Are quilts good for Summer too?

When you think of snuggling up with a quilt, it’s usually to stay warm in the winter. Summer quilts are definitely a thing though! 

They’re perfect for taking the edge off of the air conditioning or a cooler summer night. No one wants to wake up with the chills! 

Recently I made myself a summer quilt and wanted to share some tips.

best summer quilt

Just like duvets have temperature ratings based on fibre content and weight, you can achieve a light and airy quilt with a few simple changes.  

Here are my top 5 tips for making yourself a Summer Quilt. 

1. Use a finer weight quilting cotton.

Art Gallery fabrics have a lighter, more crisp hand feel, and if you really feel light splurging, Tana Lawn like Liberty of London is delightfully airy.  

best summer quilts

 2. Choose a lightweight, breathable batting.

 Wool batting seems like it would always be super warm, but actually it is lightweight, breathes, and regulates temperature well. Silk batting is a wonderful choice as well.

best batting for summer quilts

3. Try something new like double gauze.

 Fleece or Cuddle (Minky) are popular for winter climates, but have you thought of using double gauze as backing? Take the opportunity to try something new! It’s so soft and has a loose weave- so it’s better ventilated.


best quilts for summer

4. Incorporate Linen.

Linen (including Essex Linen) is the perfect summer fabric for garments in sunny climates. Why not use it in your quilt?

essex linen good for summer quilts

 5. Stay away from any unnatural fibres like polyester.

Remember Fortrel fabric? It traps every bit of heat and sweat, leaving it stuck on you. 

Have you made a summer quilt? If you haven’t, I hope you can use this advice to make the perfect quilt for those summer nights! 

Happy stitching!



Michelle Brassens

Hi, I’m Michelle! I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like. Sewing however was where I really found my groove! So I left behind life as a pastry chef and concentrated on making things with fabric instead of food. I work at Dinkydoo Fabrics now and get to write about sewing and quilting for work. Stick with me and I’ll show you all kinds of tips and tricks, from beginner to expert maker level. Can’t wait!