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Thread: What size and what batting question

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    I have a very good friend that has been in the hospital for 3 months, she is now in long term care center and will be there for a long time while she learns to walk and care for herself again.
    I am going to make her a quilt. I am just not sure what size I want to make it.
    I have some scrappy log cabin blocks already done and I was thinking of using them. I have enough to make a king size but I dont want to make it that big

    Here is what I was wondering
    I was thinking of an oversized lap quilt, as she is a large women and she is still mostly in bed. Or I could make a twin size. She doesn't have any twin beds at home . The bed in the care center is a twin. So I am not sure what to make
    What would you make

    Also she is in Florida and is always hot. I dont want to use a heavy batting. I have a quilt from my grandmother and she didnt put any batting in it at all. As I was in Florida.
    What should I use. no batting, flannel, another piece of cloth? Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance

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    Florida climate varies according to where you are. I'm inland, where it is nearly always humid, and this year, cold and dank. I'd use a light poly, because it is warm, light, and mildew resistant. I'd go for twin, too, because it is more versatile - for lao, couch, or on top of bigger beds when it get real cold.

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    I would use a very light flannel or another piece of cotton for the batting. It will help camouflage the seams :wink:
    Also, you might want to consider that this quilt may get a lot of washings, so it is a good idea to quilt it a little heavier than normal :D:D:D

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    I have family in Florida. I made them a quilt with a light weight flannel for the back and bamboo batting. They say it is perfect for them. If they are hot it wicks away moisture and breathes.

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    Thanks for the reply. I think I will do a twin as it will be more versatile.

    Maybe I will try flannel for the batting. My friend likes to be covered it just has to be light weight and she can not move her legs yet so I dont want something that feels like it to heavy. I will have to see what I come up with Thanks again

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    I have personal experiece with not only being a resident in a nursing home, but also worked in one. A twin size is a good size, but I would use a pattern/fabric that you didn't put a lot of work into. All items have to have their name on it, but it's amazing how much stuff of mine "got lost" in the laundry. If her family does her laundry, that is optimal. Make her that quilt...she will love it!!..Make her a fabulous one when she gets better. It would be her celebration quilt. As for batting, I would use a layer of flannel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansmom
    I have personal experiece with not only being a resident in a nursing home, but also worked in one. A twin size is a good size, but I would use a pattern/fabric that you didn't put a lot of work into. All items have to have their name on it, but it's amazing how much stuff of mine "got lost" in the laundry. If her family does her laundry, that is optimal. Make her that quilt...she will love it!!..Make her a fabulous one when she gets better. It would be her celebration quilt. As for batting, I would use a layer of flannel.
    great ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansmom
    I have personal experiece with not only being a resident in a nursing home, but also worked in one. A twin size is a good size, but I would use a pattern/fabric that you didn't put a lot of work into. All items have to have their name on it, but it's amazing how much stuff of mine "got lost" in the laundry. If her family does her laundry, that is optimal. Make her that quilt...she will love it!!..Make her a fabulous one when she gets better. It would be her celebration quilt. As for batting, I would use a layer of flannel.
    Also , put your label on before having the quilting done..

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    Thanks for the great ideas I have the top done, now I just need to get to the store and get some flannel.
    I have never done a label. Maybe I could come up with something in a hand embroider. How do you attach the label?
    sew it on to the quilt back before you put it on?

    Thanks for the advice Cathy hopefully she wont have to be there but a few more months. She doesnt have any family down there that is taking care of her. Just her friends and we are states away so I wanted to make something for her as she is so lonely

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    Flannel should be washed in hot water, as it will shrink like the dickens. I sent it thru twice, didn't want any shrinkage after it was made.

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