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Thread: How to make a summer quilt?

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    Senior Member donna13350's Avatar
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    I am going to make a quilt for friends in Florida...what do you line a quilt with for people in the South?
    I have heard flannel...but isn't flannel a "warm" fabric? It seems to me that just a layer of muslin, or cotton would be too thin?
    Also, if you have any experience with summer quilts...I would like to know how densely I can quilt one before it ends up feeling like cardboard??? Thanks...Donna

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    I just did this for us to use. I didn't put anything in the middle. I did use a little heavier fabric on the back. Just a top and a back. It was just for us and all scrappy so it didn't really matter if it didn't work but it is working quite well for us and I've thought about doing one for my daughter.

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    I made one for mom out of the warm & natural and it was fine! And shE lives in desert!

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    a light weight (single sided) flannel is nice- adds substance without alot of weight-
    also good quality muslin will surprise you! muslin washes up to be one of the softest most (cozy) cottons out there...and works well for summer quilts.
    when quilting the density required depends on the properties of the batt being used- so if using fabric as a batt you can quilt any way you want - no density requirements because it is woven and not going to come apart like batts pull apart.
    if going with flannel there are single and double sided flannels- pick a single sided one for the lightest weight.

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    Iím in FL and working on a scrap quilt that will be a summer quilt. This will be my first summer quilt and wonít have batting in it, just cotton for front and back. Your friends will love it!

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    Thank you all for the help and answers!! Donna

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    i have done it 2 ways..with batting and without..they do run thier air conditioner!

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    Yes, sometimes with air conditioning you need a cover.

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    I made a summer quilt a few years ago ... and used flannelette! Even during the hot, hazy and humid spells, I still like using it at night.

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    Sorry

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    A thin cotton fabric for batting helps to hide the seam lines from the quilt top.
    Or a heavier cotton print fabric for the backing may be able to do the same.
    Maybe when you get the top done, audition some backings and see how they look in the light :D:D:D

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    I've got a top done and am planning on using a backing of marbled cotton blender, regular fabric strength. We tend to keep the AC around 72 or I can't sleep, the darned anti-estrogens have given me terminal hot flashes! My oncologist wants me to go till Sept, but can live with sooner if I can't sleep.

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    I use Quilter's Dream Request batting in summer quilts. It is very light and thin. It gives great body to the quilt and remains light.

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