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Old 05-20-2019, 03:52 PM
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Hi ladies,
I have a question. I was on here a few days ago. I am making a chemo quilt. What I would like to know is can I put the top and batting together and quilt it and put the fleece on the back and birth it? Will the fleece stretch out if it is not quilt it down? I tried quilting the three together and I had a lot of trouble.
Thanks in advance. Kathy

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Old 05-20-2019, 04:43 PM
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Hi Kathy! I'm not sure that I'm able to really answer your questions but would like to share with you that I have been making what I call "comfort" quilts. They are the size of a throw (60 x 72). When I use fleece, I do not put in batting. The fleece is heavy on its own. I have quilted after adding the fleece. When using a fleece backing, you do not have to quilt close together. Sometimes I have had problems with the fleece pulling to the front. This is a problem. I suggest that you make a small sandwich (the same as your quilt) and then try different needles. I also use Shannon minky, which has worked better for me. I then bind my quilts. I have not birthed any of them but believe that you could do that, quilt the fleece and top down (to hold them together) and sew around the outside edge of the quilt at about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch from the edge. Good luck with your project. I'm sure our members will be able to help you with your questions. Yolanda
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:27 PM
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When I use fleece as the backing, I don’t use batting—it is plenty warm enough without it.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:58 PM
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I also do not use batting with quilts that have a fleece backing. I do a fold-over binding with the fleece and zigzag it down. The raw edge does not ravel, so it makes an easy, quick binding.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:04 PM
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Thanks for the information.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:17 AM
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I have made many charity quilts with a pieced top and fleece backing. They are warm and if used as a lap quilt for wheelchairs, etc., the fleece stays in place better than cotton backing. I put the top/back together and do plain line stitching every 6-8 inches. I start in the cernter and work to sides stitching about 3/4" in from all sides. I then use a scallop blade in my rotary cutter and cut all the way around. Gives a nice finished edge.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:54 AM
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The reason I use a very thin batting with a fleece panel on the back is because the colors in the Naval fleece back
were coming through to the front!! Ugh! The thin batting corrected that problem!!

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