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Store brought vs homemade quilts

Old 03-13-2021, 04:33 AM
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I always used to sleep at about 65 but lately I find I am cold (with a home-made quilt and two blankets). I use fairly thin batting in my quilts. Maybe because I use the same type of nightgown, summer and winter, a cotton knit shortsleeve t-shirt type.
Maybe I need to make myself another quilt.
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Old 03-13-2021, 04:37 AM
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Store bought? 'nuff said
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Old 03-13-2021, 04:58 AM
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No, I don't think it is just you. I feel that my homemade quilts feel warmer when I sleep under them.
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Old 03-13-2021, 05:30 AM
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I am embarrassed to say, as a person who loves making and using quilts, that I don’t sleep under a quilt at all! We have several cotton blankets on our bed, and when it’s really cold I don’t hesitate to sleep in full cuddle dud attire plus socks. I have several quilts in our living room areas which are in constant use as we keep the temperature in our home around 68, lowering to 63 at night. I love having my quilts where I can see them. That being said, I’m going to have to get busy and make one for our bed, just because!
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Old 03-14-2021, 06:20 AM
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I do use the top flannel sheet from my set during the winter. That does provide a little extra warmth. In my old age, using a flannel sheet as a bottom sheet just makes it too hard to move around. I used to have one of those soft flannel blankets and found that was a great help in winter underneath the quilt too. Oh, and I am a sock wearer too. Love my socks...just wore my bright green unicorn ones the other night...I love bright socks for my night time wear. Support hose during the day.
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Old 03-14-2021, 07:52 AM
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I just refuse to be cold! I Sleep in a T-shirt and socks, and keep the house at 70 degrees in the winter time. We use a big puffy comforter on the bed, and have a blanket on it also. I am, and always have been what my mom called a cocoon sleeper. I sleep completely covered up....even my head. We have my quilts in the living room and use them while watching TV or just sitting around!
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Old 03-14-2021, 11:02 AM
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I sleep under my dog. She keeps me very warm, but wiggles around a lot.

I do have a quilt on the bed, but we fight over it at night, She usually wins. So...my dog sleeps on top of my cotton quilt. So does the cat. I sleep under all of them.
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Old 03-15-2021, 02:44 PM
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There are a couple of things, besides batting that determine warmth in a quilt. If you take two identical quilts with identical backing and batting, quilt one very densely and one with quilting far apart..the quilt with less quilting will be warmer. The batting holds more heat when it is not quilted down. The other thing is that quilts are meant to be layered...people used to sleep under many, not just one..this also helps hold heat in..and finally, put your quilt under whatever other blankets you're using, this will add greatly to your heat kept in ...
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Old 03-16-2021, 03:44 PM
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I'd say you're spot on. Depending on where you purchased your store bought quilt, it probably (I did say probably) has polyester batting because it's less expensive than other batting...poofier too so doesn't take as much to make it look fuller. And polyester isn't as warm as cotton.

I'm in western Wisconsin and have flannel sheets on my bed with an electric blanket, a store bought comforter (see note below), a fleece blanket, and 40 year old throw on top of that. I love the weight of all of them.

Note: I just started doing quilting last autumn so haven't made a quilt for my bed yet. I found the perfect pattern for my rennaisance-ish bedroom last month and just got the fabric last week. So it IS on my to-do list. I had to get more practice in before I make one for the bed. Sorry, I felt guilty for being on a quilting forum and not having a bed quilt of my own. (Hangs head in shame. lol)
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Old 03-16-2021, 04:29 PM
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