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Date: 2/2/13 3:59 PM

Hi everyone,

I have a friend who is going to work out in the Canadian arctic, and he'll be away from home comforts for a while. I would like to make a warm quilt for him. What's the best batting to use to make sure it's extra snuggly? Can I use Thinsulate? I've only made a cot quilt up til now, so I need your advice! Thank you,

Emily x

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Date: 2/2/13 4:03 PM

Wool batting is super warm.

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Yes you can use Thinsulate! If you need this to be SUPER warm, I'd suggest a combo of both Thinsulate and wool.
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Date: 2/2/13 4:04 PM

I'd prefer wool over thinsulate but that's just my opinion, FWIW.

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Date: 2/2/13 5:04 PM

Wool. Can you quilt through a layer of Thinsulate AND a layer of wool? :)

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Date: 2/2/13 6:13 PM

Thinsulate- warmth in a thin layer was what it was created for. It is warmer than wool, although not as heavy. I've used it in Arctic conditions and it works. Wool is only so-so.
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Date: 2/2/13 7:28 PM

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Wool. Can you quilt through a layer of Thinsulate AND a layer of wool? :)

Yes I think you'd be able to, as long as you kept the quilting REAL simple.

Thinsulate is thin.

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Date: 2/2/13 11:45 PM

Thanks CnB, so I think I would love both wool and thinsulate in a quilt up there then. Bbrrr...not to mention a good many Northern places.

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Date: 2/3/13 12:38 PM

Excellent, thanks for your help. It isn't going to be a very complicated quilt so I should be ok using wool and thinsulate. I have some thinsulate already, so I'll get hold of some wool batting and see if my walking foot can cope with both.
Thanks again!

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Date: 2/5/13 2:24 AM

The warmest fibres are those that have pockets of air to hold the heat. Thus a tied quilt would be able to provide pockets of air. Wool and down are said to be the warmest, though many modern fibres have similar characteristic. The other thing one wants in a blanket is a tight outer fibre to hold the heat in. If I were you I would make a loose wool tied quilt and a separate duvet cover made with a tightly woven fabric - a poly ot nylon You could use thermo... as batting. Essentially two blankets which could be used together or separatly.

I live in a northern Canadian climate - not as consistently cold as Nunavik but cold none the less. We have a antique arctic quilt that my grandfather had. It is used at a cottage when someone wants to sleep outside in the winter (with a hat). It is down filled, presumably in buffers. The lining of the quilt is heavy wool, similar to old army blankets and the outer cover pretty heavy weight canvas - it weighs a 'ton'!! But I can attest that it is heavenly to sleep outside in the winter. One hunkers down and feel like sleeping next to a very warm stove.

Fortunately there are more lightweight fabrics. Think sleeping bags. Good luck and let us know what works for our friend.

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