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    several yrs ago in wal-mart i ran into a woman said she use old blankets for batting did anyone else ever do this and i know my granddaughter step mom show her how to use fleece blanket for batting like too hear what other think on this subject

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    My Ex's mother and grandmother did that, but it was new blankets. They rather use that then the batting.

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    my grandma did, finances :oops: . but she would use new or barely used ones. I think they were the $5 ones that you can find during the winter months. I actually have a quilt that she never got to finish for me that has thie old blanket as batting.

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    Many years ago, I bought one of those cheap blankets and used it for batting. I machine quilted it. It SHRUNK terribly. It was unusable. I actually picked out every bit of the quilting because I wanted to save the top.

    It would probably be fine with an old, well-washed blanket.

    But you know... poly batting is pretty cheap. I don't think I will take the risk again.

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    ty for your comment it is interesting on what other think and do

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    when I first started quilting in the 1980's I made a lap quilt and I used an old mattress pad from a garage sale for a quilt batting we still use it in our camper but it made a very soft cuddly quilt never did try a blanket though but would not worry if washed first oh yes I do have an antique double wedding ring quilt hand quilted and whoever did it used a blanket
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    the $5 blankets (twin size) from WalMart (affectionately known by some as The Evil Empire :lol: ) are a great alternative to batting as long as you wash them first and dry them on high heat. they feel and behave much better than regular polyester batting. the only drawback is that basting spray works no better on them that it does on poly batting.

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    I never thought of using mattress pads or blankets! Thanks! I'm having to do five quilts (almost have two tops done so far :D ) by the end of August/beginning of Sept. So am really looking for something cheaper than batting to use!
    Thanks for the ideas!! :D

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    I've also used old blankets in quilts, but they are utilitarian type--usually sewn with denim and tied--used for dorm rooms, cars, picnics etc. Old mattress pads work well in denim baby quilts as well. If I spend the time to use new high quality fabric I want to use a good batting as well.

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    I use blankets , they are easier to smooth out, and hold the shape. I agree, I wash, dry to pre-shrink, don't want to put that work into it and have it ruined. I actually like quilting thru them better than the batting. I guess it is because I am used to it.

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    The quilts that I have finished, five of them have all been sandwhiched with a double layer of a well used flannel flat sheet. I love the feel of the quilt. It isn't thick, but it is warm. I have to be careful b/c some of them aren't easy to hand quilt through. I say go for it, but be cautious about shrinking. Maybe test it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsie
    several yrs ago in wal-mart i ran into a woman said she use old blankets for batting did anyone else ever do this and i know my granddaughter step mom show her how to use fleece blanket for batting like too hear what other think on this subject
    I'm not much help, but I don't use batting at all. I just use the fleece OR flannel for my backs then tie.

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    I used a blanket that had been washed several times as batting. Never again. It made the quilt too heavy and was rather stiff. I suppose it would depend on how thick the blanket is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyiav10
    The quilts that I have finished, five of them have all been sandwhiched with a double layer of a well used flannel flat sheet. I love the feel of the quilt. It isn't thick, but it is warm. I have to be careful b/c some of them aren't easy to hand quilt through. I say go for it, but be cautious about shrinking. Maybe test it first.
    Kyia
    Thanks Kyia, I think I'm going to try this. :D

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    I use old mattress pad covers for some of the utlity scrap quilts, and especially if I am making something for the pets! Uses up something I already have, and it certainly is soft! Also use it to test flip and sew techniques! :lol:

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    I use blankets (the cheap fleace ones) for the quilted curtains I make to put on the windows in winter to help keep our heating costs down.

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