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Thread: What type of Batting do you use?

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    I am curious --- what type of batting does everyone prefer?
    I'm finishing up a quilt for my niece's little boy. I'm debating whether to use warm & natural, or a regular 4 oz. poly batting. I will probably do both FMQ as well as tying. I've used both types of batting in the past. I've found for tying, the 4 oz poly works good and if I do any type of FMQ the warm and natural works really good and I don't have the problem with bearding of the batting. What do all of you do?

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    Mostly I use Warm & Natural. I recently bought some Hobbs 80/20 - haven't used it yet, but it feels ok. I also really like Quilter's Dream, but only buy it when it's on sale or for a special project. I love the Dream Orient and would use that more ofen, but it is now way out of my price range.

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    I like the 20/80.

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    I like Hobb's 80/20 a lot and use it most of the time. I usually prewash it (soak in washing machine, rinse and spin - no agitating) and then dry it on my dining room table. Fairfield also has a 80/20 but it's quality isn't a good as Hobb's.

    I like a good poly for baby and kids quilts. I like these quilts to be light weight. Also I feel these quilts will get a lot of washing and drying and poly works best for that. Recently heard good things about Hobb's Poly, haven't seen it available in local shops so I ordered a queen size batt with my last order from Connecting Threads.

    Quilters Dream is a dream, more expensive but I've used it for 'special' quilts.

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    I use 80/20 mostly.

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    I use poly in kids quilts, its more durable.

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    depends on the project- my all time favorite batting is dream wool- but i reserve that for special quilts- i use dream poly- dream bamboo- warm & natural, hobbs heirloom 80/20,
    many different ones- there is no one batting i always go to- i decide with each quilt what the right batt for that one is.

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    I use several brands..
    Hobbs, W/N, Legacy is the latest.

    80/20
    50/50
    100% cotton
    poly
    and black is 80/20

    Each has its place. With the upswing on the pricing of batting I have had to shop around.

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    I use Quilters Dream Blend (70/30). It says it was made especially for machine quilting and you can quilt up to 12" apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    I use several brands..
    Hobbs, W/N, Legacy is the latest.

    80/20
    50/50
    100% cotton
    poly
    and black is 80/20

    Each has its place. With the upswing on the pricing of batting I have had to shop around.
    Ditto, I think my favorite is Hobbs 80/20. It washes really nicely and has a great cuddly feel to it. But I like W&N when I'm doing a dense stitch and after it's washed it has a whole new kind of texture, I like the shrunken look on it. But like everyone says it depends on what you're going for.

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    I have a roll of Warm and Natural. I have used Hobbs wool (quilted like BUTTAH! but not machine dryable), Hobbs 80/20, the green batting made from pop bottles (I think that is quilters dream brand),Hobbs poly down (loved this and am saving up for a roll. Thinking I will use this for kids quilts and such.) and the bamboo one from Joanns (that was for a customer and have not heard if she liked how it washed. Heard it was from a renewable source, but hard on the envionment to make. Have not done my homework on that. Just hearsay.) Gee...I thought I only used Warm and natural! lolol

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    Hobbs 80/20 or their Tuscany..both are great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi
    I have a roll of Warm and Natural. I have used Hobbs wool (quilted like BUTTAH! but not machine dryable), Hobbs 80/20, the green batting made from pop bottles (I think that is quilters dream brand),Hobbs poly down (loved this and am saving up for a roll. Thinking I will use this for kids quilts and such.) and the bamboo one from Joanns (that was for a customer and have not heard if she liked how it washed. Heard it was from a renewable source, but hard on the envionment to make. Have not done my homework on that. Just hearsay.) Gee...I thought I only used Warm and natural! lolol
    the info on the Bamboo is correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi
    I have a roll of Warm and Natural. I have used Hobbs wool (quilted like BUTTAH! but not machine dryable), Hobbs 80/20, the green batting made from pop bottles (I think that is quilters dream brand),Hobbs poly down (loved this and am saving up for a roll. Thinking I will use this for kids quilts and such.) and the bamboo one from Joanns (that was for a customer and have not heard if she liked how it washed. Heard it was from a renewable source, but hard on the envionment to make. Have not done my homework on that. Just hearsay.) Gee...I thought I only used Warm and natural! lolol

    thanks Jacquie! I could not remember where I heard that....

    the info on the Bamboo is correct!

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    I always use poly batting -- there are so many allergies that I am extra careful. And they dry better IMHO. Kids quilts need a lot of washing.
    Mim

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    Warm and Natural is what I use generally. I also really like Hobbs wool batting.

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    Quilters Dream Blend for quilts to be used - I find it stays softer than the W and N even when close quilted. I use the Hobbs 80/20 if I'm hand quilting and the Quilters Dream Poly Select or Request for wall hangings and art pieces. Having said that, my LQS has poly on a roll that looks and feels similar to the Quilters Dream Poly and works out cheaper than the packages I currently get so once I run out, I might try that.

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    I prefer poly. I handquilt and tie a lot and it works the best - the needle goes through easily and doesn't have to be tied so close. And it is lightweight and has more loft. Cotton in a large quilt gets heavy, IMO. I have done a little machine quilting with poly and it was fine.

    Whatever you decide to use, if you are tying, make sure it is not a batting that has to be quilted 2 to 4" apart.

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    I normally use Warm & Natural but yesterday used Dream Green for the first time. I liked it and love that it uses stuff not piling up in landfills. It will become my new batting of choice.

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    Mostly Hobbs 80/20.

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    i use warm and natural and 20/80 for handquilting

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