Yes, we are in the middle of winter. The weather can be exciting or boring. A little beautiful snow here today got me thinking about working with flannel. Well, and a quilt I’m making for a new little on on the way. I will be using flannel. I’ve given flannel tips before, so just sharing a couple things that work.
#1 Pre-wash flannel! It does shrink more than regular cotton.
I do pre-wash, always, when it comes to flannel. It shrinks and it is good to see how it washes. If it pills, don’t use it. It will only do it again and not add anything to your quilt. By pre-washing it tightens the weave of the fabric. If you feel you don’t like how drapey it become from washing out the sizing, use spray starch or Best Press to add body back to the fabric.
#2- Cut a snip at the corner to help prevent fraying.
Flannel is known for fraying. I cut a snip at the corner of the selvages and a little snip at the fold. It helped keep the edges from unraveling. Yes, they still did a little but not nearly as much as usual.
I love a flannel quilt to snuggle under! With care it is easy to sew and worth the extra effort. This is one of my favorite flannel quilts…
The cover of my 4-3-2-1-DONE pattern. It has simple blocks and is great to show off fabrics. It uses fat quarters! It makes a great baby quilt. Probably not the pattern I’ll use this time but I have used it MANY times when I need a quick quilt!
Love this pattern I learned from you in Framingham at my first quilt class ever. Still use it often. Not only quick baby quilts but also lap quilts. Many quilts in this pattern have been donated to hospice. Your power is far reaching and long lasting.
Mariann, Wonderful you have used my DONE pattern to make and donate quilts. That makes my heart happy. The Framingham class were a forever ago, but seems like yesterday. I appreciate your kind words!