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How do you quilt for Florida?

Old 10-04-2014, 10:54 AM
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I have a lap quilt I use daily what with the fan and a/c. There are moments that I get really hot and sweaty but my husband tells me to just wait for a minute or two and I will be cold again. LOL Ah menopause! Gotta love it. I think the batting I used on that one is 80/20.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:52 AM
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Bamboo for south Florida or thin 80/20 ..I now live in north Florida after 35 years inft. Lauderdale.Florida. I still love wool and warm and natural for a flatter quilt.. 80/20 is great also.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:05 PM
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I use Hobbs 80/20 as well and find it the perfect weight.
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:58 PM
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I use 80/20 all the time for here in central Fl. And in Jan and Feb I am usually under 2 quilts at night!
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Old 10-04-2014, 03:11 PM
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And remember you ladies up north, (I am from Canada and NY at one time) As you live down here in FL your blood gets thinner and you feel the cold just as much and it can be very humid here, but as things get washed more, a good cotton batting would be good. Up here 70 miles N of Tampa it gets down to freezing some in the winter, usually in 50's-60 or higher in day time. Like El Paso, sun does down and so does Temp.
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Old 10-04-2014, 04:05 PM
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Flannel is also another option.
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Old 10-04-2014, 04:07 PM
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Another idea would be to use flannel. Did that in a baby quilt years ago!
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Ellageo View Post
EXACTLY!! The first time I went to FL, I took my 3 children. It was END of October...my kids had a ball swimming & running around in 'summer' clothes. I heard passerbys commenting on the Crazy northerners!! It was really warm! for us!
I agree - I also live in Central Florida - no need to change the batting for a Florida quilt. Of course, it is also persona preference.
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:06 PM
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I lived for years in Michigan and now live in Florida. I make my quilts for Florida the same way I did when I lived in a northern area. I live in the Nature Coast of Florida (about 150 miles into FL) and it gets chilly here in Jan and Feb so a quilt is a welcome addition. Many of the houses in Florida are made of block on slabs and not insulated as heavily as northern houses so they do get chilly around the edges more easily. Add that to what others have said about becoming acclimated to warmer weather and warm in the north is cool in the south. I like Warm and Natural batting and it is what I use for any quilt I make. My Florida quilter friends either use that or 80/20.

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Old 10-06-2014, 06:21 AM
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I live in Central Florida and I always use 80/20 cotton/poly blend. We used some small ones last night as we've been having cooler nights recently and we're not used to the cooler temps yet. Even here we sometimes get down to the 30's at night, so it's nice to have a quilt to cuddle up under.
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