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    Does anyone know which batting is the best; I tried the Walmart brand morning glory (high & low) loft and the poly-fil batting. My first quilt with the morning glory shrunk to almost the size of a napkin. (maybe not a napkin but there was a lot og shrinkage) Just want to know if there is one better?

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    I always use Warm and Natural which is available at Joann. And with their coupons, the price isn't so bad.

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    I also like Hobbs 80/20

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    I've used quilters Dream Poly. I get it from hancocks from Paducah. It has different thing on the cover it does. #1No prewashing.colorfast--#2washed & dried. Low/no shrinkage. I got a box of 6, not to long ago, and the cost was a little over $100.00.. I've always had luck with this batting. Don-isewman

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    there are lots of very nice batts on the market- unfortunately not available at walmart. always read the package- it will tell you the % of shrinkage you can expect. I love all of the batts from the dream company---dream green, dream wool (my favorite all time) dream poly, dream cotton, dream orient, dream bamboo....there are more too- all great batts (and yes- i've tried them all)
    i also really like the Hobbs batts- 80/20, heirloom black, cotton & poly batts from the hobbs company (many available & on sale often at "Connecting Threads) personally i Never use warm & natual (unless a customer brings it in-wants it in their quilt) the dream wool and the Hobbs wool batts do not shrink...most of the poly batts do not shrink. cotton batts shrink any where from3% up to about 10%...always read the packaging which will tell you how much shrinkage to expect, how close you need to quilt, and how it should be cared for/laundered.
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    I also love the batting from Quilter's Dream...have used the cotton, the blend, and the wool...and they also have a polyester I have heard is nice but haven't used it. I also have used the Hobbs 80/20, and like that too. I am not a warm and natural lover...it is too stiff to me.

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    I personally like Warm and Natural batting. It is cotton and very nice. I figure that if you send so much time and money making the quilt, don't skimp on the batting. I have used it for all the quilts I made for my grandchildren and it washes very nicel. The quilt holds its shape well.

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    I prefer Quilters dream , but have used batting from Joann's without any problems. The best I have used from Joann's was a bambo it was really soft.

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    Does anyone know if polyester batting can be ironed or not? I want to join two pieces together

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    my favorite is Quilter Dream, I usually get Poly Select. If I am working on small project and I want puffy then I get 6oz Hobbs poly, if I want cotton blend then I get Hobbs 80/20. The 100% cotton will give you enough shrinkage to give the quilt an old fashion look that some people look for but not too much.

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    Quilter's Dream is lovely, lovely, lovely. I used to use W&N but after I tried QD, I never looked back.

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    Any of the Quilter's Dream battings are my favorites.

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    I've been using Hobbs Tuscany cotton and cotton/wool blend in recent years but after reading this thread, decided to give Quilters Dream a shot in my last quilt. Oh my, the hand and drape are absolutely incredible! Does anyone know where I can order Dream by the roll?
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    Quilters Dream is my favorite. I used to use Warm & Natural but wanted a little dimension to my fmq, so tried Quilters Dream and was very happy with it. I like Poly Select or a Cotton Select. I also have used Polyfil 80/20 which I like also.

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    There really isn't one. It is up yo your preference and budget. I have used Hobbs 80/20 since it first came out. I didn't like W&N because it actually HAD bits of tree bark in the batting. It also has a flat look to it and I prefer a little puffiness that Hobbs has to show my quilting abilities. There is also Dream cotton batting which may be a little pricey but soft as butter.
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    I just ordered 2, 96 wide - 9 yard bolts of Pellon cotton batting, from Walmart, $40.00 each. It had a good rating and said to expect 3-5 percent shrinkage. I sure hope it is OK, because I ordered a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernamom View Post
    I just ordered 2, 96 wide - 9 yard bolts of Pellon cotton batting, from Walmart, $40.00 each. It had a good rating and said to expect 3-5 percent shrinkage. I sure hope it is OK, because I ordered a lot!
    I buy the 80/20 blend by Pellon from Walmart and am happy with it. It's little less than the cotton and a LOT less than the name brands but I can't tell the difference once it's in the quilt.

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    Walmart has Fairfield 80/20 cotton that I can't tell any difference from Warm and Natural. Also you can get W&N on the bolt at Walmart. I use Hobbs wool for most of my quilts, 80/20 for utility and donation quilts. When Connecting Threads have a sale on Hobbs batting I stock up. Usually about three times a year there will be a 30% sale. Sometimes I use two layers of batting and I mix the wool with the 80/20. I don't like 100% cotton batting.
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    I prefer the Warm Company's Soft & Bright polyester. I don't lie shrinkage.
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    This awesome quilter has a blog devoted to trying every type of batting she can get her hands on. She is up to 96 of them. http://quiltersbattinguniversity.blogspot.com/

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    I like the Hobbs 80/20, but have used a couple different ones from Joanns. Have only used 80/20, never tried polyester, but want to try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftyhand View Post
    Does anyone know if polyester batting can be ironed or not? I want to join two pieces together
    I join batting pieces together by sewing with a zigzag stitch. Just hold the edges together and sew. Once it is in the quilt and quilted I cannot tell where the join is.

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    Quilters Dream is my favorite batting. As someone else said, it feels butter soft. I've used several of the different lofts and also their polyester in one quilt, for a specific reason. Even that one quilted up so nicely. I usually get it from my LQS, but they don't carry their full line. So I have ordered it from Amazon. Try experimenting with different bats until you find what suits you. There are so many out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftyhand View Post
    Does anyone know if polyester batting can be ironed or not? I want to join two pieces together
    To join the pieces of batting simply butt them together side by side and run a huge zig zag where they meet to join the edges together. No ironing required.
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    I use Hobbs Warm 'n Natural or Warm n' White, Hobbs or Quilters Dream wool, and Bamboo. It all depends on the purpose of the quilt.

    JoAnns is a good place for Warm products. In fact, I lucked out a few months ago, I looked up the sale price on JoAnns.com (different entity than the stores) for Warm n Natural bolt (96 inch)and did the price match at the store. The online was way cheaper and tax worked out cheaper than shipping. I also lucked out going in when they were having a 50% batting by the yard sale and they had an almost full roll of 124" (someone had bought 3 yards of the 30 yd roll). I had never seen a 124" roll before and I like to make King size quilts.

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