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Thread: Batting alternatives

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    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
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    My grandmother mainly used old blankets for the batting of her quilts. Knowing that I started shopping in my linen closet. One of the things I found was an old matteress cover - full or queen sized - elastic around most of it. If I cut the elastic off I have quite a large piece. Thoughts on using this for the batting of some largish lap quilts?

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    go for it - will make a nice warm quilt

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    I made one with a matress pad for batting. I worked great, nice and warm but a little heavy. My oldest son loves it.

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    Yes, use it. I love quilts but probably because of my back hills raising, I am more comfortable with a warm, heavy quilt. A mattress pad works nicely that way. And it's probably already been washed a few times so no shrinkage.

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    Go for it. Quilting use to be about using what you had.

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    I have an opinion -- it's only an opinion -- so throw my opinion away if you want. The mattress pad will work for a simple quilt which does not have hours and hours of work, and you have not invested in pricey fabrics to make a beautiful quilt top. If the quilt is utilitarian in nature, and will be drug through dirt or sand on a beach, or grass stained in the park -- yes, go for it. Use the mattress pad for the batting. And it will service you for years! But...but...if you are investing in making a thing of beauty with gorgeously chosen fabrics, and skill in piecing, and it can possibly become a family heirloom....draw the line here. Don't use the mattress pad instead of batting at this point, and cheapen your project. So, the question is really: "What is the purpose of the quilt?" That's just an opinion.

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    i recycled a mattress pad and made an emergency blanket for my car. Just cut off what I didn't want and sandwiched the blanket.

    got a chance to practice machine quilting too.


    that blanket is nice and warm.

    Happy New Year!!!

    chris

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    Use what you got, thats the name of the game.

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    Go for it :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbonafede
    I have an opinion -- it's only an opinion -- so throw my opinion away if you want. The mattress pad will work for a simple quilt which does not have hours and hours of work, and you have not invested in pricey fabrics to make a beautiful quilt top. If the quilt is utilitarian in nature, and will be drug through dirt or sand on a beach, or grass stained in the park -- yes, go for it. Use the mattress pad for the batting. And it will service you for years! But...but...if you are investing in making a thing of beauty with gorgeously chosen fabrics, and skill in piecing, and it can possibly become a family heirloom....draw the line here. Don't use the mattress pad instead of batting at this point, and cheapen your project. So, the question is really: "What is the purpose of the quilt?" That's just an opinion.
    I agree. If it was a quilt I planned on throwing in the back of the car for picnicing or an emergency quilt I would consider it. But not for something that I spent a whole lot of money on the fabric and a whole lot of time making.

    I would be more likely to use a good wool blanket for batting than a mattress pad.

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