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Thread: What to use instead of polyster batting

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    I have been using polyster batting for my quilts, however I understand they will have a problem of 'bearding' over time. I make charity quilts, and wonder what I should use instead for the batting, Do any of you have suggestions for me?.

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    Babbie

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    I have been known to use flannel,it keeps you very warm and it handles really well,when quilting.i like it a lot in kids quilts especially,
    Kathy

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    Kathy, when you use flannel for the backing, do you use cotton for the backing? Or can you use two layers of flannel -- one for the batting and one for the backing? Hmm. Maybe that's too strange.

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    that isn't strange at all. sounds to me like a pretty nifty idea. i'll bet the flannels will stick to each other making the whole basting/quilting process easier.

    i love it when somebody gives me a new idea. saves a lot of wear and tear on my poor brain. yippee!!! yahoo!!!

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    I myself go to yard sales every weekend & while Im looking I look out for blankets to use instead of batting & sheets sets to use for the backing(sometimes for batting also

    Hope This Idea Helps

    Nicholle

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    I used to use polyester but lately like the look of the low loft cotton batting. It is warm, but not bulky. I use basting spray and machine quilt. It will draw up a little in the washer and dryer, but I like the look (old timey).

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    I have used double layers of flannel and Lord knows I've used my share of old blankets to layer between quilts. I don't like the fleece because it's to hard to quilt through, but I love multiple layers of flannel. Keeps you warm while working on it, too. :lol:

    Sharon

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    Actually I used only one layer of flannel between the top and back,both cotton and it was really easy to quilt,I didn't baste it I did use a very little basting spray on the corners,but it was the easiest I have ever put a "sandwhich" together,I didn't even tape down the bottom to the table,did everything not the way to do it and both of the quilts I did like that are beautiful on the back,where I always had trouble,bunching up.But I live in the desert southwest and although it does get very cold in the winter(for us anyway) it still keeps very warm.

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    My grandmother always used cotton flannel sheets for batting. The quilts were very warm and had a nice drape to them. I use sheets all the time for backing. The size is always right and I don't have any trouble quilting whether machine quilting or hand quilting. Never thought about blankets for batting though. I'm gonna try it. Seems very economical.

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    I use Warm & Natural cotton batting. It is a low loft batting & very warm but not too thick & it's easy to quilt. I like to buy it when it's on sale or I can use a coupon. It comes on a bolt or in bags. It comes in a nice wide width when I buy it off of a bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Pollock
    I use Warm & Natural cotton batting. It is a low loft batting & very warm but not too thick & it's easy to quilt. I like to buy it when it's on sale or I can use a coupon. It comes on a bolt or in bags. It comes in a nice wide width when I buy it off of a bolt.
    This. Word for word. :) Love those 40% off coupons that I can print out from the Hobby Lobby website!!

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    While at the Joann's cutting table, a lady had a nice fleece being cut. When I checked it out, it was a poly felt, the craft stuff. I know! I know! Felt is usually very stiff but not this piece. I was so surprised. I actually thought it was a piece of Warm and Natural.

    I might get a piece later, wash and see how it goes.

    Suzanne

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    I, too have used Warm and Natural, but I am sure going to try the flannel for batting. What a good idea, since they have it for $2 a yard at Joann's
    right now, lots cheaper than W & N. :D

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    SewMuch,

    Be sure to wash and dry very hot the flannel as it is well known to shrink. And I would think the cheaper the flannel, the more shrinkage. Buy extra.

    Suzanne

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    I buy batting on the bolt sometimes........I like the one that is mostly cotton with just a little poly........less shrink..........I use old and sometimes new blankets in my quilts that are for winter use. You can buy some cheap ones at walmart. at christmas abt 5 for a full. I'm always looking for the flat sheets.........available at thrift stores or garage sales as they outlast the bottom

    These are out quilts to use......the ones for show, we follow the "rule" somewhat lol :wink:

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    I use Warm & Natural, too. And I always buy the whole bolt of it at 50% off. Love it! I sew the trimmings together and use those so there is no real waste.

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    Modern quilt battings don't have the bearding problem like the ones available in the 70s did. Look for "bonded" on the label. The fluffy stuff like you use for stuffing pillows will work through.

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    I agree with Moonpi. I think the poly batts are a better choice for most charity quilts. They are warmer, wash up great, and they are cheaper.

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    I too use blankets. They don't pile or separate, and they are easy to quilt thru. I use sheets for backing if I can match color or want a particular pattern. The kids blankets I love using kid sheets.

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