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Thread: Batting? Whats your favorite?

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    Batting? Whats your favorite?

    I'm trying to find a batting that is all around "good"! By that I mean it has a great drape, does not pill nor come out of the stitch holes when quilted, has some "feel" to it...it has a weight to it, meaning warmth.
    I have tried a Poly and it's so light, almost a summer quilt. An 80/20, not much improvement. I'm looking for something that works for a used quilt...practical, warm....
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    When I want the feel and qualities you are looking for I go with Warm & White. I use cotton batting exclusively, but I am usually not particular since my quilts are all donations. I got some cotton/bamboo batting on clearance and although it worked fine for my projects, it wasn't as thick as I like. I used it with flannel since it was thinner and I already had enough bulk!

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    I used to use Warm & Natural all the time until I discovered Hobbs 80/20. I use that almost all the time now. I think it's a softer feel and drape than the Warm & Natural. I love the Quilters Dream Orient, but it's very expensive. You might try experimenting with 2 layers of batting and try different ones together.

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    Love Quilters Dream in the poly/ then warm and natural/ But usually buy H
    obbs 80/20.

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    I am working on a large quilt and will watch this question. The 80/20 is nice to work with, it does not need to be quilted as close as with warm and natural, I think. And that means a lot when sewing in my machine. Will watch this.

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    Warm and Natural is fine, but I like 80/20 the best.

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    My favorite batting is either Hobbs wool or Quilters Dream wool. Both are machine washable, warm, drape and define the stitches beautifully.

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    When I want warmth I use either wool or two layers of batting ( one cotton one poly)

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    I am exploring this same subject. When Fabric Depot and Connecting Threads had their batting sale on, I ordered Quilter's Dream, Hobbs 80/20, and Warm and Natural.

    I am on the last legs of quilting a queen with the Warm and Natural batting. So far, I like it. I haven't used the others yet, but since I'm keeping all three quilts for my own beds, I'll be able to compare.

    I have used Mountain Mist on some lap quilts and they seemed to quilt just fine...however, when sandwiching the quilt, it seemed like it pulled apart very easy and was thinner in some places than others. But when quilted, the whole thing didn't come out thinner in places...don't really know what was going on there.

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    I'm not experienced in this but I did recently get a Hobbs Tuscany Poly batt. So far just playing with it for hand quilting practice. It is very nice -- very even, has some loft but not too much. Should machine quilt well.

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    I used Mountain Mist Cream Rose for my first quilt, and I don't love it. It was difficult to work with because it pulled apart when I tried to spread it tight (imagine pizza dough pulled too thin; this batting got similar thin spots while I was trying to sandwich it). It also ripped really easily, and though it claims to be preshrunk I've since read that it actually shrinks fairly dramatically. The finished quilt looks nice now, but is thin enough that when I hold it up, I can see the bright fabrics on the front through the back. I'll use a thicker batting for my next project.

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    My favorite is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. I also like all of the Quilter's Dream battings. I don't like Warm and Natural. It's hard flat, it has no resilience or loft and doesn't give your quilting any definition, and if you quilt it at all close about stiff as a board.

    The thinnest Quilter's Dream is also thin and fairly flat but it's not stiff when quilted fairly close.

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    I only use Warm and Natural or Warm and White.

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    I use Warm and White and like it because you don't have to do heavy quilting. It is thin so really isn't a quilt for lots of warmth (which I like most of the time). I also like the crinkle look that Warm and White gives when washed, reminds me of my Grandma's quilts. For warm quilts I use wool and it's great but too expensive for everything.

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    Really like Quilters dream.

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    I always use Hobbs 80/20. I buy it wholesale from Marshall's Drygoods in Arkansas. I love it for FMQing.

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    We have used (in order of preference) Quilter's Dream, Warm & Natural, and Hobbs. We like the weight and drape of the QD. We have purchased some bamboo/cotton blend, but haven't tried it yet. I really want to try wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc View Post
    My favorite batting is either Hobbs wool or Quilters Dream wool. Both are machine washable, warm, drape and define the stitches beautifully.
    AMEN! It truly does all these things.
    I LOVE wool batting and wish I could afford to use it in all my quilts.

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    Hobbs Tuscany Wool is my favorite batting. Have not used Quilters Dream Wool, but it has been recommended. Wool will give some definition in your quilting and provides a nice drape. Fairfield Soft Touch is a nice cotton that drapes well and gives an antique look. I am a hand quilter and do not like Warm and Natural or poly battings. I find Warm and Natural hard to needle and poly pills and is stiff.

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    Wool batting for my family, especially for flannel quilts; Warm'n'White or Warm'n'Natural for everyday and charity quilts. I have tried 80/20 batting and I like it,too.

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    I am a Warm and Natural girl for the thicker quilts, but I just hand quilted using Thermore and I love it. It needles beautifully and you only have to quilt 8 inches apart. Really very nice.
    Adapt! Improvise! Overcome!

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    I love, love, love Hobbs Heirloon 80/20 blend batting. I recently used an all cotton batting and it wasn't as easy to work with as the 80/20 was. I'm sticking with the blend.

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