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Old 03-29-2020, 05:37 AM
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I use a white baby blanket found in Moms cedar chest for table runner batting. It’s so dense and works great. Done 2, still have enough for 1-2 more.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:46 AM
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Back in my early days of quilting I used blankets for batting and sheets for backings many times. They were quilts that have seen beaches many times and are still holding up. Good idea for such a utility quilt. I wouldn't use a blanket for a bed quilt or wall hanging or many other quilts. For a quilt that will be used this way a blanket should be just finre.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:27 PM
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I can remember watching my grandmother make quilts and she used old blankets as the batting. In earlier day I think they used anything available. Go for it!
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:46 AM
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My absolute favorite quilt to snuggle under is flannel with an old wool army blanket for batting. The quilt washes beautifully, was easy to machine quilt and is not too heavy - for me anyway. I don't see why other types of blankets wouldn't work.

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Old 03-30-2020, 10:18 AM
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I remember my mother taking a quilt apart to repair it and re-tie it. When she opened up the sandwich there was no batting, just an old wool blanket. She said when she was growing up that was what was used for batting quite often. This one outlasted the outside of the quilt!
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:03 PM
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A quilt is a covering and a blanket is a covering. Why not put one inside the other? I have a couple old wool blankets that I have put inside quilts that I want to be extra warm and heavier. A blanket inside does not need the quantity of quilting that batting does so the quilt has a softer feel to it.
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Old 03-31-2020, 10:45 AM
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I made a yard blanket from an old wool blanket and old jeans. It makes a very tough quilt for the car trunk.
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Old 04-09-2020, 10:25 PM
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I have never done it, so I really can't say. I think it depends on the blanket itself. Some show wear and tear after only a few years, while other last for a very long time.
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Old 04-10-2020, 03:41 AM
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I used a "sheet blanket" in one of the first quilts I made. In years to come, I was disappointed that I did that only because of the quilt that I wished it was. As far as being usable, it was great. Another suggestion for batting is to recycle a mattress pad. It gives a bit of loft but it dries easily. If the quilt you are making can become wet such as at a beach or picnic, consider that you want it to dry pretty quickly and not get moldy/mildewy. It may get picked up while wet and forgotten for a time!
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by illinois View Post
I used a "sheet blanket" in one of the first quilts I made. In years to come, I was disappointed that I did that only because of the quilt that I wished it was. As far as being usable, it was great. Another suggestion for batting is to recycle a mattress pad. It gives a bit of loft but it dries easily. If the quilt you are making can become wet such as at a beach or picnic, consider that you want it to dry pretty quickly and not get moldy/mildewy. It may get picked up while wet and forgotten for a time!
Wow! What a good idea. I have one stuck in the top of the closet because it won't stay on the bed and is "too good to toss". It's almost new. My little dog took a liking to that blanket I bought at the thrift shop for the picnic quilt. She parks herself on it every chance she gets. Also, I've been kind of stuck on how to make the backing for that picnic quilt, so it's still on the wall. I don't have the perfect amount of fabric, so I'm going to have to work with two fabrics and piece the back.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to use that mattress pad. Fuzzy has her favorite blanket for a little longer.
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