I've pieced a baby quilt top, using 1930's reproductions, dots, plaid, etc. Because of my desire for softness and also that "old fashioned" look, I want to back it with flannel and think I'd even prefer to hand-tie it rather than overall quilt it. That said, my local quilt shop gals have said I won't need to use batting if I'm backing with flannel. They are wonderful quilters and I respect their knowledge. But, as I have thought more about it, if I do not use batting won't I be able to see the outline of the seams and feel them through the flannel backing? Flannel is not as thick as batting... can it possibly hide all of that? Is there a reason I can't use batting as well? Thanks for any help you can offer!
I have done what you are doing. I used crib batting which is thinner, but still allows you to see the quilting. Worked great and my niece (and grand nephew) love the quilt.
First welcome QCA. We have many wonderful friendly quilters on this site. Can't wait to see all your creative endeavors.
This quilt is yours to finish as you wish. So if you want a light batting, go for it. If you want to tie it, go for it. Just because others do it one way doesn't mean that you can't do it another. There are not quilt police. IMHO I would use a light batting and the flannel. A cuddly quilt is to die for. Have fun. And please share your quilt with a photo so we can all ooh and aah.
Kathy - I agree with Mimi. I made a baby quilt for my niece and I put flannel on the back. I used a thin batting and it made it even more cuddlier. Do what feels good to you.
Georgetown CA I'd Rather Be Quilting
Hi SMom, you can make your quilt however you want. Both ways will be wonderful. I like minke and flannel without batting for the littler kids to drag around, they aren't as warm as the ones with flannel. Ask yourself what the intended use is. It is for a bed, you might want the batting to make it warmer. If it for a little one's " blankie", it probably doesn't need flannel
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I would use something very thin for the batting. Even if it was just a piece of plain flannel for the middle, this would keep the two layers from touching (does that make sense). You don't want it to be too bulky or too heavy.
I use warm & natural batting on all my quilts regardless of what I use for backing. But if you were to use minkie, which is popular where I live, I would go for a thin batting. I am a hand quilter so I have never used minkie.
I make lots of flannel quilts and cotton/flannel and use the flannel in center as batting. It really depends on how warm you want it . Susan
As our winters are cold here in the high dessert of Northern Nevada, I have used flannel for both sides and cotton batting, too. Although mine are quilted, not tied, they are still very cuddly.
I would use a lightweight cotton batting even though both sides are flannel. If you decide to tie the quilt remember to cut your tie ends really short so that the baby can't get them to far back in their mouth. They can be a choking hazard. They can also get wrapped around little toes and fingers. I know that we don't tend to think about those things but just wanted to give you a heads up.
Nana I too a thinking about tie a baby quilt I have made. I have hesitated because of hazards that may come up. What would you recommend I use to tie?
Bonner Springs, Kansas
I've never had any complaints about the tied quilt I give to babies. I like to use yarn and perle cotton.
I usually use perle cotton and just cut the tails a little shorter than I would on a regular bed quilt.