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Old 03-12-2021, 09:41 AM
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Is it me or what. I was real cold last night and sleeping under a store brought quilt . I was thinking that the quilt was not keeping me very warm. So, I got up and took it off my bed and put on one of my own homemade quilt on. I got back into bed and was getting warmer under the quilt that I made. Is it all in my head that my homemade quilt was warmer than the store brought one?

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Old 03-12-2021, 09:55 AM
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I always find my homemade quilts to be warmer. They may not have the bulk of a store bought but I like the lighter weight of my homemade quilts and they do hold the heat in much better.
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Old 03-12-2021, 10:57 AM
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All the mass produced quilts I have seen have very thin batting, almost featherweight and thin fabric for the top and back.
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:36 PM
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Sadly I don't find my quilts warm at all. I use quilt store cotton and all cotton batting and don't quilt dense. I love my quilts and love making them, and have them on the beds but, when I am really cold I like a fleecy blanket instead. I also have a heated mattress pad and fleece sheets for winter.
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If I am cold, I go for the double fleece blanket I made. I do love all my quilts I made but don't want to get them dirty.
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:11 PM
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I don't have any store bought quilts to compare with! When it's a cold night, I sleep under two of my quilts, plus l lay a wool afghan that I crocheted on top. That top wool layer really helps hold the heat in.
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:49 PM
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By "store bought" I'm assuming a commercial, mass produced quilt. They are probably manufactured more for look than function. I'd say chances are a homemade quilt will be warmer than a commercial one.

In my quilts I don't use batting. I use quilter's flannel because my quilts are intended for additional warmth on top of your existing bedding. Plus they fold up small for storage. Though thin, my quilts do a good job of warming.

Comforters are a different issue entirely. Recently we bought one from IKEA. It's almost too warm!!
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Old 03-12-2021, 06:55 PM
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I like cotton quilts way better than fleece. The fleece seems warmer at first.....but it gets cooler later....I think it has to do wtih the moisture that our bodies give off. Cotton just seems to start out a bit cool....but then it warms up. I usually have two homemade quilts on my bed during the winter except when it is twenty below and there is a good wind. Then I pile on another one. I live in northern minnesota. Of course I love flannel ones in winter too.
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Old 03-13-2021, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
I don't have any store bought quilts to compare with!
Same here!

When I get cold, I stay cold. I find it very difficult to warm back up. I have a down-filled throw, and on cold nights I'll burrow under my quilt (wool batting) and pull the down throw over my head and torso, with a gap of about 4 inches near my face for fresh air. That down throw is awesome - I'm warm in 1-2 minutes.
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Old 03-13-2021, 03:22 AM
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During the winter months we we keep the thermostat around 64, I put a down comforter on my bed. Right now I have that plus two home made quilts, and that seems to keep things plenty warn.

I've had plenty of store bought bedding items that keep me way too warm as they have as they don't breath

I have found the the best way for me to stay warm in bed is to put on socks (anklets, actually). If my feet are warm the rest will be fine, but if they get chilled I can't sleep.
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