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Which Quilt Batting to Use for a Memorial Quilt, Which will be hung

Old 10-14-2020, 10:37 AM
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I am in the process of starting a Memorial Quilt for my niece who's oldest son died at age 29 from a bad batch of Opioids. She has asked to have 30+ 10 x 10" photos on the quilt, which I determined to be 75" x 90" and will hang on a wall.

Because of the large number of photos, I plan to piece, sandwich and quilt the quilt and then attach the photos (machine sew them down).

My question is, which 80/20 batting (or other batting) would you recommend for this type of quilt?

I thank those Board Members who answered my previous questions about making a Memorial Quilt!
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:50 AM
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I don’t think it will really matter what batting you use. Just don’t go “cheap”. I’ve used Warm & Natural, Hobbs 80/20 and Dream Select on large quilts I’ve hung without any problems.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:18 AM
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What qualities do you want from the batting?
​​​I have read repeatedly that wool batting is best to show off the quilting on a quilt that will hang -- and wool is lighter than cotton.
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Old 10-16-2020, 10:05 AM
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Art quilters often use two layers: wool next to the top, W&N or something similar behind. The wool gives more definition to quilting. Sometimes felt is added as a third layer to give stability and help it hang straight.
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:54 PM
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SallyS! Do you believe that two layers (wool and 80/20) would be right for a hanging quilt, which will be 75" x 90"? thank you.
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IMO, because it's going to hang on a wall, and it sounds like the focus will be on the pictures and not on the quilting, I would go with a single layer of wool. It is lightweight and won't put as much drag on a large quilt.
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