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    help me get warm

    I have been asked to make a warm bedspread. They would like flannel for the backing and a very warm batting. They live in a very chilly part of Wisconsin so the warmer the better. Is it possible to use 2 layers of warm and natural or is there a better idea?
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    You might look into wool batting, also polyester (not the thick kind) is warmer than cotton

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    I would use Quilter's Dream poly. It is very warm and doesn't shrink but it's easy to work with like a good cotton.

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    Depending on how you're doing the actual quilting I would not recommend 2 layers of W&N. Did that once and hand quilted it - painful doesn't come close to describing THAT experience. Now, if you're machine quilting, it might be okay. I've had recipients tell me that the quilts I've made for them - regular cotton front/back and one layer of W&N for the batting were surprisingly warm. I did make one for my niece with a flannel backing as her room is very cold in the winter. She's only 9 so hard to say if she really finds it warm enough but supposedly that is the case.

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    Thank you for the feedback. The quilt will be machine quilted and topstitched. I am making a Green Bay Packers quilt but, this time for a King sized bed instead of twin. I am going to Jo Ann fabrics today to get things started. The quilt I made for my bed in cotton top and bottom and warm and natural batting. My old bedroom was so cold I used an electric blanket besides the quilt.

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    I would say for them to use two quilts.

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    I really would not use two layers of Warm and Natural on a King sized quilt. It will be awfully heavy. I would use wool batting instead.

    Some people, especially those who grew up with them, like heavy quilts. As an older woman, I do not like sleeping under anything heavy and I also would find it difficult to move a quilt like that around. My dh would have to wash it, as the added water would make it *really* heavy!

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    I second the idea of wool batting....perhaps even silk if you can find it...
    I know my silk socks are the warmest ever
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    I made the baby a quilt for her to lay on the floor with (to play with her gym) - I used two packages of warm and natural came out great - was easy to machine quilt. Nice and soft for her.
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    Thank you so much for your replies. I'm going to price up the wool batting and the Quilter's Dream Poly. I know how heavy my queen is when it's wet. The clothesline really sags with the weight, I can't imagine a king with 2 layers of W&N. Thanks again. I'll let you know how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I second the idea of wool batting....perhaps even silk if you can find it...
    I know my silk socks are the warmest ever
    I live in WI, too, & I LOVE my quilts made with wool batting (tho it does beard)! Evidently it also quilts like a dream (I didn't quilt these so I can't say first hand).
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    I made a log cabin quilt out of flannel with a flannel backing and I used Quilter's Dream Deluxe cotton. I wouldn't want a quilt any heavier than that and when it's really cold I use two quilts. I'm allergic to wool so the wool batting wasn't an option.

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    I sleep under a silk filled comforter (batting is silk fiber) and it is warmer than any down or quilt or wool blanket.

    Another suggestion is to fill a quilted duvet cover with a down comforter. Best of both worlds.

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    You might also consider using polyester fleece for the backing. The poster who recommended Quilter's Dream poly also made a great suggestion.

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    Maybe a Warm & Natural and a wool batting together. I think that would be plenty warm and not real heavy even when washed. JMO

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    If you make the top from wool fabric instead of cotton fabric you wouldn't need any batting at all, just the flannel backing and it would be the warmest of all.

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    What about going to a military surplus store and buying a wool blanket, washing it, and letting it dry naturally and then using it for batting. I slept under those old Navy blankets growing up. They were heavy and warm as I slept in an unheated room. Of course, I needed more than 1 blanket, but they were warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I would say for them to use two quilts.
    I agree.

    There are times we have 5 on our bed... It can get cold in our room since we've been using a wood burning stove in the basement and our bedroom is upstairs...so it can be very cool. I often have an extra one on the feet area...

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    I'd go with the warm and natural batting or wool. Remember all the wool blankets our soldiers used to be issued? There had to be a reason.
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    I would think just the one layer of batting with flannel backing would be pretty warm, but I've read on here where people use two layers, I've never tried it.
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    I third or fourth or fifth usinf wool for the batting. It's light weight but suprisingly warm.

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    I live in Wisconsin and also recommend wool for the batting! I use my wool quilt almost all year round...it breathes so is comfortable except for the really hot days/nights.

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    Personally, I think cotton batting is cold. I've used wool batting and it's just as toasty as can be. Also, I understand poly battings are warmer. Also, the less quilting you have the better because if you can capture some air- think tied quilt- it is warmer that quilts that have been quilted into 'cardboard-ness'.

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    The quilts I've made with wool batting are, by far, our favorites. As others have written, the wool is breathable. In CA, we use them year-round. Wash/dries nicely too. I wouldn't choose W&N 2-layer for a king sized quilt.

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