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    Senior Member motomom's Avatar
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    I need some advice from the more experienced quilters out there amongst you.

    I have finished this top...

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    and I will be hand quilting it. I had planned to use some cotton batting sold by the yard off a roll at my local Quilting Mecca. The only thing is, the store personnel can't tell me exactly what brand of batting it is. It does feel very sturdy, and I tried dunking a piece of it in some water and trying to tear it out of shape, and I couldn't, no matter how hard I tried.

    I would be open to suggestions on other types of batting to use if I have to. Problem is, this quilt is so very busy that I think it needs a very simple quilting design, perhaps 45 degree angle straight lines, maybe both ways making diamonds?

    Would it be ok for me to only put these lines, say, 4 inches apart? That would leave a 4" square unquilted between the lines. Is that too far to leave unquilted? Perhaps with the different batting? How about 2 inches apart, would that be close enough together to prevent bunching later?

    I've put way too much work into it already to make a mistake and not put enough quilting lines on it. :roll:

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    If it is Warm & Natural batting your quilting can be up to 10-12 inches apart. I don't know about other brands of cotton batting but I would think that 4 inches between quilting would be no problem at all.

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    I would be comfortable with stitching 4" apart. It would make the quilt fluffier. Closer together and it may be more stiff feeling.

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    I also use warm and natural all cotton. With cotton, your quilts will be soft no matter how close you quilt. You should be safe at 4 in, One thing about the roll, make sure it is wide enough for your quilt. Other than that, it should be alright! :D

    Ninnie

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    I've just basted a top in the warm and natural - first time I've used it as previously I used Hobbs 80/20. I must say it's beautifully soft and feels more stable than the Hobbs. I agree with the above - 4" no probs!

    To add to Ninnie's comment re width, you can join batting together using a wideish zig zag on your sewing machine. If you make sure the edges butt up completely flat - no overlap and use 100 percent cotton thread, you can't tell when it's inside the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    If it is Warm & Natural batting your quilting can be up to 10-12 inches apart. I don't know about other brands of cotton batting but I would think that 4 inches between quilting would be no problem at all.
    I agree w/the others...and even though the helper might seem innocent, I would want to know what you bought if I were you:)Someone over there knows:)Skeat...who loves the warm and natural!

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    I also use the warm and natural!

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    It seems to me that 4 inches apart is usually fine.

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    Before layering the entire quilt sandwich, I would make a test sandwich with this batting and make sure you like hand quilting through it. If it's that stable, it's probably a batting that is needle-punched through scrim. Warm 'n' Natural is that type. Some people don't mind hand quilting through a scrim but I found it made hand quilting much more difficult for me.

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    It sounds like it could be Warm and Natural. This stuff is wonderful and you can quilt it much farther apart than 4 inches too. I use NOTHING ELSE.

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