It’s me, Jayme, aka “Finding Sweet Land” in the quilting community, back on the Shannon Fabrics blog! I recently made a cotton quilt that I backed in Cuddle® from Shannon Fabrics. Most people wouldn’t think to use Cuddle® as backing for cotton quilts, but it’s actually a lot more common to incorporate Cuddle® as a backing than people realize and Cuddle® is so much easier to use than it’s given credit for.
A while back, I received a request from a family member to make a quilt for a very special lady. Her birthstone is amethyst, so I chose some lovely shades of purple with a bit of teal for a pop of color. For the top and binding, I chose a mixture of fabrics from several different designers ranging from Allison Harris to Tula Pink. For the backing, I used Cuddle 3® in Mauve. For Cuddle® quilts, I recommend using a lightweight batting - Quilters Dream Batting has a nice selection. The pattern I used is called Wicker by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.
I followed the same process that I normally follow when making a quilt except for when it came to the basting stage. The biggest difference between basting a quilt with a cotton backing vs. a Cuddle® backing is using ODIF® 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive to baste the top/batting/and backing together. When that step is complete, you can then add safety pins along the edges and a few center seams to really hold it all together.
I quilted this on a BERNINA B 790 Plus with a loose stipple and a few spirals mixed in. It is one of my go-to designs for quilting on a domestic machine. Cuddle® is wonderful as an entire quilt but especially appealing on quilts as a backing. You get the same perks of making a cotton quilt with the benefit of warmth and softness that comes when you add Cuddle®.
One thing to remember is that the Cuddle® will not shrink, while your cotton fabrics will. If you feel like this may be an issue, here are a couple options - 1) you can pre-wash your cotton fabrics before you piece your quilt top or 2) you can quilt it as-is and let your quilt crinkle how it will on its own. I like to tell people that you’re using Cuddle® on your quilt for one reason – for it to be loved! So don’t get held up on the crinkle factor. It’ll be loved because you made it, and even more loved because it’s backed in Cuddle®.
I opted for a cotton binding for this quilt, but don’t be afraid to experiment with Cuddle® binding on your cotton quilts. It’s an easy way to add some extra softness and texture to any quilt.
For more tips and tricks on working with Cuddle® head over to the Shannon Fabrics website.
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I hope you try quilting with Cuddle®. Let me know how it goes for you! Follow me at @findingsweetland on Instagram.
Hugs from Idaho