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    Oops I need help

    I am laying out my top quilt middle and back. Getting ready to pin so I could sew it all together. Well I decided not to use batting but a wool blanket. Well as seen in photo it's to small. I have about 16 inches at bottom was wool blanket. Was cut that off and see it to one side to fill the spot but I am about 16x5 inches short. What do I do. I really want to use this wool blanket. This quilt will be used for camping and I need something warm on those cold night husband won't be enough lol.
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    What if I use part of the back for the missing part in the middle. I will have enough left to fill it in

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    whatever you use needs to be the same thickness as the blanket. You could get some batting about the same thickness - I'd apply it evenly on both ends of the blanket instead of putting it all on one end - again, to balance out the weight and thickness.
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    We used to use army wool blankets that my Aunt bought from Goodwill. Try some of the second hand stores. Maybe you can find an old wool blanket. If not, maybe a good thick fleece. Joann's has a big selection of fleece. Go and feel what might be the same thickness.

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    Thank you very much. I will do that.

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    Oops hubby just lost his wool blanket. Sacrifice he has to make for quilting he don't know about. I will use left of wool to make a blanket for baby to go camping with.

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    If you are using that wool blanket, maybe you should wash it first. It will really shrink. I have been camping too and know that blankets get dirty quick without you knowing it. haha I wouldn't want you doing all this work, wash the quilt after it is done, and be disappointed afterward. Good luck.

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    Oh thank you. The wool blankets I am using have been washed it what we used last yr to camp. Just now I will only have a blanket this yr. unless my brother sends me more. lol. I called him he is giving me six more to make my husband a quilt blanket with the wool and I will wash those

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    Army Navy stores are a source for wool blankets too.
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    Gosh, I remember those army blankets from when I was a kid...boy did they keep us warm!

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    I pinned it all and I am pillow casing it if that's the right term. Omg this is heavy I weighted it. It's about 5lbs. When I machine quilt it nothing fancy I will need help. But I had to come up with away for me to take the weight off of it. So I took my sin broken crib rail from old crib and put it across from my hobby table and sitting on my flip up ironing board attached to my desk to hold quilt as I see. It work making it easier.
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    I'm glad you started this thread, as I came across an old blanket recently and was wondering about using it in a quilt. I was a bit bothered about how well it will wash - seeing the post about shrinkage - I think I'll put it in the washing machine first and see what happens!

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    Just need to machine quilt it
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    Maxway sells them at a wonderful price. I use them in my quilt too. The kids love how warm they are.
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    My brother gets them for me at no charge. I will be making at least 6 more blanks for camping and using them. But will measure first lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgtimmcgraw View Post
    My brother gets them for me at no charge. I will be making at least 6 more blanks for camping and using them. But will measure first lol.
    Measuring first is almost always a good idea!

    It's hard to make 1000 square inches cover 1200 square inches!

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    Yea I learned my lessons. The next set of blankets will match the wool blankets.

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    What if you made it as a duvet cover? That way you could just remove the outside and wash it without washing the wool

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    I found a wool blanket at WalMart for $5.00. Was planning on using it as batting some time. At that price you could purchase one, cut amount you need to fill in your missing parts, sew the two together and have a very warm blanket.


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    Is that one of those Red Cross emergency blankets?? If it is it will not work. They wash apart into giant globs of lint balls and the quilt is only good for the dog house after washing. I was glad I did not use any favorite fabrics for the one I did.I got heavy blankets for camping quilts cheap at the 2nd hand stores. These have all been washed and there is no shrinkage to worry about

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    There is a way to extend the batting or backing by cutting it in the diagonal, slide one half down until it is the right length and width and the stitch it back together. This works if it is too wide on one direction and too short on the other.

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    I had forgotten how warm a wool blanket was. But with everyone talking about it I remember ....

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    I wonder how a wool blanket batting would wash. My experience with camping is that everything gets dirty. How would you clean this warm blanket? Aren't there warm battings? What do they put in these thermal sleeping bags? They are all sub zero. Good luck!

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    My suggestion is to go to an Army/Navy surplus store. My gd went to such a store before she went to work for the CCCorps in Arizona this past summer.

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    Thanks for the idea of the wool blanket. I have one but dont like to use it because it's scratchy this is a good idea for it.
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