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Thread: What's a good brand of flannel?

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    What's a good brand of flannel?

    I want to use flannel on the back of some doll quilts and a baby quilt. I'm going to tie them rather than quilting. I've read about how flannel "acts" when used as a backing and one of the recommendations was to use a good brand of flannel. I only have access to Hancock's and Hobby Lobby here but I can order on line if anyone has a good suggestion!!

    TIA Carolyn

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    Moda Marble flannel

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    Maywood fabrics also has quality flannel.

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    Benartex double sided flannels are YUMMY! they are so lofty- soft- luxurious === some of the most wonderful flannels i've come across.
    Woolies Flannels are also very nice.
    when i have a choice i always go with the Benartex Flannels.
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    What is the difference in the flannels. I've never heard of double sided sounds soft especially for a baby. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    Benartex double sided flannels are YUMMY! they are so lofty- soft- luxurious === some of the most wonderful flannels i've come across.
    Woolies Flannels are also very nice.
    when i have a choice i always go with the Benartex Flannels.
    Is the Benatex flannel called the "Apple Butter" flannel????

    Also, on fabric.com, there is flannel on salel for aprox 6.00/yd. Is that about the right price range for a quality flannel??
    Since I don't need much, I can splurge a litte.

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    $6 a yard for flannel is quite a deal! in the lqs it is $11.50 a yard!
    i've bought lots of flannels from fabric.com- some were thin- some were better- you can find them by manufacturer- (like moda, benartex, michael miller)
    the ones that are just under flannels- without a manufacturer listed are the (thinner) ones- not to say they are not good flannels- they are just a lighter weight flannel.
    i'm not sure if benartex put out Apple butter flannels- i do know they are nice flannels....i don't pay alot of attention to the names of different collections- i buy when i see it-feel it-want it---but tend to check certain manufacturers, designers for what i am looking for- what the name of the collection itself is---i seldom even notice.
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    I use nothing but flannel as backing, frequently using flannel sheets if the quilt is large. I wash and dry on hot twice to ensure that it won't shrink once it is on the quilt. I buy good 5oz. or 6oz. sheets.

    I'm curious to know that you've read about how flannel "acts" when used as a backing. I've had plenty of experience with it and have had no problems at all.

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    Lots of good advice on flannels and brands, thank you for posting this.
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    I just made myself a long sleeved shirt from some HENRY GLASS quilting flannel and it washed beautifully. Also MODA is usually very nice. I have found the best way to choose a nice flannel is to feel it. It can vary a lot from piece to piece even from the same maker.

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    I agree -- I have seen a lot of inconsistency between bolts. I hate some of the stiff flannels as I have not been able to soften them enough with washing. I do wash all flannels before use because even within the same brand I have had pieces that shrink at different rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Connie M. View Post
    I just made myself a long sleeved shirt from some HENRY GLASS quilting flannel and it washed beautifully. Also MODA is usually very nice. I have found the best way to choose a nice flannel is to feel it. It can vary a lot from piece to piece even from the same maker.
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