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Thread: Quilting in Warmer Climates/Snowbirds

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    Senior Member Sandra-P's Avatar
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    Having just returned from Southwest Florida, I have a question. We made an offer on a condo there and hopefully if we get it we will be spending part of our winters in the warmer climate.
    Do you use a different batting, or change the types of quilts you make that are more suitable for warmer climates? Also, how much of your stash and supplies do you leave at one place or the other? Do you cart your machines back and forth? I need tips on how to do this, and there must be some of you out there that have it down pat.

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    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
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    This week you might just need regular quilts there! You can use a regular or flannel sheet for batting to make lightwieght quilts. Or you can use wide width muslin. Just make sure you prewash them because muslin and flannel will shrink differently than regular quilting fabric. Personally I'd have a stash and machine at both ends. I'd only cart back and forth a project that I wanted to finish. But, I don't know what the humidity is like there and you might not want to leave a big stash if there's a chance it would get ruined.

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    Member Neanie's Avatar
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    I bring my two machines back and forth. I have cutting mats in both places, also fabric in two places. But my bigger stash is in my summer home because that is my bigger space. I also lug my rulers back and forth; maybe it's time to duplicate those tools. My quilting habit is a year-round occupation!

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    You should make the quilts the weight that is most suitable for the end user. If someone is going to be using the quilt in a warmer climate area, then by all means you should use a light weight "batting" layer.

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