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Thread: Batting for Wall Hanging

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    In relation to wall hangings and art quilts....what type of batting would you use?

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    Typically, for a wallhanging, you don't want old-fashioned 100% cotton batting that "crinkles" after it's washed.

    Polyester battings come in different lofts. If you are machine quilting, poly batting gives a highly defined stitching line. High lofts are harder to both machine and hand quilts, so most people would use a medium loft poly if they want a "puffy" wallhanging; otherwise, low loft poly.

    Warm n Natural is a good, stable cotton batting for a wallhanging.

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    I use Warm and Natural because it is low loft, gives a solid base to embellishments and embroidery, and I think the scrim helps keep it from sagging over time. The down side is that it does not easily shed fold lines if you plan to store or ship a wall quilt.

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    I have, when the design did not require any "puff" to it, used a good quality fleece for a wall hanging..not the fleece that we get for blankets, but a lining type cotton fleece.

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    Can you preshrink cotton batting and then use it for a wall quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Can you preshrink cotton batting and then use it for a wall quilt?
    You can certainly do that with Warm n Natural, which is a cotton batting needle-punched through a scrim. The scrim makes it extremely stable.

    Old-fashioned cotton battings such as Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon (my favorite) are not needle-punched through a scrim. The package says not to preshrink it for a reason -- because it is so likely to shred in the process. An 80/20 batting might hold up a little better to the process, but shrinkage is more minimal for that kind of batting so it probably isn't worth the effort.

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    Thank you Prism99!!! Now I know!!! :D

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    I use Warm & Natural in wallhangings and tablerunners. They wash great!!

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    Thank you for the input everyone.......it is appreciated!

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