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    quilting fabric

    I hope this doesn't sound to dumb? Am thinking of making my Grandson a scrapy quilt. My question is can I mix cotton and flannel in it? How about fleece. I would like to get an assortment of frog prints.
    Any help is appreciated!! I am such a newbee!

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    I know that I don't mix cottons with other blends, but then I've never tried. It just seemed that I might run into trouble with the different thickness of fabrics. Hopefully someone else can give you better information.

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    I have always heard to stay with same fabric whether it be all cotton, cotton blends, flannel, etc.

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    Personally, I would give it a go, but I'm not very good with rules.

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    I think because the three you mentioned all have different weights and thickness it would make for an uneven appearance. Plus fleece and flannel stretch and would make them difficult to keep stable with cotton.
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    Way back when - some quilts were made with almost anything the maker could get her hands on.

    I tend to prefer the same weight for the whole back and the same weight for the whole top - but that is not what everyone else needs to do.

    I think if I did have a 'rule' - if it's an item that is meant to be washed - to only use sturdy washable fabrics in it.

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    Since they're in the cotton family, I would and this winter would make it a very cozy quilt if he lives in the same climate zones as you!. I don't use muslin for the Victorian Crazy Quilts I'm working on either. My quilt, my way. Your quilt your way! Photos when you're finished Please and Thank You!

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    If you do, I would make sure that you pre-wash in HOT water and dry both of them. I usually pre-wash/dry flannel twice. Flannel is notorious for shrinking a lot and if you don't pre-wash it will shrink more than the cotton and you won't like the end results.

    I think it might be neat to see the different thicknesses in some blocks ... like a pinwheel or an Ohio star with the stars in flannel and the base in cotton.

    Also suggest reducing your stitch length (more stitches per inch) and using lots of starch (easier to iron the flannel from the back and don't forget to let the starch "set in" before you press it).
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    Go for it! I mix cotton, batiks, woolies, flannels. Prewash before cutting, then starch n iron. The only limitation is your imagination. ♡

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    Also, since you say you are new....use your walking foot for piecing different fabrics until you are confident.

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    Smile!! Guess I'm not either!

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    I have mixed flannel with cotton, Minky with cotton, small wale corduroy with cotton on the front and a flannel backing. I washed and soaked the corduroy in vinegar overnight to soften it. Used it as the sashing and border. The quilt turned out great. Perfect for a boy.

    A friend of mine made a dog quilt (the quilt was in the shape of a dog, big). The quilt was made out of squares of flannel, fleece, and cotton, cut into the dog shape, then ragged. Turned out cute.

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    Most of the flannel you will find at quilt stores is cotton flannel. It does shrink more than other cotton fabrics, so it should be washed before mixing with other fabrics. Children especially enjoy the texture of a quilt made from different fabric types. I mix corduroy and flannel in rag quilts all the time. As others have noted, starch can be your friend when working with stretchier fabrics like fleece or flannel.

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    Sounds like a fun quilt! When using fleece, I always go with 1/2" seams, instead of 1/4".
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    you can mix flannels, cottons, wools, fleeces and minkie in the same quilt and make wonderful quilts! some of the best quilts out there have many mixed fibers in them- I make a lot of quilts that contain regular cottons & flannels (which are just soft cottons) homespuns, I sometimes add wool appliques, or strips of fleeces between rows of blocks...the only thing I ever consider is whether or not the fibers will launder ok together- fleece, minkie, wool, cotton, flannel all launder together nicely- I've even made quilts that contained all of the mentioned plus silks, corduroys & velvets - I was worried about the silks, but used a fusible stabilizer and they worked just fine- be adventurous! many *most* of my quilts contain flannels & regular cottons, wool batting and minkie backs- or flannel backs- what ever I decide is best at the moment.
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    Your quilt your way. Kids love different textures and I have mixed flannel, regular cotton and fleece. As has been said before -- definitely wash the flannel (twice is good, but at least once and dry hot). My first flannel quilt had several different flannels, I did not wash them and they all shrank differently when washed. What a mess!! I just had a piece of LQS flannel shrink 4" in width. Also, the flannel tends to shed more than regular cotton so getting all that shedding over first so it does not stick in the bobbin or on the needle bar puts you ahead of the game.
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    If mixing cotton, flannel, etc I would be careful of the pattern - you probably don't want to get too complex. Maybe squares of the various fabrics would showcase them.

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    Sometimes our imagination knows best than us, just do as the others advised, wash and dry all and heavy starch keeps them nice and square for sewing. Good Luck and let the games begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Personally, I would give it a go, but I'm not very good with rules.
    I agree, you never know and I tend to do what I want and don't believe when it comes to quilting some rules are made to be broken. Besides, who makes these rules. Most are made by quilt shows because they only want certain things but even that is changing. I do always wash flannel first, it has a tendancy to shrink so its better to get it out of the way and then you wont have bunching going on when you have say a 6in cotton block and a 6 in flannel together and then washed the flannel gets smaller.
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    The boy is 15, but he still has his quilt from being a newborn. I was thinking of either frogs or dogs...he loves both and making a warm....he is always cold. Flannel type rag quilt, but when I started looking for fabric, there were lots, but very little in flannel. Also can I ask what kind of starch do you use?
    I will wash the fabric in hot water, and dry in the dryer. I had some cotton that I bought at a quilt store, and it must have shrunk 4".

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    I have never tried it, but I am sure it would be ok.

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    I mix.

    I was in a quilt shop in Springfield, MO this summer and they were selling a kit that mixed.
    I think, using today's quality materials as long as we take the time to ensure we allow for variations, it just doesn't matter.
    Example...t-shirt quilts

    Go for it!!

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    I've done such a quilt. I used homes puns, flannel, fleece, corduroy and jean. It's a house favorite. It's been washed many times and I never prewash fabrics. I did yellow brick road pattern but I did use 1/2" seams not 1/4" just because of the thickness of some of the fabric. Good luck!!!
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    I would not hesitate to combine cotton with flannel but would not mix with fleece. Cotton and flannel most alike but Cleese much heavier . Cleese and flannel might work.

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