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

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    Super Member LeeAnn's Avatar
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    I use warm and natural cotton batting and it seems difficult to get my stitches as small as I would like. I don't care for polyester batting. What is a good batting that will help with smaller stitches? Would an 80/20 work better than all cotton?

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    Most hand quilters use poly because its easier to stitch. I personally dont hand stitch.

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    What polys have you tried? Have you tried quilters dream brand? I think you might change your mind with a higher end poly. Poly is easier to needle and get tiny stitches than cotton. Wool is also wonderful for this. I have used 80-20 and it is nice too but still a bit difficult to needle if you load multiple stitches on your needle. Not so bad if you only take 1 or 2 stitches at a time. There is also some of the more traditional cotton bats that require very close quilting (every 2" maximum) like mountain mist blue ribbon 100% cotton batting. It is a fragile bat though so you need to be careful when sandwiching. W&N was originally made for the crafting market and quilters caught on to it quick. But it is most suitable and really intended for machine quilting.

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    Quilter's Dream select weight cotton batting is super thin and very soft.

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    Quilters Dream Request weight is a cotton batting that hand quilters really like. It gives a fairly flat look, though. If you want "puff", then Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 is a good choice.

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    I don't care for the puff of polyester. I like the crinkle look I get with cotton. More of the yester year look.

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    Thermore is what I learned on and love. It's thin and soooo nice to work with :)

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    I like Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon Cotton batting. It needs a quilting line every two inches. I've also used the lightest weight of Quilters Dream cotton, but I felt it didn't have enough loft to really show the quilting design. However, it was easy to quilt through.

    My next quilt will use wool batting - I've heard good things about it.

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    I used Tuscany 100% cotton once (low loft) and it was easy to hand quilt. The look of the quilt was very traditional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quilters Dream Request weight is a cotton batting that hand quilters really like. It gives a fairly flat look, though. If you want "puff", then Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 is a good choice.
    I agree with this, although wool needles very nicely. Have to think of allergies, moths, etc. but does work well.

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