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Thread: Batting for hand quilting?

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    Batting for hand quilting?

    I know this has been asked before but what is the best batting for hand quilters? This time I'll save the reply for future use.

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    I use warm and natural or warm and white. The only hand quilting I do now is Hawaiian. I use the same batting for machine quilting
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    I wouldn't use any batting with scrim for hand quilting. The scrim is an extra layer to quilt through. W&N is needlepunched through scrim. Although some people hand quilt it, it is definitely not the easiest type of batting to hand quilt. Quilter's Dream Request is a popular cotton batting for hand quilters. Hobbs 80/20 is fine for both hand and machine quilting, but has a higher loft than QD.

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    I prefer low loft polyester batting for hand quilting. The needle moves through much easier IMHO. I used warm and natural for the last one I did, and didn't like working with it nearly as well.

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    Mountain Mist makes a wonderful 100 percent cotton , no scrim batting( easier for hand quilting) . It is sold as Cream Rose ( natural color) or Cream White. I bought mine at Jo'anns , using a coupon , makes it very nicely priced.

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    i like the hobbs heirloom or 80/20 batts- the dream batts (like dream wool & dream cotton) are also nice for hand quilting- mountain mist makes batts specific for hand quilting- their batts are not well suited to long-arm quilting
    i would avoid a batt with scrim like w&n- they can be very difficult to needle & are really made for machine quilting.
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    Thanks, I have used Hobbs 80/20 but the Quilter's Dream Request is what I could not remember. Any other quilters have experience with QD?

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    Quilters Dream is so nice to hand quilt with.Just finished one and it is so soft and cuddly

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrylouw View Post
    I prefer low loft polyester batting for hand quilting. The needle moves through much easier IMHO. I used warm and natural for the last one I did, and didn't like working with it nearly as well.
    Ditto......the needle didn't glide through warm and natural very well and my hands got so tired using it.
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    Up until recently, I have always used warm & natural - and still have some to use. I don't mind it - it's what you get used to using. But, I had to use a real light weight batting and the quilt store recommended the Quilter's Dream Request - and OMG!!! it is wonderful!!

    I don't like poly batting because my needle falls thru it (LOL!!) I want my batting to have a bit of a "bite" so that i can get my needle to go where i want. BTW - i only handquilt.

    I also like cotton batting because when i wash it, it shrinks up and looks vintagey...
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    I have always used wool batting for hand quilting. The lanolin in the wool makes it very easy to needle. A few of the ladies in my guild are huge hand quilters and they were the ones who recommended the wool, and as much as I love to quilt on my longarm, I will probably always use wool for hand quilting because it does make it much easier.

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    I belong to a once a week hand quilting bee and have used Hobbs 80/20. We have also had quilts with wool batting. No problems with either.

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    I got some Mountain Mist polyester batting at a garage sale. I hate it!!! I am having trouble hand or machine quilting with it. I'm just learning to hand quilt but I think this batting is causing me more trouble. I'll have to see if I have anything else. This is a good thread to learn from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merrylouw View Post
    I prefer low loft polyester batting for hand quilting. The needle moves through much easier IMHO. I used warm and natural for the last one I did, and didn't like working with it nearly as well.
    How do you know if it's low loft? Does Mountain Mist make a low loft? I'm looking at the Joanns website, but don't see anything that specifically says 'low loft'.
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    Without a doubt, wool. It's fantastic and nothing else compares

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    Is wool better than Quilters Dream Request and, if so, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    Is wool better than Quilters Dream Request and, if so, why?
    The lanolin (not much but inherent to wool) kind of oils the needle and thread (like Thread Heaven), allowing it to slip more easily through the quilt sandwich. Why not do a couple of 5" sample sandwiches with different battings and try doing the same hand quilting design on each just to see what each looks like and feels like to quilt with. I would be happy to send you a 5" square of the different kind of batting scraps I have - any longarm quilter has lots of those!

    About Mountain Mist...that is the one batting I will not accept from my customers as a batting for their quilt. It falls apart and shreds while on the frame...very cheap and nasty. Our lovely quilts made with so much love deserve better the that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter View Post
    About Mountain Mist...that is the one batting I will not accept from my customers as a batting for their quilt. It falls apart and shreds while on the frame...very cheap and nasty. Our lovely quilts made with so much love deserve better the that!
    On the other hand, it's stood up well in my hand quilted items. I use the Mountain Mist light.

    My favorite Mountain Mist is Blue Ribbon. Right now I'm using Hobbs wool, which is very nice - it's thick so the quilting really stands out. Hobbs Polydown (polyester batting) also hand quilts nicely.

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    Wool!!!

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    How is wool to sleep under especially in warmer weather? How is it to wash?

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