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Thread: Silk batting?

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    Wow, thanks Tiffany, sounds like you saved me a nightmare, I was going to try it, eco friendly and all that;

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    That is why my girlfriend tried it, because it is eco-friendly. She sure wasn't happy though and Dee is one of the most mellow people I know. She saved me a lot of headaches too.

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    Good News about Silk Batting: the Hobbs Tuscany Collection Silk batting (10 percent polyester) is Made in TEXAS! with imported Silk. The seller on EBAY called Goods Fairy sells for a reasonable price with FREE SHIPPING, in contrast to equilter who charges the buyer for shipping.

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    I have heard that silk batting is a dream to handquilt through. The price is what keeps me from trying it. I use Bamboo when I can get it on sale. Some of the older ladies (80+) at the senior center didn't like it but since it was a donation they used it. The biggest problem I have with any batting is figuring out which side goes up.

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    OMG!!! Silk Batting is the (to die for) soft- drapable- needles beautifully- everything you would expect from any good silk product.

    my first choice for hand work-
    wool and bamboo batts also are wonderful to work with for hand projects.
    dream orient is one of my favorite batts- if they were not so expensive all of my quilts would have them===but because of cost only the greatest quilts get them

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    I absolutely love the silk batting! It keeps you warn in the winter and cool in the summer without all the weight of the more traditional battings.

    No, I haven't used it. Only felt it in the quilts of others. If I win the lottery, that is what I am splurging on for myself and my grown kids. That is if I ever buy a lottery ticket.

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    I've used bamboo batting and haven't had a problem with bearding at all. There must be different quality of bamboo batting brands. I stock up on wool and silk batting every year at Paducah quilt show. It's so much cheaper at shows. And I use it for all hand quilting during the year. I buy a bolt of Warm and Natural cotton batting at Walmart for most of my quilts. I have some of every batting. When it's on sale I buy it. I don't care for the black batting.

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    Silk is stronger than steel. Don't be afraid to use SILK especially for batting/filling in your quilt . It will out last if it is silk without metals. Metals used before 1900 caused rotting the protein. Silk compared to cotton,wool,and synthetic is better for wear,warmth and age. Quilt study museum, Hudson,Michigan USA Velia Lauerman velialive@gmail.com

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    I had the opportunity to handle some silk batting at a show a couple of years ago. OMG! I would love to use it! As many have said, cost is an issue. I believe in natural fibers to the extent possible. I use W&N 100% (athough it probably isn't) cotton for all of my quilts. Natural fibers breath. Summer/winter, doesn't matter. I was researching parade uniforms at one point and the ladies in the group thought I was nuts for suggesting wool for summer parades. They are so sad they went with polyester pants later on. They are HOT! One of these days I'll get to use the silk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n View Post
    I've also heard of a batting made from bamboo - or was I dreaming?

    k x
    You're not dreaming, I've used a Bamboo/Cotton blend and absolutely loved hand quilting with it. It washes up great too. I probably would not use a silk batting because it will not stand the test of time as well as cotton will.

    Edited to add: The brand I used was Koyo or Koto?? All brands may not be equal. While I worked on my King sized quilt the batting did shed onto the outer fabric but once the quilting was finished and the borders were put on the batting did not come through the fabric it's self. It washed and dried beautifully in the machines. I had very little shrinkage. It's in that quilt in my avatar.
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