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Thread: Batting

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    I know that there are a lot of new quilters here so I thought I would ask some of the experienced quilters to explain the nuances of batting. I know you have to PAT the batting and not PET it but is the scrim considered the front or back and is there a grain?

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    the scrim is the top and it has more give in the width than in the length

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    I didn't know this, thank you Kathy for enlightening me, and thank you Joanne for asking :D:D:D

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    I learn something new here everyday. Thanks.

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    I have never worried about the top or bottom and haven't had any problems, but I will check on the next quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I have never worried about the top or bottom and haven't had any problems, but I will check on the next quilt.
    Ditto.

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    whats a scrim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    whats a scrim?
    It's a thin layer of fabric that the batting is needlepunched through for stability.

    Needlepunched battings are more stable the non-needlepunched.

    Battings that are needlepunched through scrim are the most stable and can be quilted with lines much further apart. Warm n Natural is an example of a batting needlepunched through scrim; quilting lines can be up to 10" or so apart, or the quilt can be tied.

    My favorite batting is an old-fashioned one, Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton. This batting is not needlepunched, and therefore should be quilted with lines not more than 2" or so apart. It would not be a good batting to use for a tied quilt (pieces of the batting would ball up).

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    I have never paid attention to font or back, did not know about this or the stretch. I just put it in quilt however it fits and I have never had a problem.

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    To prism 99; Thank you so much. You made it very clear. Have a healthy, happy Holiday

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