I have learned alot since I have been reading this board. I was not aware that the type of batting makes such a difference in the finished quilt. I like a flat look, not puffy or thick. Also, I want something that will be warm without being too hot. I have been using polyester because it doesn't shrink, but you ladies say that it doesn't provide any warmth. I live in one of the most densely populated areas in the country but I don't have a fabric store near me. I have to order my supplies, usually from Connecting Threads. I noticed that some of you wash your batting before adding it to the quilt. How do you wash batting? Doesn't it shred? Can you use a washing machine that has an agitator? Thanks in advance for your responses. I have been sewing for over 55 years and am still learning.