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    Questions from newer quilter

    I have made quilts and had them long arm quilted. Always used cotton fabric and backing and did not prewash either.
    I would like to make some flannel quilts and some baby quilts with cotton front and flannel or minky backing.

    Do I need to prewash the flannel or minkee when using a mix of cotton with them.

    Thanks so much, Terry

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    Yes, you will want to wash those fabrics, lots of shrinkage with flannel. I've never used minkee, but will probably need a prewash too.

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    I don't think minkee shrinks but it is very stretchy and may be hard to work with. I have read others who have used it for backings though.

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    I wash all flannel when it comes into house. It shrinks so bad. Not as good as quality as it used to be.
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    I would recommend prewashing flannels for backing if the top is cotton. Prewashing is not necessary for minkee. I have been longarming for clients for over 5 years and have used minkee many times. It isn't difficult, just takes extra care. Good Luck!

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    I've never prewashed minkie fabric and have used it on lots of quilts, my queen sized bed quilt has a minkie back- it's been laundered many times- never an issue- or reason to pre-wash. as for the flannel- the flannel will shrink some- so I often (but not always) pre-wash flannels if I am mixing flannels and regular cottons- unless I'm making raggy quilts- then I do not pre-wash the flannels. quilting and choice of batting also plays a role in the amount of shrinkage you will experience in a quilt- really the only time I (always) pre-wash is if the fabric *flannel* is very thin-loose weave and/or the fabric I am using is a deep saturated color that may bleed.
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    When it comes to washing flannel, it seems like a good idea to prewash the flannel, because flannels shrink differently depending on who makes the fabric, thread count, color saturation and so on. On the other hand, I was once told by a LQS owner that prewashing is not needed. Just use your judgment.

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    Yes, wash the flannel! I wash it and dry it twice to get 'full shrinkage' and remove a ton of lint. I've never used minkee, so no comment.

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    I always wash flannel - it shrinks and has lots of lint. I've used Minkee several times without pre washing. No problems with it.

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    I used minky once and won't use it again. What a mess cutting it! And it certainly does stretch.

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