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    I am interested in donating some quilts I have made and need some info to get started. Do they have to be a certain size as I have made some pretty small lap quilts that would be good for small children? There is no chapter close to where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathios
    I often received quilts without batting from Project Linus volunteers. Most are nice and warm. There was an occasion where a very thin top was married to a very thin backing, and it was not warm enough, so I took it apart and fixed it.
    Sorry, I am new to this. Was asking in response to the Project Linus response. I am interested in donating some quilts I have made and need some info.

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    I have made the throw size with fleece---no batting. It is warm and soft. I made them for people that were ill or undergoing chemo-----and they said "just right"

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    I just used fleece on my last couple of quilts with no batting and they are warm. I quilted it though. I did stitch in the ditch and FMO on the borders and it quilts up nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crafty Lady in WA
    Does anyone ever make quilts with no batting, Just using fleece or flannel for backing and tie instead of quilting? This is what I do and curious if anyone else does.
    I have a very old bubblegum pink and soft green quilt from the 30s that does not have any batting in it.

    My grandmother once told me that they used to make what they called "summer" quilts. They were usually light colors and did not have any batting in them. She liked them because they were easy to quilt. Jeannie

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    To May in Jersey what is string blocks and what kind of foundation do you use thanks also I use crochet thread to tie my quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    Smart way to go. Just be sure to wash/shrink the blanket before using.

    Quote Originally Posted by janedb
    Hi as i am just starting to quilt, I am going to use very nice quality blankets that I am finding from my local Op. shop. at a $1 per blanket. This way I can work up my quilting skills without alot of cost involved.

    jane :thumbup:
    Long years ago before batting as we know it now was invented thin blankets were commonly used in the center of quilts. Those blankets inside were easy to quilt through.
    Since many of them had stripes in them, they were used more often in darker quilts. Jeannie

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    I've made several throw size quilts by piecing the top and backing it with a fleece throw. When I find the throws for under $5. I buy several. I think they're great for kid's or college or just for cuddle quilts for TV watching. I've tied and quilted them. I think they look great and make a quick gift quilt.

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    I haven't yet but would like to make a flannel rag quilt with flannel batting. I've heard of quilts made with no batting and bet they would work well in the warmer months but haven't seen one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by so2sew
    I am interested in donating some quilts I have made and need some info to get started. Do they have to be a certain size as I have made some pretty small lap quilts that would be good for small children? There is no chapter close to where I live.
    Call or visit the local Hospital and ask if they would like some of your little quilts for their children patients.
    By the way, they wash the quilts often, so be sure to zig-zag over the binding maybe twice, so they won't come apart.
    Or ask your local library if they would like to have them for a raffle to raise money to buy some kids books ?- or for decoration on their walls? -or for the kids to sit on during story time?
    Some places the fire department and/or police like little quilts to wrap around kids involved in accidents. They carry them stashed in the car trunks or fire engines, "just in case". They often carry soft stuffed animals they can give the kids too.

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    I never have...But many times , my grandmother did..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Ann
    To May in Jersey what is string blocks and what kind of foundation do you use thanks also I use crochet thread to tie my quilts.
    They are easy to make, but hard to explain.
    There are lots of variations.
    Look for a tutorial about making "string blocks"
    just google = quilt pattern string block

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    If I use a fleece backing, I do not add batting. However, I usually do some straight line quilting, rather than tying. I don't really have a place set up for tying, but I'm not adverse to it. That is all my mother and grandmother did on their quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Ann
    To May in Jersey what is string blocks and what kind of foundation do you use thanks also I use crochet thread to tie my quilts.
    String blocks are made of lots of narrow strips of different colors sewed together.
    They are easy to make, but hard to explain.
    There are lots of variations, and tutorials are easy to find.
    Google = quilt string blocks.
    Best of luck!

    I too think crochet thread is the best possible tie to use in quilts! It doesn't fray, washes well, and comes in an incredible variety of colors!
    Jeannie

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    \What do you mean...floss to tie a quilt?
    Quote Originally Posted by katiescraftshop
    I do! I make alot of these for children. They stand up to a tremendous amount of washing and tugging.

    I sometimes worry that batting will tear when they are loading there stuff or each other on them and dragging them around the house. (I have boys)

    I also tend to like the look of a tied quilt. It reminds me of the one my mom would make. I also sometimes tie with yarn rather than floss for a different look.

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    When I tie quilts, I use 2 strands of crochet cotton. Very sturdy, doesn't stretch or break easily. We make quilts for homeless or nearly homeless and want them to be very warm so we use 4 layers of batting. Tying is the only way I know to do these.

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    Hi - I have used flannel as my batting between flannel - all is prewashed.

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    we're talking about EMBROIDERY FLOSS (6 STRAND THREAD)

    Quote Originally Posted by wonderwoman
    \What do you mean...floss to tie a quilt?
    Quote Originally Posted by katiescraftshop
    I do! I make alot of these for children. They stand up to a tremendous amount of washing and tugging.

    I sometimes worry that batting will tear when they are loading there stuff or each other on them and dragging them around the house. (I have boys)

    I also tend to like the look of a tied quilt. It reminds me of the one my mom would make. I also sometimes tie with yarn rather than floss for a different look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Ann
    To May in Jersey what is string blocks and what kind of foundation do you use thanks also I use crochet thread to tie my quilts.
    Check out this website to find out about string blocks and how they are made. May

    heartstringsquiltproject.com/block-​guidelines

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    for wall hangins I use fusable fleece and it works great.Have not try on a bigger one

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    I have used ugly fleece instead of batting. Put the design aginst the backing as long as it's dark You an get ugly fabric for very little. I don't have a goodwill near me so I rely on sales. I have also made "summer" quilts with no batting. They are cool enough for a summer night.

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    I have used flannel to back my raggy quilt blocks, its nice, soft, and warm

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    I make my rag quilts without batting, makes a nice summer weight blanket for the little ones, but of course, don't hand tie.

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    DH says batting too heavy so now just use flannel for backing...no batting at all. Don't get the demension effect. I buy flannel sheets when on sale usually at JcP. Like their qualilty.

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    I have a quilt that my great-grandmother made for my parents when they got married in 1940, and it has no batting at all. Just the wedding ring top and a backing. I think they called it a summer quilt.

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