by Lesly / Tuesday, 1 December 2009 / Posted in Values quilt
Values quilt. This is called Paradise Garden in the wine colourway, from Amy Butler's line Love. I couldn't wait to get it home and wash it to see how it softened up. Oh my! Words fail to express how soft and luscious it is. I just wanted to wrap myself up in it then and there. I plan to use a regular cotton/bamboo batt for this, since it's destined for my daughter's bed. She's off to university in a couple of years (kineahora) so I want it to be a low-maintenance quilt: machine wash and dry without batting an eye. I'm itching to get starting on the quilting - bring on the weekend! I'm ever so slightly nervous about quilting it, since I've never used flannel as a backing before. As expected, it's got quite a bit more give in it than regular woven cotton. I've read in several places that I should fairly dowse it in spray starch before assembly to keep the flannel from puckering. I'll ask the ladies at the LQS when I go buy my batting, but what about you? Do you have any tips for me on working with flannel?