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    I decided to use flannel to back a Christmas quilt I have pieced. I am also using some poly batting that I was given. Is there anything I need to do differently when fmq this sandwich?
    I was also given a good amount of fleece, I plan to use it to back some Project Linus quilts, anything special to fmq this and do I use batting as well as the fleece?
    I am using a sit down long arm to fmq the quilts.
    Thanks for any advice or warnings.😁

    #2
    When I use flannel or fleece, I do not use batting. I think it would add too much weight to the quilt, but that is a personal preference. Also I think that it would add too much thickness for fmq. I am sure someone else will have a better answer for you.
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      #3
      I am planning on flannel backing mama's quilt. I am curious to find out the answers to your question. Thanks for beating me to it Claire! πŸ™‚
      Rainy days are for quilting. Thank goodness I live in a rainforest! 😁

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        #4
        I think it is personal preference. I have made quilts with flannel front and back, and I used a lightweight cotton batting. For the little weight it added, I like that it gives the seams a little bit of cushioning to keep them from feeling "lumpy". I also made one with flannel top and fleece back, with a light batting. I have not had trouble quilting them on either my domestic (with adjustable presser foot position) or my long arm.
        Lyn

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          #5
          I've done both as well, I use batting. My parents are in NM and have the flannel front and back with batting and get use. My daughter has the one backed with fleece. I really like and perfer batting.

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            #6
            At the quilt guild I belong to we have been putting batting with a flannel backing and have not had any problem with machine quilting. We use either Quilters Dream or Warm and Natural for the batting.
            Carlie

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              #7
              I've always used flannel for backing on all my quilts, used W/N batting, STID with walking foot on my Babylock domestic machine. No problems. Almost forgot to add, I used spray basting. Also, I begin my quilting at the right side of my quilts. Never had a problem ......so far, lol. Gina

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                #8
                Thanks everyone, I guess will try the dish shaped foot that is made for thick quilts for the flannel with batting. I am glad I don't need to take apart the sandwich I did yesterday.😊

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                • Hillbillyhike
                  Hillbillyhike commented
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                  What's a dish shaped foot Claire?

                • Claire Hallman
                  Claire Hallman commented
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                  My machine has a foot shaped like a little bowl that is supposed to work well on thick areas.

                #9
                I’ve also used flannel to back my quilts numerous times and have made a few with flannel front and back. For batting, I’ve used both 100% cotton and cotton/poly blend. It was easy to use both a walking foot or a fmq foot on my domestic machine. I just treated them the same way I would any other quilt. The only thing I’ve done differently is to pre-wash the flannel (I don’t pre-wash my cottons) because of the extra shrinkage some flannels are famous for).
                Maria

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                • Hillbillyhike
                  Hillbillyhike commented
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                  I do the same Maria. My LA said to preshrink the flannel. I don't preshrink my fabric because I use warm and natural cotton. I figure they will shrink at the same time and rate.

                • Vonnie
                  Vonnie commented
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                  Ditto! I prewash the flannel. Not the cotton top or the batting, just the flannel. I also decided to use batting on where the person lives. If it is hot Southern California, I might just use flannel instead of batting. Still 3 layers, cotton top, cotton backing and flannel for batting. Still prewash the flannel. Then after it's made, I wash the entire quilt just to check for problems with seams/quilting and also shrinkage. I made a quilt for my oldest brother, he's 6'4". I figured if I made the quilt 80" long it would be enough. It shrunk 9"! I was so mad. But, he loved it anyway. He takes naps with it in his recliner. Also made him a horseshoe shaped pillow (Crafty Gemini has an excellent tutorial) which is great for sleeping in chairs or airline seats.
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