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Fabric.com's "quilt backing fabric" and "quilter's flannels"
Liz in Cville
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Date: 1/3/12 12:05 PM

I am planning my first quilting project -- a cozy sofa throw to keep me warm and brighten up the room. I've picked out some lovely fabric for the front, with bright colors and a white background.

I want a light colored backing, and was hoping to use a white organic cotton twill from my stash. It would be perfect, except it's not very cuddly, and I'm dubious as to whether more laundering will make it soft enough. So I'm reluctantly considering buying something else (I really don't want to increase my stash!).

Any opinions out there regarding Fabric.com's "quilt backing fabrics" and/or their "quilter's flannels"? Are they opaque enough to hide the colorations in the Warm n' Natural batting, or maybe a little thin? Is their "quilt backing fabric" very soft? If not, maybe I'll use up the twill.. I should think it would keep me warm enough, anyway, and it IS an easier width to work with!

While I am on the subject... I actually have three small pieces of batting (craft size) that I am planning to put together to make the throw. I plan to butt the edges and baste (zigzag) them together before quilting. Does that sound OK?

Thanks much in advance for your thoughts!

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Date: 1/3/12 4:37 PM

I got one of Fabric.com's quilt backing fabrics (an extra wide cotton) in a muddled yellow color. It faded unevenly in the wash, and looks a bit weird. However, it was super inexpensive, did exactly what it needed to, and has held up well to a year of washing.

I'll buy them again, even with the weird fading. It was not thin fabric.

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Date: 1/4/12 1:53 AM

Zig-zagging or using a feather or other stitch to join the batting should work ok. Test a little sample to make sure the seam won't be obvious underneath. I've done this and the seam isn't discernible. If it's a throw, what width do you need? When I think of backing fabric, I think of super wide, like 108". Otherwise, use whatever suits you.

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Date: 1/4/12 2:32 AM

A friend of mine has just made a cuddly quilt for her granddaughter, and she used fleece as backing, and omitted the wadding. It is lovely and soft.

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Date: 1/11/12 3:18 PM

Thanks for your input :)

Fabric.com's special of the day is quilt backing today... Hmm.

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Date: 1/11/12 3:33 PM

I would not be afraid to use the twill. Joann has some 108 inch premium muslin by Legacy, which I love because it is so much more opaque than regular muslin.

Still, though, for a home dec sort of project, the twill sounds great to me.
All the twill shirts I have ever made have gotten softer with wear and laundering.

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Date: 1/11/12 7:25 PM

Thanks.

I am going to skip the sale and keep thinking. Nancy's Notions seems to have some affordable options too. And I always have the twill, if I finish the front and don't have a better idea :)

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Date: 1/12/12 6:37 AM

LL Bean sells their flannel sheets separately, and the flat sheets make wonderful quilt backs. I often use them when I make quilts for our 3 sons.

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