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jrcgj Posted: Sat, May 19 2012 9:34 AM

I have a  question. My husband ask me what makes a quilt heavy? I'm not sure is it the batting or the fabric you use on the back? I'm still confused on the batting. My teacher explained it to our class. She said polyester batting is heavy but she said it was worked best for wall hanging a quilt and not to lay as a bedspread. What is the difference. (Hint) this would be a great article for the Super great Quilty magazine (maybe a chart of some kind) Thanks.

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gini replied on Sat, May 19 2012 9:53 AM

hi jrcgj, welcome to the group.  there is a  a chart out there, i'll see if i can find it for you.

several things make a quilt heavy.  a lot of piecing, a lot of applique, the kind of batting, a heavily pieced back,  dense quilting, and  the kind of fabric you use.  and size.  if you take two pieces of fabric and a thin layer of batting that's the lightest a quilt can be.  every time you add a seam, a piece of applique, quilting thread, etc.,  you add weight.

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gini replied on Sat, May 19 2012 9:54 AM

http://thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/quilt-batting-basics/

try the above link

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Barbara replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:00 AM

jrcgj welcome to the club,  I have to agree with all that Gini says, I have made quilts that have been really heavy and even though  the batting was of a lighter weight , I use mostly Warm and Natural ,I like to get it at Joann off the bolt instead of the package , Its great to work with and washes up very well . Good luck with your quilting . Barbara

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Jeanine replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:05 AM

There is a three part Quilt It that talks all about batting that was pretty interesting.

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MNnancy replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:11 AM

How are you guys posting to this discussion?  I have tried three times to post some links, and I can't get anything to upload.  I've tried both the regular "reply" and the "quick reply."

So, I'll shorten my response to a suggestion to try a Google search for  "quilt batting comparison chart."  There is a lot of information out there!


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Jeanine replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:14 AM

Sometimes it blocks certain links.  Don't know why.

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jrcgj replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:18 AM

Thank You for everything.

 

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Barbara replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:21 AM

Nancy I have had problems a coupleof times getting things to post , but it did finally did , Barbara

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gini replied on Sat, May 19 2012 10:42 AM

i have had QCA block some links, too.

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Joni replied on Sat, May 19 2012 11:07 AM

jrcgj

Hi!  I made my first quilt with polyester batting from WalMart back in 1990...at least that was when I purchased it.

"Love in Blue" is a 9 patch, handquilted, made with the lap quilting method as taught by Georgia Bonesteel in her TV series, and in her books.  It is very light weight, I use it summer and winter with just a sheet under it.  It is wonderful, not hot or cold, keeps me just right.  Only 13 years in making, I had very busy life at the time so it sat for many years, one day I picked it up (all the blocks were quilted) and just started putting them together.

I wash in front load washer (no agitator to tear it up) and hang over the balcony to dry.  I'm planning on starting a sampler quilt using the same method.

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jrcgj replied on Sat, May 19 2012 11:16 AM

Your quilt is beautiful. I would like to make a quilt exactily like the one on Y & R. I do have another question. My nephew is getting married in May 2013 and since I'm a beginner I was wondering what kind of quilt to make?

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Jeanine replied on Sat, May 19 2012 12:04 PM

I would stick with something simple like a Turning Twenty pattern.  I did a cool one for my step son for his wedding a few years ago that was pretty easy...I can't find the picture on my pc but it was called Modern Thinking from Blue underground.  I found a picture in my batik scrap drawer...here's the picture of the picture.  I would stay with simple blocks and straight lines.

 

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Ginny replied on Sat, May 19 2012 12:29 PM

VERY pretty quilt, Joni, but I admit I am biased because it is blue, but you did a wonderful job.  Like the prarie points around the edge.  Ginny

 

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Barbara replied on Sat, May 19 2012 12:44 PM

jr ,your quilt is beauitful , you did a great job. Barbara

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