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Old 03-28-2020, 01:20 PM
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I'm making a picnic quilt. I wanted something really "non-shiftable" for the batting, as I assume it will be washed regularly and I don't want to spend a lot of time quilting it. I bought a blanket at the thrift store (100% acrylic and doesn't seem to stretch) to use. Now, I'm having second thoughts.
Have you tried it?
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:28 PM
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I have quilts made from long ago by my MIL where she used another quilt as batting. I was surprised to discover it after many, many years of use. She used whatever was at hand. I have never done it no but I'm tempted to use my husband's old navy wool blanket as batting.
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In the old days they did use old blankets as batting. They lasted probably longer than the new modern battings.
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Old 03-28-2020, 02:19 PM
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I've used wool blankets before on the inside of a quilt and more than once covered an old quilt with a new top and back, or sometimes just one or the other.

I don't see any real problems, you do want it to drape nicely and not be all stiff but other than that -- go for it!
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:45 PM
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My great grandmother used old Calvary blankets in quilts. But she didn't quilt per se' she just covered the wool blankets because they were scratchy. She was a seamstress.
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bkay, I haven't but it sounds like a good idea to me. A picnic quilt would surely get washed a lot.
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Old 03-28-2020, 05:53 PM
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My first quilt had a white blanket (acrylic/cotton) inside because I didn't know about packaged batting. It's Very Warm but also way heavier than the cotton batts I use now. I think you should go for it, especially for a picnic quilt.

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Old 03-28-2020, 05:58 PM
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I have my husband's old Navy blanket. This gives me the idea to make a quilt for the top and a fabric back. I can use it to cover myself in the winter when sitting in my recliner. It will keep me warm.
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Old 03-29-2020, 04:43 AM
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Back when my kids were very young and I was self-teaching myself to sew, money was tight & I didn't know anything about batting I used old blankets. Works great and lasts forever. Depending on the feet you want, choose either a heavy or light blanket.
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:03 AM
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I've used blankets as "batting", the last one I used was a full size wool blanket, it's very heavy.
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