I have had a few people ask me about working with Moda Snuggles as a quilt backing. Before I made this quilt I was nervous that I was going to have problems with the fabric stretching, but I had trouble finding any information about the fabric online. I thought I would share my experience with you in case you are interested in giving this a try. I have never used other types of minky fabrics so I can't compare snuggles with other brands, but the Moda version is wonderful!
It is a 60" wide, polyester fabric that is similar to minky. It is fuzzy and soft and is great for a quilt for a baby or a child, or for an adult too :) I really appreciate that it is so wide because I was about to use a 2 yard cut for my daughters quilt without having to piece any of the snuggles together.
Does it need to be prewashed?
Did you use batting?
Yes. I saw a few places online where people had said that they had skipped the batting, but I really like the weight that the batting gave the quilt and would definitely use it again. I used a low loft, cotton batting.
Did you have to do anything different when basting?
I just basted like I normally do, but I was more careful and I used more pins. What I did was spray baste my quilt top to my batting, and then roll up my batting/quilt top combo and set it aside. I then spread the snuggles on the floor, right side down, and taped it to the floor while making sure that there wasn't any slack. But you also make sure that you aren't making the fabric stretch. This was actually easier to do than I had anticipated. I then rolled my batting/quilt top combo back onto the snuggles, smoothed everything out, and pinned like crazy.
Was it more difficult to FMQ?
I am going to say that it was, but it wasn't impossible to do. The snuggles is a little heavier than a regular quilt back and it also creates more friction with the machine, so I thought it was a little more difficult to move around. I did not have any problems with puckering though.
Where is it available?
I bought mine in a two yard roll from the Fat Quarter Shop. It is $35 for two yards, which is actually pretty good considering that was my entire quilt back. I just purchased a second roll for my son's quilt and I am going to be using it soon.
Yes, this fabric sheds quite a bit. The biggest problem was when I was squaring up my quilt after I finished quilting. All of a sudden there were little brown fuzzies all over my house. I ended up zig zag stitching my raw edge before I hand sewed the binding down to prevent the fuzzies from taking over :)
I hope that is helpful! If you have any more questions, just ask in the comments and I will try to update the post with answers.
Questions asked in the comments . . .
Did you use any special needle and/or thread for quilting?
No, your regular needle and thread should be just fine. I used Aurifil 50wt and a size 80 needle. The thread is pretty well hidden on the snuggles fabric because of the fuzziness. It creates a really nice look because you can see the quilting without really seeing the thread.
Do you think it would be easier to straight line quilt than FMQ?
Yes and I intend to do that with my son's quilt. I probably wouldn't have done FMQ on my remixed geese quilt but my daughter had requested loopy quilting. But I do think FMQ is fine, especially if you are familiar with it. I have only done free motion on a few projects so I am certainly no expert!