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Thread: Baby Quilt- Batting?

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    Baby Quilt- Batting?

    This is for a long tried for and yet unexpected little man who is going to arrive in October.
    My plan is to back it with minky. Should I put batting in or not? The little man will live in Savannah, GA so I don't think he'll need a lot of warmth, but I'm afraid the backing will show through the white without the batting.
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    you could place another layer of white or a light weight flannel in so the back don't show through the white ....i like the way it looks ..keep up the good work

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    It was really hard for me to make a quilt with no batting. But my granddaughters favorite quilts here in Texas are "batt free". Yel's idea of a flannel middle is a great way to solve your see through problem.
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    SheriR is there any particular reason why it's hard to make a quilt without batting? I have enough of the white to do another layer, would that work?

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    I would audition your white fabric against the light. If you have flannel, try that too. I don't mean bright sunlight, but just indoor light that would be the way it will be normally viewed.

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    that is very cute.

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    looks great so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosalynd View Post
    SheriR is there any particular reason why it's hard to make a quilt without batting? I have enough of the white to do another layer, would that work?
    I'm pretty sure she meant it was mentally difficult, not physically hard to quilt a quilt without batting. Afterall, we're trained up to think of a quilt as a top, batting and a backing. Sometimes it's hard to veer away from what's been drilled into our heads from the start. But as quilters, it's fun to think outside the box to achieve a look or a feel in our quilts.

    I know what SheriR means too. My sister loves a very lightweight quilt and I have made her several over the years with the thinnest batting I can find, but I know in my heart that I need to make her one without batting. But somehow I've never been able to make myself do it! I keep getting stuck on the old "it's not really a quilt unless it has all three layers". But I'm going to break out of that rut and make her next quilt without batting.

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    When I encountered that problem and thought the back (minky) would show through, I put a layer of flannel in between and it worked out fine and did not make it to warm.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    Adorable quilt....

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    looks good...
    When I have used Minky I have not put in a batting

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    The quilts I make are not usually made for much warmth since we have only a few really cold days here in south Louisiana. I use a batting called traditional batting. It gives the quilt a good hand and is comfortable year round.
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    I make most of my baby quilts with either white flannel or white fabric as batting -- it adds that little bit of extra warmth and makes it nice to quilt, and will hold up to the many washings much better than regular batting.

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    beautiful. Can't wait to see it completed. Yes, I would put some light weight backing and then the back. I am sure that even in Georgia it gets chili.

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    I found a lightweight poly batting that I had in my closet and forgot about. I think I'll use that. Now to make my binding and sandwich the quilt!

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    It's a very pretty baby quilt. Whatever you choose to do with the great suggestions offered will look and feel wonderful!
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    I just had 2 quilts, backed with minky, LA'ed. The first one came back and it was stiff, I used White and Natural. For the second one, I used bamboo batting, and it is much better.

    I would think lining it with flannel, as others have suggested, might work well, especially since baby lives in a warmer climate.

    Good luck and let us know what you come up with.

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    minky is heavy, and warm. I wouldn't use any batting.

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    I love your quilt and your beautiful fabric choices! What size were your 1/2 square triangles? I have two daughters who
    are expecting in the fall and would love to make this quilt! I have only made one quilt and this looks like something I might be able to do! Thank you for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosalynd View Post
    SheriR is there any particular reason why it's hard to make a quilt without batting? I have enough of the white to do another layer, would that work?
    Rosalyn, Suzette is right, my difficulty is purely mental. I think I've come along though. I made a no-bat baby quilt this spring for a new mom here in Texas.
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    I quilt both ways with and without batting cause I do live in Texas. Flannel works very well or even just sandwich both fabrics and bind. To keep from showing threw add a solid white and you have it. Good Luck to you
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    Great answers.....I am making a baby quilt for a friend of a friend who is expecting in late Sept or October here in North Central Texas. I was wondering if I should you a batting or just back with flannel so it will be cuddly soft. I think I will go with a very thin batting and definitely use flannel on the back. Thanks for the information...you ladies and gents rock!! BTW I love the colors and pattern of the baby quilt used in this post. Mine is just small 3" blocks for part of the top and will use the backing color on the sides to set off the colors as the backing will be a solid color as my friend wants.

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