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Thread: which batting

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    Hi, I am about to make my very first quilt and was wondering which batting to use. Thanks

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    I love warm and white or warm and natural. There will be many opinions on this (smile). Welcome to the board.

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    I also use Warm and Natural

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    I used poly when I first started but after trying warm and natural that's all I use.

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    Depends on if you are going to machine or hand quilt it. I use Warm & White for all my machine quilting. If I would follow through on handquilting (LOL) I would use a low loft cotton or a wool batting by Hobbs.

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    A lot depends on the look you want and also on how far apart your quilting lines will be.

    I personally don't use Warm and Natural anymore, as it has a slightly stiff drape compared to other battings (probably because it is needle-punched through scrim). My current favorites are Mountain Mist 100% cotton Blue Ribbon batting (must be quilted not further than 2" apart, but gets softer with every washing over the years) and Hobbs 80/20 (a little puffier and quilting lines can be a little further apart). Both of these are good for machine quilting; batting doesn't slip and slide, and they are easy to handle. The Mountain Mist is a very traditional batting, popular with quilters for many decades.

    Some people like the antique flat, "crinkled" look (my fave). Others prefer the more modern comforter look (puffy). Some people are cotton fanatics (me); others like polyester. A lot is personal choice and the specific look you want for a quilt.

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    It depends on what you want to do! I hand quilt (heavily) so I prefer a low loft batting. It's so much easier to work with. High loft is just perfect if you're tying off so you get that nice puffy look.

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    I like warm and natural also.
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    I love wool!!

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    it depends on the use of the quilt when it's done- and how you plan to quilt it- so make the quilt first-then worry about the batting
    some batts need to be quilted every 2" (which is quite dense quilting) others allow up to 10" apart between quilting lines- which allows large panto's and larger designs- it is important to buy the batting that is right for your quilt---so you need to decide those things before purchasing it. read the packages-
    poly batts hold up well to lots of abuse- good for kids quilt- cotton batts are good- wool batts are wonderful but expensive.
    batts come in many different (lofts) do you want a fluffy quilt? or a flat quilt?
    read the packaging on all the batts you come across- and experiment- prehaps pick up 2 or 3 different batts in craft sizes to use for your quilting practice pieces so you can see what they are like to work with...

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