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Thread: Batting recommendation

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    Batting recommendation

    I'm making a lap quilt for my husband and need to figure out what type of batting to use. Requirements in priority order:

    - Keep the quilt as cool as possible (we live in Texas, so this quilt will be more for comfort than for warmth).
    - This is a dark quilt with lots of medium and dark browns and saturated blue/greens, so I want to avoid bearding.
    - It'll be machine quilted.
    - It'll be washed a handful of times per year.

    Would skipping the batting and going to a flannel back make any sense? There'd be little loft to the quilting, right? Think that would look funny?

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    If cost is not an issue, I you might want to consider silk batting:
    https://www.connectingthreads.com/ho...ng/g/HobbsSilk

    Silk batting is very soft and, being a natural fiber, it "breathes" and so is very comfortable. It is often used in garment construction (think quilted jacket) because it is thin and has a wonderful drape. It also has a very luxurious feel.

    My other choice would be Quilter's Dream cotton, Request weight (their thinnest). Again, being a natural fiber, it will breathe. It also has a very nice, soft drape.
    https://www.quiltersdreambatting.com...-dream-cotton/

    A third possibility would be Thermore polyester batting, which is very thin. It would not breathe quite as well as silk or cotton, but would still be nice.
    https://www.amazon.com/Hobbs-TM90-Ba...dp/B0034C30BM/
    Last edited by Prism99; 08-31-2018 at 08:05 PM.

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    Why not just use a darker flannel as batting? or skip the batting like many do for a summer quilt?
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    An idea I had for you is to go to a big box and get a soft poly throw to use as a back. It would be soft and not as thick as some battings.

    We run our AC 10 months out of the year so we still use batting in our quilts at our house.

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    As crazy as it may seem, washable wool batting is light, soft and is warm in winter and cool in summer. I use it all the time here in Tucson. Mostly I use Quilter’s Dream washable wool. There is also a thinner cotton one called Request.

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    I used silk in a quilt and it was just wonderful, soft and comfortable and very washable. I would do it again. I also like wool batting. I like it best for bed quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstill47 View Post
    As crazy as it may seem, washable wool batting is light, soft and is warm in winter and cool in summer. I use it all the time here in Tucson. Mostly I use Quilter’s Dream washable wool. There is also a thinner cotton one called Request.
    I have heard that about wool batting, but haven't had a chance to try it out myself yet. I have some Hobbs Heirloom Wool waiting for my next quilt. It's really good to hear this from someone in Tucson!

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    What about using a fleece backing for it and no batting? A good grade of flannel would work, but I have never seen flannel in a black or dark blue. Another idea would be to do it in blue jean material and no batting. That might be too heavy although they have different jean fabric weights. I'm trying to think of something that would have some substance but not be over whelming, and would be washable. There are a lot of options in the clothing fabric sections at JoAnn's. It just has to be washable. Double knit made some fairly warm, lightweight quilts.
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    I am voting for wool. Just used wool batting for the first time and have been sewing the binding on it this week and it has been wonderful. Due to our heat lately I was thinking it would have to wait a month or more but just could't, i want the quilt done. The drape is fantastic and it is very comfortable with the heat. (Yes, I have a fan since we don't have an air conditioner.)

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    I have used flannel with no batting as a backing on a quilt and it is the perfect summer weight. I also purchased quality ready made flannel sheets for backings and they hold up very well to washing. (Cuddle-Duds brand from Kohls) Shop around and I bet you will find some good flannel sheets that will work great for your husband's lap quilt. And if you find some on sale....bonus and may be less expensive than LQS quality flannel.

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    I just made a quilt with wool batting and I'm SOLD!! pulled it out of the dryer after the first wash and it's so light and huggable! Go with the washable wool....it's cool in summer and warm in winter.

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    All of our quilts are made with washable wool. I'm always cold and my husband is always warm. Somehow wool adjusts to body temp or something more scientific is going on. My husband used to wear suits to work, they were all wool. Some were heavier weight than others but he was always comfortable in them. A fine quality tailored mens suit is always made of wool.

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    I too live in a WARM climate (California desert) and I prefer to use bamboo for my quilts. It is really light weight, easy to use, silky to the touch and drapes nicely. It is perfect for lap use in the house during the summer when the air conditioning is running on high and the knees get cold (LOL and it is 118 outside). It is also great in the winter when you only need just a little to stay warm.

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    Yes, I agree with the wool. I washed my quilt in cool water, tumbled dried on low for a bit, then spread it over a railing to finish drying. It's a wonderfully light quilt.
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