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Old 10-02-2014, 06:43 AM
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I have just encouraged a friend from FL to get into quilting. She is jumping in with both feet, and I will try to mentor by email and recommend U-Tub tutorials. But, here's the question. I love using Hobbs 80/20 batting and recommended it to her. She reminded me that FL weather is much different that MI. Sooo - what do you gals use for your middle of your quilt sandwich?
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:01 AM
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I have made several quilts for my florida family. The best review was when I used bamboo batting. This quilt is on their bed year round. They say it is cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. The second was wool batting. I have heard some people say the same about cotton batt but I've not tried that yet.
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:10 AM
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I know that Hobbs batting has a wool line but I am not sure about bamboo.
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:10 AM
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Depends on where she is in Florida. North Florida will see very chilly temperatures in January and February. Last year they had an ice storm, it was very cold.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:44 AM
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My sister lives in Miami ... and i swear, if it gets below 70 she's complaining she's freezing.....I'm working on a springtime color quilt for her right now for Christmas....and will probably use the 100% cotton, thin batting that i have. Should be just about warm enough i hope.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:49 AM
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Wool is lightweight and breathes. It's wonderful for a warmer climate.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:57 AM
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My grandmas & aunts are the same way. It gets down to the high 60's at night & you'd think it was sub-zero weather by their descriptions "it's so cold I can feel it in my bones"... ummmm, really?!!!! We would kill for 60-degree weather as a high up here in Illinois.

Ok, off my soap box... I use the same W&N for their quilts as I use for the ones I make to sell up here. I like wool, but since they launder their quilts more frequently (up to 2x/week) down there, I probably wouldn't use it. Definitely have to make sure everything can go in washer & dryer because of how easily mold, mildew & pests grow down there. If they don't dry the quilt all the way in the dryer, it quickly starts to smell mildewy.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:09 AM
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Any thin batting will do. Hobbs 80/20 is fine. We use our quilts more for the air conditioning in the summer than the winter.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:27 PM
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I thin cotton batting is Cream Rose or Cream White ( Made by Mountain Mist ) . That's is what I would use for a warm climate quilt. Just enough batting so its has a bit of a loft but 100 percent cotton so it breaths. It has a wonderful drape.
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:58 PM
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I live in FL and the quilts I grab most often to use myself are the ones with Hobb's 80/20 batting. With the fans/AC on all the time, I am still cool often inside.
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