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    What brand of batting do you like? Polyseter or cotton or a blend?

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    I like Warm and Natural or Warm and White.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I like Warm and Natural or Warm and White.
    Me too!

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    I like Hobb 80% cotton and 20% poly. I presoak it as I don't like my quilts to shrink at all when they are washed. May in Jersey

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    I'd always used Warm and Natural and just bought Koyoto bamboo blend batting. I was looking for something that would give the quilt a softer drape than the Warm and Natural. The Kyoto has a much softer feel than the Warm and Natural. I'll post again after I quilt on it. Would be interested to hear from others who have used it.

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    I like Hobbs Premium and Hobbs Heirloom and Hobbs Fusible - although the last batch of fusible doesn't seem to be fusing as firmly as the first couple of batches I bought. I like the low-loft, mostly cotton or all cotton types, so Warm & Natural is good for me, too. I quilt closely enough that it doesn't matter what the minimum quilting requirements are.

    I make mostly vintage quilts or quilts that I want to look antique, so I never prewash them. I like them to shrink and puffy up the fabric as much as possible.

    The non-fusible type, I open up and put into the dryer with a damp tea towel or two for five or ten minutes, so that the wrinkles will fall out. The fusible, I open up and lay it flat for as long as possible before I layer it.

    For children's quilts, I love polyester, but it's a lot harder to quilt, so I don't use it very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaos
    The Kyoto has a much softer feel than the Warm and Natural. I'll post again after I quilt on it. Would be interested to hear from others who have used it.
    I bought a couple of Kyoto batts and tried them in the last batch of quilts I basted, but I didn't take notes and I can't remember which ones I put the Kyoto batts in. They all went through the laundering just fine, so who knows?

    I just bought a fusible version of bamboo batting - Fusi-boo, but I haven't tried it yet. The fusible batts are really super for the quilt tops that I buy that haven't been pressed properly during the piecing, or the ones that someone has washed - steam them into submission and then glue them onto a batt! :)

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    I really enjoy this topic. Everyone has different tastes for batting, and I have 5 or so different ones on hand to give the choice to people.
    Warm/Natural, Hobbs 80/20, Hobbs poly, Hobbs Tuscany, and now Legacy 80/20 and washable wool, oh yeah Legacy 100% cotton. 7 different kinds.
    I have a batting room.

    Right now, I really like the Legacy by Pellon, 80/20

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    I use what ever I get on sale/ at a garage sale or thrift store

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    Don't forget the Quilter's Dream products! While I will quilt a customer's quilt when they bring W&W or W&N, I prefer the QD products. I have had to learn to refuse the Mountain Mist products. They are inconsistent in thickness, which leads to inconsistent thread tension. I can't have a quilt leave the studio if people won't be happy, and I don't think they'll be happy with lots of thread pokies!!

    I've also had some issues with W&W and W&N when using dark backs. Sometimes the batting pokes through with the needle. While they will eventually sluff off, it looks horrible when returning to the customer. As I understand it, this is not unusual with those products. I have never had that problem with Quilter's Dream.

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    I love Quilters Dream Blend (70/30). It works beautifully when I am machine quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    Don't forget the Quilter's Dream products! While I will quilt a customer's quilt when they bring W&W or W&N, I prefer the QD products. I have had to learn to refuse the Mountain Mist products. They are inconsistent in thickness, which leads to inconsistent thread tension. I can't have a quilt leave the studio if people won't be happy, and I don't think they'll be happy with lots of thread pokies!!

    I've also had some issues with W&W and W&N when using dark backs. Sometimes the batting pokes through with the needle. While they will eventually sluff off, it looks horrible when returning to the customer. As I understand it, this is not unusual with those products. I have never had that problem with Quilter's Dream.
    I have to agree. Quilters Dream is a great product. I have used it when shipping wasn't so high.

    Have you tried using Black batting... I use that for my dark backings.

    There appears to be an up and a down on batting. The outside of the folded batting should be down against the backing. This helps with the pokies.

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    I just tried some 80/20 on the quilt that I am machine quilting now...its been pretty nice. The 100% cotton and bamboo/cotton blends are PRICEY!

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    It really depends on your end purpose and personal likes for batting choices. I really like Hobbs Polydown batting for a quilt that will see a lot of wear and washings because it really stands up well and doesn't seem to shrink, beard or bunch up. However, this is not the batting that I would use for my daughter's wedding quilt. I try really hard to match the batting to the quilt. Battings are certainly not all equal and your method of quilting must also be considered. No quilter wants to try handquilting a thick Poly batt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    I really enjoy this topic. Everyone has different tastes for batting, and I have 5 or so different ones on hand to give the choice to people.
    Warm/Natural, Hobbs 80/20, Hobbs poly, Hobbs Tuscany, and now Legacy 80/20 and washable wool, oh yeah Legacy 100% cotton. 7 different kinds.
    I have a batting room.

    Right now, I really like the Legacy by Pellon, 80/20
    Oh, Sue, the perfect person to ask! I'm hand quilting one with Legacy 80/20 right now. It's bearding really bad through the light colors and the narrow black sashing. On the black border, I had to insert a thin white cotton trying to block the fibers coming through to the black. My LQS said they had never noticed the problem before. What am I doing wrong? How can I stop it? Didn't notice it until I got about 75% done quilting. Of course, I will wash it when I finish. It would freak out my MIL to see it the way it is! Thank you for any suggestions or solutions!

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    I also like to use the Hobbs 80/20, Tuscany and Legacy 100% cotton and the Legacy 80/20. Never had any problems at all with bearding on one of that brands! But maybe that can be a problem of the fabric. Some fabrics seem to be a tiny little bit too coarse and the fibres start coming through it. I always try to find fabrics with a high thread count like 75 per inch/direction. Unfortunately I don't have an idea what you can do now, Texasjunebug....

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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey
    I like Hobb 80% cotton and 20% poly. I presoak it as I don't like my quilts to shrink at all when they are washed. May in Jersey
    Wow, someone else who does not like that shrunken look! Yeah!!!!

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    I like Warm & Natural!

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    I love Quilters Dream Cotton Batting.

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    I just finished my first quilt with bamboo blend batting and I love it for just the reason you said! I'm tired of stiff quilts, and love the drape, and softness of bamboo. Sure hope it has the longevity of cotton. :roll:

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    For hand quilting you can't beat Mountain Mist Quilt Lite. It is like quilting through melted butter. Anything with cotton is hard to get the needle through and have small stitches. I pride myself on my small stitches. Iknow I'll get a lot of feedback from this comment, as most people don't like anything Mountain Mist.

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    I prefer quilters dream poly or wool. No cotton for handquilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Woodhull
    For hand quilting you can't beat Mountain Mist Quilt Lite. It is like quilting through melted butter. Anything with cotton is hard to get the needle through and have small stitches. I pride myself on my small stitches. Iknow I'll get a lot of feedback from this comment, as most people don't like anything Mountain Mist.
    I took a class with a VERY famous quilter and this is what she uses. You are in good company.

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    Mainly polyester battings - lightweight and yet warm.

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