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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    What is the bst batting? I know nothing about it..I like the old quilt look..Where is the best place to buy on line??
    Also I am going to do some premiee quilts for the hospital...these don't need to be thick..is there a thin batting out there? Thanks

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    Polyester batting is thinner than warm & natural,100% cotton (also warm & white) and the poly is much less $ than the W & N. I prefer the W & N.

    There is also a bamboo batting which I know nothing about, haven't tried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Polyester batting is thinner than warm & natural,100% cotton (also warm & white) and the poly is much less $ than the W & N. I prefer the W & N.

    There is also a bamboo batting which I know nothing about, haven't tried it.
    I have used the bamboo batting; it's GREAT! It's thin, you'd probably love it diannemc. Very soft and much much cheaper than W & N.

    I was wondering about batting too. Does anybody know if Longarmers can quilt using a high loft batting? I hope that's ok to ask under your question dianne.

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    My friend that owns the only Quilt Shop I go to, has her own long arm person, Kirsta loves the high loft batting because it's light. Her long armer doesn't have a problem quilting it.

    I've used the recycled batting, I didn't mind it at all. I wouldn't try to hand quilt with it and don't use it with any white in the quilt top or backing. It did run color through one of the diaper bags I made and I had to remake one. The manufacturer said it was my iron and the minerals in it, but I'd washed the fabric before I started quilting and I know the iron spit water but not in the place that the color ran. I was upset, because having to remake the top. But I will use it again for scrap quilting with dark backgrounds and dark backing, only because I want to do all I can to preserve our world.

    For hand quilting I love Warm and Natural, it's smooth and easy on the needles and hands.

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    I've used the Bamboo batting in 2 quilts. To me it works up the same as the Warm and Natural. I can't tell a difference at all on the LA. The Bamboo batting is also anti-bacterial. I still use W&N for the rest of my quilts.

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    I use Warm & Natural. I usually buy it by the whole 40yd roll. This last time I bought it through JoAnns.com with a 50% off sale and an additional 10% off. I forgot exactly how much it was cause I am at work, but I think it was around $170 with tax and shipping, that's the 90" by 40 yd roll, in a box delivered to my front porth.

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    Gayle- I did the same thing- should have seen the eyes raised when it came! I think they realize I am a serious quilter when it comes in by the bolt. :)

    The savings are $5.60 a yard at LQS vs. $4.13 a yard by the bolt- which included tax & shipping. Sorry, lqs, but I spend so much there on fabric they can forgive me this one purchase.

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    The bolt I got last week is my 4th! Neighbors don't notice, but friends do. They all call me if they need batting in an emergency. I also tend to just give some of it to friends that I know can't really afford to go out and buy some right then. I have another friend that can't afford to buy fabrics or batting and I just keep giving her stuff to work with. I like being able to help out my friends when I can! They even sometimes come to my house looking for that perfect fabric they can't find elsewhere. Especially if they are in the middle of a project and they need something right away.

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    hubby likes the box so he can put it under the cars to protect the concrete floor in the garage. so we are recycling too. can't wait to say I finished the first bolt. I calculate 10 quilts. Any idea how many you got from yours?

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    I think i got over 20 from one bolt. Most of my quilts are lap/twin size. I have done lots of queen but cause I hate piecing batting I buy packages of "King" batting to use on them. Thinking about it, this may be my 6th bolt of W&N cause the first two I bought at a JoAnne's shop and carried them home myself. this was the 4th delivered to me (deffinatelly the way to go) I save all the smaller pieces from the quilts and use them for place mats, coasters, rag quilts, packaging material, stuffing for dog toys etc.

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    I use Warm & Natural or Warm & White. But I'm planning on trying wool soon... I just have a TON of applique to finish first.

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    Thanks for all your help..The bamboo batting sounds interesting..would it be good in the premiee blankets or should I just use flannel in between?
    Thanks for all you help!

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    I use hobbs 80/20 I ordered my last roll from Marshall Dry Goods great price 30 yard roll of 96" was 92.00 plus 15.00 shipping... I really like it... grace

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    I just got an e-mail about a new Quilter's Dream Batting:

    DREAM ORIENT
    A Luxurious Blend of Bamboo, Silk, Cotton, and Botanic Tencel®
    A dreamy batting made from a blend of natural, environmentally friendly fibers, producing a unique batting that is luxurious and truly exquisite. The blending of Bamboo, Silk, Cotton, and Botanic Tencel® brings together the most desirable qualities of softness, durability, warmth, and breathability making Dream Orient a batting beyond compare.

    It's not ready yet, but I should be getting a sample when it's ready. I'll let you know!

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    I used to use W & N all the time but have been using more Quilter's Dream recently. Both are great. I only used a poly batt one time-on my first ever quilt in 1982---it was horrible and I would never do it again and would never recommend it to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    The bolt I got last week is my 4th! Neighbors don't notice, but friends do. They all call me if they need batting in an emergency. I also tend to just give some of it to friends that I know can't really afford to go out and buy some right then. I have another friend that can't afford to buy fabrics or batting and I just keep giving her stuff to work with. I like being able to help out my friends when I can! They even sometimes come to my house looking for that perfect fabric they can't find elsewhere. Especially if they are in the middle of a project and they need something right away.
    Gayle, you sound like a really sweet friend. I like to share my stash with my friends too. Heaven knows, I will never be able to use all this fabric before I die-I might as well let someone use it!!!

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    If you want to get the antique "crinkly" look, use a cotton batting. For machine quilting I use Quilters Dream Cotton Batting Request or Select loft. Quilt it up bind it and wash/dry and it has a wonderful look. I have never hand quilted with this.

    For hand quilting Dierdra McElroy recommends Mountain Mist Quilt Light batting. It is polyester and probably won't shrink.

    Hope this helps, Kanoelani

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    Quote Originally Posted by diannemc
    What is the bst batting? I know nothing about it..I like the old quilt look..Where is the best place to buy on line??
    Also I am going to do some premiee quilts for the hospital...these don't need to be thick..is there a thin batting out there? Thanks
    If you like the old quilt look, I would use traditional 100% cotton batting. One reason many people don't use it anymore is that it must be quilted much more closely than newer types of bat -- every 2 inches at least.

    Years ago I made two children's quilts -- one from traditional cotton batting and one from a polyester batting. The cotton was thin; the polyester was fluffy. It happened that years later I visited the children's house and saw the quilts. They had clearly both gotten tons of use, and the mother had tossed them in the washer and dryer many times. The cotton batting quilt was very soft and had that well-loved old-time look, despite some fading of the fabric and very worn out binding. The one with polyester batting was lumpy and did not have any of that old-timey look. I have prefered cotton batts ever since. (80% cotton 20% polyester delivers much the same look with some advantages, but I still like 100% cotton for that old-time look!)

    I haven't quilted with it lately so maybe it has changed, but I found that Warm and Natural batting, even though it is 100% cotton, does not give that old-timey look. It is needle-punched through a scrim, and this gives it a very different drape and a much stiffer look. I don't think it gets really soft either, the way the traditional 100% batting did. I also don't think it shrinks as much as the 100% batting. Much of that old-timey look is due to the shrinkage of the batting after the quilt is washed, causing a slightly "crinkly" look.

    If you can quilt it closely enough, I'd say go with 100% cotton batting if you can find it. I can't remember offhand the brand I used, but it said Blue Ribbon on it. I had heard that Fairfield had a similar batting, but I never used it.

    Polyester battings are fluffier and more reminiscent of the comforters we have become used to these days. Traditional 100% cotton batts are thin. It is washing that makes traditional quilts soft and crinkled.

    Batts are very much a matter of personal taste. I prefer traditional 100% cotton or 80/20 for quilts that will get used a lot, polyester or warm and natural for wall hangings depending on the look I want.

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    This has been so helpful. Glad to that the cotton looks like the older quilts.. thanks...

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