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Date: 8/7/12 10:15 AM

I've finished a queen-sized pieced top and I have my cotton backing material all ready to go. I want to know if I could use a queen-sized, 400-count cotton bed sheet for the batting, instead of the Quilters Dream batting. My goal is to end up with a lighter quilt I could use in the summer.

The only quilting I've done so far is on baby-size quilts and most of that was either SITD or following a traced spider-web design. I would like to attempt FMQ on this new quilt.

Would this work? Will it give me problems quilting?

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Date: 8/7/12 10:22 AM

It will work. In fact, Hawaiian quilters make light quilts by totally OMITTING the batting. Just a top and a bottom, quilted together.



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Date: 8/7/12 12:31 PM

I do this all the time, especially with my flannel top sheets. The bottom sheets wear through more quickly and I have an "orphan" because I've bought a set. And yes, you can FMQ with this.

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Date: 8/7/12 12:36 PM

Oh yes! - do ANYTHING you want!

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Date: 8/7/12 4:11 PM

Thanks for all of your responses. I'm going to use the sheet for batting!

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Date: 8/7/12 11:16 PM

When I started quilting in the '70's sometimes we had to use cotton sheets, especially for the backs. In those days most quilting was done by hand, and a really good sheet could be hard to quilt through. Still, as all quilters know, you make do.

If you are machine quilting you will not find it a problem.

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Date: 8/7/12 11:52 PM

I think it works best if the sheet you intend to use has been washed and dried several times.

In my experience it makes a thin, but heavy quilt, which I like.

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Date: 8/8/12 11:54 AM

Before you put it together and find the quilting hard to do, make a mockup scrap and try to quilt it. My mother always took a needle with her when she shopped so that she could test how it would go through the fabric sandwitch, especially the seams....sometimes 8 layers!
We often had quilts with a flannellet sheet as the batting.

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Date: 8/8/12 1:10 PM

I don't know if this was asked or not, but what do you do about the sheets header? Do you cut it off before using the sheet?

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Date: 8/8/12 6:09 PM

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I don't know if this was asked or not, but what do you do about the sheets header? Do you cut it off before using the sheet?

I open the seam and wash/dry the sheet several times before I use it. It will need a good pressing in that area. Now you have a bit more fabric area to use. If you are making a quilt that is much smaller than the area of your sheet, just cut it off.
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