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Thread: Mixing Flannel with plaid?????????

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    Can I do this? Will there be a problem? I have a 4 plaid fabs my Aunt gave me. There aren't flannel tho. Kinda a heavy cotten.


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    Is a quilt considered a quilt if you just put fleece or flannel on back with NO batting?????

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    You can do whatever you want. To make it wear best you need to have similar fabrics.

    Is it a quilt? Does it really matter what someone calls it if you are happy with it.

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    I have mixed woven plaids and flannels a lot. BUT--they are usually a looser weave than quilting cotton and I always prewash them both if I am using them in the same project--that way there are no surprises later.

    Is a quilt a quilt if it does not have batting in the middle? Summer quilts have never had batting in them and have been made for decades.......so I would say "yes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quite contrary
    You can do whatever you want. To make it wear best you need to have similar fabrics.

    Is it a quilt? Does it really matter what someone calls it if you are happy with it.
    Thanks hun... I guess I look at as making "blankets"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I have mixed woven plaids and flannels a lot. BUT--they are usually a looser weave than quilting cotton and I always prewash them both if I am using them in the same project--that way there are no surprises later.

    Is a quilt a quilt if it does not have batting in the middle? Summer quilts have never had batting in them and have been made for decades.......so I would say "yes".
    Awesome....... Thanks hun. I guess I'm on the right track.....

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    If they look good together and have the same "feel" - go for it.

    I'm not too keen on mixing tulle and burlap together for a "working" blanket/quilt, tho. :| (I'm exaggerating, folks)

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    that's kinda what i had in mind, but i never worked with flannel before so thought i'd ask.

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    Please do what Marcia said - preshrink all the fabrics before cutting. Some of these fabrics are notorius for shrinking. And not always in the same direction.

    I've had fabrics shrink up to 2 1/2 inches crosswise. Sure glad I shrunk the fabric before I made the pillowcases.



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    Preshrik first! They all shrink differently. This is the second quilt I made and I didn't think to ask if it would work. But I know flannel shrinks so I made sure to wash and dry them twice.

    It is made of homespuns, flannels, cotton and has a flannel border and back.

    It is our favorite TV quilt. I found the pattern in a library book. It is called Sunshine and Shadows. A take-off of an Amish pattern according to the book.
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    I like it. It looks so warm and cozy. Any competition about who gets to use it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Doods
    Preshrik first! They all shrink differently. This is the second quilt I made and I didn't think to ask if it would work. But I know flannel shrinks so I made sure to wash and dry them twice.

    It is made of homespuns, flannels, cotton and has a flannel border and back.

    It is our favorite TV quilt. I found the pattern in a library book. It is called Sunshine and Shadows. A take-off of an Amish pattern according to the book.
    Only problem I have is NO WASHER/DRYER....... I pay to use L. Mat. :(

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    I've soaked fabric in buckets or in the sink or bathtub or a big kettle or bowl.

    I use really hot water and let it soak until the water cools down.

    Do you have a drying rack or clothesline or towel bar?

    I would put the fabric in a colander until it quit dripping and then hang it on something. Don't hang it by an edge - that might distort the fabric - but hang it so that it "hangs easy"

    I agree that a washer and dryer does make the process easier, but where there's a will, there's usually a way.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I've soaked fabric in buckets or in the sink or bathtub or a big kettle or bowl.

    I use really hot water and let it soak until the water cools down.

    Do you have a drying rack or clothesline or towel bar?

    I would put the fabric in a colander until it quit dripping and then hang it on something. Don't hang it by an edge - that might distort the fabric - but hang it so that it "hangs easy"

    I agree that a washer and dryer does make the process easier, but where there's a will, there's usually a way.

    i can either hang in on clothes line or shower rod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    She is right- all you need is a bucket of hot water and let them soak. Squeeze them out and dry in your shower stall. If they smell stale you can add some soap to the water and then rinse after they have soaked.
    i can do that. :wink: thanks my sweet ladies

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    Loretta'a right - squeeze - don't wring.


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    Loretta said "squeeze" - she's right - avoid "wringing/twisting" - puts in wrinkles and distorts the fabric.

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