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Thread: The mailman brought me a present today.

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    I looked outside today and there on the porch was a gigantic roll of Hobbs Harriet Hargrave Bonded Wool Batting. I opened the roll up and felt the warmth of the wonderful soft wool and thought, this is going to be fun to work with. This is the first time I have ever bought anything so expensive. I usually get something from Joannes when it is on sale if I have a 50% coupon. But this stuff is divine. I am now changing my plans for the next quilt and I am going to make a large bed quilt. Oh boy.

    John

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    Sounds like fun! I've never worked with wool batting before. Let us know how you like it.

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    I haven't heard of it either. Is it heavier? Wool would be very warm I would think.

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    you have fun John
    playing touchy, feely :D

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    I love using wool. You are going to love it too! it's light, easy, airy, but wonderfully soft and warm. It gives the quilt such a cozy drape.

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    I haven't tried it and will look forward to hearing how you like working with it. I would think it might be a little warm for here though.

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    I had tried a cotton/wool 80/20 batting and was pretty satisfied with it. But I thought I would like to try 100% wool. This is something called Bonded fiber 100% wool. It is very light and has a pretty good sized loft to it. Not as high as high loft polyester, which is very puffy, when quilted, but higher than cotton batting, which is kind of flat, until you wash it after the quilt is made, and it gets that old time wrinkled look. This should be warmer without the weight that is associated with the heavy 100% cotton. I think, what with the very cold weather it will be a godsend for our bed. We are currently using a wool blanket, a cotton/wool inner quilt under a cotton/ full sized bed quilt. That can add up to a lot of weight. We keep the thermostat down to about 63 to try and save some money when we are not up and about at night, so this should allow us to have that top quilt be a 100% wool lofted, warm bed sized quilt. At least that is the theory. In my research, this is the brand that came up with some of the best ratings as to all the requirements that I had. It does feel yummy, so I am looking forward to using it. It allows you a bit more space between stitching lines, and that can help out with the design of the piecing. You aren't restricted to as closely spaced seam requirements. I will give an evaluation when I get done. I haven't even started piecing yet, so it may be awhile. I'm making another Log cabin for another niece who is preggers. It seems that that is happening about every nine months and 10 minutes. :roll:

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    I'm making another Log cabin for another niece who is preggers. It seems that that is happening about every nine months and 10 minutes.
    :lol: :lol:

    I'll be curious as to how you like it. Are the washing directions any different for the finished product from cotton batting?

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    John--you are going to love quilting wool batting---it stitches like "butta"

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    I too will want to know how you like it. Sounds very nice and easy to work with.

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    I'm allergic to wool- I'd be all little red dots. Darn, it sounds devine!

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    If that happens to me, I will call them freckles. At least as long as the 25 yards holds out.

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    Sounds like fun.... Let us know what you think

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    John, wool quilts like a dream by hand or machine but don't wash it! or at least DON"T DRY IT
    here's what happened to mine
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/3986.page

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    I 've never seen the wool wadding over here (but I expect you could order it) I always use anything I can get hold of ! lol!

    Karen xx

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    John I have used this batting and it is wonderful! Light but nice and warm. Washes just fine. Enjoy
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    Thanks for the tip. I haven't delved into the do's and don'ts of how to deal with cleaning. I am going to call the dealer on monday and get the recommendations from them as to how to handle all those issues. The quilt I have planned is quite large so I will have to rent an aircraft hanger to dry it flat if that is the only option.

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    Follow the instructions on all Batting! most are machine washable with cold water and handwash cycle. Never put a quilt in the dryer. Flat dry for best results. I love wool and have not had any problems with it. I guess you could put it in a large zippered pilow case and wash it if you are afraid of it before using it.
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    I love wool batting! I just used something new to myself though. I used "Green" batting made made soda bottles and it is great. so soft and easy to quilt. I'm swicthing to that now.

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    The website for the company states that because the fibers are "Bonded", that it can be washed and the quilt can be quilted up to 4" apart. I am going to contact customer support on monday, to get any other info I can get, and I will post it.

    John

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    It will be exciting to learn how it works out for you. Please keep us all posted, as you work with it.

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