Flannel or Quilter’s Cotton Backing?

I have a question for everyone: what type of backing do you use? I use whatever I have freely available ta the time, but today someone told me that I should only use a flannel back if I quilt a flannel top. Now, I’m think this is one of those, “Don’t use polyester thread because it will tear through your quilting fabric.”, kind f scenarios. Anyone have any advice on the topic? I’ve been mixing up what ever kind of backing


  1. Lori says:

    Most quilts I finish for myself or gifts have flannel backs. I shop for great flannels year-round, and buy in 4, 6 and 8 yard lengths for backs, pretty much exclusively.

  2. Ragna rogero says:

    What nonsense. Flannel is ideal for backings. They just need to be washed first because it shrinks much more than cottons.

  3. Becki says:

    I second Ragna’s comment. I have often used flannel on the back of quilts that had regular quilter’s cotton tops, with no problems. I look for sales on good quality flannel sheets (love LLBean’s!) and store them until they are needed. Don’t know where that person heard that, but they are most definitely misinformed!!

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