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    I'm making a quilt for someone who has requested that it be a "warm" quilt....meaning to keep warm. I usually put one layer of Warm and Natural or White....she said this is not enough to keep her warm. Suggestions.??? What do you do?

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    I made one with an old fleece blanket for batting, that thing is toasty warm. Otherwise, I'm thinking wool.

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    I recently did one with a cotton batt and a poly batt, it was ALMOST more than my machine could take but it looks wonderful, next time I'll use 2 layers of cotton.

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    I'd use flannel for the backing - that will add a lot of warmth!

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    Kathy, did you quilt it on your regular sewing machine or a LA?

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    Fleece or a blanket would be very warm :D:D:D

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    I did one for my late MIL that had the high loft batting with a flannel backing but we just tied it. I agree with the earlier post about using polar fleece as the batting--that stuff is really warm.

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    I'm thinking maybe layer two batts - one Warm and Natural and a layer of Hobbs' Wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misoop
    I'm making a quilt for someone who has requested that it be a "warm" quilt....meaning to keep warm. I usually put one layer of Warm and Natural or White....she said this is not enough to keep her warm. Suggestions.??? What do you do?
    You could use two layers of batting and a flannel backing.

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    I go for wool., If you can afford it. It's very price at my local quilt shop. But this a.m. I got a joann sale flyer and there is a 50% off coupon,One cut is considered one item . so figure our how much batting you need and one cut is 50% off. hope that helps.

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    I'm currently making a quilt with Hobb's wool batting and flannel back. Seriously warm and cuddly, and very light. It's a lot lighter than even a single layer of cotton batt, let alone two. And wool is a wonderful heat insulator.

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    I make my quilts with one layer of batting between the top and bottom of the quilt.

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    Somebody recently was telling about making a quilt with batting that "was 1 and 1/2 times warmer than down." I misplaced that one, I wanted it for myself because I'm always cold in the house. Might even line a jacket with it, should I find it.

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    I really want to make one with wool batting. Is it still machine washable with the wool?

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    If you use fleece, do you wash it differently? I took some classes on fleece, several years ago, and they explained the way fleece is made. Which is with recycled plastic and polyester; that's why the fabric wasn't around until we started recycling, but with the plastic combed into the polyester, they told us to only use powder detergent as a liquid detergent or fabric softener liquid will just create a film and continue to build up. This is also a problem if using fleece for young children that still have accidents--the odor will stay until powder has kind of cleaned the fibers. Does anyone know if this information is different? I've never used it for batting or backing because I didn't know how it would clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I really want to make one with wool batting. Is it still machine washable with the wool?
    I've been wondering the same thing about wool.
    Also the idea of fleece is great! I have a bunch taking up space that I can now have a use for. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sik1010
    If you use fleece, do you wash it differently? I took some classes on fleece, several years ago, and they explained the way fleece is made. Which is with recycled plastic and polyester; that's why the fabric wasn't around until we started recycling, but with the plastic combed into the polyester, they told us to only use powder detergent as a liquid detergent or fabric softener liquid will just create a film and continue to build up. This is also a problem if using fleece for young children that still have accidents--the odor will stay until powder has kind of cleaned the fibers. Does anyone know if this information is different? I've never used it for batting or backing because I didn't know how it would clean.
    That's interesting. I've never heard that, and always wash everything with liquid detergent, no problems. :)

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    We've made a few quilts with doubled polester batting...they were TOO warm...they burned me up..but my DD and FIL loved them

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    We've made a few quilts with doubled polyester batting...they were TOO warm...they burned me up..but my DD and FIL loved them

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    wool or poly...

    I used old wool blankets you can find at yard sales, thrift stores..etc...even with moth holes, they make nice WARM batting...

    Poly is known for its heat holding ability because unlike cotton, poly does not breathe....so once it is WARM..it stays that way!

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    you are correct on the soap to use...no liquids....

    as for the kids quilts, it all depends on how fast you can wash it....BUT, fleece is not a friendly fabric...not even to our enviroment!

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    I use warm and natural batting and fleece as the backing for all of our bed quilts. I just throw them in the washing machine with my regular detergent, and I never prewash my material. I have never had a problem and I have done at least 20 quilts this way. And I only use liquid detergent, I have a front loader, and never have a problem with odors staying. I do have to add that I only hand quilt my quilts. I have never tried them on the machine, so I dont know how that would go. But some of them have been envelope style so I have been sewing the batting, top and fleece thru the machine and it went thru ok, just thick.

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    Re wool washing, the Hobbs wool package says that machine-washing on gentle cycle is ok. But drying in the dryer not recommended because the dryer heat can cause shrinkage.

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    I agree - flannel on the back is nice and warm. Another option for batting is wool batting. Hancock Fabrics as well as other stores I am sure carry it.

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    Will the wool batting shrink when you wash the quilt?

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