So here is our in-between quilt.
It is a little on the smaller size (42" x 56"), but should be a good size for snuggling on the couch. This is actually my preferred size for using at my desk.Quilter's Dream wool batting.
I have used wool on 4 different quilts; I have used Quilter's Dream twice and other brands twice. If you want to use wool, go with Quilter's Dream and I am not just saying that because they are a sponsor. It is awesome and fluffy and easy to work with.
The second thing I did was use double gauze for the backing. I have used it in a few quilts, but never as backing and it went better than I expected. Soft and squishy and very easy to hand quilt. This is from Sarah Jane's Sommer collection.
The last new thing that I tried was using voile as binding. I bought some Free Spirit solid voile in Cobalt and it was gorgeous to work with. Instead of my normal 2.5" wide strips, I cut my binding strips 4" wide. It was a fun change and it gives the edge of the quilt a nice, silky feeling.
And, as you can see, I hand quilted this one. After using the extra squishy batting, the extra soft double gauze backing, and the extra silky voile binding, I didn't really have a choice. Plus I am really enjoying having a hand quilting project here and there. Or maybe I just love an excuse to lounge on the couch.