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Thread: Lightweight Batting Alternative?

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    Lightweight Batting Alternative?

    Hello All!

    I'm very new to quilting here, so I am sorry if I don't know the correct term for what I am looking for.
    What would you all suggest for me to use for an extremely lightweight quilt? I am contemplating what sort of batting or backing I would use for someone who overheats in the winter using only a bed sheet or light weight blanket at night. Ha. Tall order, I know.

    I have read that I could always use a very thin fleece throw as batting. Is this advisable?

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    I like Quilters Dream Request batting for very thin quilts. I think it is the thinnest batting you can buy.

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    You could either use no batting at all, just quilt a backing onto your top. Or you could use a flannel sheet or some flannel fabric.

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    Fleece and polytester batts would be very warm, as they do not breathe.

    A cotton batt would breathe, so would not provide the same heat factor.

    I've used flannelette as a batt ... breathes and provides some warmth, but not a lot.
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    Quilter's Dream Request is only recommended for hand quilting. Their Select is a nice weight for a 100% cotton batting. My favorite is Dream Orient, it has bamboo, silk, botanic tensile, and cotton. This is a very snuggly but lightweight batting. www.quiltersdreambatting.com to read more about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamflowerlillin View Post
    Hello All!

    I'm very new to quilting here, so I am sorry if I don't know the correct term for what I am looking for.
    What would you all suggest for me to use for an extremely lightweight quilt? I am contemplating what sort of batting or backing I would use for someone who overheats in the winter using only a bed sheet or light weight blanket at night. Ha. Tall order, I know.

    I have read that I could always use a very thin fleece throw as batting. Is this advisable?
    I'd probably go with wool for somebody like that.

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    If you want something very lightweight, you don't need to use batting, at all. Just use a top and backing. Many folks do this, for "summer quilts."
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    Well, actually, I'd probably assume the quilt will be more for looks than actual usage if the person overheats with just a sheet. So, I'd just go with a thin batting available at the store closest to you. (My husband gets hot and always throws off extra blankets...but likes looking at them on the bed.)

    I personally like the feel of an extra layer in the middle as it smooths out the bumps from the seam allowances.

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    I use Quilters Dream Request (lightweight batting) all the time and don't see why you couldn't use it for machine quilting. I do hand quilt and love it - it is light weight, can't help you w/ the warmth or lack of warmth factor since I've given the quilts away...
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    I use Quilters Dream Request for most of my machine quilting. In fact I get it by the large roll.
    I also like to have some kind of batting or filler inside the quilt. The thinist I know of is Hobbs Thermore.
    It is soft and drapabale, gives just a bit of loft for your quilting. It is packaged in various sizes.
    I believe anything else (flannel, fleece, etc) will add unwanted weight to the otherwise light weight quilt.

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    I know some of you die-hard quilters will most likely faint at this but our group uses Curtain interlining!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I get it from this Ebay store http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Roomserve-F...34Q2ec0Q2em322 it comes in Poly mix and cotton in different weights. Angelika Monks a well known quilter who does beautiful hand, and machine, quilter uses it a lot and I must agree with her, it's fab.

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    I would stay away from fleece and wool....and go with just a nice weight flannel for 'something' in the middle....
    make sure however that you really really wash it as it will shrink, shrink and shrink.....
    The end product should be lovely with only a minimal weight to it but something to quilt to.....
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    I rarely if ever disagree with Holice -- we're both old school, I guess -- but Thermore is polyester and ANYTHING synthetic creates heat or holds in natural heat, to my way of thinking.
    I'd use a lightweight flannel or nothing at all if I were making this one.

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