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    A question for all...

    Has anyone ever used a blanket for batting? I have had our king sized top all ready to be sandwiched for over a month, but never seem to have the money to buy it. I have a thin blanket that is large enough to use, but I'm afraid of messing up our quilt... I really need to get it done soon... It's starting to get really cold here now, and all we have on our bed is a queen sized comforter laying sideways... Any suggestions would be very welcome and appreciated!

    Thank you all in advance!
    Jona

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    Of course you can use a blanket for your quilt batting! It would be best to use a light design, like outline the major elements of the block design. A small stipple design will make the whole thing rather stiff. My daughter still uses the first quilt I made over 30 years ago. Some blocks have totally worn out, but she will not let me fix it. The blanket/batting is still holding up just fine.

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    Sure it won't be as thick as batting but it will work. People used to use whatever they had available. You'll still have 3 layers of fabric and it will still be warm.

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    I would think as long as it isn't a wool blanket, it should be fine. The only reason I would caution against a wool one is if you washed the quilt and the wool blanket shrinks it would be lumpy. If the blanket is patterned, make sure it won't show through any light sections of the top.

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    I would caution about using some of the loosely woven cotton blankets.. The texture of the weave is much more apparent than some other blankets. Check your Good Will for velux blankets they make great batting and are really really warm.
    I have used some wool blnakets , they are given to me by people who washed/dryed them and now they no longer fit their bed. These are the warmest quilts as the washed/dried blanket is felted wool , very dense !

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltedComforts View Post
    Has anyone ever used a blanket for batting? I have had our king sized top all ready to be sandwiched for over a month, but never seem to have the money to buy it. I have a thin blanket that is large enough to use, but I'm afraid of messing up our quilt... I really need to get it done soon... It's starting to get really cold here now, and all we have on our bed is a queen sized comforter laying sideways... Any suggestions would be very welcome and appreciated!

    Thank you all in advance!
    Jona
    As long as your blanket is clean and shrunk as much as it's going to shrink, have at it. I'm the self appointed queen of re-purposing-----------------if it works, do it. (also known as being big time cheap!)
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    I've used plenty of blankets for batting, I've even used mattress covers when the elastic on the "fabric" that keeps it on the mattress is shot. I have a friend that gathered up sweat shirts and pants and cut them in whatever size pieces she could get out of it, then she sewed them together and used that as batting, she was happy with it and so was her brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    I've used plenty of blankets for batting, I've even used mattress covers when the elastic on the "fabric" that keeps it on the mattress is shot. I have a friend that gathered up sweat shirts and pants and cut them in whatever size pieces she could get out of it, then she sewed them together and used that as batting, she was happy with it and so was her brother.
    Yes, blankets work very well! I had to chuckle about the mattress protector just now. Just this past week, I ripped of the elastic part of a mattress protector, washed it and now have it in reserve for use as batting when I need it.
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    My mom always used old blankets for batting. I have used matress pads, they worked great and were very warm ( a bit heavy though). It's your quilt, use whatever works for you!
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    I agree with the other ladies, yes you sure can use a blankey with the reservations everyone else talked about.

    I love buying the batting on sale at connecting threads on line. They they have free shipping after you spend 50 dollars, so I usually buy a few at a time so I get that. I love the Hobbs 80/20 batting and they are my only source now that my fabric store stopped carring it. Besides the price is great when they have it on sale.
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