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Thread: Bamboo batting?

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    Does anyone have experience with using bamboo batting? If so, pros and cons?

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    I haven't use totally bamboo batting, but did use the Quilters Dream Orient, which has bamboo, silk, tencel and cotton...and it was awesome! Unfortunately, it is also very expensive. At the time, I had the opportunity to try a crib size at a small cost. I think the queen batt is over $40 most places. It handled very well and washed up nicely. Very soft, which was what I wanted for a baby quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie Ann
    Does anyone have experience with using bamboo batting? If so, pros and cons?
    At a quilt group recently, we were told that bamboo batting is bleached with the same chemicals that are used to bleach toilet paper. Not very environmentally friendly, and the long term result as to how it would effect a quilt was not known. Don't think I'd like to risk it myself.

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    Here is a thread about this very thing.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-147725-1.htm

    I thought it would be great to use it in the quilt. I purchased some and started to use it. The above thread was then started and I have changed my mind for two different reason. One, the information in the tread. It is not what I thought it was. Depending on which Bamboo batting is used and how it is made, it is not good for the environment.

    The second thing that I am not too happy with is that it leaves little bits of batting all over the quilt during the quilting process. Have not washed a finished quilt with it yet, but a little disappointed with the quilting part of it. Will use what I have on hand, but will not get any more until they can regulate how it is made and the chemicals are not used in the process.

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    Never have tryed it yet, but someday hope to.

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    I've made one quilt with it. I liked it...a lot.

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    I used it not for environmental reasons but germy reasons and I loved it. Like most environmental friendly products they are not so friendly. Read the thread that was linked to and make your decision. But for me I liked and and working on a oversized full right now. It did leave little fuzzy balls around the quilt but after a roll and wash thy are all gone. I used 100% bamboo from winline. It was the most 100% I could find. Get a crib size or smaller sample and try it.

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    i LOVE dream Bamboo- it is a wonderful batt- drapes beautifully- is great to stitch through- holds up to multiple washing/drying- is a very nice batting

    as for the processing---all of the commercial batts go through some extreme processes- bleached cotton is not much different from bleached bamboo-
    there are always going to be people who jump on every little thing- and (awefulize) it because it is different from what (they) use.
    pick one up, try it out- and decide if it's a batt you like or not.
    i have one kids quilt (goes everywhere-builds forts, goes camping, drags around everywhere 20-7) with bamboo batting and it is as nice now-4 years later as it was when new. i've not found any reason (beyond price) to not use it.

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    from an environmental respect, i don't think it is as friendly as i'd like. i don't think i'll bother because there are so many other choices that are at least as friendly.

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    My problem with bamboo is that no one seems to know how long it will hold up? Will it last a century???? We know from experience that cotton or wool (no moths) will last for ages.

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    I have used it, but, I don't know how well it will hold up.

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    Not to self-promote or anything, but I did some research about bamboo batting and wrote an article:

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...amboo-batting/

    At the end of the article are links to other sites (my bibliography) and you can read more information there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoanaWahine
    Here is a thread about this very thing.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-147725-1.htm
    Glad I checked first, as I was just about to post this same link!

    I haven't used it yet.

    As mentioned in the other thread, the feel of it in the store had me drawn right to it. As for all the concerns identified ... I think we can find equally as many (or more) re just about anything, if we go looking!

    I'm still going to give it a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Not to self-promote or anything, but I did some research about bamboo batting and wrote an article:

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...amboo-batting/

    At the end of the article are links to other sites (my bibliography) and you can read more information there.
    Thanks for the heads up...will wait and see...

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    I wish they would quit calling it bamboo! It is no longer bamboo, but rayon made from bamboo cellulose. Ugh. Rayon, rayon, rayon. I am sure it is very soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I wish they would quit calling it bamboo! It is no longer bamboo, but rayon made from bamboo cellulose. Ugh. Rayon, rayon, rayon. I am sure it is very soft.
    I think that's a marketing ploy. They can call it bamboo because that seems more "green".

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    I read some of the links and decided I wish I had not bought the bamboo batting I used recently.
    I bought it because it was soft and because the shrinkage was less than cotton.
    I was making a quilt out of drapery fabric and knew it would not shrink even one thread's worth.

    On a related subject, they use bamboo for scaffolding in China and this past weekend I dug up every bit of it in my yard because twice I had speared myself with sprouts I had overlooked.
    I think I have permanent scars on my shin and hand from the dang stuff...
    Oh, any my dog digs it up and eats it.
    :0

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    I have used BAMBOO batting frequently and have found it a very beautiful batting to quilt and sew with.
    As with anything new, I did check out different forums and chats about it and came to my own conclusion that for me, it is the batting I prefer most.
    I buy either the 100% bamboo or 50% cotton/50% bamboo battings and they have sewn and washed up beautifully with minimal shrinkage. My first quilt with this batting is now 4yrs old and is washed regularly and it is holding up very well indeed.
    Below is a link to add to the information for anyone interested. Good luck to anyone brave enough to try something new.

    http://www.victoriantextiles.com.au/...o-batting-roll

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