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Thread: Lightweight Batting Alternative?

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    Lightweight Batting Alternative?

    Hello All!

    I'm very new to quilting here, so I am sorry if I don't know the correct term for what I am looking for.
    What would you all suggest for me to use for an extremely lightweight quilt? I am contemplating what sort of batting or backing I would use for someone who overheats in the winter using only a bed sheet or light weight blanket at night. Ha. Tall order, I know.

    I have read that I could always use a very thin fleece throw as batting. Is this advisable?

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    I like Quilters Dream Request batting for very thin quilts. I think it is the thinnest batting you can buy.

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    You could either use no batting at all, just quilt a backing onto your top. Or you could use a flannel sheet or some flannel fabric.

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    Fleece and polytester batts would be very warm, as they do not breathe.

    A cotton batt would breathe, so would not provide the same heat factor.

    I've used flannelette as a batt ... breathes and provides some warmth, but not a lot.
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    Quilter's Dream Request is only recommended for hand quilting. Their Select is a nice weight for a 100% cotton batting. My favorite is Dream Orient, it has bamboo, silk, botanic tensile, and cotton. This is a very snuggly but lightweight batting. www.quiltersdreambatting.com to read more about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamflowerlillin View Post
    Hello All!

    I'm very new to quilting here, so I am sorry if I don't know the correct term for what I am looking for.
    What would you all suggest for me to use for an extremely lightweight quilt? I am contemplating what sort of batting or backing I would use for someone who overheats in the winter using only a bed sheet or light weight blanket at night. Ha. Tall order, I know.

    I have read that I could always use a very thin fleece throw as batting. Is this advisable?
    I'd probably go with wool for somebody like that.

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    If you want something very lightweight, you don't need to use batting, at all. Just use a top and backing. Many folks do this, for "summer quilts."
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    Well, actually, I'd probably assume the quilt will be more for looks than actual usage if the person overheats with just a sheet. So, I'd just go with a thin batting available at the store closest to you. (My husband gets hot and always throws off extra blankets...but likes looking at them on the bed.)

    I personally like the feel of an extra layer in the middle as it smooths out the bumps from the seam allowances.

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    I use Quilters Dream Request (lightweight batting) all the time and don't see why you couldn't use it for machine quilting. I do hand quilt and love it - it is light weight, can't help you w/ the warmth or lack of warmth factor since I've given the quilts away...
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    I use Quilters Dream Request for most of my machine quilting. In fact I get it by the large roll.
    I also like to have some kind of batting or filler inside the quilt. The thinist I know of is Hobbs Thermore.
    It is soft and drapabale, gives just a bit of loft for your quilting. It is packaged in various sizes.
    I believe anything else (flannel, fleece, etc) will add unwanted weight to the otherwise light weight quilt.

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