Tips for Making Lightweight Summer Quilts

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There’s More to Consider Than Whether or Not to Use Batting!

If you’re like us, you probably want a quilt on your bed during warm weather months as well as to snuggle into during the winter. Lightweight quilts can have all the charm of “normal” quilts while being just right for warm summer nights.

When the topic of lightweight summer quilts comes up, many quilters think of quilts without batting. Simply “quilting” together a quilt top and a backing fabric, or two sheets, is one way to make a summer quilt.

Another method, which you may prefer if you like a little loft to your quilt, is to substitute a flannel sheet for the batting. Just be sure to wash it several times so it won’t shrink substantially when the finished quilt is washed.

Flannel for the batting gives the quilt a bit of that snuggle factor and is often just right for summer nights. Plus, that will prevent colors from the quilt front and backing from showing through on the other side.

Double Gauze Summer Quilt

Double Gauze Summer Quilt by Giuseppe Ribaudo. For tips about working with this fabric, search that site (Imagine Gnats) for “double gauze quilt”.

Lightweight batting is another option to consider. While there are several on the market, some will be less warming than others. A lightweight cotton batting may not be the coolest choice.

Another consideration for summer quilts is the fabric used in making them. Fabrics from some manufacturers are naturally thinner, and cooler, than others. But have you considered fabrics other than quilting cotton?

The following article from Craftsy gives a nice overview of fabrics and batting for lightweight summer quilts.

Be sure to read through the comments section for more tips.

Click here for the “No Sweat! The Top 2 Tips for Making Lightweight Quilts” article from Craftsy.



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