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Are Batik quilts hot?

Old 06-11-2018, 07:46 AM
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Recently several people have told me that Batik quilts are very hot because of the closeness of the fibers and that the fabric doesn't breathe well. Has anyone else noticed or heard of this? I ask because I am considering making a quilt for myself in Batik fabrics. Being a woman in her late 60's, who still gets hot flashes in the middle of the night, I am now wondering if this is such a good idea.

I was planning on making the quilt with both the top and the backing in Batiks. In fact, I already have the fabric purchased. If the fabrics are hot, then how about just using one or the other on top or the bottom and regular cotton on the other?

Any opinions on this?
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:52 AM
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I've never noticed any difference at all.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:54 AM
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I can't answer for sure on the temperature of quilts made out of batiks but I would think it would depend on the batting you use too. Also, maybe just use batiks on the top and something with a little looser weave for backing. I will be watching this thread closely as I am considering making a quilt with batiks. I am sure you will get very good responses to your question from members on the QB.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:57 AM
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I have made many with batiks and regular cotton, and never noticed any difference.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:22 AM
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I never noticed a difference.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:08 PM
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Agree, the batik is not going to heat you up ...
... though the batting you choose can make a huge difference in that factor!
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:32 PM
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most sheets are more closely woven than batiks, and as long as they are cotton they breath just fine.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:37 PM
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Batiks are cotton, and like nice quality sheets. They breath. The batting choice may make them hot. Use a lightweight cotton batting and light quilting for a summer weight quilt
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:48 AM
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I haven't noticed this but I live in cold weather country. I have made several batik quilts tops and have use faux batik fabric for the back. It sort of looks like batik but is lighter weight and costs less. and most importantly look good!
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:19 AM
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I think the warmth or lack thereof comes from the batting you choose. Some battings 'breathe' better than others. I like wool and silk the most. I do not use polyester in a bed quilt (in fact I rarely use it for anything). I use a lot of 80/20 because it is stable and works up well.
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