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    Question about flannel backing

    I have a cotton crib panel to which I plan to add borders. I am concerned about FMQ w/flannel as backing. Who has experience w/same? Will it stretch? Should I plan to starch it to help hold it in place and then wash before giving as a gift? I have already washed both the panel and the flannel to get rid of shrinkage and the flannel is super soft. I won't be FMQ for several days and would really like some feedback before I get started.

    This quilt will be for a special baby and I want the quilt to be as special. Thanks.

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    While I'm not experienced enough to offer my opinion, I would be interested in seeing your finished product.

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    Flannel does have a bit more movement than regular quilting cotton. Starching is a good first step. How are going to baste? I think probably 505 spray baste would be helpful to keep everything from moving. Maybe someone else has some experience with flannel that was thread or pin basted.

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    I often put flannel backs on my quilts even my King sized ones as this is what my family likes. I haven't had much trouble quilting flannel. I pin it well but do not spray baste. Some flannel does stretch more than others but if you have already washed it, you should be fine. I frequently use flannel sheets for my backing and they haven't given me difficulty either. I just need to make sure that the backing is well pinned and wrinkle free before beginning.
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    Starch and spray basting can be your best friend for this quilt.

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    I back my quilts in flannel all of the time. I FMQ, spray baste them too & have never used starch. I love a cozy quilt backed in flannel!

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    I have not FMQ with flannel backing but have used Elmer's glue to baste with when using flannel for backing. It works great!!

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    I prefer to spray baste the flannel to the batting (or the top if you are not putting in batting). Flannel is not as wierd as Minkee, but I like to keep things firm when FMQ.
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    I use flannel for backings all the time and do not give it a second thought. My son likes his quilts that way.

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    I use flannel more often than any thing else for quilt backings, I treat it just like any other cotton fabric- it quilts up beautifully- and does not stretch any more than any other cotton fabric once it's been pre-washed so the weave is tightened up some. I do not generally starch my flannel unless I am cutting it into squares/shapes and find it to be difficult (but generally a new blade takes care of that)
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    I have the 505 which I use when machine embroidering. Do I use it to secure the batting to the flannel and again to secure the top? What do you do with the over-spraying? Should I surround the quilt w/newspaper? This is all new to me but willing to give it a try. Thanks for all of the responses.

    What is so special about this baby is that she is being adopted by my granddaughter.

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    I use flannel a lot for quilt backs. I'm in the Elmer's glue baste camp. Never have a problem.

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    Michelle, please explain to be about the Elmer's glue baste. I am unsure how it works. How do you apply? Do you apply to the flannel as well as the batting before placing the quilt top? Will it wash out and if so, do I wash before giving as a gift? Thanks for your help

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