"Ironic" is the word I would use to describe the fact that my son prefers a store-bought Carter's baby blanket to the 6 quilts I have made him. This blanket comes along with Gregory wherever he goes and as he approaches his 3rd birthday this fall, I am still a little annoyed that he hasn't "attached" to any of the special quilts that I have made him. I really think it comes down to texture and the softness of the blankie. This is why I have taken it upon myself to learn how to make a quilt with a soft backing on my domestic machine.
Disclaimer: Attaching Minkee or Soft-and-Cuddly fabrics is kind of a pain in the butt. I recommend you only endeavor this technique if texture and softness is really important to the intended recipient of the quilt.
Step 1: Quilt your quilt top directly onto batting with nothing else - it's just two layers. I baste my quilt top onto Warm and Natural batting (from Joann's) with safety pins and then I quilt it on my machine. Then I trim off the extra batting on the sides, as shown below:
Step 3: Pin your quilted top onto the backing fabric with a few pins around each side.
Step 7: You will also want to attach the quilt onto the backing on an area besides the outer edges. The pattern I used made it very easy for me to stitch a square in the ditch.
You can't see the square on the front of the quilt, but you can discern it on the back:Girly Spiderweb quilt.
So there you have it, a quilt with a soft backing. As you can tell, the backing is a little loose/lumpy on the back but I am satisfied with it. I have used soft backing on other quilts and each backing fabric I have used has varied in difficulty to work with. Of course, this soft whale fabric I used for this tutorial probably was the most annoying one I have encountered- being particularly stretchy on the horizontal grain. (Is that even a real term? I don't know.)
I hope this tutorial is helpful to some of my readers, let me know if you have any questions.