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Thread: American Spirit batting

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    American Spirit batting

    has anyone tried this batting from Fairfield?
    It says it is 100% cotton and made in the USA!
    I know, Warm & natural and Hobbs are both made in the USA as well, but what about this Fairfield batting? Wondering if it is worth giving a shot since I can get it on sale!

    http://www.fairfieldworld.com/produc...cotton-batting

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    have you checked out batt mart? They explain all the differences pretty well
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    batt mart is like all the websites, they can print what they want! Doesn't mean any of what they print is true...I want "hands-on" working knowledge! I know we all have our faves, but I am interested in hearing if this is any better/worse than the stuff we are used to using!

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    I've kind of wondered the same thing. I also wonder how good the Pellon batting is....... it seems way too cheap to be any good.

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    I have used Fairfield 80/20, it is less expensive than a lot. It is pretty good but have only used it in quilts for family and friends. I am not sure how it would compare to some of the others. But all in all no complaints on their 80/20.

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    It has been my experience that batting that requires a very close quilting , will have some bunching of the batting over years of washing. This batting requires a distance of 2 - 4 inches. Without a scrim I am sure it drapes beautifully.
    I would not try it unless I have a quilt that was going to have very dense quilting, but dense quilting will stiffen and reduce the drape.
    I like Cream Rose or Cream White for a batting with no scrim, it has similiar performance.
    Last edited by Lori S; 03-22-2012 at 11:11 AM.

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    The only way you'll know is to try it.
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    i've had a couple customer quilts come in with fairfield batts- it quilted up fine- but does require fairly dense quilting (just like hobbs heirloom or any other batting without a scrim)
    i do not know how it held up later- but it was ok to work with- no worse than others that are comparable. someone told me once it is like Mountain Mist- and good for hand quilting.
    best way to decide is to buy one & give it a try- we all have our own likes/dislikes....and one i love you might hate---we can not tell you if it's a good deal or not- only you can make that determination after giving it a try.
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    I've used both the Fairfield 80/20 and the Hobbs 80/20. I don't know about long term wear, but they both quilted beautifully. I found the fairfield a little easier to needle, I am a handquilter. I also think the fairfield shrunk a little bit more than the hobbs when I washed the finished quilt. I did wash in warm water and threw the finished quilts in the dryer. I didn't pre-measure so I couldn't say for sure, and it only seemed to be a little more crinkly than the hobbs. I just made a mental note that when I plan to use Fairfield to oversize the quilt an inch or two to compensate for the shrinkage.

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    thanks for all the info. I like that it seems to be comparable to others I like to use. It will be quilted on my domestic machine. I normally prefer W&N, or Hobbs 80/20 or even the Tuscany, so I think cost wise the Am. spirit will be great for those donation quilts!

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