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Thread: Quilting Batting Preference for Hand Quilting

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    Quilting Batting Preference for Hand Quilting

    Is there a preference in which brand of quilting batting to use if you plan to hand quilt the top? Is Warm and Natural hard to hand quilt using a #10 quilting needle? How about Hobbs batting?

    Still practicing my hand quilting before starting on my grandmother's flower garden.

    Thanks to all responses.

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    I prefer Quilters Dream of poly. It is what I started out with and is very easy to handquilt with. I have tried Warm and Natural and find it little difficult to catch the bottom layer. Hobbs' 80/20 would be my second choice. My quilting ability is beginning. I have made several quilts and handquilted all of them. My stitches are consistent but still need to be smaller. LOL. I don't know about the needle size--eyes require a bigger hole.

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    Some handquilters like Warm and Natural, some don't. I use Mountain Mist lite (a thin polyester batting), Mountain Mist Blue ribbon (cotton) and Hobbs Polydown (polyester). My current quilt uses wool batting, which is also nice.

    I get the smallest stitches with the Lite, and it's probably the easiest to quilt. The Hobbs and the wool batting have more poof to it, which I like a lot - it makes it easier to see the quilting design.

    You can get batting swatches to try. Harriet Hargrave's quilt shop in Colorado sells 15 inch squares of batting for a few dollars each.

    Janet

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    I use Warm & Natural with #11 or #12 Roxanne needles. Don't have issues with catching the back at all. I've never used any other batting so really can't compare anything to it. My friend uses Quilter's Dream 100% cotton batting. I will say that it does seem to have a softer 'drape' to it. After I run out of my bolt of W&N I'll probably try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland View Post
    Some handquilters like Warm and Natural, some don't. I use Mountain Mist lite (a thin polyester batting), Mountain Mist Blue ribbon (cotton) and Hobbs Polydown (polyester). My current quilt uses wool batting, which is also nice.

    I get the smallest stitches with the Lite, and it's probably the easiest to quilt. The Hobbs and the wool batting have more poof to it, which I like a lot - it makes it easier to see the quilting design.

    You can get batting swatches to try. Harriet Hargrave's quilt shop in Colorado sells 15 inch squares of batting for a few dollars each.

    Janet
    I'm a fairly new hand quilter. I'd like to try to Mountain Mist Lite. Do you know where I can get it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    I'm a fairly new hand quilter. I'd like to try to Mountain Mist Lite. Do you know where I can get it?
    I bought mine at JoAnn's a few years ago. I haven't been back in a few years, so I don't know if they still stock it. Hobb's Theremore is similar to it, and I think the Quilters Dream poly is too.

    Janet

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    I'm trying Quilter's Dream Cotton for the first time and LOVE it! Needle just glides through it and the drape is soft and cuddly. Using #10 appliqué needles to quilt as I haven't mastered the shorter #11 quilting needles yet.
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    I am a big fan of all the Quilter's Dream batts. I machine and hand quilt and love the way they drape and that the needle glides through the batting. I also have noticed that the surface of their batt is so even. Before I retired my job was a quality assurance tech in a spun yarn mill. Most of my testing was done on the fiber before it was twisted hence the batting quality issue.

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    I use Warm and natural, don't have a comparison because i have never used anything else. I do love it never had an issue. I don't find it difficult to hand quilt and I use #10 needle. I have hand quilted many quilts in the ditch and designs. My batting was a batting choice because they don't shrink and it's cotton so it matched the type of material and it feels good, I'm not a fan of anything scratchy.
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    My preference:
    #1 wool
    #2 Quilters Dream cotton
    #3 Hobbs Organic cotton

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