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Thread: unconventional "batting"

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    I have one packet of warm and natural that I am using sparingly because I don't know how long it will be before my hubby can afford another one. Penny

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    those double-knit polyester quilts http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-22163-1.htm
    are tied right over puffy comforters. the comforters were wearing out and, hey, there they were. i also used another comforter for the batting in a queen, covering it with heavy-wale corduroy. they're all so heavy, they can crush bones. my kids love them.

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    I made my daughter a denim quilt, large nine patches with a pocket in the middle of each. When I got ready to put it all together she wanted batting in it and flannel on the back. I did what she wanted and it was so heavy I figured it would never see the light of day. She loves it, carries it in her car if she goes anywhere, takes it for overnights at the other kids homes. She thinks it is the best thing since sliced bread. Can't beat that for approval!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    My grandmother made quilts from the late 1890's till she died in 1960's. I never saw her buy fabric. She always recycled before it was called that.
    So I, in a pinch, have at times followed in her footsteps. Like when I used an old electric blanket for batting (after I pulled all the wires out). Boy was that a nice warm quilt afterwards! My kids used to fight over it. I had to tie that one, not quilt it.
    I've also used fleece between the top and backing, eventhough I know the fleece could have been used AS the backing.
    I also remember using old flannel flat sheets (2 at a time).
    What have you used?
    I have used old blankets and bedspreads. I've even used old mattress pads, although those tend to be pretty heavy, they are warm.

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    When you use an old matress pad how do you quilt it? Do you tie it. I have a pad that the top layer has shattered but the cotton is good do you think I coud use that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAROLJ
    When you use an old matress pad how do you quilt it? Do you tie it. I have a pad that the top layer has shattered but the cotton is good do you think I coud use that?
    Don't see why not...I'd give it a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I've used blankets that I've no longer wanted or used in the house. They make great batting for "give away" quilts for charities.
    thats usually what i use in place of batting... pre-shrunk and doesnt shift... and makes it so much warmer :D
    ive also gone hunting for old blankets and clothing (for material) at thrift stores... im so cheap sometimes lol. i cant help it, all those clothes hanging there scream quilt material to me lol

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    I usually tie any quilts where I've used a mattress pad for batting. I have quilted a small quilt on the sewing machine, though. I didn't quilt it closely, though, maybe 6 inches apart. When using a mattress pad, you only have to hold the layers together. If the top of the mattress pad was plastic, I think that I'd tear as much of the plastic off as possible.

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    No plastic. Thanks for the advice. I like to hand quilt, but I figured my hand would fall off if I tried on a mattress pad. :wink: I have an old scrappy top I got at a tag sale. It's from the 60s and that will look good tied.

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