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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Batting

I was making a small charity quilt when learning that a distant cousin just found out she has breast cancer in both breasts and her lymph nodes. So I've decided to complete it to send to her to keep her warm during chemo and anytime she gets cold, which some people seem to do. My question is which kind of batting to try to use, cotton or poly or polycotton. I don't know which is warmer or which would hold up better during a lot of use. All suggestions most welcome. God bless you all.

7 Comments:

  • At April 27, 2010 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Jane in NC said...

    I've never used wool batting but it certainly is warm and, since it's a natural fiber, it would breath. When my DH was undergoing chemo everything tasted bad to him and he lost all his fat, not that he ever had much, and was chronically cold even in mid summer. I don't know what kind of care a wool bat needs or how closely quilted it must be. Of course, if such a quilt can't be machine laundered I guess it wouldn't be practical under the circumstances for her or a caretaker to have to take extra precautions. I assume that answer is available on the net or the quilt shop.

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    Lavinia, I'd use something with a bit
    of poly in it 80/20 maybe, the wool idea would be nice too.
    Consider flannel on the back too.
    My very fav cuddle quilt is a "Girly" yellow brick road with poly bat, flannel on the back & it's tied. It's a little poofy & maybe too much so to take along to chemo, but I would. Sometimes I think quilts are too stiff.

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 6:48 PM , Blogger pirate said...

    I'm doing the same for a cousin who has a tumor in her brain and on one of her lungs. I'm using fleece as a combination backing/batting. I've done this before and it's very snuggly, warm, washable and most importantly, it's drapeable.

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM , Blogger judy in ar said...

    I made a tied flannel quilt for my step father and used warm and natural. It can be washed, gets softer with use and he used it every single day. Flannel is warm and snuggly. I ended up making at least 6 of these for other people and they went together very quickly. I used 8" squares and made big trip around the world or the brick/postcard or 4-patch patterns with whole flannel cloth (56 to 60" wide)backs. It all sticks together for sandwiching and I used perle cotton 5 for tying.

    I'm sorry about your friend. My mother just called me tonight distraught to learn just this week that 2 of her good friends have been diagnosed with end stage cancers. It's so tragic.

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 11:35 PM , Blogger judy in ar said...

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  • At December 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Grace C. said...

    I would use wool batting and wash it prior to quilting it with cold water. Wool does shrink and washing it first will compensate. I would not put wool in the dryer but rather hang it on a drying rack.

     
  • At December 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM , Blogger Grace C. said...

    I would use wool and wash it in cold water prior to quilting. I would hang it over a drying rack and not use a dryer

     

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