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Thread: Types of batting for hand quilting

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    Super Member Vanuatu Jill's Avatar
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    I just finished thread-basting my 97x107 quilt top (which my LQS generously let me do on their tables ever though I didn't purchase my fabric there!), using Warm and Natural batting, which I fell in love with! AFTER nearly 6 hours of basting, the owner of the shop said she didn't think that batting was good for hand-quilting! Does anyone have an opinion?? I read the package and it doesn't address whether or not it is good for hand-quilting.

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    I haven't used warm and natural but I'm going to watch this because I hand quilt too.

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    Lots of quilters hand quilt Warm and Natural and are happy with it - some won't use anything else. Try it, and if the going is tough change it.

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    I will try it, mostly because I can't face un-basting and re-basting!! I love the batting (only used it once when I sent a top out to be long-arm quilted), but never even thought about it not being suitable for hand-quilting since it is quite low-loft.

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    That's what I've always used.

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    I had that in my quilt and wanted to hand quilt it. I tried for 2yrs!! It looked awful and a new LQS opened up and I took it in. They said that the warm and natural was the worse to use for hand quilting. Yes, I hated taking the pins out too.

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    Try and keep the quilt nice and loose in the hoop - the tighter it is, the harder it will be to make stitches. I wouldn't try to make really tiny stitches, either. Go for even.

    What kind of fabrics did you use for the top and back? Batiks will be harder to needle than regular cottons.

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    I used all 100% cottons, all fabrics I bought at Joann's over several years, and some FQ bought on line. It is bear paws, so there are several different fabrics, but all quilting cottons and none are batiks. I'll try your suggestion of leaving the quilt loose in the hoop and see how I go. I tend to make small stitches, but if it is too tough, I'll make them a bit bigger.

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    Quite a few quilters hand quilt Warm n Natural. It is needlepunchd through scrim, and this makes it harder to hand quilt than battings that are just needle-punched (such as Quilters Dream Request cotton, which is very easy to hand needle).

    Try it and see how it works for you. Have you hand quilted before? The very first quilt I hand quilted, I used a very traditional cotton batting that I later learned is much harder to hand quilt than QDR. At the time, I just thought that was how difficult hand quilting was supposed to be!

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    PEOPLE LISTEN (and this isn't just for V.Jill or her question) IF IT WORKS FOR YOU DON'T LET SOMEONE ELSE TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT.
    Q. What batting should I use?
    A. The one you like to work with.
    Q. What hand sewing needle should I use?
    A. The one that's comfortable in your hand.
    Q. What colors should I use in a quilt?
    A. The ones you like.
    Q. What machine should I buy?
    A. The one that fits your budget and does what you want it to do.

    I'm not trying to be rude or anything I'm just saying that if it's what you want to do and it works for you, don't let someone tell you that you can't. You should see my jar quilt. My sister, a long time quilter, told me that I was doing it ALL WRONG but since I'd already started I went ahead and finished it---doing it all wrong. I think it turned out great.
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    I have hand-quilted about 25 quilts (from table runners to king-size), but have always used poly batting (like Mountain Mist or Morning glory), mostly because living in a tropical climate, it was cooler and wouldn't mould, and it's just what I learned with. BTW, Raptureready, your quilt looks terrific!

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    Thank you. If I'd listen to my sister I'd have never finished it because she said that it wasn't being made "right" That's the point I was trying to get across.

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    I like Hobbs 20/80 for hand quilting. Have only tired warm&natural one time, just helping on daughters quilt. I did find it harder to needle than Hobbs. Good luck with yours. I do hope you don't have to unbaste.

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    I only use Warm and Natural and I only hand quilt. It is wonderful.

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    raptureready I love your quilt.

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    here is a pic of the quilt before I basted it-its my first pic posting so I hope I do it right-I have many more I'd like to show
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    here is a pic of the quilt before I basted it-its my first pic posting so I hope I do it right-I have many more I'd like to show
    Wow, it's lovely. Try and quilt it with the batting you have now. If it feels like you need a jackhammer to get the needle through the sandwich, then switch. It will be well worth it to redo the basting and have fun quilting, than suffering through something else. You can always save the warm and natural for something else.

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    I always use warm and natural to hand quilt. And I have done many using that. I quilted one quilt using polyester batt and it did quilt a little easier but my favorite batt is warm and natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    I like Hobbs 20/80 for hand quilting. Have only tired warm&natural one time, just helping on daughters quilt. I did find it harder to needle than Hobbs. Good luck with yours. I do hope you don't have to unbaste.
    When I took a hand quilting class, they recommended that we use 20/80 with the other qualities the Hobbs has (but I don't have the package -- or the course instructions -- with me so I can't list them.

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    I have used warm&natural and while it's nice, the 80/20 blend is the best I've found for hand quilting. Your needles goes thru it just like melted butter -- I haven't bent one needle since I started using it:D :lol:

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    I am currently quilting a generous (95" x 95") queensize quilt. I am using Fairfield 80/20 (cotton/polyester) and I love it. Hand quilting is not my favorite but this is going very well. I have gotten it over half done in less than a month, and that's saying a lot for me.
    I have used warm and natural and will continue to use it or small quilt and runners done on the machine.

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