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    Senior Member renee765's Avatar
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    Honestly, I think there are a lot of things to like about both poly and cotton.

    I've used both. And down here in South Texas, I've found that the cotton batting 'feels' too hot, while the poly batting 'feels' like it is lighter and not so warm. Since we certainly don't need a lot of quilts to capture the warmth like we would in a more northern climate, I tend to use poly more frequently. I've never had trouble with it bearding, and I done both hand and machine quilting. Maybe that depends on what brand you use?

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    Have any of you tried the Bamboo batting. It hand quilts smooth as butter. I usually use the Warm and Natural though as the bamboo is pretty expensive.

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    I've only used polyester. It's a cost issue for me. If I could only use cotton, I wouldn't be able to quilt because I can't afford it.

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    I buy poly batting by the 30 yard roll. It is cheaper for me. I make a lot of quilts for charities and giving away as gifts. I can't afford to use the more expensive battings. I like the puffyness of it and haven't had any issues with bearding.

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    I was also wondering about the bamboo batting. It looks and feels like cotton. I guess I'm partial to cotton because my mom's family were cotton farmers.

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    I used to always use polyester because it was cheaper. Then I got started using Warm and Natural. Fabrics seem to adhere to it and I love it. It is more expensive, but oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    seems like there are people who will say..."cotton is best" and there are those who will tell you "poly is best(the dream green batting which is green and made from plastic bottles is just like using artic fleece for a batting)

    does this mean you like the dream green?? thanks for all the advice....seems like you're giving a very researched opinion...I like that!

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    I am so glad that I found this post. I had always preferred cotton. Then I read or heard someone say that cotton is much harder to work with. I will go back using cotton after reading the different post here. However, there are some things that I will still use the poly.
    Thanks again for all of the in put. And thanks to the person who ask this question.

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    Just wanted to remind everyone never to use polyester batting in a child's quilt. It is a fire hazard because it melts and sticks to the skin.

    The ultimate batting is silk, but it is very pricy. I'm making a silk jacket and using this batting for hand quilting.

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    There is a warm & white as well as warm & natural, I really like them both

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterInVA
    Just wanted to remind everyone never to use polyester batting in a child's quilt. It is a fire hazard because it melts and sticks to the skin.

    The ultimate batting is silk, but it is very pricy. I'm making a silk jacket and using this batting for hand quilting.

    Thank you for mentioning that, I was going to as well. Please no poly for children!!! And, honestly I won't use it at all for that reason. It will melt on an adult just as easily, so unless the quilt is for something other than sleeping under, no poly for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenna p in ga
    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterInVA
    Just wanted to remind everyone never to use polyester batting in a child's quilt. It is a fire hazard because it melts and sticks to the skin.

    The ultimate batting is silk, but it is very pricy. I'm making a silk jacket and using this batting for hand quilting.

    Thank you for mentioning that, I was going to as well. Please no poly for children!!! And, honestly I won't use it at all for that reason. It will melt on an adult just as easily, so unless the quilt is for something other than sleeping under, no poly for me.

    Wow, thanks for this advise. I had not thought about that.
    Another good reason to use cotton batting.

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    I've started to use two batts in my "to show" quilts. A very thin cotton batt (against the backing) with a wool batt over the top. Then I can do fancy quilting patterns and quilt the background behind these fairly heavily. It then give the effect of trapunto without all the cutting out that is usually done.

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    The biggest problem with Poly for me is the way it catches in my equipment. But it is nice to use in a puffy quilt because it is so lofty. I usually use cotton or fleece.

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    I'm with Kathy for all her reasons. I prefer the cotton over polyester.

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    I bought some 80/20 to try. Usually buy the warm and natural but this should give me a little fluff which I like for quilts that will be used. It does say that it will shrink 2%.

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    I buy poly batting on a 70 yard roll for $72.00 from Wilson Sales in Boaz, Alabama. I have done a lot of quilts with it for all my customers and have never had any complaints so far (knock on wood). When I was quilting full time for other people I would order 5 rolls at a time but now I drive the 2 hours and get 2 at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvseals
    Also cotton doesn't melt when an Iron touches it where poly on the other hand can make a mess when an iron gets too close.
    Also, cotton doesn't melt and catch fire when it is used under or over an electric blanket.

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    if you do chairty quilt they don't want you to use poly . an alergic thing and it's melts in case of fire.

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    That's me all over again.

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    I like the polyester batting. It really puffs after being machine quilted. I think it holds up well after repeated washings that a crib/lap quilt require.

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    poly is very hard to work with and won't look as nice. After you spend the time and money making a beautiful top, poly can ruin it.

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    I make mostly baby quilts. poly is a no no with newborns because it dosent breath and can over heat a small child.

    I like cotton because it is warmer, drapes better, feels more cuddly. I LOVE cotton because it is perfect for the babies!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnikkers52
    if you do chairty quilt they don't want you to use poly . an alergic thing and it's melts in case of fire.
    I have volunteered at Project Linus and they use polyester batting and tie their quilts with polyester yarn.

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    Wow, talk about learning something new every day, so many things I didn't know.

    I have used all kinds if batting, but my preference is warm and natural, I like the feel, there is no smell, you can iron on it, and you don't have to quilt as dense. But, I also like the fact that it is natural, and is not made from petroelum products. I rarely use poly because of that, but I did use it when I did my first trapunto project, because that is what everyone suggested. It looked beautiful, but it was a wall hanging, and no one would be bundled up in it. I only do machine quilting so so many things that would bother a hand quilter are not important to me. Another reason I don't use poly is that my husband is a asthmatic, and he swears he can smell the poly, and it bothers him.

    I felt some of the bamboo batting, I think I would use that in a instant, because it feels like silk, and it is very green to the environment. That is very important to me. But it is so expensive, there is no way I could afford it with all the quilts that I make.

    I have never heaard of the batting made from plastic bottles.

    Like I said, you learn something new everyday. Thank you all for all the info.

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