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Thread: Best Batting to Highlight Quilting

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    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
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    Best Batting to Highlight Quilting

    So if you are choosing batting to highlight the quilting which batting would you use. Also what thread would you use. In the quilt I'm working on (I'm just in the piecing process right now) I am already thinking that I want to do feathers for my large open squares and I want to emphasize them.

    Note I cannot use wool because of allergies but anything else is a go.

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    Well bummer about the wool, because that was going to be my reply. I know of several excellent, award-winning quilters and a lot of the time (when they want the quilting to show up) they use 2 batts, usually wool on top of W&N.

    Maybe you could experiment. Sandwich a few combinations with some muslin, quilt your desired pattern, and see which batting you like best?

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    I would do what Peckish says, buy some samples and see how you like them. Harriet Hargraves sells batting squares, and her shop is in Colorado.

    You didn't say if this was hand or machine quilting. If it's hand quilting, I can recommend Hobbs Polydown - it has a bit more loft than other battings.

    As for thread, that really depends on how you're quilting, too.

    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland View Post

    You didn't say if this was hand or machine quilting. If it's hand quilting, I can recommend Hobbs Polydown - it has a bit more loft than other battings.

    I am going to be machine quilting.

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    Hobbs 80/20 is good for machine quilting. Wool is my first choice for everyday quilts for showing all the stitches. I like silk batting and stock up when I find a good sale. Using silk thread with silk batting, even the mistakes look good.
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    Connecting Threads has a good sale going on Now for Hobbs batting. i just picked up some to have on hand for the next project
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    When I want good quilting definition, I double bat... one layer warm and natural and then a layer of poly on the top of the warm and natural. It also makes for a much warmer quilt.

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    Wool would have been my first choice too, but since you can't use wool, Polydown is my second choice. What will also emphasize your feathers is to do a tight fill around them. That makes them 'pop' more. Quilt the feather in a heavier thread that maybe contrasts with your fabric. Then do the fill in a thinner matching thread.

    The quilt below has none of these suggestions, except for the tight fill ;-). This customer prefers cotton batting, but if I'd used wool or Polydown the feathers would have 'puffed up' a bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR View Post
    Wool would have been my first choice too, but since you can't use wool, Polydown is my second choice. What will also emphasize your feathers is to do a tight fill around them. That makes them 'pop' more. Quilt the feather in a heavier thread that maybe contrasts with your fabric. Then do the fill in a thinner matching thread.

    The quilt below has none of these suggestions, except for the tight fill ;-). This customer prefers cotton batting, but if I'd used wool or Polydown the feathers would have 'puffed up' a bit more.
    How do you do a tight fill?

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    Beautiful, Andi. I didn't know if a polyester batting would be machine quiltable. I've always used cotton.

    I like to use a finer thread when I machine quilt, so that there isn't as much thread build up when I back track.

    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by yweinst View Post
    How do you do a tight fill?
    Just do some teeny tiny meandering or other pattern that flattens out the batting. That provides a contrast to the feathers which are less densely quilted, helping them to stand out.

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    Very cool.

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    I finished a quilt recently that called for a very crisp definition of certain parts. I used higher loft poly batting and micro steepling and it really turned our great.

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    These are pictures of a quilt I recently completed using two batts, Hobb 80/20 on bottom and Hobbs Polydown on top. I used a 50 wt. So Fine thread on top with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
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    Somebody please correct if I'm wrong but could you do like a trapunto and just double where you want the feathers to show? I recently did this in aheirloom quilt.sorry no pictures of mine this is a picture of Marion's
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurlync View Post
    These are pictures of a quilt I recently completed using two batts, Hobb 80/20 on bottom and Hobbs Polydown on top. I used a 50 wt. So Fine thread on top with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
    How hot would this be?

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    Dottymo, absolutely you could do trapunto. In fact that would be the preferable thing to do if quilting on a domestic sewing machine as opposed to a LA. I can't imagine trying to manipulate a double batted quilt around on a DSM. However trapunto involves the extra effort of using water soluble thread and trimming away the excess batting. The results are most definitely worth the effort. It is too bad the OP is allergic to wool because that would most definitely be the way to go without doubling or doing trapunto.

    Double batting is best done on a LA and it mimics the effect, like faux trapunto, especially when doing a tight background fill to get the feathers to pop.

    It has been my experience that a shiny thread shows the quilting more as does a high contrast thread. But high contrast will also show every wobble and mistake. I like Glide 40 wt poly or Isacord 40 wt poly for that for shiny.

    Here is my example. This one had bamboo on bottom and hobbs polydown on top. I did Mctavishing as my tight backfill. I used Glide 40 wt poly thread if I remember correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yweinst View Post
    How hot would this be?
    I really have no idea. This is the first time I have done this. It is for a local show coming up in a few weeks, so I haven't put it on the bed. However, the quilt doesn't feel overly heavy. I often use two quilts during the winter, so maybe this one will make a great winter quilt.

    I know a lot of people who quilt for show use two batts to get better definition, so I wanted to try it. It is definitely great for that purpose.
    Laurlyn
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    I just got a Hobbs Tuscany Polyester batt to play with. Not sure how it compares to the Hobbs Polydown. It's about 1/4" thick, very even. I meant it for hand quilting but based on my experience with other poly batts this thick, I'd expect it to go through a machine quite nicely. Thick enough to get great definition, thin and firm enough not to make too many boogers and lumps.

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    That is a gorgeous quilt...

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