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Thread: what batting should I use?

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    Senior Member batikmystique's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I used to use Warm and Natural, but find that the drape of it is more stiff than other options, so I don't use it anymore.

    My all-time favorite batting is Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton, which is becoming more and more difficult to find. It produces a flatter quilt that is very soft. You *cannot* preshrink this one; it will come apart in water. Plus it requires closer quilting than many battings -- every 2 inches. I find it is really worth it for soft baby quilts.

    I like Hobbs 80/20 a lot for large quilts (twin size and bigger), but have gone off it for baby quilts. I just finished two small quilts, one with Mountain Mist and one with the Hobbs, and the MM quilt is nicer. The Hobbs distorted more in the wash, with the result that the edges are a little wavy instead of flat, plus it is not as soft as the Mountain Mist.

    I have some Hobbs wool batting, but haven't tried it yet. Other battings I really want to try are Quilter's Dream request and select cotton (especially for crib quilts), and Hobbs polydown. I have always preferred cotton batting to poly, but I have heard some good things about the polydown -- faster to dry for kids' quilts, and very durable -- so I would like to try it.

    I never preshrink batting, as I like the crinkled look that comes with cotton. Poly doesn't shrink, so there's no use in prewashing it.

    So much great info Prism99...thank you! Warm & Natural has always been my "go-to" batting for machine quilting and MM for hand quilting. I've tried Hobbs before and just didn't like the overall end result...also, not very soft in comparison to W&N. I've been reading so much about wool and, like you, want to give that a try now.
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    Quilter's Dream wool would give a slightly puffier look. I made a quilt for my daughter in CA with Dream Orient. She claims it is warm in winter and cool in summer. Their 100% cotton, Request loft is recommended for hand quilting.
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    I don't prewash batting. Absolutely do not use the agitator. It shredded some Hobbs 80/20 that I tried to wash. I usually wash the quilts after completion and I like the look if it shrinks slightly.

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    I love Warm & Natural/White and use it for most everything. I don't pre wash it and am OK with any crinkles later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    Quilter's Dream wool would give a slightly puffier look. I made a quilt for my daughter in CA with Dream Orient. She claims it is warm in winter and cool in summer. Their 100% cotton, Request loft is recommended for hand quilting.
    I like the quilter's dream 80/20 blend.
    Karen from Louisiana

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