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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > This stuff is fabulous! Fleece as batting ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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This stuff is fabulous! Fleece as batting
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Date: 3/4/13 7:59 PM

Okay, I was being a hard core Warm and Natural batting user. Yup, that's me. Wanted my quilting class members to do the same, so I'd buy the batting for all their projects, just so they would use the stuff.

But now that the prices for it have gone out of sight, it's also gone "out of my sight" ;+) I came across some wide anti-pill fleece sold by a five and dime about 40 miles from me, and I'm in love!

That stuff is awesome! I had been working on a UFO and I laid out the quilt sandwich on my living room floor: flannel backing, the fleece then the quilt top. And it was awesome to smooth out! Even with the flannel being on the bottom, the layers didn't shift and it was very easy to get my pins into them. I'd prewashed the fleece and it didn't pill and kept its shape through the washer and dryer.

Then when it came time to quilt, I could re-smooth everything as I went along, just for added insurance. The fleece didn't balk, but behaved itself. If it wasn't for a couple wonky blocks in my quilt top, the whole thing would have been perfect. As it was, I was able to smooth out the wonkiness much better than I ever could with Warm and Natural. And the best thing is--the fleece is much cheaper.

Now I'm getting ready to break my fabric fast by buying some. But then, "batting" doesn't count as stash, does it??

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Date: 3/4/13 8:58 PM

Gosh, that sounds good and it sounds so warm and soft and nice!
Picture of UFO not FO? :)

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Date: 3/4/13 9:31 PM

What is the name of this wonderful fleece you love so much? Where can the rest of us buy it?

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Date: 3/5/13 4:58 AM

Sounds warm. Being made out of an petroleum product (our fleece here is), make sure your cotton top & bottoms are preshrunk as the fleece will not shrink. The nice thing about the cotton Warm & Natural, the sandwich all shrinks about the same (in my experience). The quilt purists here would not consider fleece as it is all cotton for their quilts. Some even use old quilts as their batting. Then there is the prewash debate....another whole story! Let us know how is comes out in the wash the first time.

Another thought, I purchase my batting by the roll from Joanns when they have their black Friday sale online. They have different sizes. If you have room for only one size, the small size you can sew length wise together to make it wider for your larger quilts. Watch for the coupons as you can at times apply them to the roll of batting. No, batting does not count as stash......

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Date: 3/5/13 6:55 AM

I always use fleece between the layers when I make bags. It is lovely to work with, so much so, I forgive it not being a natural fabric.

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Date: 3/5/13 7:08 AM

I use fleece for small projects, but have never tried it on a larger quilt. It sounds perfect for your combination. I am going to try it! Thanks!

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Date: 3/5/13 7:33 AM

I have a friend who uses the very best for her quilts but she makes some she calls drag arounds that her grands and family prefer that have really thin cheap blankets inside for batting. She says they prefer these to roll up in and watch television to the batting she normally uses in her keepers as they are soft and cuddly. I did a vest once that had flannel for the batting and it was soooo soft. I don't think there is one answer for every project. My late mil who quilted in a real frame used that puffy poly batting stuff along with blended scraps and the quilts were soft and fluffy. Me I wouldn't do the poly fabrics but everyone loved her quilts and used them. I love the nice cotton quilts with the cotton batting but once upon a time people used scraps even poly blends from sewing garments and had fun making and using the quilts. So what if someone puts fleece,poly batting or a cheap blanket inside. Back when my children received baby quilts as infants everyone used poly type battings and the quilts were used and washed a zillion times. I don't think the quilt police were making the rounds back then thankfully. I think some of the competition quilts are very lovely and quilting has evolved into a litany of must use this that and the other. It wasn't always this way and a utility quilt can be whatever still.

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Date: 3/5/13 9:01 AM

I've used fleece for wall hangings a lot. I used to get the fleece that used to be sold under interfacing at Joanns. So when they had the interfacing 50% I'd stock up. I don't think they sell it any longer like that.

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Date: 3/5/13 9:44 AM

I use fleece (not the same kind) on the backs of all my quilts, and no it does not shrink.

I do not prewash my cottons for the tops or the bamboo/cotton batting. The finished quilt washes beautifully, fleece is a VERY flexible and versatile fabric!

I do not make quilts meant to be examined by the quilt police, I make quilts people can wrap up in and cuddle with.

I do not like warm and natural batting, especially not in between 2 layers of quilting cotton. The quilts are too thin too flat too stiff and not flexible enough to wrap around and naturally conform to your body. If you are making a quilt that is going to hang on a wall or be used as a decoration for a table, then yes you do want it to be stiff. But for quilts that will be used for keeping people warm, I like a quilt that is soft and cuddly.

Bamboo/cotton is a great alternative, but the type I have used makes a fuzzy mess while you are quilting. So I am trying poly fibers next. I have some made from recycled plastic bottles, it passes the first softness test, I'll see how it does in the draping test. (IF I ever get this quilt done!)

Fleece is a BEAUTIFUL fabric! I never discount something simply because it is a man made fabric. Every once in a while people DO manage to get some things right, and when it comes to creating fabric, they've done a SUPERB job. Fleece is incredibly soft and flexible while being extremely lightweight. It is durable and can handle being washed and dried and USED on a regular basis.

One thing I notice about micro fleece on backs is that it sticks to the batting so well, no sliding around while I am quilting. That makes sense that as batting it would behave the same way! AWESOME!! I have also noticed that the best way to make SURE the whole thing stays smooth is to be super diligent about starting in the center and working your way out, smoothing as you go along.

Great idea Miss Fairchild! Thanks for sharing!

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NO! Batting does NOT count as 'stash'! Neither does backing.
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Date: 3/5/13 9:55 AM

Are we all talking about the same kind of fleece? The product Quiltingwolf describes sounds like Pellon fleece, or something similar, found with the interfacing and is a bit stiff and wonderful for bags, placemats, tablerunners and such. When I read Miss Fairchild's post I got the impression she was describing the more drapey kind that we would use for blankets and sweaters?

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