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Thread: Batting Alternative??

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    Thanks for posting this thread - I have always wondered that my self. I have an old comforter I have not wanted to throw out....

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    Interesting!
    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    i have used wool army blankets from the army surplus store.

    they also have a very heavy flannel twin size blanket that has worked great. i have tied and not quilted them though...

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    Would a very thin fleece blanket work?
    I'm looking at starting my very first quilt and want to keep it cheap and easy ... I have some sheet jersey that I think would be nice as the base layer but haven't a clue what the Swedish for Quilt Batting would be!

    Haven't been to the good fabric shop yet to investigate but I'm sure I read somewhere that some people actually quilt just their tops onto fleece blankets alone ..... (possibly not here, I've been googling!)

    My first attempt would be a small panel or lap quilt ... possibly several of these to be joined together later if appropriate. I would be hand quilting in the Stitch in the Ditch format around my paper pieced hexagons ....

    Helen

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    I doubt I would use a comforter...are talking about one of those poly filled 80's style thick comforters?? If so, then definately not...I have used old wool blankets and flannel sheets though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutingSquirrel
    Would a very thin fleece blanket work?
    Absolutely! I've made wheelchair blankets with a quilt top and fleece backing, no batting. It is light and easy to work with, and sticks to the legs of patients at our local nursing homes and VA hospitals.

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    Thank you Vicky S, It certainly seems like it might be easier to quilt through two layers rather than three! I also thought that a fleece underside might be 'snuggly'.
    Thanks for the advice!
    Helen

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