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Thread: So what's in your quilt?

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    As an avid reader of this board and wanting to take advantage of the Joann's sale AND a newbie quilter, what should I buy to put (stuff) in between my front and back of my quilt? Advantages and disadvantages, please!

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    Warm and Natural Batting.

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    A lot depends on how you want your quilt to look. Loft will give you a fluffy look and cotton more of a flat look.

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    Warm and Natural batting is awesome.

    I also use the poly/cotton blend by WN when available and love it as well. I tend to stay away from full poly as it is hard to machine quilt, but works great on the log arm.

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    i like cotton because i like the old fashioned wrinkly look

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    I usually use the high loft poly from Walmart for ones I want to be 'fluffy'. Other than that I'm currently using some from a round bolt that I have no idea what brand it is as I inherited it from a quilter who went into a nursing home.

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    Warm and natural

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    Mostly Warm & Natural. I love Quilters Dream, and did just get a good deal on that at Hancock's of Paducah w/free shipping, so I treated myself to that. Also bought a Hobb's 80/20 to try. I'm, hoping I like it, the price is a bit better than the others are.

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    Warm n natural white or natural color is my favorite. If I want a little more puffy, wool is great, but I don't know if they would have any wool or wool blends.

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    If you are hand quilting, don't use warm & natural, it's too tough. Don't ask me how I know..........:-)

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    read the packages and choose batting that allows you to quilt your quilt the way you want to- i seldom purchase my batting ahead of time- when i do i usually wind up having to switch it because i choose a different way to quilt it-
    some batts are good for hand quilting-some not so much
    some batts allow you to quilt up to 10" apart
    some batts need to be quilted every 2"
    some batts shrink more than others- some batts hold up to lots of washing/drying-dragging around-
    some batts are more fragile and are more for the quilts that get put away.

    the package holds a wealth of information

    i keep a (batting journal) i try every new batt i come across-
    i cut a 6" square from it- to add to my journal- i include where it came from, how much it cost- it's fiber content- the loft, the quilting recommendations- the care instructions---then after i use it i add notes on my feelings about it- did i love using it? did i hate it? did it cause alot of lint? and how did it wash up after the quilt was finished-
    that way if something goes on sale i can check to see how i feel about it --- it might not be such a good deal if i hate the batt.

    i love wool batting but it tends to be a bit expensive-
    i love dream poly for kids quilts- it takes a beating and washes up beautifully
    i love warm & natural for many long-armed quilts
    i love hobbs heirloom batting for hand quilting
    there are so many wonderful batts to choose from!

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    I have used cotton batting in one quilt and decided I did not like it. It is too flat and too hard to quilt and has to be quilted too close. I hand quilt. I much prefer poly. Poly comes in several different lofts. I don't like the low loft because it too is flat. I like to see dimension in my quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    read the packages and choose batting that allows you to quilt your quilt the way you want to- i seldom purchase my batting ahead of time- when i do i usually wind up having to switch it because i choose a different way to quilt it-
    some batts are good for hand quilting-some not so much
    some batts allow you to quilt up to 10" apart
    some batts need to be quilted every 2"
    some batts shrink more than others- some batts hold up to lots of washing/drying-dragging around-
    some batts are more fragile and are more for the quilts that get put away.

    the package holds a wealth of information

    i keep a (batting journal) i try every new batt i come across-
    i cut a 6" square from it- to add to my journal- i include where it came from, how much it cost- it's fiber content- the loft, the quilting recommendations- the care instructions---then after i use it i add notes on my feelings about it- did i love using it? did i hate it? did it cause alot of lint? and how did it wash up after the quilt was finished-
    that way if something goes on sale i can check to see how i feel about it --- it might not be such a good deal if i hate the batt.

    i love wool batting but it tends to be a bit expensive-
    i love dream poly for kids quilts- it takes a beating and washes up beautifully
    i love warm & natural for many long-armed quilts
    i love hobbs heirloom batting for hand quilting
    there are so many wonderful batts to choose from!
    So, if i wanted it to look more like a bedspread--not flat, your recommendation would be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    read the packages and choose batting that allows you to quilt your quilt the way you want to- i seldom purchase my batting ahead of time- when i do i usually wind up having to switch it because i choose a different way to quilt it-
    some batts are good for hand quilting-some not so much
    some batts allow you to quilt up to 10" apart
    some batts need to be quilted every 2"
    some batts shrink more than others- some batts hold up to lots of washing/drying-dragging around-
    some batts are more fragile and are more for the quilts that get put away.

    the package holds a wealth of information

    i keep a (batting journal) i try every new batt i come across-
    i cut a 6" square from it- to add to my journal- i include where it came from, how much it cost- it's fiber content- the loft, the quilting recommendations- the care instructions---then after i use it i add notes on my feelings about it- did i love using it? did i hate it? did it cause alot of lint? and how did it wash up after the quilt was finished-
    that way if something goes on sale i can check to see how i feel about it --- it might not be such a good deal if i hate the batt.

    i love wool batting but it tends to be a bit expensive-
    i love dream poly for kids quilts- it takes a beating and washes up beautifully
    i love warm & natural for many long-armed quilts
    i love hobbs heirloom batting for hand quilting
    there are so many wonderful batts to choose from!
    Thanks for all this information!

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    I use whatever I have on hand.I have an industrial sized roll of a cotton weave (heavy T-shirt material) that I use for batting. I also use old sheets for batting and backing.

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    Warm and Natural. Edie

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    I like Dream cotton ( no dies or pesticides) and warm and natural. it comes in different lofts, so I can send completed gifts to Florida, Michigan, California or anywhere in between! Dream Cotton also now has a wool batting that is light weight and quilts beautifully! My luck with Hobbs the few times I had to use it was not positive-- bearding and pilling, so I don't choose to use it.

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    Thin (cotton) batting is easier to quilt than lofty batting. If you are new at it that might be the best place to start. Don't run to do Trapunto etc until you've done a couple...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    read the packages and choose batting that allows you to quilt your quilt the way you want to- i seldom purchase my batting ahead of time- when i do i usually wind up having to switch it because i choose a different way to quilt it-
    some batts are good for hand quilting-some not so much
    some batts allow you to quilt up to 10" apart
    some batts need to be quilted every 2"
    some batts shrink more than others- some batts hold up to lots of washing/drying-dragging around-
    some batts are more fragile and are more for the quilts that get put away.

    the package holds a wealth of information

    i keep a (batting journal) i try every new batt i come across-
    i cut a 6" square from it- to add to my journal- i include where it came from, how much it cost- it's fiber content- the loft, the quilting recommendations- the care instructions---then after i use it i add notes on my feelings about it- did i love using it? did i hate it? did it cause alot of lint? and how did it wash up after the quilt was finished-
    that way if something goes on sale i can check to see how i feel about it --- it might not be such a good deal if i hate the batt.

    i love wool batting but it tends to be a bit expensive-
    i love dream poly for kids quilts- it takes a beating and washes up beautifully
    i love warm & natural for many long-armed quilts
    i love hobbs heirloom batting for hand quilting
    there are so many wonderful batts to choose from!
    SUPER IDEA of the "Batting Journal" and documenting the different types... I've done this with the quilt tops, but never thought of the diff. battings I've used. Thanks for the tip!

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    If your quilt is being made for a child or is likely to get a lot of heavy use, something like Quilter's Dream Poly works very well. I have recently fallen in love with cotton batting. I know that it is a little pricey, but I have found some of the other brands that Hancock's and Joanne's sell to be difficult to work with as well as having a rather stiff feel to them, but that is a personal opinion. It also comes down to what resources you have in your area and what you are willing to spend.

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    I agree with ghostrider do some reading frist beveryone bincluding me but I've learned to read before making a decision

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    Mighty good info here...love this board!

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    warm and natural and
    warm and white your quilting can be farther apart less quilting the other batting's you have to quilt as close as 2" to 4" apart a lot more quilting

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    Quilters Dream Blend Batting for me. Supposedly it is made for machine quilting and you can stitch up to 12" apart. Even though it is a 70/30 blend it still gives you that crinkly look when washed.

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