I am planning on hand quilting it with purl cotton and big stitches….kantha style. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say, “Hi!” in the comments! Eventually it will…it just might take a while. I’m fairly new to reading your blog, and I’m really loving it; the inspiration, the tips, and the fabrics…it’s wonderful! Share your experiences (and any other tips you have) in the comment section below!​. . Oops. I can't attest to the comfort level as I haven't actually *used* it, but it does have a nice lightweight feel. No matter what, if you don’t prewash all of your fabric, you will have some level of shrinkage once it’s washed, causing the vintage crinkle effect. The "batting" was a recycled ugly flannel sheet. How does flannel get so soft? If it’s the drape of flannel you are after, bamboo batting can give you something similar – especially after washing. Your thoughts? Starch will wash out of the fabric completely once you are fully finished and send the quilt through the washing machine. I can start to sew without starch because the new fabrics are easier to sew. Parallel to the salvage or the other way or does it even matter? It is quite heavy. If you are using regular quilting cotton, 2.5″ or even 2.75″ would be enough. Oh, thank you so much. What should I do now?? I would recommend prewashing, though. Hmmm…good question. I did not wash it. I know. No one reveals all of their baggage on the first date. xo. You can learn more about that here. .say it aint so??!! Steam is totally fine as long as you have pre-washed your flannel. I wrote a blog post about choosing the right thread for the job – check it out! Do you have any advice? Oh well - my nephew loves it and that's all that matters. I use a high loft batting and since I hate hand work, I cut out several sizes (12 inches down to 3 inches across) paper hearts, pin around them every 2 inches or so and then sew around about 1/2 inch away from the heart using the same curvy stitch (it’s stitch #4 on my Bernina Virtuoso 153) and I use 4.5 for the stitch width and 2 for the stitch length)…never puckers or bunches on the underside. As much as you can, keep it away from hot water and heat drying. (I hate playing blanket tug of war with my hubby and two dogs, and the thing kind of just kept growing.) I guess if I am jumping in I might as well go head first LOL. When you’re prepping for your big date with flannel, you’re going to want to add a few extra steps. I can sleep tonight! Should I prewash them and if so what is the best way to do that? Batting would be easier because it’s not woven together, but bonded or pressed – allowing the needle a smoother time passing through and many more points of entry. It required some creative work to get it fixed, since I couldn’t redo it for several reasons: I was out of one of the fabrics so couldn’t redo; it was already nearly done (sewing rows together). Thank you for all of your incredible suggestions and guidance, this 28-year old sure does love a good incomplete dating profile reference! When you sew the blocks together, take two 3-layer-stacks (print, flannel, fleece) and place them with the two layers of fleece right sides together. Both fabrics are going to be a bit shifty, but as long as you’re not aiming for perfection, it will work out beautifully and be incredibly cuddly. Mary, it’s going to be OK. My guess is that your longarm quilter will quilt close enough together that even if your quilt wanted to shrink up and get wacky it wouldn’t be able to. You could probably get away with every 8″ apart. Thank you, Dorothy! Flannel make a beautiful quilt, It is soft and feels wonderful. I am quilting 2 pieces of good quality prewashed flannel with some white & warm batting sandwiched between. Hope that helps! That can be hard to fix. Be sure to prewash it. You will piece the top as with any quilt and you back it as you would any quilt, but there is no “meat” in the sandwich. I’d like to keep my flannel quilt fluffy and not have it stiff as a board when it’s finished (I’m not planning on a lot of quilting once it’s pieced to help prevent stiffness). Your email address will not be published. If purchasing from those stores, it’s a good idea to tack on at least a 1/4 yd. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you use cheap flannel, it may pill after a while. ), You have to pardon the Flight of the Conchords reference. .and I have a quilt basted and ready to go but i DID NOT PRE-WASH. . I just finished piecing a photo quilt for my niece’s wedding and am working with a flannel backing for the first time. WWSQD!? Should I use cotton fabric or flannel to bind it? I made simple 9 patch blocks and now don’t know what kind of backing I should use. Great question! I wish I would have read this post before I started on my flannel quilt. I am using a domestic machine. I also recommend washing it in cold water and fluff drying in your machine or air drying to prevent massive shrinkage. Quilt batting is used in various sewing and quilting projects, is also known as wadding. Thought could be the reason for the puckering. The quilt is light but drapes really well. They just don’t seem that secure. Baby flannel is a breeze to sew with but will stretch so keep your iron on a lower heat- and don’t pull- press, don’t iron. Maxine’s post was interesting and something I will keep in mind should I ever take the plunge to free motion. I was thinking of doing a overcast stitch. I am on my third baby quilt right now. Have you ever mixed wool with flannel and noticed bearding? Sometimes machine quilting can cause that because of uneven pulling with the foot and feed dogs. 2. Thanks so much for all the great info on backing with flannel. But I hate to prewash my fabrics. Again a thousand thanks and best regards from Hamburg from Julia (happy). Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned sewist, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. That means that even though it’s soft and cuddly, even one wash can pill that baby up. If you’re following a pattern that assumes you will have the entire precut, don’t do it. However, I am machine-quilting a flannel-backed quilt for a friend, and I find that it is very hard work to free-motion this quilt. WHAT?! Interfacing isn’t necessary, but you do want to prewash all of your fabric and use a full 1/4″ seam allowance – not a scant 1/4″. In Minnesota it seems we only use a summer quilt for about 4-5 month anyway so the quilted looked isn't a big thing to me. Spread out the batting onto the backing. What batting would you recommend? Fortunately, I did think to prewash in very hot water to get the bleeding and shrinking out of the way. I plan on using a good quality flannel for this project. I know this is a pretty basic question but want to get it right! Appreciate your thoughts! Great question! I believe I used 1/4 inch seams. Thanks, Mallory! Dear Suzy! Or will it be inconspicuous after it’s washed again? (This is a tip from Sue Patten; I took a couple of classes from her in Toronto in June.) (What would Suzy Quilts do?) I know, I know, “buy a solid, not plaid.”. Adding flannel to your quilts adds a layer of warmth, comfy textures, and a wintertime style that is hard to pass by. It was so soft and yummy I couldn’t resist. Will keep all this in mind when trading the quilts. You could try washing it again. Batting: it would be warmer and more quilt like as opposed to a massive blanket. Adds a little love from Grandma. Being a newbie, can you tell me whether to cut the binding strips selvage-to-selvage or parallel to the selvage? I'm thinking it would be perfect for a lightweight coverlet. Pingback: Quilting Terms, Tools & Supplies - Suzy Quilts. hmmm…well some of that might just happen and it’s not your fault – flannel is super stretchy. Hmmmm…are you using quilting gloves? Flannel material is also soft and cozy, making it great for a lap quilt or a baby quilt. I don't do really heavy quilting. I am going to machine quilt the blocks before I assemble the quilt with a Whitework Quilt pattern. Both make ADORABLE rag quilts. Required fields are marked *. I will be making a quilt that will have both flannel and quilter’s cotton on the pieced side. Thanks for your blog Suzy. I have the flannel top of the quilt for my soon coming grand baby. I just stumbled upon this aaaah-may-ZING post. I just had another thought-if you want the quilting to show up more, using a heavier weight thread might be your answer? It turned out quilt heavy. The prints from the box store seemed to be better, though, for some reason. But: it is flannel… For the background I have Bella solids cotton. Consider this your “Quilting with Flannel PSA.”, Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern (Download), Flannel has been around forever. The same goes with flannel. I was planning on using flannel for the backing to maximize the warmth factor, however I’m worried about bearding. It requires “”man-handling”, even though I have a “Supreme Slider” on the bed of my sewing machine. You don't want your quilt to shrink because it will if the flannel is not washed. I have a question.. Love your post. Is it ok to use steam or is a dry iron preferable? I’m hand quilting it because I like the look of hand quilting, but will my knots be more likely to pull through? Your information about handling and sewing with flannel are very interesting. My squares are 8'' when cut, and then finish at 7'' (with a 1/2'' seam allowance). However, if you prefer to shop online, here is a list I compiled of quality fabric shops, Purl Soho being one of them. Once you baste and quilt it together, you won’t notice the differences in weights. I did recently make a quilt using a flannel charm pack and found out just want you mean about flannel stretching! You will end up losing too much do to fraying and quilt patterns that require fat quarters may not work with the new shrunken piece of fabric. You probably will have more luck hand quilting. Same As: Stuffing, Batting, Filling, Filler Flannel is a popular fabric choice when it comes to making garments, like flannel pajamas, but it is also a great choice when wanting to make nice, warm, snuggly quilts. If you’re worried, though, machine stitching binding can look great and is also very secure. Pressing seams open or to the side is really just a personal preference. Today I sewed the first block and it turned out great. If you want to add batting you could probably get away without quilting as long as you catch the batthing in the binding or some stitching along the edges. You’ll save having to call a plumber to unplug your drain! Finding out about fleece not shrinking and flannel shrinking a ton. The feed dogs are also sort of tearing up the flannel I’m using a walking foot and quilting gloves so I’m not sure what else to do. Or should I not worry about the grain and just starch the fabric? When I shop for fabric, and not just flannel, I typically frequent the same quality places because I know they only carry quality fabric. Each quilt 'block' will have cotton on the front, flannel in the middle, and fleece on the back. If i find a needle that pulls the thick thread through it won’t push through good and if i get a needle that goes through the fabric decent then it won’t pull the thread through. I usually do wavy lines or diamonds - something simple. Thanks. The second Adorable Rag Quilt Secret is the extra flannel layer instead of batting for a total of three fabric layers. haha I’m kidding I’m kidding After the quilt is finished don’t wash it. The top and back are 100% cotton quilting fabric. I have not personally used it in a summer quilt but it was quite a discussion on just that at our last guild meeting. .i actually don’t mind the second idea, he a bachelor so him NOT washing it for two years is probably more accurate than not baaahaha. I hate distorted plaid! If you want it to be extra extra warm, try wool! Batting is the filling of quilts and makes them warm and heavy. Do I need to add more quilting? As others have mentioned, the quilting won't be as visible and you won't get "poofiness". I know the feeling and it can be disappointing. For this quilt, I am using squares. Thank you! I don’t recommend pre-washing precut fabric as small or smaller than a fat quarter. It is often the batting of choice when sewing rag quilts as it frays easily and makes that nice and soft rag edge. Less quilting = loose drape. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Since flannel is really stretchy, ironing can stretch out the fabric a little too much. ​Here’s what flannel’s putting on its online dating profile: I love to snuggle by the fire on a chilly evening with hot apple cider. - Suzy Quilts. Is 11” too far apart? I am making my daughter a baby blanket for my newest grandson arriving in October. So soft. I use quilting gloves. I bought flannel fat quarter bundles to make a simple quilt for my grandson. . I’ve made many a blanket–quilted or otherwise–without quilting and they have worked just fine. I will look out a new needle, use a longer stitch and sew wider seams. Low loft batting is thinner and shows off the quilting stitches. Anyway, I’m not answering your question very well. After turning them right side out, I do a fancy zigzag around the edges and this “closes” the opening and makes the edges stronger. It has a printed flannel layer on top and a solid flannel layer on the back. Place your middle layer fabric square down next. I have only made 2 rag quilts but they both turner out quite well. When it comes to using flannel, I would use the same basting process as if I were using any other cotton, linen, or canvas backing – https://suzyquilts.com/how-to-baste-a-quilt/ The most important part in getting a good baste is making sure it’s flat and secured to the floor (or your working surface. Just wondering if it is necessary to do wider binding strips because of fraying, etc. (white) I don’t want to cut the flannel into tons of little pieces. so what tips do you have for using flannel (2 layers) for batting of a baby quilt. If you have a cute pre-cut flannel bundle I’d hate to see it go unused. I can’t match it up and am very frustrated. Interfacing shouldn’t be necessary. Tip – If you want, add a large bath towel into the dryer to keep the yardage from twisting and accumulating unwanted wrinkles. I am going to use cranberry and forest green in large squares. Are you using 100% cotton thread? Go for it. I have never tried free motion quilting but I’m not sure I would ever attempt it on flannel now that I have read all the questions and comments. How should I cut my flannel? Be sure to put an old panty hose stocking or knee high hose/stocking on the washer drain hose. I use flannel for baby quilts because I don't want those items to be so heavy. Great information. Definitely something to keep in mind, though if you’re quilting with smaller pieces, you may not mind too much. https://suzyquilts.com/how-to-choose-the-right-quilt-batting/, https://suzyquilts.com/best-quality-sewing-thread/, https://suzyquilts.com/wash-and-care-for-a-quilt/, https://suzyquilts.com/starch-quilt-fabric/, The Best Iron for Sewing (One Quilter’s Opinion) - Suzy Quilts, https://suzyquilts.com/should-you-prewash-fabric-before-quilting/, Should You Prewash Fabric Before Quilting? Sounds like when it was cut from the bolt it was cut pretty severely off grain. VERY NICE quilt Peggy !!! I am very much a beginner quilter and whenever I have a question, your blog is the first place I look! It will give you a great seam, since a shorter stitch could stretch the flannel fabric (also, if you happen to make a mistake, it’ll be easier to pick open the seams. Because you are using flannel instead of batting, you do not run the risk of batting bunching, shifting or collecting in lumps underneath your quilt sandwich. Quilt Batting - Types and Choosing the Right One. If you stack two pieces of flannel together as the batting you are now making your needle push through four layers of fabric. The snuggle is real! Thank you so much. It’s so wide it actually won’t fit on the long arm. Hand wash? Has anyone out there tried this or is it a bad idea? Can you recommend a pattern that works well with flannel? Since you don’t have batting, the only reason you need to stitch the two layers together is so the remain relatively together without becoming a ballooning duvet cover. I have not used flannel in a bed quilt but have made table runners and placemats with flannel instead of batting. Tell me it will be OK. Using your rotary cutter and ruler (or regular scissors), cut 72 squares 8'' x 8'' from each type of fabric: cotton, flannel, and fleece. 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