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Thread: How to make a quilt soft and cuddly

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    I just got a quilt back from the LAQ and it's beautiful...but not exactly soft and cuddly. (After I finish the hand work on the binding, I'll wash it.) In this case it's not important because it's a bed quilt, but I usually make lap quilts, which I want to feel really nice.

    So what are the factors in assuring it will be soft and cuddly?

    I typically use warm and natural batting...and try for good quality fabric. I suspect the density (?) of the quilting makes a difference...but would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    Thanks so much!

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    it's been my experience that the less quilting makes it more soft and cuddly. but maybe someone else has more ideas

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    If it is heavily quilted, it will be stiffer. Some like to put a flannel back on,that gives it another texture on the reverse side.

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    If you want it really soft and cuddly use the poly fiber batting instead of the warm and natural. I like the W&N for table toppers, wall hangings, and sometimes in a quilt but I really like the soft feel of the poly in a bed quilt. I know that others won't agree but this is my personal opinion. You can even try the different lofts but I've found that the high loft is hard to quilt--it's better for tied quilts. If I want a tied quilt to be even more fluffy (like a boughten comforter) I've been known to use two layers of high loft but it's hot to sleep under.

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    Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton batting gets softer with every washing, so this is the one I use exclusively.

    I used to use Warm 'n' Natural, but that is a batting that is needlepunched through scrim. This makes the drape of it stiffer.

    More quilting makes a quilt stiffer, but also the type of thread makes a difference. Finer thread will not stiffen the quilt as much as regular weight thread. So Fine is an example of a finer weight quilting thread.

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    I like a good poly batting, Quilters Dream makes several. I also try to have a soft hand (feel) on the backing fabric, although it's not always possible to really know how soft a fabric is until the quilt is finished and washed. May in Jersey

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    My quilts have warm and natural batting and are generally only stitched in the ditch. They are pliable and as soft as a hug. The more they are washed, the softer they get.

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    Now that you mention it, the ones I have quilted a bit less are the ones that are softer.

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    My quilts with poly batting are softer. I still love warm and natural but will use poly in some for a softer feel. Lots of quilting will make a quilt less flexible.....more stiff.....still it sure is pretty.

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    As a LAQ, I've noticed the following:

    The more stitching, the firmer the quilt.
    W&N is great for wall hangings, table toppers, etc., but not for cuddly quilts.
    Hobbs POlydown or Heirloom cotton makes a cuddly quilt, as does the Quilters Dream cotton.
    A finer thread does help, but it's mostly the amount of thread that makes the difference.

    Hope this helps :)

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