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Thread: What batting do you like?

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    Smile What batting do you like?

    my friends and i have a little quilting group and we were thinking about purchasing batting on line, in large quantity and splitting the cost. do you have preferences as to what batting works generally best for most quilting. we are not making baby quilts. mostly lap size, table runners. once in a while a bed quilt. i like the quilters dream. was wondering what others thought of it, or if there was something that works better for you. would like your opinions. thank you!

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    It would be interesting to see what is the best deal and is buying in bulk really a big savings. Batting is getting just to expensive
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    I really like Warm and Natural and have been a recent convert to Warm and White now that I know there isn't any difference in them except the color!
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    I use mostly Warm and Natural ( or White) the other I really like is Hobbs 80/20.

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    just remember when buying in BULK you have to pay a HUGE shipping bill. Most places only "drop ship" batting now and UPS charges an over size charge for Rolls!

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    Quilter's Choice 80/20 has worked well in my last few quilts. I do preshrink it as I'm the one who isn't a big fan of the crinkled look in my quilts. Soft, clings to the quilt when sandwiching and easy to handle while FMQ. Works for me.

    Edit to add: For table runners and place mats, I like Pellon fleece interfacing - not fusible.

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    I love Hobbs 80/20 fusible. Have used it on a double sized quilt and found it so easy to work with and no pins! Treated myself to a roll before Christmas.
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    I really like Warn and Natural.
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    I like the Quilter's Dream batting. Also, Hobbs 80/20.

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    I use warm and natural. When Joanns has their half off sale buy the bolt from them so you don't have to pay shipping costs!!!!.

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    I use to buy quilters dream by bolts and batts for our store. By the inch it is the same price. Still my choice, but I no longer have the store. I buy batts for easier storage and queens with the occasional king. I cut them as I would the rolls. When using only part of a batt, I take a pernanent marker and put the scrap size on the outside of the bag and tape or staple it shut. I have a list of the size pieces on my pinup board and when I do a baby or table runner, I check the list and use from the scrap pieces.
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    I mostly stick to warm and natural or warm and white. You might want to think about purchasing a whole roll of batting at JoAnn's if you get a 40-50% off coupon as it will save you the shipping. We order batting from online for our quilting group as the nearest JoAnn's is about 1 hour away and we do pay about $25 shipping on a whole roll.
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    I love QD - very drapable and the quilting shows up nicely. My second fav is Hobbs 80/20 (although I do wash it before using it in a quilt). I'm not a W&N fan, but that's just me.

    The shipping can be expensive, yes, but there are a couple of stores online that carry Hobbs that often have specials on shipping (i.e., $10 for a roll). That's when I'd order!

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    I like Hobbs 80/20, I purchased mine from www.Batt-mart.com I bought 2 cases of 6 each of queen size 90x108, the cost including shipping to Calif. was $282.00. That works out to $23.50 per bag. Our group decided it was a good price and since the batting was queen size in bags we would not have to measure off a roll to divide it up. We make lap quilts for nursing homes and the queen size works well for us. The king size is $125. for a case of 4 and it is 120x120. Someone in our group figured out the yardage of the queen size versus the king size and figured out what size we use for our quilts and then she figured out how many we could get out of each size. I'm glad she did all the figuring! Batt Mart also carries Quilters Dream and some other brands. Personally I don't like Warm and Natural. I like the Hobbs fusible and non-fusible, it washes well, doesn't have a lot of lint nor does it bunch up.

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    I've loved the Warm and Natural line and also used the QD and the Hobbs 80/20. But I'm a recent convert to Hobbs Polydown, mostly thanks to Charismah's posts. The BIG reason I like it now is that it scrunches down so easily that I can get more of the quilt into the arm of my domestic sewing machine....and it's much lighter weight than cotton. Also, I quilt fairly minimal designs and like the loft of Polydown. After Christmas I ordered several large batts on sale from Fabric Depot....I think the queen size was about $11...and got free shipping for an entire order over $50.

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    Quilters Dream is a little more expensive but so worth it!
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    I only use Warm and Natural and when I have a lighter fabric quilt I use Warm and White. It is natural and washes and wears wonderful! I am a low loft kind of gal! lol
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    I like dream cotton.

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    I buy Warm and Natural or Warm and White by the bolt. Good, strong all purpose batting and only needs to be quilted ever 11 inches or so.
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    Quilters Dream-Select is my absolute favorite! So soft & drapable, stitching shows up nicely, not too much shrinkage. I just used the Deluxe on a king size quilt for my bed, and that's nice too. A little heavier, but still lays nice.

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    I'm a Warm and Natural fan. I even use it for handqulting with no problems.
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    Quilter's Dream is my favorite.

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    I LOVE the batts from the dream company- also the Hobbs Heirloom batts are nice- hobbs heirloom 80/20 is a good choice for the quilting you describe-there are a couple different (lofts/weights) and i imagine you want something thin for table runners/home dec quilting
    i made a couple table runners with warm & natural and was very unhappy when they were washed- but it is my last choice for any quilting projects
    i try new batts when ever i see a new one i haven't tried yet- but for the go to most of the time i go with batts from the Dream company (wool is my fav but not the right choice for your project-good for soft fluffy bed quilts)
    if i am not using a dream batt i'm using a hobbs batt- unless i'm trying something new.
    many of my customers use warm & natural so i do quilt with it alot- but pretty much seldom in my own quilts
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    I like Warm & Natural and also Quilter's Dream Cotton.

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    I love warm and natural and warm and white.
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