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Polar Tech Fleece to back a quilt

JGFLO | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Can anyone tell me where I can find Madden Mills Polar Fleece in forest green to back a t-shirt quilt? Many thanks


  1. Crazy K | | #1

    Try JoAnn Fabrics.  I live in MN....metro.....and the JoAnn stores here usually carry plain fleece in many colors.  If you specifically want Malden, you could contact the company and see where there may be a deal close to you.  We have Mill End Textiles here in MN and they often have Malden (at least they call it that) fleece but not always a color you want.


  2. joy | | #2

    I stock Malden Mills Polarfleece in many solid colors - including dark green. Contact me for further information.

  3. cafms | | #3

    Go to the Malden Mills site below and you can find all their products plus an e-classroom for sewing helps.  I've ordered from them and had an excellent response. http://www.maldenmillsstore.com/


    1. SewistKitty | | #4

      I just went onto the Malden Mills website. The company has been sold and it sounds like some of the employees are getting together to reopen it. I would be leery of ordering from their website at the present time until the problems have been worked out. HTH (hope this helps)

      1. cookymom | | #5

        There is a store in Manchester, NH named the Fabric Fix.  They often have end of roll fabrics including fleece from the Malden mills.  I did not know Malden had shut down; they had a great mill store.

        The other fabric to consider is Minkee.  I'm getting ready to make a baby quilt with a minkee back and no batting.  Booth at the Mancuso Show in Manchester, NH had one of these on display.

        Just offering another suggestion.





        1. Gloriasews | | #6

          Can you still quilt the top with the Minkee backing or does it get stuck in the feed dogs?  If you can quilt it, does it look like you have batting or does the quilting not show or work well?


          1. cookymom | | #7

            Hi Gloria,

            I'll dig out the minkee quilt today.  It's partially done.  I am using an evenfeed foot.  

            It took me awhile to remember that I have made several children's coats of polar fleece lined with flannel.  I made button holes in the jacket and those came out well.  Had to use the walking or evenfeed foot for the fleece and for adding the trim that holds the bottom hem together. 

            My cousin used one jacket for three children so I think fleece would work well as a quilt backing. 



          2. Gloriasews | | #8

            I agree that it would make a great quilt backing, as it is warm, soft & won't slide off the bed.  What I really want to know is if it can be quilted on the right side successfully as you would a regular quilt (as the fleece is usually a knit backing in it & it may stretch or bubble if it's quilted) & if the quilting will show the little puffiness or if it flattens it out too much.  Did you quilt your quilt?


          3. DONNAKAYE | | #9

            Gloriasews, I made a fleece-backed quilt for my niece about thee years ago.  She wanted an oriental print quilt in a silky poly print that was also warm and wouldn't slide off the bed.  Wow.  She had no idea what she was asking me, but I decided to give it a whirl.  I got the job done, but I gotta tell ya -- I'll never do another one.  I think it would have gone okay but for the top fabric.  It was absolutely gorgeous, though.  I told her if she ever let anything happen to it ..... well, you know the rest.....Donna


          4. Gloriasews | | #10

            Your quilt sounds beautiful (I love oriental fabric), but exactly what problems did you have with it?  Did the fleece bubble (as it can be stretchy) when you quilted it?  Or was the top fabric slippery?  Or what?  I really like the idea of the fleece backing, but don't want to try it unless I am aware of the pitfalls (or pitbulls, if it goes awry).  I have patterns for completely fleece quilts (top & bottom) that were quilted & appliqued, but I think the fleece layers stuck together better & the bubbling effect didn't happen.  Please tell me what your experience with yours was.  I have oriental fabric (cotton) for the top, & am hesitating going the fleece route, as I do want to quilt & applique it.  Maybe the quilting & applique might work fine if I used a hoop to keep the fabrics stable - what do you think?


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