The next time dear hubby sees material on a giveaway table it better not be flannel, as quilting and piecing flannel is a challenge for me as I’ve now discovered.
In October 2020, he talked the guild president into letting me have all the white and pink flannel scraps on the giveaway table. The flannel felt nice and I knew it was good quality as it was the scraps left when a local quilt store closed.
The First Flannel Quilt
Upon arriving home I serged all the flannel pieces before tossing them into the laundry along with a piece of dotty pink fabric I had in my stash. Once washed I cut up all the smaller pieces of pink fabric into 3.5″ squares. I then played with the scraps on my
design surface bed. Finally this arrangement was decided on:
I did not enjoy piecing this quilt top as I found the material stretchy. While not horrendous I found it harder to make my seams nest than with regular quilting cotton. Despite that the top went together quickly. I found some cream and pink teddy bear flannel fabric in my stash that I used for backing.
Now came the fun. Quilting an all flannel quilt (other than the batting) was harder and less enjoyable than I anticipated. I found the flannel stretched and I worked hard to avoid tucks and excess puffiness. Truth be told I avoided them as much as I could. I’m not even going to talk about the fun I had putting on a flannel binding. Here is the finished product:
The Second Flannel Quilt
I had a large piece of white fabric with pink flowers left after I made the first quilt. I made another quilt top with it, the dotty pink fabric and white flannel that also came from the giveaway table.
Having learned from making the first quilt I used regular quilting cotton for the backing. I’m not sure if I broke any quilting rules by doing that but that’s what I did. This one was much easier to quilt and there were no nicks and tucks in the top.
Because the dotty flannel fabric went perfectly with the front and back of the quilt I used that for the binding. I did regret that decision while machine sewing the binding on the quilt but it’s done now.
I will from here on in, stick to using flannel for quilt backings only and will avoid quilting and piecing all flannel quilts.