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Thread: What is the best cotton batting to use for hand quilting?

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    Super Member LeeAnn's Avatar
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    I use warm and natural cotton batting and it seems difficult to get my stitches as small as I would like. I don't care for polyester batting. What is a good batting that will help with smaller stitches? Would an 80/20 work better than all cotton?

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    Most hand quilters use poly because its easier to stitch. I personally dont hand stitch.

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    What polys have you tried? Have you tried quilters dream brand? I think you might change your mind with a higher end poly. Poly is easier to needle and get tiny stitches than cotton. Wool is also wonderful for this. I have used 80-20 and it is nice too but still a bit difficult to needle if you load multiple stitches on your needle. Not so bad if you only take 1 or 2 stitches at a time. There is also some of the more traditional cotton bats that require very close quilting (every 2" maximum) like mountain mist blue ribbon 100% cotton batting. It is a fragile bat though so you need to be careful when sandwiching. W&N was originally made for the crafting market and quilters caught on to it quick. But it is most suitable and really intended for machine quilting.

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    Quilter's Dream select weight cotton batting is super thin and very soft.

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    Quilters Dream Request weight is a cotton batting that hand quilters really like. It gives a fairly flat look, though. If you want "puff", then Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 is a good choice.

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    I don't care for the puff of polyester. I like the crinkle look I get with cotton. More of the yester year look.

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    Thermore is what I learned on and love. It's thin and soooo nice to work with :)

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    I like Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon Cotton batting. It needs a quilting line every two inches. I've also used the lightest weight of Quilters Dream cotton, but I felt it didn't have enough loft to really show the quilting design. However, it was easy to quilt through.

    My next quilt will use wool batting - I've heard good things about it.

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    I used Tuscany 100% cotton once (low loft) and it was easy to hand quilt. The look of the quilt was very traditional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quilters Dream Request weight is a cotton batting that hand quilters really like. It gives a fairly flat look, though. If you want "puff", then Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 is a good choice.
    I agree with this, although wool needles very nicely. Have to think of allergies, moths, etc. but does work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    I used Tuscany 100% cotton once (low loft) and it was easy to hand quilt. The look of the quilt was very traditional.
    Love your quilt! Nice job!

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    I prefer Quilters Dream Select or wool. Really enjoy hand quilting and don't want to have to fight the materials I am using.

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    a batting without scrim is usually desirable for hand stitching- it is the scrim in the warm & natural that makes it difficult to needle-
    hobbs heirloom is a wonderful cotton batting for hand quilting- but any without scrim is good.
    scrim is a (fabric/netting) that hold the batting fibers together- giving it that held together/blanket property
    cotton batts without scrim can be pulled apart easily- batts with scrim can not-they need to be cut.
    also a batt without scrim usually says the recommended quilting distance is 2"-4" apart- batts with scrim can be quilted much further apart (because they do not tend to separate)
    lots of great cotton batts made for hand quilting- you do not have to use polyester if you prefer cotton.

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    I use W&N with no issues. My friend uses Quilters Dream. Has a wonderful drape to it. If I didn't have a roll of W&N I might think about switching. I usually get about 8-10 SPI with W&N and that's fine with me.

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    Fantastic hand quilting - WOW.

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