Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sat. night in Florida

Still in recovery mode from 5 teen boys ages 14-18 here in the condo at the beach.  The one who isn't a grandson was given permission by his mother and my daughter to fly down with the grands from Grand Forks, N.D.   He is 15 and had never seen the ocean.  Violating all kinds of boundaries by not clearing it with us, but in the end it turned out OK.  Smelly shoes, wet towels, air mattresses, and many, many trips to the grocery store.  No one got sunburned, someone lent us boogie boards (small surfboards.)  They are now living in South Carolina.  But DD and DSIL and the older 2 will be back next weekend with a rented U-Haul truck for some free furniture from another relative.
If you haven't read the other board, I asked a question about cotton flannel as batting for a quilt.
Please let me know what you think.
Going to bed, as still sleep deprived.
Sara in Fla.


At August 8, 2015 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Pat Seals said...

I don't know what the other board is, but my Grandmother used cotton flannel as batting in her summer quilts. She lived in Western Nebraska most of her life, was a quilter most of her life. There was always a quilt on her beds. Even in the summer it could get cool at night. So Grandma made "summer quilts". The only thing that made it a summer quilt was the flannel batting. She always hand quilted her quilts, and I would bet that the flannel batting made the hand quilting go very quickly.

At August 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM , Blogger katyquilt said...

I've also seen summer quilts done with just the top and the flannel backing (no batting). I've done this for a jean/flannel quilt top and it turned out really nice.

At August 9, 2015 at 7:15 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

I forgot to add that I was going to take it somewhere to have it long arm quilted. The two local places I called wanted me to buy their batting, one polly, which I don't like, and the other a dream cotton. The one place is relatives inexpensive as she does it in her garage, and the other one is much more expensive, as is more than 3X more. Think I'll google it also and continue to call around.
Sara in Fla.

At August 11, 2015 at 7:10 AM , Blogger heather said...

Flannel as batting works great Sara. Just prewash it or throw in dryer with a wet towel for 30 minutes......

At August 11, 2015 at 2:25 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

Hi Sara - Nobody got sunburned and nobody got eaten by a shark, so the visit was a success. (LOL)

Flannel is fine as a batting. As already mentioned, it has been used for almost a century as a "summer quilt" batting. Just wash and dry on HOT three times each, before using. It shrinks horribly.

You might want to re-think the Minkee or similar type backing. That is a KNIT fabric and it will creep and crawl around horribly. It also sheds lint like mad when it is being cut & handled, all along the cut edges.

If you still want the Minkee, I agree with the reply on the main BB that it won't need flannel batting. It will be warm enough as it is.

Seriously, polar fleece would be easier to work with.

And check with the longarm quilter about Minkee or Polar Fleece backing. It might make a difference in what they charge you.... maybe.


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