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Thread: Batting for T-Shirt Quilt

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    Batting for T-Shirt Quilt

    I'm ready to quilt my t shirt quilt but undecided which batting I need to use; any suggestions? Thanks for info.

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    I use Warm and Natural for my quilts.

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    When I made mine I didn't use batting. Just backed it with fleece and it came out really well. I thought that regular batting would make it too heavy/bulky. The recipient loved it :-)

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    Every T-shirt quilt top I have made was extremely heavy. I always opted for Poly batting as it is very lightweight and durable and dries fast. The t-shirt material takes so long to dry add to that a cotton batting and backing you are talking one very heavy quilt, especially when trying to pull it out of the washing machine. Assuming of course this is a queen size. Maybe a lap size T-shirt quilt would not be so heavy.

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    Thank you for responses. My quilt is 59x72. I'm thinking it's still gonna be heavy trying to quilt it. So what's the best poly batting? Guess I need to go shopping. Ugh.

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    I like Quilters Dream batting of all types. Have used their polyester "request" weight, which I believe is their lightest batting, in a flannel rag quilt. I wanted the quilt to be really warm and yet dry easily since it was to be used outdoors at soccer games. Worked well, according to my DD. Plus the QD polyester batting really feels nice to work with. Some other brands poly, I just really don't like the feel.

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    I have made several tshirt quilts and I have used hobbs 80/20 on somes and liked them.... but I really have grown fond of Warm and Plush. It is heavier than some batting, but I like a snugly quilt

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    As Suern3 posted, Quilters Dream Poly is very nice. It feels very much like Hobbs 80/20 in density and drape. I also use Hobbs Poly down quite a bit. It is more lofty than the Quilters Dream. Hobbs takes use and several washings to soften up to a nice drape and quilts very flat when densely quilted. I like both equally but tend to use more Hobbs polydown than Quilters Dream.

    Edited to add, here are links to several quilts I have done using Hobbs Polydown, although none of these are T-shirt quilts it should give you an idea of how they look quilted up.

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...t-t290958.html

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...r-t293700.html

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...g-t289353.html

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...c-t287411.html
    Last edited by feline fanatic; 04-19-2019 at 03:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash View Post
    I'm ready to quilt my t shirt quilt but undecided which batting I need to use; any suggestions? Thanks for info.
    When I made one, I did not use batting. I used fleece for backing and it took the place of the batting, also. If you use it, use a walking foot and do a lot of basting, because fleece tends to stretch.

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    I use a thin cotton batting. It works well for the tee shirt quilts I make.
    Good Luck

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