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« on: August 11, 2006 10:57:52 AM »

So I'm planning a quilt.  I'd like it to be "twin size" so that I can cuddle under it with my husband - we have afghan fights, I swear.

Because HE's so warm, it doesn't really need to be terribly warm, either.  Just enough to keep the chill off.  That, and I'd probably actually use it more in the summer.  So I'd like a cotton batting, I think - I hate the way synthetic fibers breathe (or not...)  But I also don't have the time or ability to quilt a huge pattern to keep the batting from bunching and spreading and what not after the washings this blanket is sure to take.

Would it be the worst thing in the world to use two layers of muslin between the top and back as a sort of batting?  I know that as wide as I'm planning, I'd probably have to have a seam in the middle.  And I'd be sure to still quilt within reasonable distances.  But is there something terribly wrong with doing this?  Maybe it would affect the way it lays/drapes in some manner I'm not expecting?  Please let me know!
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2006 11:22:58 AM »

You can certainly use a couple layers of muslin.  It will be super thin, but it sounds like that would work for you.  Make sure to stagger the seams on the muslin so you don't get a bump in the middle.

OR, you could use the cotton batting called "warm and natural".  You don't need to put a close quilted pattern on it.  You can tie it every 4-5" and it will be fine.

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006 07:17:06 AM »

Thanks for the reply!

I don't mind it being a bit thin - sometimes I will just throw a sheet over me, so I'm sure that would be ok.  Thanks also for the "Warm and Natural" suggestion, I'll definately look into it!
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2006 01:54:04 PM »

You can also buy super-wide muslin so you won't have to piece it.
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006 07:38:07 AM »

In my experience, cotton batting (such as "Warm and Natural") is terrific to machine sew through, but it is heavy and makes a very warm quilt.  The thinnest poly batting is cooler. I think one type is called "QuiltLight" or something like that, but I can't remember offhand. You can get away without much quilting with poly batting too, but read the label on the package. 

You might try using flannel as a batting.  Since it is brushed, you'll get a bit of the loft that batting provides, without the warmth.  This would also be more economical since you would only need one layer instead of 2 layers of muslin. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2006 06:00:02 AM »

I second the suggestion to use flannel -- I think that would make a softer, more drapey feeling quilt than muslin, and it wouldn't be too warm.  I've used flannel as batting for wall-hangings, and it's worked great.
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2006 01:41:25 PM »

Yeah, that thick fleece would be way too warm and sweaty, but perhaps a thinner piece.  I do think I'm going to go ahead and use flannel, though - that's a fabulous idea!  Still cotton, but washable, and with a little more loft than muslin.  Shocked)
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2006 02:33:07 PM »

If you don't preshrink it, you can get a nice vintage look when it shrinks after the first wash.  I like this look and it shows off the texture of quilting. 

« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2006 02:53:50 PM »

I know there are those who will disagree with me (and have, LOL), but I detest and will never again use cotton batting.  I don't recall the brand, but within a few washing, the batting broke apart/disintegrated and all traveled to the edges of the quilt.  So I have globs of batting around all the edges and nothing in the actual quilt.

My mom has used sheets as batting quite sucessfully. 

Will you be quilting or tying?  One thing to consider is that the quilting will not show up as well using just fabric as the batting.

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2006 10:14:21 PM »

I know there are those who will disagree with me (and have, LOL), but I detest and will never again use cotton batting.  I don't recall the brand, but within a few washing, the batting broke apart/disintegrated and all traveled to the edges of the quilt.  So I have globs of batting around all the edges and nothing in the actual quilt.

I used cotton batting the first time because the quilt shop sales lady assured me that it was like butter to quilt through.  It was AWFUL to hand quilt through but was fab under the sewing machine.  If you check the packages, they sell needle punched cottton batting that doesn't break apart like your's did. 

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