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fleece backed quilt?

MaryinColorado | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

Has anyone made a quilt with fleece backing instead of using batting and woven fabric backing?  I could use some pointers as I am almost finished with the pieced woven top.  Help!?!  Mary


  1. rodezzy | | #1

    Yes, I have.  I made a twin sized quilt with fleece backing for a niece last year.  You measure and cut just as a backing would be, but you don't have to do much quilting.  I just ran four lines across the width of the quilt, following the stitch in the ditch within the design of the quilt top.  Then put on the binding. 

    It's just a sandwich of the quilt top and fleece.  You can also tie 6 - 8 inches apart.  I also did some baby quilts that I donated to my friends day nursery.  She said that they washed beautifully.  If you washed all the quilt top fabric ahead before, I would also wash the fleece ahead following manufacturers instructions.

    Also, I buy anti-pill fleece, and polar fleece brands.  It is a better quality fleece.

    1. MaryinColorado | | #2

      I was debating on wether to quilt or tie it after putting it together.  I also am considering attatching each woven piece to the large fleece backing and stitching them down as I go, but that would take longer I think.

      Which fabric did you put toward the feed dogs?  fleece or woven? 

      All the fabrics are washed and dried.  My concern is that the fleece has some stretch on the width.

      Do you think I could just edge finish this quilt with the serger instead of using binding? 

      After spending three hours on one embroidery design that is a huge tiger, I decided that piece will be a pillow as I don't want to take the time to make two or four to balance the quilt!  Whew! 

      The embroidered tiger faces on the "tigerskin" woven fabric look really cool.  I hope to embroider tiger paws on the solid green woven fabric.

      The fleece looks like tigerskin or fur.

      1. rodezzy | | #3

        You can serge the edges too. 

        And I would put the bias of the fleece with the straight grain of the quilt top. 

        Quilted from the quilt top side for guidance, didn't encounter any problems. 

        Would use a walking foot if you have one, not necessary just don't speed race (smile).

        Oh, and pin generousely outside of where you are stitching.

        It sounds so beautiful, send a pic when you're done?  That would be great. 


        Edited 10/25/2007 12:16 pm ET by rodezzy

        1. MaryinColorado | | #4

          Thank You so much!  Everything is already cut out so I can't do anything about the bias now, darn.  Please cross your fingers for me!  Oh, please just wish me luck, you are too too busy to keep those fingers crossed!

          I have plenty of safety pins with the bend in them so they are easier to open and close with the arthritis.  I am getting excited now.  Embroidering the paw prints now, hope they turn out!  Mary

          1. rodezzy | | #5

            You are so welcome, I'm excited too!  Sounds so very beautiful. 

            If it's easier on your hands, you can base them together with long basting stitches and a large needle outside of your planned stitching area.

            I'm sure it will be awesome.  The quilt I'm doing for my grand daughter will be fleece backed also.  I just bought the fleece yesterday.

            Happy quilting!

          2. MaryinColorado | | #6

            Thanks for all your encouragement!  I decided to just go with the "hidden" tiger face" design and the paws.  That will take me long enough as it is.  The large tiger just takes too long to embroider. 

            Now, if I could only work as fast as you do, I'd be finished allready!  Mary

          3. rodezzy | | #7

            Honey, that's your machine holding you up.  You got the power!!! (giggle)

            Nothing I do is as beautiful as yours, but I'm not a machine, so human inconsistencies.  Plus I have a short attention span, if it takes too long and can't hold my interest, away it goes, what can I say.  There's no shame in my game. 

            One day I will get an embroidery machine.  Maybe for my birthday Jan. 16.  When I start looking, I'll get your advice about what to get.  Right now I want a "do everything sewing machine" with all the bells and whistles.  Can you sew with your embroidery machine or is it a separate piece of equip?

          4. MaryinColorado | | #8

            I have the Husqvarna/Viking Designer 1, which has all the bells and whistles I need.  It sews, embroiders, and has lots of cool functions.  I love it.

            If I had learned freemotion sooner, I would have perfected that instead of buying the D1.  I would have invested in a long arm quilter instead.  So there ya go, the grass is always greener....there is always something else to spend money on.  lol

            back to the paws......later, Mary

  2. Gloriasews | | #9

    Mary, I've searched all the threads looking for your comment about liking bunnies & fairies on quilts - couldn't find it.  So here is the info on the bunny quilt "Moon Dance" that I told you about.  Unfortunately, there isn't a pattern with it, but, you being the creative soul that you are, should have no problem making templates of the bunnies - the rest isn't difficult.  (It was in one of the issues of Great American Quilts - Book 8).  Let me know if you ever make it, eh?


    P.S. Looks like the attachment didn't attach.  Will try again :(


    Edited 11/5/2007 3:09 pm by Gloriasews

    Edited 11/5/2007 3:20 pm by Gloriasews

  3. Gloriasews | | #10

    I don't know why this won't download - maybe because it's on Adobe Reader.  I'll think on it.  Maybe you'll have to send me your e-mail address - that might work.  Upon thinking of it, maybe I scanned or saved it incorrectly.  Any ideas?


    Edited 11/5/2007 3:21 pm by Gloriasews

    Edited 11/5/2007 3:22 pm by Gloriasews

    1. MaryinColorado | | #11

      If you go to "options" "reply via email" it might work.  I have adobe too.  good luck!  Thanks for remembering me!  Mary

      1. Gloriasews | | #12

        Thanks - I'll try that.  Oops - didn't work - wasn't a place to attach anything. I'll work out something . . .


        Edited 11/6/2007 4:17 pm by Gloriasews

    2. MaryinColorado | | #13

      Gloria, I sent you my email address

      Edited 11/6/2007 5:17 pm by MaryinColorado

  4. CTAZquilter | | #14

    I've used fleece instead of a backing + batting for baby quilts for several years. I machine quilt them and include the poem 'It's okay if you sit on your quilt, It's okay if you spit on your quilt' in the card etc etc so they'll USE in instead of putting it away in a drawer!

    I pin baste as usual and machine quilt - usually stitch in the ditch first with the quilt on top and the fleece on the bottom - and then as much quilting as I have time for. It's so much easier than having 3 layers - nothing stretches and/or slips, and if you go slowly and smooth the package with your hands before it goes under the needle, you won't get 'pleats' underneath. I often finish the edges with satin blanket binding that is on so many baby 'blankies.' I think children like that binding as much as they like their blankies.

    Have fun!

    1. MaryinColorado | | #15

      Thanks for the info!  I know what you mean about the satin backed quilt/blankie binding!  They love it!  Thanks for the little poem too, very appropo. 

      My grandson's tiger quilt turned out very cute.  I ended up doing a wide wrapped stitch on the edge with my serger so it was quick, easy, and looks very nice with a varigated thread. 

      Lots of babies to sew for this year so will try your method next time.  Happy New Year!!!  Mary

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