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    Red face Minky Question

    I love the look of some of the baby quilts I've seen on the Board that use minky for the backing. I have a few questions about this...Do you pre-wash the minky? Do you use a light batting in addition to the minky? Thanks for you help, and have a good day.

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    I do not pre-wash the minky (I am a per-washer of cottons though) because it is 100% polyester and will not shrink. I have used no batting and have used flannel and also warm and natural. So it just depends on how heavy you want it to be. Here in E Texas we do not need a heavy quilt. Minky is very warm all by itself.
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    I haven't used Minky but I have used fleece. I do not prewash and I do not use batting. People I have given them to just love them.
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    I don't prewash and I use Warm and Natural batting. I don't particularly like working with it (you get fuzz all over the place when you cut it!) but it is so nice and cozy, everyone loves the feel of it.

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    i'm right there with michelleoc ! where's the 'like' button

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    Thanks for asking this question, I too have been wondering.
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    Where do you get the "real" minky?

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    I've made minky quilts and didn't use batting. I don't prewash, as stated above, it doesn't shrink.
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    I've used Minky alot on my quilt backs. After the first one, now EVERYBODY wants their quilt backed with minky!! I have not used batting with it as it tends to be heavy with just the minky. After showing one of my quilts I was told "wow, that would be awesome to sleep under in my birthday suit!" LOL!!!

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    I haven't used Minky, but I have made several baby blankets from fleece. Since Minky is similar, they make wonderful throws. I DO wash my fleece, but with my allergies, I HAVE to wash everything. I didn't put batting in them, they are nice and thick without the batting.

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    I've used minkie many times- I do not pre-wash- no need it does not shrink- or bleed
    I do use batting- but nothing as heavy & dense as Warm & Natural--- I use a nice lightweight cotton or poly batting- my favorite is hobbs 80/20 - makes for really soft, cuddly, fluffy baby quilts
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    I also wash everything because of allergies. When working with minkey, I also have my exhaust fan on and wear a mask. It is slippery so I use glue sticks, dabbing some on in certain places or pin, pin, pin or spray baste. I used batting once but, as others stated, it's heavy and warm enough by itself. The light batting really made it too heavy.
    You can buy minkey everywhere: online, at JoAnn's, local quilt shops, Hobby Lobby, etc. Some, in my opinion, are better than others.

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    I am told by firefighting people that fleece melts into the skin in a fire...so I put away all my fleece and quit using it. Do not think I would ever want to give it to a child or elderly person for that reason. Minky might be better to us.

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    Thank you all for your wonderful comments / suggestions / thoughts!! You've been a tremendous help!! I'm anxious to give minky a try on my next baby quilt.

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