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Thread: Batting for hand quilting?

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    Senior Member teddysmom's Avatar
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    Batting for hand quilting?

    For those of you who hand quilt, what is the best batting to use?

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    I think it is something that you have to try lots of stuff and decide what you like. I am a 100% cotton batting girl...I have always used Warm & Natural because it's easily available from JoANn's and I can use a coupon on it. I am currently working on a quilt w/ a flannel backing and I wanted a real lightweight cotton batting and I'm using Quilters Dream Cotton Request. WOW!!! The needle slides thru it so nicely!!

    Personally, I do NOT like polyester batting. Hard to explain why - I just don't like it.

    never have used bamboo or wool.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Where did you find the Quilters Dream Cotton Request?

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    I got it at a local quilt store. You can get it online, too. The whole quilt is lighterweight - well as much lighter has it can be w/ a double weave flannel as the backing!!

    The quilts that I have used Warm & Natural as the batting are heavier - but I know my mom sleeps under hers and says it is warm. I would have never known there was a difference if I hadn't done this current project.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I am currently hand-quilting a baby quilt using Nature-Fil bamboo/cotton batting. I love it! No bearding, even though I wax my thread, and a lovely drape.

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    Hobbs Heirloom is what I use most. I've used wool before, it needles wonderfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    I got it at a local quilt store. You can get it online, too. The whole quilt is lighterweight - well as much lighter has it can be w/ a double weave flannel as the backing!!

    The quilts that I have used Warm & Natural as the batting are heavier - but I know my mom sleeps under hers and says it is warm. I would have never known there was a difference if I hadn't done this current project.
    What is the online website for ordering the Quilters Dream?

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    My favorite is the Bamboo/Cotton blend. "Kyoto" is the brand that I really like. It costs a little more but the drape, softness and warmth are so wonderful that I think it's worth it!! It will spread onto the edges of the fabric as you are working and stitching a little bit but that bit of fuzz comes right off in the wash when you finish the project. It does not pill through the fabric at all. Oh my gosh, did I say how soft it is?? LOL!!
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    Here is the Quilter's Dream website with sizes of the cotton batting ("request" is the loft type):
    http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/dream-cotton.htm

    Here are two online sources for Quilter's Dream:
    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item...-Batting--m-70
    http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/m-1...t-batting.aspx

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    any of the dream batts, hobbs heirloom, wool (either hobbs wool or Dream wool) and mountain mist cotton are the ones i've used & been happy with for hand quilting- i find warm & natural very (stiff) difficult to needle- it is (in my opinion) better suited to machine quilting-since you can have up to 10" between quilting lines.
    the easiest to hand quilt generally need to be quilted between 2" & 4" apart- *they do not have scrim*
    the Dream Batts allow more distance between lines and are just soft- luxurious & a dream to stitch. never heavy/stiff
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    Love the Quilters Dream, use it behind all my embroidery too.

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    I prefer a very traditional look on my quilts, therefore I mainly use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Legacy 80/20 or pure cotton battinings like Tuscany or Legacy. I also like Wool a lot (Hobbs or Tuscany), it's so easy to needle and the quilt has a little bit more "puffy".

    A few months ago I had the opportunity to try Legacy Poly batting for a wall hanging and although I don't like to touch poly battings it was a pleasure to quilt it. No bearding at all, easy to needle and a soft drape! Very nice!

    Over the years I have used many different battings and this helped me a lot to find out my personal preferences. I avoid all battings with a "scrim" because I quilt very densely and my stitches are quite small. For me it's impossible to reach this with a batting like warm & natural.

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    I like Mountain Mist poly, Hobbs 80/20 (not my favorite) and wool. i use mostly Warm and Natural for machine quilting but I find it totally unsuitable for hand quilting.
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    I'm using Quilters Dream Orient with silk, bamboo, cotton and a bit of synthetic. Sews up wonderfully and drapes like its name - a Dream.

    Readily available through Fabric Depot and you can use a 40% off coupon!
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    I use Dream Cotton Request. It is so nice and the needle just glides through. I pay $44. plus tax in Canada but after using it I wouldn,t go to any other except for Machine quilting.

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