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Thread: Have any of you put Hobb's Heirloom Premium Wool batting in the dryer?

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    Power Poster sandpat's Avatar
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    I'm quilting my 1st quilt using a wool batting. The quilting is very dense..lots of pebbling, echo quilting and such. It says on the package that they recommend laying flat or line drying, but I was just wondering if any of you have dried a quilt when you used this batting?

    I love how it is quilting up and would love to use more wool if it all handles like this one. But...I do like to be able to wash and dry my quilts, what do you all recommend for being able to toss it in the dryer?

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    you'll be SORRY!!! :cry:
    look at mine here http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-3986-1.htm
    i was like you, it was the most wonderful batt EVER
    but i had to redo the whole thing, i still am going to use wool on something for me

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    I never dry my quilts entirely in the dryer. I put them in with a softener for approx 12-15 mins. take them out and lay across chairs to finish drying. My wool batting ones look like new.

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    I remember your quilt kathy...thats why I'm scared to do it. I am loving how it is quilting though! I should have read the care instructions before I started it though. I don't really have anywhere to lay it out to dry..my house is pretty small.

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    Kathy, what was the brand of wool batting you bought? Off-brands of wool batting are notorious for having problems of shrinkage and/or odor. However, Hobb's Heirloom Premium Wool is supposed to shrink minimally. Here is the blurb about it at Connecting Threads:
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...LWoolBtng.html

    Also, close quilting helps prevent excessive shrinkage and distortion.

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    i don't remember the brand but it recommended not putting it in the dryer, some of my clothes do too and they don't shrink so i did it, it was not heavily quilted

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    What if you prewash it to shrink it? Or will it felt like other wool? Hummmmm....I have wool batting for my bed quilt, but it says "washable" on it. It's Hobbs, so I am thinking I am going to have to spread it out to dry?

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    I got wool once. It was so wrinkled & bumpy that I knew I had to do something. So on a good hot sunny day I spread the wool batting over sheets on the deck. After securing it so the wind wouldn't pick the edges up, I sprayed it with water till it damp but not soggy. I especially paid attention to the folded creases to make sure they relaxed. Turned out fine.
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    I bought this at Connecting Threads...you see that it says you can wash...but lay flat. So I guess thats what I'll do. The quilting is really heavy though...lots of pebbleing, feathering...custom type quilting. I'm really afraid to dry it though. I might do some trial quilting on the cut off portion when I trim it before binding and then try it with that sample. Should be interesting...

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    I will never try wool batting! I still remember after washing, the horror of my favourite sweater coming out the size for a munchkin. I know, I know there are sure to be better products from 30 years ago but the trauma stays with me. :-(

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