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Thread: Question on Backing

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    I have a 9 block top with a doggie theme. I am thinking I would like to start quilting it. But I am not sure what to put for a backing. I have a wonderful doggie fabric, but it is flannel. Will this go with a regular cotton top?

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    yes i have used flannel for a backing before

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    Sure Boston, its your quilt and it would be nice to have a comfy flannel side and a cotton side. I'm still pretty much a newbie though and wouldn't know about if they would shrink up at the same rate. I guess if you pre washed everything it would be ok?? There are certainly ladies on here that know...they'll tell you. Oh...wheres the pic of this top?? :D

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    I see no problem using flannel for the back.
    If YOU like it, that's all that counts!!

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    Here is the pic. I had sent it before, but I can't remember what the subject line was.

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    very nice i forgot to mention until i saw sandpats reply make sure you wash the flannel first because it does shrink up

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    Someone said a couple of weeks ago you should wash flannel at least twice and dry in dryer.

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    Very pretty. I think flannel would be excellent on the back, but do be sure to wash it first!!

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    Very cute, love the dog fabric!

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    Nice! You did a wonderful job.

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    That quilt is very pretty!! I would wash flannel at least a couple of times because it doesn't shrink all the way with the first washing

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    I'm with them - washing and drying it until it is stable, then it should be fine.

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    Thanks all. I will make sure to wash it. I am thinking I would like to quilt it with shapes that relate to dogs, hydrant, bones, etc.

    Anne

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    Your quilting sounds great - puppy pawprints and doggy stuff will really look great!

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    Really pretty - you're not going to give it to a dog, are you?

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    Since we are talking flannel, my DH has unsucessfully tried to quilt on a flannel back. He uses a Bailey on a Gracie frame. It keeps bunching up underneath. I haven't tried my hand at machine quilting with a frame yet so I can't give him any advice. Is there a special techique one needs to use when quilting on flannel?

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    No this is for me. I made my Rottie two doggie sized quilts that were simple 4 patch.

    I have never quilted on flanner either. I have a hoop. Can anyone shed some light on this procedure?

    Anne

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    Anne, I remember seeing this quilt before now that I look at it again. I liked it the 1st time...and still like it now. As for the procedure for quilting on flannel...beats me. I've never used any flannel but don't know why it would be any different other than the thickness. Good luck with it! I love your quilting plan and can't wait to see it done.

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    Thanks Patti.

    It may be a while before I get up the nerve. Plus I have just started another top. (Just like my mother, always working on more than one thing). LOL.

    Anne

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