Summer weight quilt question

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Hi All,

I made a quilt that I'd hoped would work for summer--used a light, low-
loft batting.  Unfortunately, here in the Mojave desert, the quilt is
still too heavy for summer.  (Will work great for winter though.)  So
I'm thinking of giving a summer weight quilt another shot.  Instead of
using a batting, I'm considering using a sheet instead.  Has anyone
tried this?  I'd love to hear any other suggestions!

Thanks in advance!
Michelle in NV


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Hey Michelle

Your question made me go look in my closet at a quilt my mother made
many years ago.  She called it her summer quilt.

She didn't use any batting at all.  Used a sheet for the backing.

Now mind you she always bought sheets with the 200 thread count.  This
is all hand quilted.  Her fingers must have hurt badly by the time she
finished this full size quilt or they were fingers of steel.

I know this quilt to be at least 40 years old.  It was made before my
DWR and she made that in 1968.

Kate T.  South Mississippi


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What a lovely family heirloom!  And no doubt, your mom's fingers were
sore.  I certainly admire those ladies with fingers of steel.  My
fingers just don't have it what it takes to quilt like my older family
members--with the quilt stretched tight in a frame.  I quilt without a
frame, just flopping the sandwich around in my lap.  HA!

Thanks Kate!

Michelle in NV


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There was a period of time here in England (probably elsewhere too?),
when so-called 'patchworks' were made.  These were just tops and
backing.  Obviously the quilting was just functional - to hold the two
layers together - and there wasn't a lot of it - not much point, as it
wouldn't be clearly seen.  But these pieces of work were beautiful.  I
saw a great many in the home of Lucy Bolton (she was an authoress and
quilter not that long ago, as it was her daughter who showed us round
the family home - say 60 years?)
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

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I remember making a quilt using flannel instead of batting for summer use.
It gave enough body for quilting but not weight.

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Bonnie
NJ
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I would definitely go for it, the only thought that occurs is that if
you want to any decorative rather than functional quilting that it would
be rather like doing machine embroidery and need a stabiliser. If you
needed to do that over the entire quilt that could end up expensive, but
if there are just sections you want to pay more attention to, it would
probably work out fine you could just iron on some tear away stabiliser
under those sections.

cheers
Anne

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There would be 2 layers of fabric though.
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Howdy!

Yes, Estelle; should work just fine w/ the 2 layers of fabric.
More quilting would help stabilize the seams, keep them from fraying;
batting gives a cushion to those seams, makes the extra thickness
sink into that cushion, protecting them from wear.   More quilting thru'
just the 2 layers should provide some of that protection.

R/Sandy


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With just a sheet on the back, I would wonder if you could feel the seams
from the blocks. I like the idea of a piece of flannel in the middle to
soften the feel of the quilt.

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Boca Jan
Florida - Land of the Hurricanes
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As a person experiencing her own personal desert heat most of the year, on
and off, a sheet all by itself is usually enough. Of course, a traditional
summer quilt uses no batting at all, just backing to cover the piecing
seams. Your exquisite hand quilting won't show up well, though.
Roberta in D

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No worries about the hand-quilting.  Since this is going to be used as
bedspread and will see lots of use, I plan on using machine quilting
only.

Best regards,
Michelle in NV


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On Sun, 26 Aug 2007 12:06:45 -0700, desert quilter

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You could simply eliminate the batting and quilt the top and back
together.  FWIW, I find that thin Warm and Natural to be cooler than
low loft poly batting.  
Debra in VA
See my quilts at
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Hi all,
I have dittos for two of these ideas. 1) I have a lap quilt that's
polyester crazy-patches alternated with white cotton squares, then a
thinnish white-with-small-flowers cotton print on the back. String-
tied, no batting, the flowers show thru from the front. Wierd, huh?
(Mom bought this years ago from an old lady who was supporting herself
with these funny little quilts) Strange thing is, its a summer
favorite around here. I've tried to get rid of it a couple times and
my daughters object strenuously. 2) I like to make receiving blankets
like this....whole cloth cotton on the front, whole-cloth flannel on
the back, simple stitching to keep it from shifting. I wonder if this
would work bigger?

Gigi


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On Mon, 27 Aug 2007 22:46:52 -0000, GigiViolette

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It should work as long as you put in enough quilting to keep the two
layers from shifting.  
Debra in VA
See my quilts at
http://community.webshots.com/user/debplayshere

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Hi Gigi,

Your quirky little summer quilt sounds like a real favorite!  And I
think the concensus is yes on foregoing the batting.  :-)

Thanks!
Michelle in NV


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Thanks for the batting tip, Debra!

Michelle in NV


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MSM always used worn blankets as batting.  I wonder if a layer of flannel
would make a good summer-weight batting?  Like, maybe a not-too-tightly
woven flannel sheet.  Tucson isn't as hot as your location, but any quilt is
a bit too warm in the summer!  I may give the flannel a try, after
completing the projects in hand.......like, maybe in two years or so!  If
you try it sooner, please post results.

--
Carolyn in The Old Pueblo

If it ain't broke, you're not trying.  --Red Green
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Ohmigosh, Carolyn, I'm the slowest quilter in the world, but since
this quilt is a priority, I may actually get it done before 2
years.  ;-)

Best regards,
Michelle in NV

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On Sat, 01 Sep 2007 11:56:02 -0700, desert quilter

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We would make good quilting buddies.  I'm slow as molasses.
Debra in VA
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LOL!  :-)  :-)  Glad to know I'm not the only one!

Michelle in NV


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