I have never used flannel. Am I correct in that patterns with larger pieces are more suitable due to the bulk?
I have a hankering to make a flannel blankie for my cousin's cottage.
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I forgot to add, that occasionally I will use a flannel sheet as the batting layer in a flannel quilt if it seems that there will be too much weight.
I love making flannel quilts and have made both rag quilts and regular ones. I have found with rag quilts that the weak area is the frayed quilt edge even with a double row of stitching around the edge. Now I apply a unique flannel binding that encases the edge. A narrow double strip of flannel is sewn to the back side along the quilt edge, flipped over and stitched down to the front leaving a 1/2 - 3/4" raw section facing toward the quilt centre. This is then snipped to fray but on the inside not the outside of the quilt. This makes a durable binding but preserves the raggedy look.
Here are the two links for the ones that I mentioned. At my favorite quilt shop the owner mentioned that she will use a fancy stitch to put her rags together since the seams in a rag quilt is under more stress than a regular pieces quilt.
One of the girls from my group has made many machine applique quilts out of flannel. Others have made multiple rag quilts. They all turn out so cuddley. There are so many fabrics and ideas to chose from. First pick a theme then find your fabric. If you look up free quilts/baby quilts you can find a cathdral window quilt as well as a rag quilt with applique rag hearts that is cute. both are on my short list of projects.
Love working with flannel! The only difference for me is that I do not use flannel for binding. I prefer to use regular flat cotton for that. It turn out a little less bulky and doesn't fray so easily.
Shannon, I love making the flannel rag quilts. They wash up so soft and cuddly. If you want to see the ones I have done, check out my pictures.
thank you everyone! Linda Sue that is a great recommendation.
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I love working with flannel. Yours is a good question. I apparently never gave a second thought about the size of the pieces or bulky seams. Have fun with yours!
If the pattern has small pieces, spray starch the pieces before you sew. They are less likely to stretch. After the quilt is finished, just wash it will be as soft as ever.
I love working with flannel, Most of the kids quilts on my page were made with flannel. They are soft and warm.
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