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Thread: unconventional "batting"

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    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?

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    I had an epiphany one day when I fully understood WHY it was ok to cut up men's shirts to use in quilts. Heh...they're FABRIC. I know, it seems silly to have to "realize" that, but still...

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    i have used flannel sheets in place of batting for a few "summer" quilts i have made.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
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    I had an epiphany one day when I fully understood WHY it was ok to cut up men's shirts to use in quilts. Heh...they're FABRIC. I know, it seems silly to have to "realize" that, but still...
    I love cutting up mens shirts and even a tie now and then.

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    I've also used those quilted mattress pads(not the waterproof ones) and tied them, since most of my quilts are donated and I can't afford to spend tons of money for batting and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    I've also used those quilted mattress pads(not the waterproof ones) and tied them, since most of my quilts are donated and I can't afford to spend tons of money for batting and such.
    Oh I hadn't thought of those.
    I just threw one out. :|

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    I only use new fabric and polyester batting. Figure if I'm going to take the time and energy to do all that work I'm using all new 'stuff'. I give most of my quilts to poeple I know or a family member knows.

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    I used old mattress pads, double thickness, when I made pot holders this Christmas. I had some extra quilt blocks laying around, so those became the potholder tops.

    They were a bit puffy, but I could still machine-quilt through them a bit.

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    My ex-husbands grandmother used old blankets in hers. They were so thick that once they were on top of you, you could not move. Now that's a warm blanket.

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