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    Block Queen

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    Default Help need opinions

    Help please.

    I am making a rag quilt for my Grand Daughter who is 5.
    It is an old simplicity pattern with not "enough" directions for this new quilter. It is in the shape of a butterfly, not sure what/how to use the fabric.

    Top is cotton, batting, back is cotton
    Top is cotton, flannel, back is cotton

    Which would make a better weight for a quiilt to use when watching tv. Don't want to weigh her down, but want it to be snuggly.

    Should I maybe back with flannel, but then the colorful butterfy fabric she picked will only be on the front.

    Any and all suggestions gratefully accepted.

    I would wash the flannel first, but do I need to wash the cotton

    Thanks in advance
    Debbie

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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    If you are going to wash one layer, wash both layers. Don't wash one layer and not the other - but you don't need to prewash at all with modern quilting cotton. And don't prewash the batting.

    I would go with cotton batting if it were me.

    Flannel would make a softer, more snuggly back.

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    Block Queen

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    Thanks for you input. I hope I can decide. Good thought about wash all or none. I know if I use flannel I will have to wash it.

    Thanks again
    Debbie

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    I have only made one rag quilt (took my hands a long time to recover after "ragging"). I used prewashed cotton (crazy characters print) on top, flannel (washed twice/dried twice) in the middle and minky on the back. Did not prewash the minky since it was in 3 layer cakes. It's held up very well.

    Maybe someone will pop in and say what you do to the batting. I know it does not "rag" well so would you need to trim it close to the seams?
    Vonnie

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    Thanks, it said to cut batting close to seams, just not sure if using batting will make it too heavy. Looking at all options

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    I never use batting in my rag quilts....I use three layers of flannel and I don't prewash the flannel if the whole quilt is flannel. I have details in my User Notes.

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    In the rag quilts I have done (not many) I cut the batting about an inch smaller than the squares and sewed an X through the block. That way, the batting won't be in the ragged part.

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    Since rag quilts can be a bit heavy for a 5 year old I would use just 2 layers of flannel and no batting so she can handle her quilt easily.
    MissMay AKA May in Jersey

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    Default Re: Help need opinions

    Thanks, never having made one, that was my concern.

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