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    Hi everyone,

    I want to make a quilt for my bed. I live in Utah and the summers can be pretty warm. I like to be able to pull a quilt up around me, but I don't want it to be too hot. My husband can wake up in the middle of the night, with just sheets over him and be sweating like crazy. I guess what I want is a lightweight summer quilt, so what kind of batting would you use.

    Thanks

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    My mother is in Puerto Rico and she uses no batting at all. She makes her top,lays the backing, and only holds the two layers together sewing straight lines about 1/8 inch from the seam lines, on the side where the fabric was folded to. This way she is at least sewing on 4 layers and it holds well. Her quilts are great to use in the summer mornings, when is not hot yet.

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    Nothing in the middle or a thin lite weight polyester batting ?

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    What about a flannel sheet in the middle? It would at least give it some stability.

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    I made my SIL a quilt. It's hot here in the summer, so she had me make it with no batting and just a piece of thicker soft white fabric that we got from my MIL. I'm not sure what kind it was, but it's about the thickness of flannel.

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    Mom used a thin sheet blanket or a piece of muslin in as batting in our summer quilts, but you could use just the top and a backing. It would wash easily and not be too hot.

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    You know I never thought of making a thinner summer quilt. Using muslin is a neat idea. I learn something from yall practically everyday. Thanks

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    I would use 100% cotton. Whatever type that you decide on, even a 100% cotton sheet would work. I wouldn't get a real high thread count though, they tend to be much thicker and heavier. Actually look for your lower end sheets. Cotton will breath so it won't make it so warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaT
    You know I never thought of making a thinner summer quilt. Using muslin is a neat idea. I learn something from yall practically everyday. Thanks
    Just make sure you wash it first, muslin has a tendency to shrink pretty badly. You can buy it in the really wide widths so it works well. If you don't think it will be stable enough use a layer for batting and something else or a second layer for backing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    What about a flannel sheet in the middle? It would at least give it some stability.

    Ditto.

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    i made a summer quilt for my grandson..for the car.it just has cotton fabric for batting.

    they keep it over the car seats so it doesn't let the sun make it scortching hot! he uses it when the sun in in his eyes,throws it over his head!!(he is almost 3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hsquiltingmom
    Hi everyone,

    I want to make a quilt for my bed. I live in Utah and the summers can be pretty warm. I like to be able to pull a quilt up around me, but I don't want it to be too hot. My husband can wake up in the middle of the night, with just sheets over him and be sweating like crazy. I guess what I want is a lightweight summer quilt, so what kind of batting would you use.

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    We have the same problem here. Hubby gets too hot while I am cold, so what I did was use craft fleece. It comes on a bolt at wally world. It works great, I'm comfortanle and he isn't hot! Pluse it is lighter than batting. Washes well too.

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    I would suggest flannel also...

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    Like the craft fleese suggestion.. I've made sdmall items with it, but never thought about a quilt batting.Would really be easy to stitch.

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    I was going to recommend flannel as well.

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    I heard that cotton jersey sheets work well for a light batting in summer quilts. That fabric gives some, so it is easy to work with, and won't distort the quilt with shrinkage.

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    The Cathedral Window quilt pattern would be perfect for what you described you want as the end result. There are some post titled "Cathedral Window". I started learning the pattern this weekend. These instructions make it easy enough that even I can do it. I am machine stitching.
    http://hyena-in-petticoats.blogspot....-tutorial.html

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    Being in the deep south. It's just hot muggy here . So I would use a light weight flannel .

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    I used a wool batting for a quilt that I sent to a friend in China thinking it would be really warm for winter. She told me it was warm in winter, but was also cool in the summer. I saw a picture on her blog one day and though "that quilt sure looks familiar", well it was the quilt I had given her. And it was in the middle of summer.

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    Hi, I made some "summer" quilts for my grandsons and used a lightweight flannel sheet(plain, as not to show through) as a "batting". It helps the quilt hold its shape but doesn't seem to add a lot of warmth. Hope that helps!

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    How about a crib weight natural cotton batting, like Dream Girl or some other brand of the same kind.

    Quote Originally Posted by hsquiltingmom
    Hi everyone,

    I want to make a quilt for my bed. I live in Utah and the summers can be pretty warm. I like to be able to pull a quilt up around me, but I don't want it to be too hot. My husband can wake up in the middle of the night, with just sheets over him and be sweating like crazy. I guess what I want is a lightweight summer quilt, so what kind of batting would you use.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    My mother is in Puerto Rico and she uses no batting at all. She makes her top,lays the backing, and only holds the two layers together sewing straight lines about 1/8 inch from the seam lines, on the side where the fabric was folded to. This way she is at least sewing on 4 layers and it holds well. Her quilts are great to use in the summer mornings, when is not hot yet.
    I have some of my grandmother's "summer quilts" which are only the top and bottom - not batting. Maybe a layer of flannel, if that would make it feel more like a quilt.

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    I did make a summer quilt and used a twin flannel sheet that I picked up at a garage sale, never used and still in the original package for $1.00. It turned out perfect and still had some stability to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    What about a flannel sheet in the middle? It would at least give it some stability.

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    I saw a quilt in the High Museum and it had those teeny tiny quilt stitches on it. I looked at it very carefully and up close. NO batting just the two pieces of fabric. I could actually see through the quilt . I bent over very carefully and looked at it from the back where is was curved away from the wall. If it had batting in it I don't Think I would be able to see that much light through it.

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    I would suggest no batting.

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