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Thread: Bamboo batting?

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    Does anyone have experience with using bamboo batting? If so, pros and cons?

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    I haven't use totally bamboo batting, but did use the Quilters Dream Orient, which has bamboo, silk, tencel and cotton...and it was awesome! Unfortunately, it is also very expensive. At the time, I had the opportunity to try a crib size at a small cost. I think the queen batt is over $40 most places. It handled very well and washed up nicely. Very soft, which was what I wanted for a baby quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie Ann
    Does anyone have experience with using bamboo batting? If so, pros and cons?
    At a quilt group recently, we were told that bamboo batting is bleached with the same chemicals that are used to bleach toilet paper. Not very environmentally friendly, and the long term result as to how it would effect a quilt was not known. Don't think I'd like to risk it myself.

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    Here is a thread about this very thing.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-147725-1.htm

    I thought it would be great to use it in the quilt. I purchased some and started to use it. The above thread was then started and I have changed my mind for two different reason. One, the information in the tread. It is not what I thought it was. Depending on which Bamboo batting is used and how it is made, it is not good for the environment.

    The second thing that I am not too happy with is that it leaves little bits of batting all over the quilt during the quilting process. Have not washed a finished quilt with it yet, but a little disappointed with the quilting part of it. Will use what I have on hand, but will not get any more until they can regulate how it is made and the chemicals are not used in the process.

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    Never have tryed it yet, but someday hope to.

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    I've made one quilt with it. I liked it...a lot.

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    I used it not for environmental reasons but germy reasons and I loved it. Like most environmental friendly products they are not so friendly. Read the thread that was linked to and make your decision. But for me I liked and and working on a oversized full right now. It did leave little fuzzy balls around the quilt but after a roll and wash thy are all gone. I used 100% bamboo from winline. It was the most 100% I could find. Get a crib size or smaller sample and try it.

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    i LOVE dream Bamboo- it is a wonderful batt- drapes beautifully- is great to stitch through- holds up to multiple washing/drying- is a very nice batting

    as for the processing---all of the commercial batts go through some extreme processes- bleached cotton is not much different from bleached bamboo-
    there are always going to be people who jump on every little thing- and (awefulize) it because it is different from what (they) use.
    pick one up, try it out- and decide if it's a batt you like or not.
    i have one kids quilt (goes everywhere-builds forts, goes camping, drags around everywhere 20-7) with bamboo batting and it is as nice now-4 years later as it was when new. i've not found any reason (beyond price) to not use it.

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    from an environmental respect, i don't think it is as friendly as i'd like. i don't think i'll bother because there are so many other choices that are at least as friendly.

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    My problem with bamboo is that no one seems to know how long it will hold up? Will it last a century???? We know from experience that cotton or wool (no moths) will last for ages.

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