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Thread: The Hobbs Batting Lecture - What I Learned

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    The Hobbs Batting Lecture - What I Learned

    Last Saturday I was privileged to attend a lecture presented by Hobbs Bonded Fibers. Although the company produces products for many applications, the lecture was about the history of batting and their company. That was very interesting, but so was the question and answer session. We received a folder with their batting samples and descriptions -- very helpful to actually be able to touch it and see the thickness.

    I learned that 80/20 is their best batting seller. I also learned that Connecting Threads is a major customer of theirs, as I had brought the batting page from the recent catalog as a reference. I asked about Harriet Hargraves's current role with the company, since I knew that she was instrumental in the development of batting for machine quilting beginning in the early 1990's. I found out that she still operates in an advisory capacity, but does not have an active role with them.

    Although the company purchases some raw materials overseas (such as wool from New Zealand), they do not outsource any of their work. The speaker proudly told me that they had received estimates for making their pillow covers in China, but declined even though it would have been a cost savings.

    I asked about pesticides in their batting, since we know that quilting fabric is treated. They said they do not apply pesticides to their batting, and that most of the pesticides used in the plants (such as cotton), is washed out in their manufacturing process.

    The issue of eco-friendliness was discussed. The speaker said that although bamboo is desired by many consumers, the manufacturing process to get that fiber soft is very harsh. They also sell organic cotton batts.

    After the presentation I visited the website and found information about their charity batting program. Here is the link: http://www.hobbsbatting.com/resource...arity-program/. I think that the discount could be very beneficial for those of us doing charity quilting, especially if you live in Texas where the shipping wouldn't be prohibitive. (Hobbs is headquartered in Waco).

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    This is really interesting information!! I learned a lot.

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    ​Very interesting about the charity batting program. I wonder if it's US only?

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    thank you for taking the time to give us this info - much appreciated.

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    I am a big fan of their products.

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    Thank you for the information. I've never used Hobbs 80/20 (yet) and also good to know their headquarters is only an hour and a half north from me.

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    Thanks for the info. As a Texan, I buy their batting to support Texas. As a quilter, I buy it because I love it!

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    Aren't these programs from them just wonderful?!! They've given them for years, even came to my quilt store once just to talk to customers for a program about batting. It's one of the reasons Hobbs is big time popular all over Texas and has been for years. They are wonderful to work with.

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    Thanks for sharing the information. I use Hobbs 80/20 most of the time. Works great in my longarm.

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    Interesting. Thanks for sharing. I don't use the bamboo product because I have the impression that its processing was not eco-friendly.

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    thanks for the information very helpful

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    Thanks so much for sharing what you learned. Now we've all learned, too.

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    i've always been a warm and natural fan. is Hobbs made in the US? from cotton grown in the US???

    thanks for the interesting info....

    betsey

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    Betsey,

    All of Hobbs manufacturing is made in the US, according to the representative at the lecture. The headquarters are in Waco, Texas, where they have 2 production facilities. My understanding from the lecture is that they buy as much of their raw materials, such as cotton, from US growers as they can, but they also buy raw materials from sources outside of the US, especially wool. They do not outsource production.

    Here is their website for more information: http://www.hobbsbatting.com/

    Here is a quote from their website: "Hobbs Bonded Fibers is a genuine Texas-born product, so we have partnered with the Texas Department of Agriculture to become an official GO TEXAN product." See http://www.gotexan.org/ for information about that program.

    I am not connected in any way with Hobbs, but am always eager to support U.S. industries, and in particular, Texas industries.

    Dayle

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    Great info, thanks for sharing!
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    I have been using the Hobbs 80/20 exclusively for about 5 years now. It's the only batting we sell at the LQS where I work.

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    Thanks for sharing. I do like the feel of the bamboo/cotton batting, but this does give food for thought.

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    Dayle-like you, i am very willing and eager to support US industries...so will now be looking at the hobbs line! thank you!

    Betsey

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    thanks for the information.

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    Wow, I appreciate the information, thank you.
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    Thank you for that information. I know that our guild gets batting from Hobbs for our charity quilts. I also know that the shipping is pretty expensive for it too.


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    Thanks for the information!!

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    I will happily use it but prefer an all cotton for myself rather than poly --but 80/20 is good to work with.
    So even if I was not "Made in USA" my quilts can be.

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    Very interesting...thanks for sharing.

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    I found this very interesting. I don't think anyone in my area carries Hobbs. Need to see where I can get it. Supporting home grown business is very important.
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