Sorry, but I'm not much help, either. I've only made one and it was a mess. I pinned as much as usual, but the quilting really distorted the whole thing. I also had problems with pulling at the seams (only used 1/4", though), so I had to quilt a large zig zag over the seams. Luckily it was only a disappearing nine patch, so it didn't ruin the design. It seems like a lot of quilters are just fine with flannel, so I'm thinking it's just me. I've just not been tempted to try it again.