Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Hmm...I'm starting to rethink my batting choices >

Hmm...I'm starting to rethink my batting choices

Hmm...I'm starting to rethink my batting choices

Old 10-14-2010, 06:30 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
tortoisethreads's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 375

So I'm going to admit I've been a cotton snob when it comes to quilts. I've used Warm and Natural for almost all of the quilts I've made. Recently, I tied a quilt so I used polyester batting. This is the warmest quilt I've made. It's really cozy. I always thought cotton would be warmer. What's up with that? For warmer should I go with poly?
tortoisethreads is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:33 PM
Super Member
mom-6's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,395

Because the poly is 'fluffier' it traps more air and thus insulates more...at least that's what they told me.
mom-6 is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:33 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Elmira, NY
Posts: 6,113

Is the poly thicker (fluffier)? That would make it warmer. The poly wouldn't condense down as much as cotton after being washed.
wolfkitty is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:34 PM
Super Member
oatw13's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,685

I believe polyester is warmer. I think it is because it is not a natural fiber and doesn't breathe like cotton does. Think of those "rubber sweat suits" that you used to see people wear that made them sweat a lot - synthetics just don't breathe.

I like cotton batting for summer quilts or for big quilts. I usually choose a blend because I am always cold!
oatw13 is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:35 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Posts: 9,856

I've always used poly batting(lived in IN.) because of cold winters. Now I live in FL. and use cotton batting. I also keep in mind who I'm gifting the quilt to and where they live.
dkabasketlady is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:36 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
tortoisethreads's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 375

I guess it was a higher loft so that would make sense. I also just read the obvious...poly does not breath as well so it keeps you warmer.
tortoisethreads is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:38 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 110

A fluffy polyester will be warmer because it traps the air. However, it also will get "hotter" since it doesn't breathe as well. For example, you may find that a bed quilt with polyester will get you warmer quicker when you go to bed, but you may get so hot as you sleep that you end up sweating and kicking it off. Each type of batting has its place.
e4 is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:40 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Illinois
Posts: 9,312

If you want a bit of puff , and the cotton , try a double bat. I do it all the time one layer warm and natural , the second is a low loft poly. They look wonderful when they cotton shrinks a bit and the poly gives more puff to the crinkles. Plus they are really warm. My longarm person thought I was a bit wacky till she saw the results.
Lori S is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:45 PM
Senior Member
BRenea's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Seguin, TX
Posts: 558

I will always be a cotton girl...I don't like the way poly batting can migrate and beard in quilts. As for the warmth factor, maybe the poly bating feels warmer because it doesn't "breathe" like cotton. Have you tried wool batting? It makes a super-warm quilt and has the added plus of being a natural fiber. Just my humble opinion. :)
BRenea is offline  
Old 10-14-2010, 06:52 PM
Super Member
maryb119's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 8,107

I use Warm and Natural. I like the feel of cotton batts...especially if the quilt or just the backing is flannel. Something about a flannel quilt with a cotton batt to snuggle under.
maryb119 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Appa Valley
01-08-2013 10:13 AM
12-02-2012 09:28 PM
09-10-2012 06:07 PM
08-05-2010 05:17 AM
Knot Sew
05-17-2010 06:17 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter