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Old 09-04-2020, 06:22 PM
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I want put together my pieced top and backing without any batting. I don't need the warmth but want the colorful top. Has anyone done this? Any pros or cons? Is there something I should use, like preshrunk muslin? Any help/ideas appreciated!
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Mr. Google is your friend:

A thread from our very own quilting board:

Another take on a no batting quilt.

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Old 09-04-2020, 09:53 PM
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They are often called “summer quilts”.
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Old 09-05-2020, 06:28 AM
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If you felt like you needed a little something as a middle layer - just use pre-washed/preshrunk flannel. But I don't know of any rules that say you HAVE to have a middle layer. Top/Backing would be much lighter weight. =)
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Old 09-05-2020, 06:40 AM
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Yes. We also call them, "summer quilts." The DH and I used to live in Hawaii, where it is always a warm, 80 degrees year round, so no need for batting. There was a quilt artist's shop on Kauai that sold beautiful, summer quilts. Every time my husband, or I would go back, we would buy one of her quilts. That was many years ago. We bought them in the late 70s and 80s. We still have one, or two left, which we get out every summer for use on the couch, or porch.

She tied her quilts. I usually don't like tying, because they generally don't hold up as well, but hers are still going strong, so that's what I would do. I think that her fabrics have some polyester in them, which may have contributed to the sturdiness of the quilts.

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Old 09-05-2020, 08:17 AM
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Great information! Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-05-2020, 08:22 AM
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of course you can not use bat! Just make sure your tension on the machine is adjusted well if quilting by machine as there is less depth to hide the stitch and tension issues will show more. Some people use a flannel as bat for that purpose.
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Old 09-05-2020, 11:32 AM
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I just watched a tutorial from Lori Holt and she was making a string quilt and sewing strips of fabric onto light weight sew in interfacing and she said she was not going to use any batting in that quilt. She is just going to put a backing on and quilt it. I say go for it! Your quilt would be nice and light
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I don't use batting when I use minky fabric for the back. Had no problems. Now I will try with cotton backing!
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Old 09-06-2020, 04:51 AM
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I'm planning on no batting in my Cal. King quilt when I get it ready to put together. Here are other threads from this board which address this very situation:


This one talks about tying the two layers together:


I hope this information helps you. My blocks are taking "forever" to finish. I just keep putting the whole thing off but will someday get them finished & just layer the front & back & quilt it for a summer spread.
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