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shaelawnsmom
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Date: 4/19/12 9:57 AM

I have a question about lofts.

A friend of mine has moved back and as a welcome back gift, I am making a simple quilt made out of charm packs. He wants the quilt to keep him warm, due to growing up, his quilts were always very thin and never kept him warm. He stated that a hi-loft will keep him warm compared to a low-loft. He is not a quilter and I am new at this. So, what type of batting should I used, hi or low loft? I was going to use low-loft cotton, but, I don't know if that will retain the heat for him. In the past I have used low loft polyester and never had any complaints.

Any and all advice will be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your advice.

Erica

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Date: 4/19/12 8:54 PM

Welcome to PR! In my humble opinon, I would go with the wool batting because that is what your friend is asking for... a quilt that is warm. I think the quilts he may have grown up with had no batting at all or one lined with a cotton sheet in the middle as a foundation. Lots of quilts where made that way especially in warm weather regions. A wool batting will breath so even if he is in a warm climate, a wool batt will not get overly warm.

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Date: 4/19/12 9:32 PM

Warbler took the words right out of my keyboard. Wool is a bit more expensive than cotton, and somewhat more expensive than all-polyester, but seriously, how many quilts do you make in a year? I think the wool is worth the money, although due to allergy issues I would make sure that neither he, nor anyone in his family, is allergic to wool.

This is the thing which I have discovered about wool batting - it is wonderful to quilt with, and shows the quilting beautifully, but it is warm and comfortable. It is a little heavy, and for a variety of reasons I wouldn't use it a baby quilt, but it is washable and should be just right for your friend.

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Date: 4/20/12 2:03 PM

Hi-loft looks more like a comforter than other thin quilts. Nothing wrong with that if he likes it.

Personally, I'd be afraid of wool as it itches me to death...I'd clear that with friend first!

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Date: 4/20/12 3:44 PM

High-loft batting is extremely difficult to quilt, whether by hand or machine. By hand, it is difficult to get small secure stitches, and by machine, it shifts all over the place, resulting in pleats, puckers, and lots of distortion.

For warmth, wool is excellent as others have noted. So is silk, although both of these fibres are way more expensive than cotton or poly. I recently quilted using an old woolen blanket for batting - that is one WARM quilt. I inherited many woolen blankets a few years back, but we are a duvet family, so they have become part of the quilting stash.

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Date: 4/20/12 6:25 PM

also, consider doing flannel on the back instead of normal regular cotton. My horribly quilted (cuz I didn't know what I was doing) dinosaur quilt is normal quilting cotton on the front, poly-cotton batting from jo-ann's and a flannel tyrannosaurus rex print for backing and it's INCREDIBLY WARM and heavy. Wool on it's own is't that warm, but wool between cotton is quite warm (speaking from experience) so if you want a REALLY warm blanket I would say, wool batting and flannel backing.

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Date: 4/20/12 7:47 PM

I'm with Warbler and Franksdottir. Why? Well, I have an example. A while back I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my family room. I decided it would have a flannel back and would have a high loft batting, because at that time I liked the "puffiness". The quilt barely keeps me warm, although I bought the thickest high loft batting I could find. Why? Because it's not as compacted. How do I know this? Well, I've made several other quilts since then, using none other than Warm and Natural cotton batting, which is a lot denser (compacted), AND I didn't even put a flannel back on those! Those are my reach-for-alls.

Wool is a much better choice, and if I could afford it, I'd buy alot of it. When your friend grew up, back then quilts were either filled with cotton flannel (as in "filled", not backed) or other blankets. (I have a few of those types and they are very heavy). His statement that they were "very thin" confirms they were lined with flannel. Go with wool; and if you can't afford it, buy some Warm and Natural.

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Date: 4/27/12 12:10 PM

To everyone who answered my question:

Thank you much. I bought wool batting on ebay. I bought 2 king sized pieces for 80.00. Since I need to work on my daughter's memory quilt and it looks like she will be in Finland for University.

I can not thank you enough!!!

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