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    I got a link to battinglady and i see she has an offer on FAIRFIELD batting is that any good?

    i see she has bamboo too but it mite end up costing a fortune,lol
    I think i have seen Hobbs heirloom in Oslo but a lot pricyer....
    what would you use tuscany silk for? i didnt even know you could use silk batting or that it existed :wink:

    EcoCraft-50% PLA/ 50% Cotton, ; anyone heard about this? its from mountain mist i belive.

    They also sell quilters dream

    Earth-Friendly Batting made 100% from Recycled Plastic Bottles and that sounded intersting...............


    Dream Orient, Craft
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    Dream Orient, Craft
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    A luxurious blend of velvety Bamboo, luscious Silk, Strong silky Tencel and soft stable Cotton. Dream Orient's natural environmentally friendly fibers are carded, crosslapped and finely needlpunched to bring you the most desirable qualities of softness, strength, warmth, and breathability. The elegant silky soft drape makes Dream Orient a batting beyond compare. Machine wash & dry with cool water/cool dryer- shrinkage approximately 3%. You can stitch up to 8" apart. Craft 46" x 36"


    I just say Oh MY .....


    Dream puff, they say it suposed to nice and warm



    Here is the link for you too see and maybe you can help me find something that is reasonable priced ond ok for bedspreads of good quality and maybe something for special accations and also i need something nice and warm for a lap quilt.

    http://battylady.com/shop/index.php

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    Hmmmm, I never even heard of silk batting. Learn something new every day on this forum!

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    Also give some thought to Mountain Mist, batting , designed and created by Harriet Hargrove, a quilter. It's very good for all projects.

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    I've used plenty of Fairfield over the past 20 years and never had a problem with it.

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    Here is an interesting read on the different battings Hobbs offers:
    http://www.hobbsbondedfibers.com/products-retail.html

    I went to the AQS show in Des Moines last year, and Hobbs had a booth - I purchased a sample pack of all their batting (one big square of each all fastened together) - very inexpensive, and an invaluable resource for my sewing room! It would be easy to make your own as you try different battings by just cutting a square of the leftover and labeling it.

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    I took a hand quilting class from Roxanne (of Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It), and she highly recommended Fairfield's cotton batting. For hand quilting, she said it needed to be rinsed and machine dried to remove the sizing. For machine quilting, she just fluffed it in the drier.

    She also showed us a quilt she had made using silk batting. That was her very favorite because of the softness of the drape. She said hand quilting silk batting was very easy too. At the time silk batting was very expensive, however, so she didn't use it for large quilts.

    Harriet Hargrave highly recommended Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 for machine quilting. I have used it and liked it.

    Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton batting is an old-fashioned type that lasts forever. I made a crib quilt with it that went through the washing machine many times. Saw it about 10 years later and, even though the binding was worn in places, the quilt itself was unbelievably soft and cuddly. This quilt crinkled up when washed and over time faded so it looked like an antique quilt.

    Quilter's Dream is supposed to be excellent for both hand and machine quilting; however, I have heard it remains very flat even after washing.

    A lot depends on what you are using the batting for and how you want the finished quilt to look. For example, machine quilting lines look very different on a quilt with 100% cotton batting vs one with thick polyester batting. Thick polyester battings can be extremely difficult to machine or hand quilt and are usually tied. Most hand quilters choose fairly low-loft batting, whether cotton or polyester, because it is much easier to quilt. When you want a flat, very stable quilt (perhaps for a wallhanging), Warm 'n' Natural is a good choice. (I personally find the drape of WnN too stiff for bed quilts and cuddle quilts.)

    To make a good choice, you probably should consider first what type of use and look you want in a quilt. That will narrow your choices considerably, making it easier to research reviews on the ones you are considering. I would not recommend buying a lot of any one batting until you have used it in a quilt or practice piece and either washed it (to see what it looks like after washing) or finished the edges (say, for a wallhanging that will never be machine washed and machine dried).

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    I m getting really really confused here; should i use the batting i have on hand( poly) or should i order a small piece of some other soft kind of batting.
    Its a shame if i have wasted the money on the batting i have but i do want it to be good for the baby too.........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyhope
    I m getting really really confused here; should i use the batting i have on hand( poly) or should i order a small piece of some other soft kind of batting.
    Its a shame if i have wasted the money on the batting i have but i do want it to be good for the baby too.........................
    It's a matter of personal preference. Lots of people use polyester battings for baby quilts. I personally prefer cotton batting because my experience with it has been better over the long-term.

    Also, all polyester battings are not made equal. (Same applies to cotton battings.) Some are made with better processes, better finishes, using better quality fibers, etc. A lot depends on the specific brand of batting as well as on the type of fiber in the batting.

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    where do you buy the batting on line and what is a fair price....I like the small bit of poly in the cotton so it doesn't shrink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyhope
    I m getting really really confused here; should i use the batting i have on hand( poly) or should i order a small piece of some other soft kind of batting.
    Its a shame if i have wasted the money on the batting i have but i do want it to be good for the baby too.........................
    This is just my opinion :wink: - but I wouldn't use poly (not even an 80/20 blend) in a baby quilt, just because of the fire hazard (poly will melt and is very flammable.)

    Ruth, I generally don't buy it online, but I have seen other people post about getting it from Joann.com when it's on sale.

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