Saturday, February 18, 2012

WORKING WITH FLANNEL - TINY GIVEAWAY WINNER

I decided that I do not like working with flannel.

So for the next paragraph I will be griping about flannel. As some of you know I pre-washed it, that was a no no...although preshrinking is a great idea but I have these little beads all over the quilt.

Flannel stretches,
Flannel collects any type of debris around...strings, hair, dust, lint...you name it.
Besides all of that, I don't like how it feels.

Gripe session over!

I did this for a friend of my son's. Also included are two burp cloths.


The winner of the two exra pot of gold squares is Jennifer Gail from Hoodies and Flip Flops
Here it is adorning my tank....

Here it is up close
Hope all of you had a good Saturday!

23 comments:

wackywoman said...

I'm not too fussed on flannet either. Cute topper.

Annie said...

Well then I guess you're checking flannel off to experience, eh? It looks cute tho, Barb. Isn't it funny how we all experience things differently?

evelyn said...

Gosh, I am sorry you didn't like your flannel experience. I just made a quilt with Marcus flannels-wow, they are the best I have ever used. With a 4th grandbaby, and now a great grandchild almost due-seems like all I have on my to do list is flannel. Hope your next experience is better. Your quilt is beautiful and I am sure the baby will be a less harsh critic then you!

Heather said...

yep, it stretches. I didn't like that either. I does make lovely pillowcases though.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations to Jennifer! Such a cute little pot of gold! Love your tank topper & the cute little baby quilt.

xo -E

SewCalGal said...

For the most part, I've avoided flannel. Didn't want it to breed with my standard quilting cottons. But somewhere along the road of quilting I did buy flannel to make charity quilts. That took me down the road of accepting donations of flannel scraps from other quilters.

I've made pieced quilts with flannel and rag quilts. They are all so cuddly. While I can understand why some enjoy working with flannel, and respect their opinion, I've concluded I don't have the space to support stash of flannel. So, until I can reduce my own stash I'm no longer going to make quilts with flannel.

Plus, I still don't think flannel quilts hold up as long. But they are soft & cuddly. And if you are doing a fundraiser flannel quilts and the AccuQuilt rag die are an amzing ROI as I've always raised good $$$, for charity, with this combo.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

JustCindy said...

I have used flannel several times and had no problems but I didn't pre-wash. The pot o gold topper is too cute.

Barbara said...

Hmmm...will re-think before I buy flannel. If I do, I will remember not to pre-wash. In spite of all your flannel grumping, it looks great on my monitor!
Good for Jennifer Gail, she deserves to win afterspending so much time letting all of us know about giveaways out there!

andsewon said...

I use flannel for lots of backs on baby quilts. Flannel is same as other fabrics... can have different degrees of 'good'. If you don't wash the other cottons in your quilt treat the flannel same way. Still a very cute baby gift!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

You're going to have the best dressed bathroom in town! At first I was thinking I would never have a mat on the back of the toilet but then I realized it adds a bit of color and whimsy to basically white room. They're growing on me now lol. Are you making matching hand towels for the bathroom also?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I really don't like working with flannel either. I've made a few baby quilts, but last year I started on a quilt for my son and ended up just setting it aside. I was so frustrated with it. I'm not sure what I will do with it. Maybe just make smaller quilts for charity. I will stick with cotton for larger quilts.

Terry said...

I just used flannel on the back of two of the baby quilts I made, and it was a bit more challenging than working with cotton. I have a kit for a flannel quilt that I need to start on one of these days. I hope it goes well.

Willow said...

I love flannel, but did not know it was that hard to work with. Thanks for letting us know. I have a project that I never finished and it has a flannel back to it. Now I will know to be careful when I get to that one.

Jean said...

Flannel can be a pain to work with, but is so soft and fluffy when finished. I like to back quilts with it.

Susan said...

I use flannel once in awhile.
Congrats to the winner, Jennifer
Hugs
Susan

quilt happy said...

i would find something love to have it thanks for the chance

Shari said...

I've used pyjama flannels in the past with success. If they can stand up to the many washings for children, they can stand up to a quilting experience. You need to treat it like flannel though, not cotton. It does stretch and fray more so adjust your pattern and technique accordingly.

hueisei said...

I thought flannel will be suitable for a baby quilt? Correct me if I'm wrong...

Snoodles said...

I've never used flannel before -- thanks for the warning! I will be very careful if I receive donated flannel for my crisis quilts. Congratulations to Jennifer Gail!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

It said I was not following you again. What is the deal???

I did one flannel baby quilt when Stephen was born. I love the feel of flannel but I hate working with it. I have one other quilt that I want to use flannel as the backing..but that is it. For the most part, no flannel for me either.

Kim D. said...

Hi Barb, Your flannel quilt is very cute... Flannel is great for design walls! But you have to admit, it is nice and soft for babies too!!

JJ said...

I think both of your projects turned out very nice. I love making flannel rag quilts but that is a different story entirely.

Michelle said...

Sorry you didn't have more fun with your flannel. It's a cute little quilt, though!