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Thread: What is the best cotton batting to use for hand quilting?

  1. #11
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    Oct 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    I used Tuscany 100% cotton once (low loft) and it was easy to hand quilt. The look of the quilt was very traditional.
    Love your quilt! Nice job!

  2. #12
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    Jan 2011
    I prefer Quilters Dream Select or wool. Really enjoy hand quilting and don't want to have to fight the materials I am using.

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    Northern Michigan
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    a batting without scrim is usually desirable for hand stitching- it is the scrim in the warm & natural that makes it difficult to needle-
    hobbs heirloom is a wonderful cotton batting for hand quilting- but any without scrim is good.
    scrim is a (fabric/netting) that hold the batting fibers together- giving it that held together/blanket property
    cotton batts without scrim can be pulled apart easily- batts with scrim can not-they need to be cut.
    also a batt without scrim usually says the recommended quilting distance is 2"-4" apart- batts with scrim can be quilted much further apart (because they do not tend to separate)
    lots of great cotton batts made for hand quilting- you do not have to use polyester if you prefer cotton.

  4. #14
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    Mar 2011
    Central NJ
    I use W&N with no issues. My friend uses Quilters Dream. Has a wonderful drape to it. If I didn't have a roll of W&N I might think about switching. I usually get about 8-10 SPI with W&N and that's fine with me.

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    Arlington, VA
    Fantastic hand quilting - WOW.

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