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    Warm and natural.

    I have warm and natural batting, which I feel is way too thin (for my taste) of batting for my quilts. I was wondering if I doubled the thickness, would I have problems quilting it on my Sweet 16 machine. I'm currently quilting a quilt on the machine which is quilting up very nicely. I have found out my machine really likes this brand of batting. I've had no issues quilting so far. I feel this batting is great for wall hangs and summer quilts, but not for warm winter quilts. I was also wondering what warm and natural batting I should buy next time for quilts in the future. Do they have heavy batting? I ordered this bolt from my LQS, I thought I told them I wanted heavy batting verses this thin batting. I can still use the batting for other projects. Just want information for next time. Thank-you for any info you can give me.

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    Hi,
    I use warm and natural a lot...it does feel thin in and of itself, but when you quilt with it it really makes a "heavy" quilt...its not "lofty" like other high loft battings, so it also depends on what kind of look and feel you are looking for...
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    I think sometimes thickness is confused with warmth. I like W&N because it is lightweight but definately keeps the user toasty warm.
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    Have you been sleeping under a W&N quilt this winter? Or does it just seem like it won't do the job because it is low loft?

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    I usually buy lofty batting, 1/2 to 3/4 inch, this is the 1st I've tried W&N. Does the W&N fluff up a little?

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    No. But don't let the low loft throw you, it really is very warm. If it is warmth you're after, try one out! If it is the puffy look you want, though, you won't get that from warm n natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    No. But don't let the low loft throw you, it really is very warm. If it is warmth you're after, try one out! If it is the puffy look you want, though, you won't get that from warm n natural.
    Well said...I love warm and natural, because it is easy to quilt, and it is so warm when finished...it really makes a much heavier quilt than you can imagine...but it isn't a "fluffy" type quilt...Maybe you can make something small with it, and see what you think...
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    I use warm and natural for batting and love it...I live in the north with lots of snow and cold weather...its perfect!! and it also is nice in the summer too....I love how its not puffy..or thick and its plenty warm enough...

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    I think thickness of quilts is confused with the thickness -- usually polyester, though - of comforters. Quilts are warm not because of their thick battings most of the time, but because they are pieced, layered, batted, and quilted.

    "Vintage" utility quilts were often made with one or more used up blankets or even old ragged quilts as batting and they were often so heavy one couldn't even turn over easily under them!

    If you want warmth, use a wool batting from Quilters Dream Batting or Hobbs Batting.
    If you want thickness, use a high loft polyester batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happylab View Post
    I usually buy lofty batting, 1/2 to 3/4 inch, this is the 1st I've tried W&N. Does the W&N fluff up a little?
    No it will not fluff up for you!
    ditto to what the others have said about loft, weight, and warmth

    To answer your question re double layering W+N ... give it a try ... just do something small like a table topper and see what you think.

    I like W+N for it's finished look as well as warmth. However, I will admit a large quilt with a single layer is indeed heavy to move around. I don't think I'd want a double layer of weight!
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    If I could afford it I would use a silk batting. It is thin and lightweight but really holds in the warmth. However, please note my first sentence here.

    I use W&N and love it.
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    W&N, once quilted, is heavy. W&N, while thinner than poly batting, is warm!!
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    I have used warm and natural for many projects. And they are plenty warm to sleep under single.or double thickness.I recently tried their polyester batting as well and.it seems to have more of that "bulky" feeling you are missing.the.polyester however does not hand quilt well when doubled.hope this helps

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    Warm and natural is a very nice batting, and warm it is. I do not think I would double it in a large quilt as it would be pretty heavy .

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    You could use two layers. It will make your quilt heavier. I live in Wisconsin and it gets cold here. One layer on warm and natural isn't enough for me. Everyone else in the house is ok with it, but I'm always cold. The next quilt I make for myself is going to be two layers of batting(I'm thinking warm and natural and a poly). They do make a warm and bright that is poly so it will hold the heat in more but is close to the same thickness as warm and natural.
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    if my thinking is correct, 2 layers of warm and natural will give the same warmth factor with a lot more bulk. think of how we are told to dress in cold weather...layers...one on top of the other, but still able to remove one and another. also, think of house insulation...the pink stuff. it is lofty, and it holds in the heat, but we can't quilt like that. my idea is to use one layer of w/n and double up on the quilts if necessary. personally, i use a sheet, topped by a cotton blanket, topped by a quilt (using w/n). the sandwich is heavy and warm, and i can peel off the layers if necessary.

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    I do quilting for friends and some have been using wool batting. It's thicker and heavy. It quilts up nicely you might want to give this a try. It does need extra care when washing and drying.
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    I can't imagine how heavy a double layer of Warm and Natural would be to sleep under! If you decide to layer it with polyester, remember that the cotton batting will shrink, but the poly will not. I think maybe experimenting with a lap robe or throw might be a good idea.

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    I use W&N (I have two bolts of it - one Warm and White and one Warm and Naturel)- it will not fluff up but it is warm an toasty in a quilt. IMHO, a double layer might be too heavy in weight - a single layer Queen size quilt is heavy as a whole quilt - but not heavy to sleep under. I would be concerned that with two layers of W&N it would be too heavy to sleep under.

    I too live in the snowy north and we currently have one blanket and a quilt with one layer of W&N in it - and both the DH and I are very comfy with it. Loft does not always equal warmth. The first quilt I made was for the DS and had it quilted - the quilter used a lofty polyester batting - looked cuddly and beautiful but turned out that it was not warm at all. He now only uses it in the summer as a bedspread.

    If you want the "puffy look" I might think about laying a thin layer of the poly batting over the W&N - it will add the loft with out the weight. Another option is Wool batting or even Bamboo Batting - I recently used those is a few Baby Quilts - they seemed a bit more fluffy and quilted beautifully.

    You could also use flannel for a backing - this would add warmth without a lot of weight.
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    I also use W&N in all my quilts. I don't use quilts in the summer because it's just to hot to use quilts then (JMO). I use the quilts in winter and they keep me toasty & warm!
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    Thank- you all for giving me good information and ideas to try in the future. I will try several of these ideas and see how it works for me.

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    I normally use Quilter's Dream-Select...its warm and has a nice loft. I also tried their Deluxe which is a bit more dense, but it doesn't drape quite as nice. The select is very snuggly : )

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    This is great information.... Tkx

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    I was using W&N because I can buy it cheaper at Joann's. One day I couldn't buy it there, so I got some Quilter's Dream Request at my LQS. Love it! Give it a try. It fluffs up very nicely after washing/drying.

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    I love Warm and Natural batting, and hardly ever use anything else. It may not look like it, but it makes a nice, warm quilt to sleep under, but it won't be fluffy. So if you want fluffy, I'd go with a polyester batting.

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