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Date: 12/12/12 10:41 AM

I'm making my first quilt. I have the blocks just about completed. It is a cotton quilt top and I plan to back it with flannel. I'm auditioning fabrics for the Sashing between blocks and the outside border and what looks best to my eye is the flannel I bought for the backing. So my question is would it be a bad idea to sash the cotton with flannel? This is a lap quilt that I plan to use. The top is made up of 20 13" blocks and I plan for the sashing to be 1.5" wide finished (cut width 2" with 2 1/4" seams. I've Read that flannel keeps shrinking so I've pre-washed 3 times. Oh, I'm going to use warm and white for the batting.

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Date: 12/12/12 11:59 AM

I'd look for a similar color regular cotton for the sashing instead of using the flannel because the weights of the two fabrics are different and over time they might behave differently. Also, if you're planning to machine quilt the quilt, the smooth cotton will be easier to handle than the fuzzy flannel. Switching between the two textures could make things a bit more difficult, especially for a first try.

Of course this advice is from someone whose first quilt was made out of corduroy scraps, corduroy backing, and some fluffy fiberfill kept under control by yards of nylon netting. Needless to say, that quilt is now about thirty years old and still going strong although this fall it needed a bit of patching where the too narrow seam allowances were giving out. A number of more conventional lap quilts made since then have bit the dust but this old faithful remains the family favorite.
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Date: 12/12/12 11:19 PM

the flannel may move around a bit and I would be careful about shifting as i sews but if you love it and can make it work - then do it. The better advice would be find cotton and save yourself the grief if it goes wrong but, I find you put more into it if your doing something you really like.

I love corduroy in quilts and have done a few mixed with cotton and with it as the backing.

I am working at the moment on one that has cotton, linen and of al things tencil. I starched the tencil to death before I cut it same with linen but I just love the colours and am committed to using scraps as much as I can.

I find the colours motivate me so I think stuff it why not try it.
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Date: 12/13/12 8:53 AM

Depending on the type of flannel and how loosely woven it is, it might stretch. But it's a good thing you're using it in sashing which has straight grains, so it might not stretch as much.

I once saw a quilt done in flannel and silk; beautiful! But the flannel did stretch a little and you could see it a little ripply next to the silk.

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