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Thread: Silk batting?

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    Has anyone used the silk Batting? How is it for hand quilting?

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    Sorry I can't help you but does sound interesting....

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    I haven't used silk batting, but it is definitely a great batting for hand quilting! I was able to handle a cotton quilt with silk batting hand-quilted by Roxanne McElroy (author of That Perfect Stitch). It was very soft and, of course, light in weight. Silk was Roxanne's favorite batting for hand quilting, although too expensive at that time to use very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    Has anyone used the silk Batting? How is it for hand quilting?
    I have a friend who just LOVES silk batting. I won't use it though because silk deteriorates at a faster rate then cotton does. When I make a quilt, unless it is a baby quilt and made to be used frequently, my hope is that the quilt will last for generations. The last thing I want is to be in my 90's and discover the batting in my quilt has fallen apart and the quilt needs to be requilted. YIKES! My goal is to only have to make each of my quilts once. :lol: That is the same reason I use cotton thread when hand appliquing rather than silk thread. JMO.

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    Never used it, but it sounds interesting. Let us know how it works.

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    i won't have to worry about deterioration. the stuff is just too expensive for me to even consider. problem solved. :lol:

    besides ... i live in Georgia. the ONLY natural fiber i use is COTTON. :lol:

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    I've also heard of a batting made from bamboo - or was I dreaming?

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    From what I've heard, silk batting is YUMMY for hand quilting.

    Yes, there is now bamboo batting. I've heard a few reviews from other longarmers, and they like it. My favorite is wool - it's like quilting through butter, and gives nice definition to your work.

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    Anyone got any experience of hand quilting wool, bamboo or silk? I currently use Hobbs 80/20 poly/cotton for bed quilts and cheaper poly for wall hangings but my OH is very sensitive (bless him!) to poly and says it makes him sweat (sorry, maybe too much info!)

    I've just started a granny's flower garden, destined for our bed and it would be great to hear about natural battings for when I get to that stage;

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

    k x
    My girlfriend tried the bamboo and then got up in front of our local guild (150 ladies) and told them NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use it! She said it bearded up something fierce and was a nightmare. She does a lot of quilting and I figure I will heed her advice and avoid the frustration. I hate bearding when I am quilting! This is a bummer since bamboo is such an easily renewable resource. Hopefully over the next few years someone will fix the problem. If so, I'll give it a try then.

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