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« on: January 14, 2007 04:23:15 PM »

I'm still working on my purple/yellow quilt but have a question about the backing.  I have a large flannel sheet that, color wise, would make a great backing for my quilt but I don't know how good it would work.  Has anyone ever backed a cotton fronted quilt with flannel?  I guess I'm concerned that the flannel might shrink more than the cotton whenever I wash it and also how well does flannel quilt.  Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2007 05:07:49 PM »

I've used flannel in quilts with great results.

If you're concerned about shrinkage, why not wash it before hand in hot water. Most shrink happens to flannel in the first wash.

Flannel is always so soft, and nice against the skin.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2007 10:05:11 AM »

I'd say wash and dry it good (a few times). then go for it! I love the feel of flannel, myself.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2007 05:28:10 PM »

Pre-wash both front and back ca few times before basting and you should be fine.  Flannel doesn't  look brand new after washing though, but if it's just for you then no problem.  Also, I have heard not to use sheets to back quilts because they are a different thread count than quilting/decent cotton fabric and over time the front a back will shrink and wear differently.  But I am not so sure how important that is to you, or just how true it is.  I say go for it  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2007 06:40:00 PM »

Quote from: lissaj
Pre-wash both front and back ca few times before basting and you should be fine.  Flannel doesn't  look brand new after washing though, but if it's just for you then no problem.  Also, I have heard not to use sheets to back quilts because they are a different thread count than quilting/decent cotton fabric and over time the front a back will shrink and wear differently.

I have washed all the fabric already so the shrinking should be out.  This is a quilt for me and hubby on our bed so it won't get lots of use - it's more to look pretty - so I think that using a sheet should be okay.

Thanks to everyone for their advice.
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