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Thread: heavy batting?

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    I had a request from a family member to finish a quilt that belonged to her mother. Everything is completed I just need to put some batting in it and then tie it for her. The only problem is she requested that the batting be heavy to match another quilt her grandmother had made her. I am not aware of modern batting which have a great deal of weight to them, so if anyone has some suggestions I would be grateful. I am not necessarily looking for batting just something to put inside the quilt that is heavy and not too expensive.

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    I am not an expert and like you am unaware of anything that is as heavy as the old batting was. If the family member wants it that heavy, maybe you could consider using a double thickness of cotton batting. It would be heavy for sure, but I don't know if you'd be able to actually quilt it. Maybe someone with more expertise can help.

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    i know that sometimes they would use old blankets for the inside of quilts and that was probably heavy.any way for you to see the other quilt?

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    I actually have the other quilt right now. I think that it probably is an old blanket of some kind in the middle of it, but I can't really tell without taking it apart.

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    if I remember right they would use old wool blankets maybe you could get one at an army surplus store,just a thought

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    If you were going to tie it rather than quilt it, I don't see why you couldn't double up on the cotton batting. But, if that wasn't going to be heavy enough for them, then maybe you should find an old blanket instead.

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    I am going to tie rather than quilt. Any suggestions as to what type of blanket I should look for?

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    I know from one of my older blankets that my grandma made for me, she used a wool blanket inside it and maybe something else, it is quite heavy. I don't know where you could find one nowadays. azdesertrat mentioned looking for one at an Army Surplus store. I know I don't have any thing like that around me. Good luck! Let us know what you find and how it turns out! :)

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    I use a 10 oz batting, polyester,l when I want it thick. Im also use my Joann's 40% off coupon to buy it.

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    Maybe form a thrift or opp shop, that's where I get my old wool blankets from, it's amazing what some people throw away :shock: . Might have to use one in my Grandsons quilt, have been looking for some wool batting, cause it's so much warmer, can't seem to find any :cry: , used to be able to get it real easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShellyQ
    Maybe form a thrift or opp shop, that's where I get my old wool blankets from, it's amazing what some people throw away :shock: . Might have to use one in my Grandsons quilt, have been looking for some wool batting, cause it's so much warmer, can't seem to find any :cry: , used to be able to get it real easy.

    Shelly, I know what you mean about not being able to find any wool batting, I haven't been able to find it or just plain wool anywhere. I haven't tried looking online yet, have you? I 've just asked the shops and Joanns around me.

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    What about army surplus stores. My parent had a lot of wool army blankets when we were growing up.

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    When I was young we had heavy woven blankets, they must have been a cotton. They were called Indian blankets, They were like a felt weight. wool is not always washable so I would check on that'

    As for wool batting, I have seen it on line. check the websites of the companies who make batting. :D

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    There are some military surplus websites, too. Our quilts growing up held us to the bed, mom said they used other quilts or wool blankets to line them. They were always so heavy that I wanted to not use it, claustrophobic as I've always been......lol lol

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    Here is a site for wool batting and other things wool

    http://www.woolnstuff.com/purwoolquilb.html it's made in the USA

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    Aww, Ruth, you're so sweet. Thank you for finding that site! I hadn't gotten a chance to look!

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    By the way, I LOVE that is it made in the USA...finally something is!

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    If buying new, I go to Walmart or Dollar general and get the polyester blankets. If thrift shopping, I just check the blankets for wear and serious stains. I then wash both used and new ones. I feel once they are inside the quilt, it makes them heavy, especially large quilts. My daughter prefers the sheet or thin cotton blankets be used, they are just the weight she likes, but I prefer heavy ones. I like to use blankets when tieing. They are sturdy, and hold up to years of use. My kids still have theirs I made for them 23 and 21 years ago. Good luck
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    I bought a real old quilt almost 30 yrs ago at a flea mkt in HO Springs, Ark. It has a crocheted afghan iniside of it.

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    Yes, BEWARE. Wool shrinks when washed. Get a cotton or acrylic blanket. I get acrylic for $5 or 6 at WM on sale. Easy to find at yard sales and thrift shops. Also wool batts can be purchased online for several hundred dollars, and have to be soaked and air dried or dry cleaned.

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    I did a google for NZ sites for batting, don't know why I didn't think of that before Duh :lol: , instead of runnuing all over town. I can get wool bat here for $15.5 p/m whereas the cotton batt is between $28 - $32p/m, I spose it's cause the cotton batt has to be imported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan F
    I use a 10 oz batting, polyester,l when I want it thick. Im also use my Joann's 40% off coupon to buy it.
    what kind is this? I'm looking for 8-10 oz batting but can't find out what to buy...

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    wool batting

    Quote Originally Posted by ShellyQ View Post
    Maybe form a thrift or opp shop, that's where I get my old wool blankets from, it's amazing what some people throw away . Might have to use one in my Grandsons quilt, have been looking for some wool batting, cause it's so much warmer, can't seem to find any :cry: , used to be able to get it real easy.
    Check out the Hobbs Heirloom Washable Wool Batting.

    I've used other batting from connecting threads and has been great

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