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    Used old acrylic blankets for batting. I have some very nice soft blankets but they are for double beds. I sure wish I could still buy blankets like these. Any way they are taking up space and I was thinking I could use them in some quilts. Any ideas out there. Thanks in advance.

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    I have a couple times. They worked out fine and the quilts held up well.
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      I cut up one blanket to use with the U-shaped travel pillows, one side blankie and other side cotton.. (winter/summer) for the face. I think I made something like 8 of them that one year. The cotton side was with using their favorite college/pro teams. They loved the other side being soft and warm. Just a thought if you have some left over from the quilt project.

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        I haven't used them on my quilts but use them a lot for the PURR cat pads. They are often donated to the shelters so I can get them for free to use as batting for my quilted cat mats.
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          When I was a teenager and my Aunt and Grandmother taught me how to make quilts we used army wool blankets that they bought from the second hand store. I never heard of batting until after I retired and started taking classes. Those quilts were very warm and held up well.

          And I used a fleece blanket for a queen size quilt for my oldest boy when he was in college. He somehow managed to fit his queen size bed into his fraternity house bedroom. How he got a room to himself I will never know. But I wanted to make a quilt that could take a lot of abuse and still be warm and cuddly. I used flannel for the top and backing and he could not get over how soft it was.
          Vonnie

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            My only concern is that they won't shrink, whereas any cotton you use will. Just be sure you've preshrunk that cotton.

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              I used all my old blankets as quilt fillers 30 years ago and they are still being used. Some of them had holes so I doubled them up. They work very nicely and repurpose your old blankets giving them new life. by all means, make use of them
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                Oh wow what a wonderful group of responses and ideas. Now all I have to do is get my sewing room back together.
                I couldn't see any reason one could not use the blankets. I think it would be great when quilting as it would give you latitude as to how close you had to quilt. Thanks for all the wonderful responses!

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                  Current project is putting a new quilt top onto the back of a bedspread. The top contains squares from my husband's childhood sheets and the bedspread was on his childhood bed.

                  Have extra sheet and bedspread (it was 90 x 106 and was cut to fit current master bed) to make a baby blanket to tuck away for a grandchild.
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                    It should work fine and be very warm. Batting comes in big pieces like a blanket so it makes sense a blanket would work.

                    When you quilt, you need your pattern to be close so you don't get puckering when it's washed. That's all I would think to advise you.
                    My quilts that I gave for Christmas I used a good flannel inside and for the back. They turned out great. Everyone loves them.

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                      Remember to lengthen your quilt stitch! I have gone as high as 3.0 on mine using a walking foot.

                      On my longarm I would shorten to about a 10 and do a large meander.

                      Isn't it funny that on a longarm the smaller the number the larger the stitch and on a domestic it's just the opposite?!
                      Vonnie

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                        Yep, I sure have. Sometimes blankets are cheaper than batting, and a bit thicker too!
                        Ima ditch stitcher, and I like thick quilts. Sometimes I do double layers of batting.
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