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Thread: Have you used fleece for batting?

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    I was in JoAnn's this week and was talking to my favorite clerk who is a quilter and he said when fleece is 50% off people were buying it instead of batting for their quilts? Has anyone done that?

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    Yes. I've also used it as a combined batting and backing. It's not all that unusual. I did a board search on it the other day. Quite a few people talking about it.

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    as far as I'm concerned anything goes, the quilt police would be threatned w my cast iron frying pan, if they ever came to my place.

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    wow..I don't think I would use as batting. It is 100% polyester..it will not breathe..it will be like wearing a lead apron! It will make the person sleeping under sweat like crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I don't think I would use as batting. It is 100% polyester..it will not breathe..it will be like wearing a lead apron! It will make the person sleeping under sweat like crazy!
    For someone who wants a warm blanket ... it just might be a perfect solution. It's not like they are wrapped in it like a mummy!!

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    I haven't used fleece for a quilt but use it ALL the time for placemats, tablerunners, purses...things that might be washed but you don't want to shrink. It stays very stable.

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    That's a great idea! It sure gets cold up here!

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    If I was going to tie the quilt, I'd consider it. However, I would not choose it if I were going to quilt the quilt and I quilt most quilts.

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    I've used it as batting for 2 lap quilts I've made for my 83-year-old mother because she has such a problem staying warm (even when she's in Arizona!). Nothing less will do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I don't think I would use as batting. It is 100% polyester..it will not breathe..it will be like wearing a lead apron! It will make the person sleeping under sweat like crazy!
    Wartime winters are cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I don't think I would use as batting. It is 100% polyester..it will not breathe..it will be like wearing a lead apron! It will make the person sleeping under sweat like crazy!
    My grandkids have 100% polyester blankets that they love. Very soft and cuddly. I think fleece used as a combination batting and backing would be much the same. Also, how is this different than using a polyester batting?

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    I've use fleece and also shrunken flannel as batting. Also old blankets. I use anything depending on what the quilt will be used for. If it's just a drag around, sit on it in the grass or at the beach type quilt, anything goes.
    But bed quilts, heirloom quilts, I use batting only.

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    I have never personally used fleece for backing or batting. But people send it to me for both. I have quilted it on my long arm just fine.

    So I don't see a problem..I think someone else mentioned that it would be the same as using poly batting and I use that regularly.

    My kids LOVE minkee backs on their quilts which is also polyester ...they use them all year long....and they drag them all around during winter because they LOVE them. I also put wool or poly batting on those ..flannel tops....Doesn't get any cozier than that!

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    Ive just finished a stripped pieced top. The kind that is pieced onto a muslin foundation. I realized that is going to make for a heavy quilt with a cotton batting so I'm contemplating options ( not that there is anything wrong with q heavy quilt). I have some felted wool on a bolt which is probably heavier than wool batting. Wool batting would be lighter. Suggestions? Thanks :)

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    I have made 2 quilts with fleece for batting. I did stitch in the ditch on the first and FMQ on the second. My 13 year old DS has been dragging his from the living room to his bedroom for 2.5 years. It's cotton on the front and a poly/cotton blend sheet on the back. It has held up to tons of abuse. The second one is on the back of my chair. Made the same way, with cotton on top and a blend sheet on the back. It is very comfortable, no sweating issues at all. I love this because as a novice quilter, I know with the fleece I can stitch where I want to and not worry about being 4 inches or 6 inches apart in my stitching.

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    I have made quilts with cotton fabric pieced tops and fleece for the backing, no batting needed. Very very warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moz
    Ive just finished a stripped pieced top. The kind that is pieced onto a muslin foundation. I realized that is going to make for a heavy quilt with a cotton batting so I'm contemplating options ( not that there is anything wrong with q heavy quilt). I have some felted wool on a bolt which is probably heavier than wool batting. Wool batting would be lighter. Suggestions? Thanks :)
    I just used a light polyester batting in a quilt like yours. It weighs about 8 pounds, but I am going to use it for camping & winter, and I like a heavy quilt. A quilt guild buddy backed hers with flannel - no batting - and tied it.

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    It would be perfect for my oldest DD. She freezes all the time. I have used fleece as a backing with warm and natural batting. The quilt is a little heavier but not uncomfortable or to warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I don't think I would use as batting. It is 100% polyester..it will not breathe..it will be like wearing a lead apron! It will make the person sleeping under sweat like crazy!
    That would be welcomed here in the winter. Everyone complains quilts are not warm enough. Electric is so expensive, avg. $330. Per month for small brick 3 BR house 1500 sq ft. And we keep it at 68 degrees. I am off to buy a roll of fleece.

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    For a wall hanging that doesn't require a lot of quilting.

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    I've used fleece for backing on quilts, some with batting, others without. With batting makes a wonderfully warm quilt. :thumbup: Without makes a more limp snuggly quilt. Just depends on who it's for and how warm they want to be.

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