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Date: 7/12/13 4:02 PM

I've read that some quilters use fleece as batting. I've tried it and it worked okay for me. I have quite a few fleece remnants floating around and am thinking about basting them together (squaring them, butting them up and zigzagging them together with a 7mm wide stitch) and using them. I've basted batting together with this method and used it before with no issues. Has anybody tried this with fleece and if so what were your results? Do the stitches hold and do you see any lumps when the quilt is finished?

BTW, I'm not making heirloom quilts, just stuff to use around the house. And they do get used!


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Date: 7/13/13 6:50 PM

I personally would not use fleece as a batting. I would use flannel or even thick cotton or wool, but fleece has stretching problems. You would have to be careful to line up all the segments in the same direction.

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Date: 7/13/13 7:41 PM

My dogs have some quilts backed with pieced fleece. It was not easy to square the fleece so I just gave up and squared everything when I finished the quilt before binding it.
I often use fleece as a backing for baby quilts. No batting so that they can be more easy cared for and washed easily.

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Date: 7/13/13 10:18 PM

What kind of fleece?

I use fleece pretty much exclusively for quilt backs, but I use THIN micro fleece.

When I piece together batting I hand sew it. using L O N G stitches, so it doesn't pucker or get squished along the stitching line. I would had sew for fleece as batting also.

I don't see why it would need to be squared up to be used as batting? Or for backing either. I NEVER square up my fleece backs. I don't square up my quilt tops either. Once they are quilted I trim an even width from he border then bind.

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Date: 7/14/13 0:21 AM

You would want to square up a quilt if you have points in your piecing that you don't want to just cut off. Stars, pinwheels, all sorts of quilts have points, and if you just trim the edges, you have wedges, not points. LOL, I thing we should start a trend, the wedgie quilt! Gotta think about how to make that work.

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Date: 7/14/13 0:31 AM

I've used fleece and I like it. I'm able to lay everything out on my living room floor, and the fleece stays put without much trouble. A friend of mine who would exclusively use wool as batting, has now switched to fleece.

If you're piecing it, don't stitch it together with a seam, otherwise you will have bulk. I've pieced it by hand, using running stitches that criss-crossed the pieces, but that is time consuming. Try doing this with your machine.

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Date: 7/14/13 10:23 AM

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You would want to square up a quilt if you have points in your piecing that you don't want to just cut off. Stars, pinwheels, all sorts of quilts have points, and if you just trim the edges, you have wedges, not points. LOL, I thing we should start a trend, the wedgie quilt! Gotta think about how to make that work.

If I have points in the piecing, I square those pieces up before they're sewn together. By the time the quilt top is done, I really do not trim it OR square it. The points are all accounted for by that time anyways, the only thing exposed that COULD be trimmed is the borders. .

I can't imagine a single reason I would take my pieced quilt and just trim it? The only thing that COULD be trimmed is the seam allowance, and why would I do that? If it is the center of the quilt I need the seam allowance to attach the borders to it, then once the borders are on I need the seam allowance for the binding. There is no "extra" to trim until you are done quilting and you need to trim the excess batting and backing.

LOL! I am clearly confused about what you mean by trimming a finished quilt top with points!

I don't square up quilts after it's quilted either, I just cut it an equal distance from the borders all the way around. I know the quilting sometimes makes it draw up unevenly, for me personally I do NOT want to have my borders different widths to try to make the quilt square, I would rather have my borders whole and even all the way around, even if that means the quilt is not perfectly squared.

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Date: 7/14/13 11:18 AM

My first two (and only) quilts, I used fleece remnants for batting and I love it!

I butted the edges as best I could and sewed them together by hand with a biiiiig overhand stitch. Once it's quilted, the batting will stay put: that's what quilting is for!

I often find ugly fleece cheap and no one will every see it when used as batting.

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