Mama Urchin and I arranged a little swap a few months back. She is making me hand knit socks(!!!) and in return, I am quilting a baby quilt for her. She wanted it backed in chenille, and I wasn't sure how quilting that would work out. She wanted the crinkly quilt look with a chenille back. And in this experiment we achieved both. (This idea was inspired by Oh Fransson.)
Here's what I did....
I basted, and quilted as normal...(with batting + backing)
Then I sewed around the perimeter of the quilt (twice) with my walking foot to make sure all the edges were tacked down.
Then I threw it in the washer, unbound.
I threw the chenille in the same load, since it wasn't pre-washed.
And I held my breath.
All was fine after the wash cycle. Phew.
I popped everything into the dryer.
I laid out the quilt (again) with the chenille on the back this time.
I used my walking foot and sewed around the perimeter of the quilt.
And here it is...one crinkly quilt with chenille backing.
It's warm. And snuggly.
I'd definitely try this again.
edited to clarify:
the quilt layers are as such:
the chenille is not connected anywhere else on the quilt-just the edges.
the quilt will be bound just like any normal quilt with traditional binding.