Friday, January 6, 2012

Should I, Would I, Could I?

Have you done it? Has anyone tried? Did it fail or was it a success? I've tried a test patch, washed it, dried it, turned it over.....seems ok to me but is there something I don't know?

Old woolen blankets as batting....Yes..No..Maybe?

20 comments:

Angela Pea said...
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Angela Pea said...

Yes! I've used them as batting many times!

If the finished quilt is intended for a baby/child and needs to be machine washable, toss that blanket into the washer and dryer first to make sure it's shrunk up and felted as far as it will go before you stitch it between the fabric layers. I learned THAT lesson the hard way, thankfully on a quilt I made for my own child and not as a gift. ;)

willywagtail said...

Yes, yes and double yes. I've even used someone's cast off knitted rug that had a few holes in it. I'm all for copying the techniques our grandmas would have had to use and I am sure they didn't have rolls of needle felt battings at a local quilt shop. Cherrie

katiecrackernuts said...

It seems like it should work and would be a great way to use all those old blankets I see in op shops. They're always such good quality too. What's your concern? That they'll shrink?

Nikki said...

I like the idea of pre-shrunk wool blanket as batting... it'd be SUPER warm and is SUPER earth-friendly recycling, too.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

No idea if it will work but it sounds like it should. Looks lovely.

Taylor Made said...

Yes I have done it many times...super warm!

Maggie said...

I've got a few pure wool blankets purchased for a song at the op shop thinking this exact same thing. I think it should work... now I just need to make a quilt for myself and not all these baby quilts for friends :)

Vic said...

I have seen it done & I'm going to do it too! Eventually...

the textured leaf said...

Thats a triple yes from me!
Wool is warmer than cotton so it was obvious to me and ive never had any issues but only use the lighter cream ones as I was worried about colour running too.
I prefer the weight of the wool as it feels so old, happy quilting Leonie!
have you seen how may are popping up? Its almost epidemic! Love it

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Can't help you but I'm looking forward to the 'Reveal' :-)

Judy said...

Mother always washed any wool to shrink as Angela Pea stated before quilting. She was also cautious about not getting the backing or the top too heavy because she said it was a real pain to launder afterwards. She also never quilted them but tied the three layers together in comforts. That could be an option if you are struggling to get everything through the throat of your machine for quilting.

The Moerks said...

What a great idea. I really like the thought of using an old blanket rather than buying new wadding. Makes me want to sew a quilt top just so I can use up an old blanket.

The Moerks said...

Hi my name is Deb, I have just been reading over some of your older posts and looking at some tutorials. I just wanted to say, what a lovely blog. I think you might have inspired me to have a go at the wrap skirt and I have been dying to know how to get my scarves under control!

Sarah said...

NEVER heard of this but what a brilliant idea!!! Cannot see why it would not work.

Good Stuff Leonie and nice to hear from you : o )

Maxabella said...

Oh, I thought you were launching into something far more intimate.

Haven't a clue about batting, but love your photo anyway. x

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea. Why on earth haven't I thought of this before? Please let us know how it turns out. If all goes well I'll hunt through my local op-shop for some blankets.

What about doona inserts? Has anyone got any ideas or experiences of using them?

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Only if you plan to send that beauty to me when you're done.... heh.

xxx

Sally said...

No idea. But I miss you and have been thinking of you. I often wonder how the work/life balance is going for you with your new job so I am so pleased to see that you're finding time for quilting. That makes me smile.
Hope you're pretty much fully recovered from your op. in 2011. Such a hit to the body.
Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2012.

Kate said...

yes, yes and yes.
i love the weight and the feel of it.
looking forward to seeing yours. x