Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 28

Thread: What do you think of bamboo batting?

  1. #1
    Senior Member canuckninepatch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Ontario, Canada; Florida in the winter
    Posts
    722
    Blog Entries
    1
    I just bought some bamboo batting - it seems really nice and soft, with a fairly low loft, which I like. I usually buy Warm and White (or Warm and Natural). Has any one else used it, and what do you think?

  2. #2
    Super Member Dina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,045
    I used it for a quilt about two years ago. I liked it, but somehow I remember it costing more than Warm and Natural. It washed well. It was only my second quilt, so if it sewed poorly or something, I did not know enough to know.

    I will be reading this thread to see what others say.

  3. #3
    Senior Member BeckyL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Posts
    954
    I love it. I think it drapes beautifully. It is also hypoallergenic.

  4. #4
    Super Member jdiane318's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    springfield, MO
    Posts
    2,456
    I have used bamboo and really like it. Very soft, easy to needle, yes it costs a little more but would use it for a special project for a special someone.

  5. #5
    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    1,788
    I've used it and like it. I was buying it since it's "green" since bamboo grows so quickly. Well, some research on this board, bamboo fiber is really difficult to make from the bamboo and involves a ton of chemicals and is awful for the environment. So I'm back to my Warm and Natural.

  6. #6
    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
    Posts
    5,713
    I bought some on a show special in Paducah $20 for a King - couldn't pass that up. haven't tried it yet so I'll be reading this thread!!

  7. #7
    Senior Member connie_1936's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    mesa and payson, arizona
    Posts
    805
    Blog Entries
    3
    i like it

  8. #8
    Super Member charismah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Ephrata, WA
    Posts
    8,914
    Blog Entries
    29
    I have used it in customer quilts. I have to say that I do like it better than W&N. It doesn't create a bunch of lint build up and it's really soft. It doesn't bunch up like w&N either. SO that my perspective.

  9. #9
    Super Member cctx.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Corpus Christi, Texas (that's me!)
    Posts
    4,874
    Blog Entries
    2
    I like it.

  10. #10
    Super Member Pam S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Northern KY
    Posts
    1,425
    I bought a package of Bamboo batting when I got a 60% off coupon from JoAnn's and used it on a quilt I made for a gift. I really liked the way it turned out. My only concern was that this particular batt seemed to generate more fuzz in my bobbin case than the Warm and Natural I have been using. Hadn't changed thread type so I assumed the extra fuzz was coming from the batting. Anybody else notice this?

  11. #11
    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    6,117
    Blog Entries
    1
    It does have a nice soft hand and drape.

    I agree with Lucy above - it's marketed as being green and environmentally friendly, but it's not. I actually did quite a bit of research on this, you can read my conclusions here if you are interested.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...amboo-batting/

  12. #12
    Super Member quilttiludrop's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Lebanon, Oregon
    Posts
    1,418
    I've used it only once, and don't have enough information to give good feedback. I have been concerned about the recommendations to wash it right away so that oils don't get on your quilt.

    No, I didn't notice any more fuzz than usual when quilting with it.

  13. #13
    Senior Member mamahippychicky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    605
    I'm using it at the mo and it is nice to hand quilt. My cats also like to snuggle in to it :)

  14. #14
    Member monkicat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    52
    My last quilt was made using Bamboo batting, and although it felt nice and soft, I found it "flimsy", or not enough "beef" to it like cotton, cotton blends or wool. Also, my daughter and husband found it too "light" in weight, and not warm enough....I have to agree. But that may just be a matter of getting used to it or finding another brand.
    I may try it again, for a summer quilt, because it does needle very nicely.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    940
    I have found it quite easy to work with and beautiful results, but it is a bit more costly than other options. As for "green" batting, there is now one on the market that is made from recycled soda bottles and actually is a light shade of green!). I purchased one from a LQS, but have not yet used it. I like the way it feels, though.

  16. #16
    Power Poster blueangel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    20,481
    I like it.

  17. #17
    Super Member LivelyLady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Western MA
    Posts
    2,680
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I have used it in customer quilts. I have to say that I do like it better than W&N. It doesn't create a bunch of lint build up and it's really soft. It doesn't bunch up like w&N either. SO that my perspective.
    I agree :thumbup:

  18. #18
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,512
    Blog Entries
    43
    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I've used it and like it. I was buying it since it's "green" since bamboo grows so quickly. Well, some research on this board, bamboo fiber is really difficult to make from the bamboo and involves a ton of chemicals and is awful for the environment. So I'm back to my Warm and Natural.
    nice to know, thanks

  19. #19
    Senior Member SparkMonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Plainfield, IN
    Posts
    391
    I used some on a quilt for my sister. It was an absolute joy to handquilt; it's got such good drape I was able to load a whole bunch of stitches on my needle, making the quilting go pretty fast.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Scraps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    892
    I used the bamboo batting in my GD's queen size quilt and I loved it! Only tried it as it was on sale and I also had a coupon I could use.

  21. #21
    Senior Member canuckninepatch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Ontario, Canada; Florida in the winter
    Posts
    722
    Blog Entries
    1
    Just to add a bit more info.....the brand is Arctic Bamboo, it is made by Trend-Tex, it is 45% natural bamboo fibre, 45% staple cotton fibre, and 10% non-woven polypropylene reinforcement, and it says on it that no pre-wash is required, and that it is mechanically cleaned, without the use of any harsh chemicals. You can stitch up to 8" apart and if you use it right out of the package you can expect 3% shrinkage when you wash the quilt. It sounds and feels pretty good! I bought it at Lens Mills, a Canadian company for $16.99 per yard (120" wide), which is pretty good, for Canada. I guess it goes on sale sometimes, too. C9P

  22. #22
    Super Member sahm4605's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Blue Springs, MO
    Posts
    2,240
    I just finished using it in an over sized twin that I did on my home machine. while a pain to quilt a twin on a machine with almost no throat space it turned out wonderful. I loved how it quilted up and how it feels. it is a bit heavy to me but that is probably because i have never made such a large quilt. I have also made a few doll play quilts with the scraps that I had left over after trimming down the batting before quilting. and they are wonderfully soft. I got it more because of the hypoallergenic reason and not because of the green. Mine was 100% bamboo and had been needle punched with a scrim added to it to help stabilize it.

  23. #23
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    I had tried it when it first came out. It was nice to work with but once more information became available as to its total "green" impacts .. I stopped using it. I was willing to pay a bit more for a truley "green"product" , but its really not so...

  24. #24
    Senior Member yellowsnow55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    976
    I've used it a few times and love it. Son and family live in a warmer climate and it's ideal for them. Also like the drape and found it a lot easier to hand quilt as it's fairly lightweight.

  25. #25
    Super Member ube quilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    9,469
    Blog Entries
    31
    I'm looking forward to trying bamboo after these good reviews!
    peace :D

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.