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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I was making a small charity quilt when learning that a distant cousin just found out she has breast cancer in both breasts and her lymph nodes. So I've decided to complete it to send to her to keep her warm during chemo and anytime she gets cold, which some people seem to do. My question is which kind of batting to try to use, cotton or poly or polycotton. I don't know which is warmer or which would hold up better during a lot of use. All suggestions most welcome. God bless you all.


  • At April 27, 2010 2:55 PM , Blogger Jane in NC said...

    I've never used wool batting but it certainly is warm and, since it's a natural fiber, it would breath. When my DH was undergoing chemo everything tasted bad to him and he lost all his fat, not that he ever had much, and was chronically cold even in mid summer. I don't know what kind of care a wool bat needs or how closely quilted it must be. Of course, if such a quilt can't be machine laundered I guess it wouldn't be practical under the circumstances for her or a caretaker to have to take extra precautions. I assume that answer is available on the net or the quilt shop.

  • At April 27, 2010 3:28 PM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    Lavinia, I'd use something with a bit
    of poly in it 80/20 maybe, the wool idea would be nice too.
    Consider flannel on the back too.
    My very fav cuddle quilt is a "Girly" yellow brick road with poly bat, flannel on the back & it's tied. It's a little poofy & maybe too much so to take along to chemo, but I would. Sometimes I think quilts are too stiff.

  • At April 27, 2010 6:48 PM , Blogger pirate said...

    I'm doing the same for a cousin who has a tumor in her brain and on one of her lungs. I'm using fleece as a combination backing/batting. I've done this before and it's very snuggly, warm, washable and most importantly, it's drapeable.


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