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Thread: Hand Quilting Batting

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    I'm wanting to try hand quilting. What is a good batting to use?

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    Hobbs 80/20 is good.

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    i want to try hand quilting also

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    I am using Thermore right now in a Dear Jane quilt. It's quilting very nicely as is almost like it's not there!

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    I use Warn and Natural cotton for everything, I bught some Mountain Mist 80/20 once that said it was for hand quilting and after I had basted it to a queen size top and started hand quilting it pulled through the fabric with every stitch. I was not a happy camper.

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    I have used white flannel when I make quilts for grandkids in FtL, FL. It is too hot for much batting. It works good. I make sure that I wash & dry it first to preshrink it.

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    I hand quilted everything for about 25 years & then I got arthritis in my hands. I machine quilt now but I'm still not pleased with the finished quilt.

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    Quilter's Dream (request weight) is also supposed to be very good for hand quilting. It is needlepunched, so is very stable.

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    I prefer the Hobbs 80/20, Quilters Dream Request, Legacy 80/20 or 100% cotton or Tuscany 100% cotton. Washable wool (Hobbs, Tuscany) also needles very easy and it is a pleasure to quilt it. Of course you can also use a low loft poly batting!

    I don't like battings with a scrim for hand quilting, it is not so easy to quilt them and I can't reach the result I would like to have.

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    I have used Warm and Natural, Bamboo - which is like a dream to work with, and the latest one I tried was Dream Puff which is also lovely, the last two are very lightweight and very easy to quilt - didn't even have to use a thimble!!! I find the warm and natural heavy in a big quilt on my lap!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    I prefer the Hobbs 80/20, Quilters Dream Request, Legacy 80/20 or 100% cotton or Tuscany 100% cotton. Washable wool (Hobbs, Tuscany) also needles very easy and it is a pleasure to quilt it. Of course you can also use a low loft poly batting!

    I don't like battings with a scrim for hand quilting, it is not so easy to quilt them and I can't reach the result I would like to have.
    I hate to sound so naive, but what is "scrim"?

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    Thank you for all your suggestions!

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    I like low loft poly, Quilters Dream in the lightest weight, and Blue Ribbon Cotton - which is my favorite. I don't like Warm and Natural, because I find it hard to hand quilt through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momcpo
    I hate to sound so naive, but what is "scrim"?
    Scrim is a very thin netting-type material, mostly polypropylene. It is added to the batting fibres while manufacturing. The scrim makes the batting more stable, therefore you can quilt those battings with distances of quilting lines up to 10" apart or even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by momcpo
    I hate to sound so naive, but what is "scrim"?
    Scrim is a very thin netting-type material, mostly polypropylene. It is added to the batting fibres while manufacturing. The scrim makes the batting more stable, therefore you can quilt those battings with distances of quilting lines up to 10" apart or even more.
    Thank you!

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    Don't use Warm & Natural as it's so hard to needle through. Polyester or wool is great for hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janedee
    I have used Warm and Natural, Bamboo - which is like a dream to work with, and the latest one I tried was Dream Puff which is also lovely, the last two are very lightweight and very easy to quilt - didn't even have to use a thimble!!! I find the warm and natural heavy in a big quilt on my lap!!!!
    I was wondering how Bamboo was for hand quilting...I'm going to give it a try...thanks.

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    Warm & Natural

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    I was thinking warm and natural would be too heavy also. I use that for machine quilting. I do like using the bamboo, it doesn't pull apart and is light. So many decisions!!!

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    love warm and natural!!

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    I use Warm and Natural or Warm and White and have never had any problems.

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