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Thread: What batting to use for a flannel baby quilt?

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    Senior Member newestnana's Avatar
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    I've just completed the top of a flannel baby quilt for my grandson-to-be and need to decide what batting to use. On the one hand, I think I'd like something with high loft (makes it puffy :wink: ) but I also want it to be soft and drapey. He will live in the Boston area, so warm is good.

    If it makes any difference, I expect to stitch-in-the-ditch around the blocks.

    What are your suggestions?

    Thanks so much in advance for your thoughts and advice.

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    Ive used another layer of flannel for batting and makes it nice and warm, but also the warm and natural works good and flat with flannel too :)

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    I use cotton for a warm quilt, poly tends to overheat a baby (so does fleece)

    flannel sounds good, I havent tried it yet, I dont know how warm it would be?

    I love puffy looking baby quilts also :) I dont prewash my fabric before pieceing and quilting... it shrinks up all puffy and cuddly :)
    especially flannel.

    hope this helps

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    Some of the 100% poly needs to be quilted very closely, depending on the manufacturers specs... Maybe a poly cotton blend? You would get a little puffiness and it would breathe better than poly only :D:D:D

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    I used a low loft poly in my Ds's flannel quilt and tied it and it is nice and fluffy and drapes well. No issues with shifting or anything either!

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    I live in Utah, and I just made a flannel quilt for my friend, I had a flannel top and flannel backing, and I used hobbs heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting and the mom loves it. It feels pretty warm as well.

    I do like the poly because of the puffy, but it can keep a baby too hot.

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    I've used flannel as batting in a flannel baby quilt as well - It's nice and cozy warm.

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    also... if you tie a baby quilt its fluffier, or quilt at least four inchs apart... its softer.

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    I used low loft in the two I made earlier this year. I didn't want them to be too bulky.

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    I used flannel as batting in one, and soft and natural in the other. Both warm and snuggly after many washings, but, not fluffy.

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