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Hey Yawl,

I just finished a flannel quilt and I am confused about what type of backing to use.  Should I use a flannel backing or a regular cotton backing.  Help!


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Comment by Quilt Man on March 27, 2015 at 5:35pm

Hey Yawl, Sorry it took me so long to respond, but a lot has happened in my life in the last month.  To answer some of your questions: I plan to machine quilt it and I am going to use a poly/cotton batting.  I did pre-wash all of my flannel fabrics so I should have little to no shrinkage.  So, here's a picture of the top.

Comment by betweens on February 27, 2015 at 10:23pm

Quiltman lets see your quilt! would love to see a picture. Like the others say it really is your own preference, you haven't said if you are going to machine quilt/ or hand quilt. How much piecing is done? a picture always tells a thousand stories and it will help in the best advice. I myself have pieced flannel and found that it was pretty heavy so opted for a regular cotton backing. I also used wool batting for the quilting it is wonderful to sleep under. good luck with your choice but let us see it.


Comment by QuiltingB52/MN on February 25, 2015 at 11:02am

It's a preference thing....I love the warmth of flannel on the back, especially if it's on the front.

Comment by LKC on February 23, 2015 at 4:14am

I would use flannel made for backing. When the quilt is washed (I sew than wash), the shrink will come but the quilting will help tell you how much, that means closer than 4" apart for the quilting part. It will be a very warm quilt. I thought son would like one, (he is a over the road truck driver); he said it was too warm. He was doing more jobs to Fl at the time. Some of Jo Anne cheap flannel will shrink and shrink, but when I sew first, ( quilted) I saw less shrinking. I played with a quilt using left overs from different brands all in one quilt washing after it was all together. Shrinking was much less and more the same, the quilting helped the shrinking problem.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 22, 2015 at 2:54pm

I think it depends upon how heavy you want to quilt to be.  Be sure to wash the flannel part (either back or front) because flannel will shrink more.  Show us the quilt!

Comment by Roxann on February 22, 2015 at 10:22am

I m a longarm quilter and I see quilts both ways. I would say more use flannel on the back if flannel is on the front. I have lots of customers use flannel on the back with cotton on the front. I would say it's personal preference. Hope we get to see the finished quilt! :)

Comment by Pam/NY on February 22, 2015 at 7:24am

I've done both with no problems...how warm do you want it?

Comment by Sharon Reeves on February 21, 2015 at 7:53pm

I use flannel all the time. If a cotton top, I have used flannel on it to make it soft to cuddle under. There are no rules, so do what you want.

Comment by Janet/MO on February 21, 2015 at 7:20pm

I would use flannel.

Comment by Jennie Steward on February 21, 2015 at 6:50pm

I would use flannel for the backing.  When washing flannel shrinks more than cotton so having them both the same is best.

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