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« on: June 04, 2013 07:40:35 AM »

I would like to try my hand at a flannel quilt. I found the fabric that I like and it is in five different shades. Does anyone have any good ideas for flannel-friendly quilt blocks that would bring five shades together? I was looking at this one, but I am concerned about the small pieces with the flannel: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patterns/details.html?idx=13782

And I really like this one, but it only has four shades: http://www.quilterscache.com/I/InterlacedBlocksBlock.html

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013 08:20:39 AM »

Those both look like really pretty patterns! Sorry, I'm no help on using flannel in quilts, I've only made baby clothes and blankets with flannel. With the second one, you could always use the fifth shade for a border? What exactly is your concern with flannel and the small pieces? That the edges will shred before you stitch them? I know flannel can get kind of ball-y/pill after a few washes if it's not high quality, but other than that I think it's ok.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013 11:24:27 AM »

I am worried about the bulk on the little triangles mostly.  I was also reading that because flannel can fray badly, that a 1/2" seam allowance might be a good idea.  So then I was toying with the idea of calculating how to increase the block sizes a bit, to kind of help with the bulk.

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013 08:41:22 AM »

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.  Undecided

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2013 02:17:03 PM »

I make almost all my baby quilts with flannel, and usually try out new patterns as testers for bigger quilts . Ive never had a problem with fraying. I do always wash and with flannel usually spray starch before cutting

. Could you use the fifth shade as the bakground?

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013 01:03:54 PM »

My last flannel was the Buzz Saw pattern.  The one I have has a few 'saws' spilling out into the border.  It's good with flannels because there is not a ton of seam allowance or small pieces to deal with.  I googled it and the best one that matches my pattern is this- http://thequiltednest.blogspot.com/2009/06/whats-buzz.html

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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2013 10:37:29 AM »

I like to use flannel on the back of quilts.  I have a flannel one made of simple squares that my grandmother made mmphty years ago.  It is well loved.  If you are concerned about quilting, you can tie it.  That works well for a simple pattern. 

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013 07:34:24 AM »

danynn chose the Celtic Twist block in the last quilt block swap so I got to try it out.  Smiley  I am thinking it might take me forever to finish unless I increase the blocks by 50%.  So I've still be tossing this around in my head...

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