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Thread: Batting for hand quilting?

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    Batting for hand quilting?

    I know this has been asked before but what is the best batting for hand quilters? This time I'll save the reply for future use.

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    I use warm and natural or warm and white. The only hand quilting I do now is Hawaiian. I use the same batting for machine quilting
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    I wouldn't use any batting with scrim for hand quilting. The scrim is an extra layer to quilt through. W&N is needlepunched through scrim. Although some people hand quilt it, it is definitely not the easiest type of batting to hand quilt. Quilter's Dream Request is a popular cotton batting for hand quilters. Hobbs 80/20 is fine for both hand and machine quilting, but has a higher loft than QD.

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    I prefer low loft polyester batting for hand quilting. The needle moves through much easier IMHO. I used warm and natural for the last one I did, and didn't like working with it nearly as well.

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    Mountain Mist makes a wonderful 100 percent cotton , no scrim batting( easier for hand quilting) . It is sold as Cream Rose ( natural color) or Cream White. I bought mine at Jo'anns , using a coupon , makes it very nicely priced.

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    i like the hobbs heirloom or 80/20 batts- the dream batts (like dream wool & dream cotton) are also nice for hand quilting- mountain mist makes batts specific for hand quilting- their batts are not well suited to long-arm quilting
    i would avoid a batt with scrim like w&n- they can be very difficult to needle & are really made for machine quilting.
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    Thanks, I have used Hobbs 80/20 but the Quilter's Dream Request is what I could not remember. Any other quilters have experience with QD?

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    Quilters Dream is so nice to hand quilt with.Just finished one and it is so soft and cuddly

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrylouw View Post
    I prefer low loft polyester batting for hand quilting. The needle moves through much easier IMHO. I used warm and natural for the last one I did, and didn't like working with it nearly as well.
    Ditto......the needle didn't glide through warm and natural very well and my hands got so tired using it.
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    Up until recently, I have always used warm & natural - and still have some to use. I don't mind it - it's what you get used to using. But, I had to use a real light weight batting and the quilt store recommended the Quilter's Dream Request - and OMG!!! it is wonderful!!

    I don't like poly batting because my needle falls thru it (LOL!!) I want my batting to have a bit of a "bite" so that i can get my needle to go where i want. BTW - i only handquilt.

    I also like cotton batting because when i wash it, it shrinks up and looks vintagey...
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