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Thread: Best Battingfor Tablerunner

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    What do you prefer to use for tablerunners? I normally use at least a mid-loft batt as I like a lot of fullness in my quilts, but am wondering whatyou all think works best for tablerunners. I know my mom won't have it on the table during dinner, but there is still the possibility that something could get spilled on it and it would need to be washed. Possibly more than something like a wallhanging. TIA

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    I like a flat batting, so that items can't rock when placed on top of them, or sink in.
    Warm and Natural washes and wears well :D:D:D

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    I stopped using traditional batting for table runners and placemats. I use "ultra firm". Think of it as a very very thin material that is used in the "beak?" of a ball cap? I bought it a Wal-Mart. Other places have it under different names. It washes (I've tried placemats so far) beautifully. Everything goes back to perfectly flat and looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I like a flat batting, so that items can't rock when placed on top of them, or sink in.
    Warm and Natural washes and wears well :D:D:D
    I do too and W&N is what I always us. Hasn't failed me yet!

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    Warm & Natural (or warm and white) for me too. If you want it really thin, consider flannel as batting.

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    Joanne's sells something by the yard, bond-able on one side, some type of fleece, that says it's made for place mats and table runners. I love the stuff, bought a full bolt with my 50% off coupon.

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    I like warm and natural or warm and white ... Just pre-shrink it ! I like my runners to look the same as the day I finished them.
    Not a fan of thicker battings for the tipping issue . The flatter battings will allow for a glass to rest on it without rocking.

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    with my family i use fannel if fannel is to thin i double it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I like warm and natural or warm and white ... Just pre-shrink it ! I like my runners to look the same as the day I finished them.
    Not a fan of thicker battings for the tipping issue . The flatter battings will allow for a glass to rest on it without rocking.
    How do you usually preshrink it? Just run through the machine? Seems that would be a bit rough even on the gentle cycle.

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    I use thermore type battings/interfacing

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    I use Thermore as well.

    kwiltnutt

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftyone27
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I like warm and natural or warm and white ... Just pre-shrink it ! I like my runners to look the same as the day I finished them.
    Not a fan of thicker battings for the tipping issue . The flatter battings will allow for a glass to rest on it without rocking.
    How do you usually preshrink it? Just run through the machine? Seems that would be a bit rough even on the gentle cycle.
    I soak the batting for at least an hour ( to really saturate all the fibers) then spin , then put in the dryer on cotton. Warm and Natural or Warm and white holds up remarkably well prior to quilt construction . It is one of the reasons I like to use it.
    If I am in a hurry I have put it in to soak for 15 minutes and then run the gentle cycle for about 1-2 minutes just to help the saturation. I used to soak in the sink or tub and noticed that after 15 minutes not all the fibers had taken on water ( there were still area lighter in color indicating they had not soaked up water).

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    I use warm and natural in mine. That seems to work best.

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    I wash warm and natural on gentle and dry in dryer on lower heat with no problem. I also use in placemats and runners with no problem.

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    I use a low-loft batting. It decreases the "tippiness" factor of items you may put on the runner. Also I like to roll my runners for storage and the low loft batting makes a nice compact roll.

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    For table runners and placemats I use either prewashed flannel or thick muslin. It makes them light and I don't get tippy glasses. I know. I'm an odd duck.

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    Just finished my second table runner for the new island in my kitchen. Used left over fusible fleece. Don't want a lot of loft. Too tippy. Quilting still showed as much as I wanted it to. When the fleese is gone I have some mystery fab I will use for batting. Think it may be sweatshirt material.

    So much fun to make. Did use a pattern. Just determined the size and away I went. One has two rows of large flying geese with no center. Just two rows of geese.

    The other has a center bordered by half squ triangles.

    Now have to make one for Christmas. Whoopee! Get to shop my stash!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    I use thermore type battings/interfacing

    me too. gotten very expensive though and Joann's doesn't carry, so may switch to flannel.

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