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Old 06-14-2019, 01:18 PM
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I wanted some opinions- what type(s) of batting are your favorite?
My great-grandmother would use Army surplus wool blankets (which, before being turned into quilts, weighed 3-5 lbs for a lap blanket!), so I have always been very fond of a crazy heavy quilt, however my husband absolutely hates heavy blankets.
The quilts I've made for my nieces/nephew (my husband's side), I've bought Pellon Natures Touch Natural Blend 80/20 because they didn't want heavy blankets, and I found a great price online from Walmart. For my aunt's chemo blanket, I found a wool blanket just like her Grandmother would use. (She talked about chemo making her constantly cold, and she adores how much like a 'hug' the heavy blanket is.) I'm not great at machine quilting, but I do a lot of straight line, so I usually don't worry too much about the loft (I lack a personal preference).
Anyway, I was just curious about everybody's preference: What is your ideal batting and why?
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:05 PM
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I like the 100% Polys because I find them easy to work with, fluffy and comfortable.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:07 PM
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right now my favorite is Warm Company's Warm and Plush. Its plusher than some but its too much
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:14 PM
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If you are looking for what weighs the least, I am thinking it would be Polyester.

After considering weight, heavy or light in weight ...
there is the fluff and puff, stiffness, warmth to compare.

Some of that is managed or created by how much quilting, just a little or a whole bunch.

I'd really love for someone to tell me more about wool batts vs. bamboo vs. silk
in comparison to the more familiar poly/cotton blends.

That is, when to use, the virtues of each, and when not to use each!
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:15 PM
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My favorite is wool. When I won’t spring for wool, I like poly. I like light quilts. To me, even 80/20 seems heavy.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:34 PM
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My preferred in Hobbs 80/20. It's slightly fluffier than Warm and Natural and priced better too.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:56 PM
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I'm a 100% cotton girl. The quilts I grew up with were cotton picked from the fields. But I do sometimes like fluffy poly for those difficult to lay flat quilts.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:39 PM
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Hi! I use and Love Hobbs 80/20 fusible... mostly because i Hate basting!

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Old 06-14-2019, 04:10 PM
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So far my favorite is wool. But I have found it is not a white -white a bit on an unbleached look so can make white fabric underneath look a bit dirty when it is not. Then I used a Quilter's Dream 80/20 - it is a lot heavier and seems not to drape as well. I have used the Warm & White from the Warm Company. I could buy it by the roll, have it delivered, and get it at a discount too. Since I am not making as many quilts lately I may not buy a roll again. It takes up space in my sewing room, and it's drag having to move it around.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:48 PM
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Winline 80/20 has become the favorite over Hobbs 80/20, at the store. The Winline is more consistent overall. Not so many bald spots. There is a Hobbs 80/20 "Thick," which is double the thickness, and that is very nice, but $14.98 per yd.
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