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Thread: Mixing flannel with cotton?

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    I have quite a bit of flannel left from my baby quilt just completed. I would like to make a wall hanging with embroidered appliques using the left over fabric from the quilt. I was thinking of using a cotton for my appliques and the flannel for the sashing. I plan to starch the daylights out of the flannel :lol: LOL... so it will be easier to work with. I thought the cotton would have more 'body' than flannel for the embroidered appliques.
    Any comments regarding whether this would be a good idea or not, combining the cotton with the flannel??
    Thank you all for your advice, it's much appreciated :-D

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    If it looks good, do it!

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    What's the fabric content of your flannel? Cotton, so why not mix them, especially on a wallhanging.

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    Flannel is 100% cotton also. Thanks for the advice, think I will go for it. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom
    I have quite a bit of flannel left from my baby quilt just completed. I would like to make a wall hanging with embroidered appliques using the left over fabric from the quilt. I was thinking of using a cotton for my appliques and the flannel for the sashing. I plan to starch the daylights out of the flannel :lol: LOL... so it will be easier to work with. I thought the cotton would have more 'body' than flannel for the embroidered appliques.
    Any comments regarding whether this would be a good idea or not, combining the cotton with the flannel??
    Thank you all for your advice, it's much appreciated :-D
    I mixed cotton & flannel in this quilt I did 5 yrs ago! The red is flannel. I hand quilted around all the animal squares on this panel.
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    Oops double post!!!! :thumbdown:

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    I prewashed everything first, then starched the fire out of it all!!! My DGS loves this quilt very much. Actually he loves all the quilts & blankets that his Gramma has made him!!!!
    I think you will make a lovely quilt. Be sure to show us how it comes out!!!

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    Thanks for asking your question because I have been wanting to try that, too. I thought it would work, but wasn't sure. I love the feel of flannel. I use it for making cloth dolls because it is so soft for the babies to touch. :)

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    I LOVE your quilt, it is soooo cheerful!! Your handstitching is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing it!! I am going to forge ahead and go for it. I have the background squares of cotton cut out, starched and ready to go, the flannel will be the sashing pieces.

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    i mix flat cottons and flannels all the time- been doing it for years- flannel gives wonderful texture to a quilt- whether it be used as appliques, sashings, borders, blocks---it is soft, fluffy and great to use-
    sometimes if your cottons are thin you might want to add a layer of muslin to them to make them as heavy as your flannel- but it is not always needed- and sometimes it is the flannel that is thin and needs a bit of foundation- but they work very well together

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    When you are making a wall hanging, you are making art. The rules for ART are: Everything goes, Everything is allowed!you aren't limited to fabric. you aren't limited at all. If you can think of it you can do it. The lines between a quilted wall hanging and a hanging collage are very blurred unless you are entering it in a juried competition, and then you need a copy of the rules. Basically, parts can be stitched, parts can be glued, parts can be quilted, parts can be woven or painted, parts can be wooden or metal or yarn or anything you want! Be creative!

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    Thank you everyone, I do plan on being creative as this is a wallhanging! I may even try some shadow quilting around the appliques. I did feel 'limited' on the baby quilt as I wanted it to be functional.
    I originally thought I would put the appliques on baby's quilt, then DUH... I thought.. the reason I made it of flannel was to be S-O-F-T. Appliques would take that softness away... so Voila` a wallhanging was instantly called for!!

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    Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom
    I LOVE your quilt, it is soooo cheerful!! Your handstitching is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing it!! I am going to forge ahead and go for it. I have the background squares of cotton cut out, starched and ready to go, the flannel will be the sashing pieces.
    Thank you!

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