wash everything...when you wash the quilt it will still have the cringle affect....from the batting since it shrinks. I figure that I put way too much time into the quilts to have it get ruined in the wash.

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    Did you take any photos, would like to see them. I like the idea of using the boys pajamas to make a quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby
    Did you take any photos, would like to see them. I like the idea of using the boys pajamas to make a quilt
    Two of the quilts were much the same, so only posting two. We didn't tell the boys and when we gave them the quilts, they recognized some of the flannel, and were very pleased that their mother had thought to do that for them.
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    If the flannel was unwashed that you used in the top, I would use unwashed flannel for the back. :D:D:D
    If you use unwashed/washed quilting cotton, it probably won't shrink the same and you may end up with a lot of distortion

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Use unwashed flannel for the back, quilt together without batting, and wash all at one time. This will still be a very heavy, warm quilt.
    This is what I would do....you want the flannels to shrink together rather than washing only one side. This will be a really nice cozy quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If the flannel was unwashed that you used in the top, I would use unwashed flannel for the back. :D:D:D
    If you use unwashed/washed quilting cotton, it probably won't shrink the same and you may end up with a lot of distortion
    This is correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If the flannel was unwashed that you used in the top, I would use unwashed flannel for the back. :D:D:D
    If you use unwashed/washed quilting cotton, it probably won't shrink the same and you may end up with a lot of distortion
    This is what I do!
    I've done the half washed half unwashed thing and it wasn't pretty!!!
    I've learned the hard way! :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman
    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby
    Did you take any photos, would like to see them. I like the idea of using the boys pajamas to make a quilt
    Two of the quilts were much the same, so only posting two. We didn't tell the boys and when we gave them the quilts, they recognized some of the flannel, and were very pleased that their mother had thought to do that for them.
    your flannel quilts are great. I did old blue jean quilts for my sons and grand sons. They loved them. used flannel backing(pre washed) no batting heavy enough with out. They wear like iron.

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    Thanks y'all, I'll use the unwashed flannel for the back, seems to be what everyone here would do. :)

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    If you are using flannel from old PJs, wouldn't the fabric have been washed while they were being used? I'm confused. Was the flannel made up of unworn PJs? That would make a difference in what to do with the backing.

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    Purplemem. good for you , I need to lose at least 50. Once the eye surgery is done and healed I have to start my walking again
    that's how I lost before then stopped walking and it came right back.. eating didn't change just sitting on my back side did it.. :thumbdown:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtxpeach
    If you are using flannel from old PJs, wouldn't the fabric have been washed while they were being used? I'm confused. Was the flannel made up of unworn PJs? That would make a difference in what to do with the backing.
    Your question, wouldn't the fabric have been washed? - in response - these flannel items were saved since the boys were born, right up until they were in their late teens, who knows how or where they were stored for 17-18 years, I wasn't about to work with the material until I was assured they were washed by me.??? Am I confused now???

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    DO NOT WASH YOUR TOP BEFORE QUILTING AND BINDING!!! you will have a horrible un-usable mess.

    you can use flannel or regular cottons for the back- the shrinkage is going to be minimal since you recycled fabrics that have been washed many times already. the batting you use and the density of the quilting will dictate the shrinkage of the finished project

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtxpeach
    If you are using flannel from old PJs, wouldn't the fabric have been washed while they were being used? I'm confused. Was the flannel made up of unworn PJs? That would make a difference in what to do with the backing.
    The fabric I used was what was leftover after cutting the pj pattern out of the fabric, not the actual pj's. So it wasn't washed first because it was before I started quilting and didn't think to wash it first. I still haven't bought the backing fabric, but when I get it finished I'll post pictures. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman
    Quote Originally Posted by wtxpeach
    If you are using flannel from old PJs, wouldn't the fabric have been washed while they were being used? I'm confused. Was the flannel made up of unworn PJs? That would make a difference in what to do with the backing.
    Your question, wouldn't the fabric have been washed? - in response - these flannel items were saved since the boys were born, right up until they were in their late teens, who knows how or where they were stored for 17-18 years, I wasn't about to work with the material until I was assured they were washed by me.??? Am I confused now???
    I'm assuming it was meant for my initial post and no the fabric wasn't washed first. :)

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