Months ago, I started a quilt for my mother. She wanted something to throw over her in the living room if she got a little chilly from the air conditioning. (My first suggestion was to turn off the a/c but you should have seen the look I got!) I have had the quilt top done for months but just never got around to quilting it. It was on my list of projects that I wanted to finish before the big bag push. I attached the binding yesterday afternoon and spent the evening hand stitching.
Because I wanted this on and off the long arm pretty quickly, I did a huge meander. This is the first quilt that I have used flannel as the batting material.
The quilt is heavier than I thought it would be but certainly not as heavy as it would be had I used Warm and Natural (my batting of choice). Originally it was going to be bound in the small purple print that I used for the inside border. Unfortunately, I was about 10" short (can you just imagine how annoyed I was?!) which I discovered as I made the last turn attaching the binding. Finding there was not any additional fabric left at Burkholder's, I asked my sister to pick up something so she brought me more of the outside border fabric. I am just happy there was enough to make binding for the ENTIRE quilt!
Would I use flannel again for batting? Absolutely! I did not pre-wash any of the fabric (I am crazy that way) and it washed and dried beautifully. The drape is very soft and the quilt is warm. The flannel I used is the basic quilter's flannel at Joann's and I used a coupon so I think it was roughly $3 a yard. I think flannel would be good choice for batting especially in baby quilts. The downside is having to piece the flannel. I ran the batting seam opposite the backing seam and did not have any difficulty quilting it.