The other day was my grandson’s 16th birthday and it was fun to go out to dinner with the family and celebrate. He mentioned that his bedroom is cold and even with 2 of my quilts he is still cold. My daughter said that her quilt…..that I made almost 40 years ago……keeps her warm. Hmmmmmm, driving home I got to thinking about that and realized her quilt had a high loft polyester batting in it. It also dawned on me that she wasn’t using any of the new quilts I made on her bed.
I have been making all of my quilts now with Warm & Natural cotton batting and I have to admit……they just aren’t warm. I thought it was because I quilt heavily but even when I have tried quilting with a bigger loopy design…..the quilts aren’t that warm.
The night before last I woke up in the middle of the night and thought about the huge pile of 9 patch blocks I made about 6 years ago and never used and……a high-loft polyester batting that I had kept. I get some of my best ideas like that.
I decided to make each of the grandchildren a fast and easy scrappy quilt with all of those blocks. The 9 patch blocks…….I cut all the squares 16 years ago, so the fabrics are old! For some reason I cut them all 4 1/2 inches square. Then I stopped quilting and they sat in a box for about 10 years.
Thursday I pieced the quilt tops, the granddaughters have bunk beds so I made the quilts approximately 60 x 80. My grandson is tall so his quilt will be bigger. After piecing all 3 tops I still have a gazillion 9 patch blocks left so…..I pieced the backs too. Now I have about a million blocks left.
I wanted quilts that were warm and fast to make so I laid out the top and bottom and sewed 3 sides together. Then I turned it right side out and pushed the batting inside. I used safety pins to keep the batting in the corners and along the top and sides. Then I just did a free motion wiggle along the seams. I finished the bottom by just stitching it closed. Nothing fancy.
I finished 2 of them by last night and had to wait until this morning to take some photos. One had been washed, the other is in the wash machine now. Here is a closeup of the quilting after washing and drying the quilt.
These are quilts that I think of as utility quilts, they are meant to be used all the time, taken on picnics, out on the beach, wrap the dog in it……just enjoy them.
I can already tell that the quilts are warmer than my cotton ones. These will be Christmas presents and if I have time I might put “real binding along the edges….I’m thinking a different color for each grandchild so it is easy to tell who the quilt belongs to and give a nice look to them.
I have to pick up one more batting to make my grandson’s quilt and……I am working on a king size batik quilt for our bed and…..I am going to put high loft polyester batting in it. I like the puffy look.
So how do you feel about polyester batting? I have many, many old table runners and center pieces that I made using polyester batting and…..they still look great. We now use polyester threads in our quilts and don’t think anything about it.