Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 22 of 22

Thread: I want a light weight king quilt(? )

  1. #1
    Super Member osewme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,806

    I want a light weight king quilt(? )

    I'm in a "slow" process of making a king size quilt for our bed. I am trying to plan ahead & have decided to quilt as you go the blocks on my domestic machine. I was going to use the Fairfield Toasty Cotton batting for it but I'm beginning to think that it will be to heavy when it is completed. Since we live in Texas & most of the year our weather is hot, I'm thinking I need something lighter for the middle (batting). I'm sure this question has been presented to the board at other times but I don't remember what y'all have said about it. So here are a few questions:
    1. Would flannel be the way to go?
    2. I am not a pre-washer of my fabrics but should I wash the flannel first?
    3. Would Jo-Ann's or Walmart be a good place to buy the flannel? I don't want to invest in a lot more $
    as I've already spent to much on it already.
    4. If not flannel, what other options do I have for a more "light weight" quilt? I plan to keep it on the bed year round.

    I know that many of you have used flannel as batting & would appreciate any & all information you could give me on this. I'm still in the process of making the blocks so I have a long way to go before I start putting them together to quilt but could sure use some help in this matter so I can move forward & purchase what I will be using soon.
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    471
    I'd go to Target or Walmart and get a flannel sheet for a backing if you want to go light, I can usually get a flannel sheet for a good price and then no piecing! I've also had luck finding sheets at Ross or Tuesday Morning.

    I'm not a prewasher but I always wash flannel before I back with it.

  3. #3
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    13,796
    If you use flannel, be sure it is cotton flannel. I would definitely pre-wash, since flannel is notorious for shrinking unevenly, and darker colors often bleed. I've read that bamboo batting makes a lightweight quilt, but I haven't tried it. Also remember that the more seams there are in your quilt top, the more fabric there is, and that makes the quilt heavier and warmer.

  4. #4
    Super Member Monika's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    2,003
    I agree with Austinite. Costco is also a good place for flannel sheets. Good quality and good price.

  5. #5
    Power Poster feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    10,312
    My summer quilt has Hobbs poly down in it. While most people claim it doesn't breath because it is a synthetic, I find mine very light weight and not too hot for the summer and this summer has been as hot and humid as Galvestine in the northeast this year (many days in the 90's with 70% plus humidity, ugh!). I do have a window AC unit, couldn't sleep without it but just this quilt as a cover is fine and when I have the ceiling fan on high with the AC I can actually feel the breeze in places. And it is a LC with loads of seam allowances. Another thing that will help keep the quilt not so hot is denser quilting. It keeps the batting from forming the air pockets that hold in heat.

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    The Deep South near Cajun Country, USA
    Posts
    4,016
    I have a lightweight quilt with warm & natural in the center. This quilt has very few seams and is almost all 1 layer of fabric on the front & the back. I love it in the summer, in my air conditioned bedroom. It's almost like a whole cloth.
    Sew a Little, Love a Lot & Live like you were dying!

  7. #7
    Super Member osewme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,806
    Forgot to say that this quilt is a star block & a log cabin block so it has lots & lots of seams which will make it even heavier than normal before I begin to layer it. I think I will do a simple quilting in the log blocks but haven't decided what to do with the stars yet. I may do a star in the center log block....not sure of anything at this time.



    This is not my block but I found it online just to show what I might do with the quilting:
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 09-08-2018 at 12:35 PM. Reason: remove copyright pic

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,399
    Hobbs makes a thin polyester batting called Theramore. It's 1/8 inch thick. I am currently using it on a quilt as you go king. So far it's working great. I ordered from Hancocks of Paducah. They only had queen size so I ordered two. But at 16.00 a queen, it wasn't a heavy expense.

  9. #9
    Super Member KalamaQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    SW Washington USA
    Posts
    3,376
    Thermore can be split in half too. I love it. Got mine from Connecting Threads.

    I have a king on our RV bed and didn't use any batting at all. All the seams make it plenty heavy

  10. #10
    Super Member osewme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,806
    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    Thermore can be split in half too. I love it. Got mine from Connecting Threads.

    I have a king on our RV bed and didn't use any batting at all. All the seams make it plenty heavy
    How did you quilt yours without batting? Do you have a picture that I could see? That was what I originally was going to do...no batting. But I thought I would have to tie the back & front together & I didn't want a tied quilt.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    590
    Quilter's Dream cotton, and I'm a Texas girl too.

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Blue Ridge Mountians
    Posts
    7,034
    Blog Entries
    19
    Quilters Dream Batting , "request" size is very very thin & is what my Texan daughter uses.

    Look for the blue lable:

    https://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Batt...+Request-+Thin

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    201
    Quilters Dream Request. My favorite. You geat a great drape when on the bed.

  14. #14
    Super Member KalamaQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    SW Washington USA
    Posts
    3,376
    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    How did you quilt yours without batting? Do you have a picture that I could see? That was what I originally was going to do...no batting. But I thought I would have to tie the back & front together & I didn't want a tied quilt.
    It is the Hunter Pineapple Blossom. I precut it for her class but the class was canceled. I couldn't go to the reschedule so while the class was going I stitched up mine right along with them then enlarged for the rv.

    The quilting shows fine.

    all brown and teal from stash. I have about a fat eights left of teal
    Attached Images Attached Images


  15. #15
    Super Member osewme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,806
    Kalama, thank you for the pictures of your beautiful quilt. I love those colors in it! So, did you spray baste the front to the back to keep the two from slipping when you quilted it? I suppose if I didn't use any batting of any sort I wouldn't have to do the quilt as you go method because I should be able to maneuver it in my small harp space on my domestic sewing machine with no problem. These are the things I'm still pondering after I get all my blocks made. Thanks again!

  16. #16
    Super Member KalamaQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    SW Washington USA
    Posts
    3,376
    I sent it out anything bigger than 40" it goes to the quilter. I've done a lot of machine quilting over the years, I think since about 1989, and never enjoyed a minute of it. I make double sided quilts so I always get two for the price of one and they take 1/2 the space to store.

    I've seen many members here machine quilt big quilts on their domestic vintage machines so know it can be done.
    Looking forward to seeing your project.

  17. #17
    Super Member osewme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,806
    Thanks for everyone's input with this. I've now got info I can sort out to make my decision. I'll really be glad when this quilt is done as I think I've done to much "over thinking" of it from the very beginning. I think that's why it turned into a UFO...I just got tired of thinking about each step & not being able to make up my mind what I wanted to do. Well, this time I'm going to finish it!

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,129
    Wool is the light weight batt. I couldn't believe the difference after I had mine finished. And they say wool is warm in winter and cool in summer. That has something to do with the air pockets in the wool.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

  19. #19
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    deep east Texas
    Posts
    144
    I did a 116X116" on a DSM and used 100% cotton and use it year round on my bed and I live in east texas

  20. #20
    Super Member luvstoquilt301's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Phoenix AZ
    Posts
    1,019
    I have 3 quilts I made without any batting-queen size for our bed in Phoenix. First one I quilted on my DSM just following lines up and down. The last 2 were quilted on my HQ16 I quilted them exactly the same as if it had batting. Here is one on our bed,
    Attached Images Attached Images

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Upstate SC
    Posts
    455
    Check with Kohls clearance, I bought a queen size and twin size set of Cuddle Duds flannel sheets to use as backing and with the clearance price, 30% off coupon, and a bit of Kohls cash, paid just over $35 for both sets. 4 sheets and pillowcases to match, A real deal in my book. Anyway, have you thought of not using the flannel as batting but as the back? Just your quilt top and flannel back, would be very light and would eliminate one layer. That is my plan with my "bargain" sheets. I have done it with fleece as the batting and back in one and worked great but a bit warm and snuggly for your needs.

  22. #22
    Super Member SusieQOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    9,555
    Kalama and lovestoquilt- both are so pretty!!!!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.