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Thread: What is the best batting ? Type - Brand?

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    Super Member pjnesler's Avatar
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    I've only been using Warm and Natural, the off white stuff, but now am working on a very WHITE quilt, and want to use a white batting - ready to go to the store, and not sure what to get, I'm willing to try somthing different. I will be machine quilting on my domestic machine - this will be a large Queen quilt :roll: :wink: Thank you all for any input you can give!

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    Warm and White might be a good choice since you are used to the Warm and Natural. Warm and White does not shrink, is easy to measure and cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purrfectquilts
    Warm and White might be a good choice since you are used to the Warm and Natural. Warm and White does not shrink, is easy to measure and cut.
    So if I understand you, warm and white does not shrink like warm and natural? That would make sense because of the extra processing for the bleaching step.

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    Yes, they both shrink equally ...
    Warm & White = 3%
    Warm & Natural = 3%
    Warm Blend = less than 1%
    Soft & Bright = 0%

    For more info and to compare further, you could go to their site --
    http://www.warmcompany.com/

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    I use both warm products with no problem. They are the most available here because they are sold at Joann's. I think the batting I really like best is Dream blend but it is not available around here.

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    I agree with everyone else that warm and white sounds good for your project.

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    I don't know about Warm and White. I no longer use Warm and Natural because I don't like the stiffness of the drape. In general I stay away from battings that are needlepunched through scrim for that reason.

    Hobs 80/20 is a wonderful batting if you like a little loft. It is very soft and machine quilts beautifully. Shrinkage is about 3%, which is a typical shrinkage amount for the soft crinkled look in quilts.

    Quilter's Dream cotton is a flatter batting that is also very good. 3% shrinkage. It is needlepunched, but not through scrim, which makes the cotton stable but not stiff. It is typically a lower loft than Hobbs 80/20.

    My personal favorite is Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon 100% cotton batting. This is a very traditional thin batting that is not needlepunched, so it needs to be quilted very closely (about 2 inches apart). This batting produces a quilt very similar to antique quilts.

    All of these battings are easy to machine quilt. The cotton in them helps the batting "stick" to the fabric so you don't get shifting. They also take spray basting easily (a big plus for me!).

    These are the only three brands of batting I will purchase. There may be other good ones out there, but I've noticed that many of the "off" brands, including generic ones on rolls in the store, often don't feel right to me. I don't want to go to a lot of work only to be unhappy with the batting quality.

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    dream poly is a wonderful batt to work with- warm & white is ok too- dream orient, dream bamboo- are 2 more good white choices....read the packages and choose the batting that fits into your (quilting plan) since some need to be quilted closer/denser than others- they shrink at different rates, have different (loft) and care instructions- you need to choose the one that will fit your project.
    i love all of the batts from the dream company- the dream poly, orient, bamboo and cotton are all wonderful batts to work with-and create wonderful quilts-

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    I, too, have switched from Warm Company products to Quilter's Dream. I don't use poly at all, but really like their natural battings...wool, bamboo and cotton.

    Batting choice is a very personal and project oriented decision. There is not simply one "best" batting.

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    I love the Quilter's Dream batting too...usually use the Select weight...I mostly use the cotton...or the cotton/poly blend...and have a wool one waiting to use on the perfect quilt...when I figure out which one that is.

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