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Useing fabric instead of batting for a quilt?

Old 12-23-2018, 08:30 PM
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Question Useing fabric instead of batting for a quilt?

Ih im new here, but Iíve been marking quilts for 2 years now, I just wanted to know if I can use fabric instead of Cotten or polyester batting in my quilts? Is so how much do I use? Layer wise
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:10 PM
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I have done it several times. Right now have a quilt that I plan on quilting real soon & I plan on using muslin for the batting. I am gonna use (prewashed) flannel for the back & I thought it would be soft enough. I am really only gonna use the cotton muslin so the teal flannel doesn't show through the white fabrics that I have in a few places on the front. I am only gonna use 1 layer of fabric instead of batting.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:17 AM
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I have used flannel instead of batting for lighter quilts and a few pieces that I've hand quilted. Works well.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:50 AM
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You can certainly use fabric if you want to, many people use flannel as batting. If it's a light quilt you want, there is a light batting called Quilter's Dream Request. I live in the south and need lighter quilts than people who live up north. So I use Request. Just a thought, I'm sure anything you chose will make a fine quilt.
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:49 AM
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The first quilt I made at age 68 was QAYG I learned from You Tube. It was a 'practice' quilt from scraps, no pattern. I used an old sheet for batting because I didn't have confidence it would come out all right, or even if I would finish it. I have it on my bed now still, 7 years later.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:17 AM
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This is good to know others approve. I’ve done flannel with baby quilts because I like it to drape and tuck around the child.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:21 AM
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You might try leaving out batting and using fleece or similar plush fabric for backing. They still look quilted but you save the expense of batt which is getting pricy.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:30 AM
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I have made many quilts using a sheet instead of batting. People love them because they are warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:33 AM
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My girlfriend who quilted for years used whatever she had. One time it was an old set of drapes that was washable fabric. Another time she used a blanket that was slightly torn. She mended the blanket by hand stitching it back together so that it laid flat. If all the fabrics have been prewashed before you put together the 3 layers you should be okay. If 2 are prewashed and another not, they might shrink differently and you might not like the end result. A sheet might make a good center, I know it makes a good backing. I use them all the time.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:38 AM
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When mattress pads are done for use on beds, I will use them for "batting", especially for wall hangings.
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