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Thread: Here's what I want to make. What do I need to make it.?

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    Here's my problem. I need to use two comforters on my bed in winter time. We keep the heater down low at night. Even with a little portable heater I still need two comforters. I hate making the bed and trying to get them even.

    I want to eventually make a double bed size quilt for my room but I want it to be warm enough so that I don't need anything else with it. I was hoping someone could give me a suggestion as to what synthetic batting would be the best for warmth. I would send it off to be machine quilted but I'm thinking in terms of washing and drying it. I don't want it to take for ever to dry.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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    Have you thought about a blue jean quilt ? They are heavy

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    How about wool batting?

    Pricey (can be very, very pricey) but would be pretty warm.

    This is crazy expensive, but it looks luscious...
    http://www.shepherdsdream.com/p-40-e...l-batting.aspx

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    To quilts with wool batting. would be just right, That is what I will use for our personal quilts.

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    wowo. That is expensive. My dear friend gave me an old, and probably expensive comforter from her mom. It was 80's style but super warm. I'm guessing it had this wool batting. I re-covered it with a pieced top and some 15 years later it's still the warmest thing ever.

    I've also used old electric blankets for batting and backing (with the wires removed obviously). The ones with the batting used as the backing are my snuggles that I always keep close by.

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    I made a heavy quilt using a blanket for the back and wool batting inside.

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    yes, i agree, wool batting is your best bet. if that is not financially possible, what about a fleece backing?

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    I haven't tried this yet, it's a little more expensive, but not as expensive as wool.

    It's Hobb's Thermore batting

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...g__D20825.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I haven't tried this yet, it's a little more expensive, but not as expensive as wool.

    It's Hobb's Thermore batting

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...g__D20825.html
    There was just another thread tonight asking about Thermore. Too lazy to link now. Sorry.

    Actually, Thermore is probably the lightest, least warmest batting on the market. ;-)
    It's used primarily for jackets and items requiring a nice drape, or a lightweight summer quilt.


    Least warmest - is that even remotely grammatically correct?
    Least warm - doesn't look right either.
    I need a nap.

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    Here's another option - I've purchased wool battings from here for quilts ... the process they use for their wool is unique and results in wool that is used successfully by people who have wool allergies. Turns out that the allergies are usually to the chemicals in the treating processes not the wool itself.

    Check out the mattress pad....
    http://cedarviewfarms.org/index-10.html

    I've met her personally, use her products, am happy to recommend them. And she's done presentations for our guild :)

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    Yes, wool would be the warmest,

    However, two or three blankets (quilts, comforters, etc) are usually warmer than one blanket, quilt, or comforter, no matter how heavy. It is the air trapped between the layers that help insulate. Just my two cents worth!!:):)

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    Maybe a duvet and make a quilt for the top part of the cover? I've never lived anywhere that is so cold, but I know a lot of Canadians use them. YOu'd have the batting from the quilt and the feathers/down from the duvet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Yes, wool would be the warmest,

    However, two or three blankets (quilts, comforters, etc) are usually warmer than one blanket, quilt, or comforter, no matter how heavy. It is the air trapped between the layers that help insulate. Just my two cents worth!!:):)
    I've found two blankets to be much warmer as well, so when I make my bed I make it with one, and drape the other one over the end of the bed. No lining up for me!

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    I found a down comforter at a goodwill store and plan on using it as a middle for a quilt I am in the process of making. I get cold or hot so quickly and I love down it seems to even it out for me.

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    I made my son one with Hobbs wool and flannel backing.
    Personally I use a feather comforter and 2 quilts. Heat set at 59/60 at night, unless temp is below zero then it is set at 62. Still oil cost WAY to much $ this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    I made my son one with Hobbs wool and flannel backing.
    Personally I use a feather comforter and 2 quilts. Heat set at 59/60 at night, unless temp is below zero then it is set at 62. Still oil cost WAY to much $ this year.
    Our heater is also set at 59 at night and so I rely on my comforters. I think the way to go is wool batting and just fold up the nice comforter at the end of the bed. The comforter I have now is a shabby chic look. I plan to use the same colors when I make the quilt so they should match.

    Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. Everyone here is so nice to help me out.

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    We have a Army Surplus store in my area. You can get the Army Wool Blankets cheaper, might have to buy two. Also, sometimes I find them at thrift stores, goodwill etc.. Just a thought..

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    the wool batts are wonderfull to work with- i have seen quilts made using a warm & natural (cotton) with a dream wool batt--both together-
    with wonderful results- and a very warm quilt- also, heavy (denim) fabrics for the top and a flannel back (or all flannel) quilt would be very warm

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    Just a thought - what if you had 2 coordinating quilts. One which you would make the bed properly with & the other would be folded, draped at the end of the bed?

    Right now, it's a little too warm at night for the quilt, but I'm not ready to store it away for the summer, yet, so I fold it down, & then back on itself at the end of the bed. Looks nice & is there should it get chilly at night. Would work with that 2nd quilt.

    This way, you could save some big $$$ by not having to buy wool batting. I am not convinced that the wool is any warmer than other battings, as the pockets between the stitching is what forms the insullating factor of a quilt. Traps warm air there to keep body heat in & cooler, ambient air temps out!

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    I think fleece is very warm and light weight. I make two tied together for gifts. I also made them for my elderly parents, who keep their thermostat very low in the winter, and they do the trick. Not to be morbid, but Dad wants to be buried with his....lol

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    If you have a crochet afghan that will cover most of the bed, put it between a couple of quilts. Once your body heat warms up the air pockets, you should keep warm most of the night.

    That's what I do in the winter.

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    i would do the fleece backing. Make a shawl out of fleece when sitting and doing hand work. Keeps me very warm while not moving.

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    Sam's club sells the most wonderful FLEECE PJs, then maybe you could use ONE quilt, I would still use wool in it.

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    OOPSS forgot. L L Bean sells wonderful flannel sheets. I use them from end of October until end of April. They are much better quality than anything I can find in the stores.

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    Several people have mentioned fleece, I wonder if it could be used successfully as batting. Has anyone tried? Seems to me it would be light weight but very warm.

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