|Tips for Quilting with Flannel by Jean Ann Wright
It's Flannel Season, so we think it's the perfect time for a quick primer on how to quilt with flannels successfully. Here to offer some of her best tips is
designer Jean Ann Wright. To learn more about Jean, visit www.jeanannquilts.com.
- Select flannels manufactured especially for quilting. They usually have a tighter weave than flannels produced for sleepwear and other end uses.
- Pre-wash your flannels - they will shrink! To safely calculate your yardage for a project, base your cutting plans on a yard reducing to 33", and the width
(from selvedge to selvedge) reducing to 40".
- After pre-washing, flannels will be soft and wrinkled. Use a heavy duty spray starch or fabric sizing as you press your flannels to restore them to a crisp, firm
fabric for sewing.
- Flannels sew up into bulky seams. Avoid quilt patterns with triangles, and keep the number of small pieces to a minimum as well. Look for a quilt pattern with
large squares and rectangles; there are hundreds to choose from online, and in books and magazines.
- Machine quilting is recommended for flannel quilts. The fabrics are heavier and difficult to stitch through by hand.
- Cotton batting in a medium or low loft weight works best in a flannel quilt. Wool batting also works well and will add extra warmth.
- Flannel fabrics make the best backing fabric for a flannel quilt.
- Another backing option for flannel quilts is fleece, which eliminates the need for the batting altogether as the loft of the fleece acts as both batting and