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Thread: Whats your favorite batting? wool, cotton, poly?? any special brand (s) ????

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    Well and do you have different favorites for baby quilts, lap quilts, bed quilts for yourself, table quilts and wall quilts, Gees they are so many different kinds isnt it :wink:

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    imho - for baby quilts, i like polyester, because baby quilts get washed a lot, and for that much washing, i think poly holds up better and dries faster.

    for grownup quilts, i like 80/20 cotton/poly. when it's used with a topsheet, it doesn't need as much washing or drying, so it holds up longer. it has a nice drape, and it quilts well. it's very warm. cotton will pucker after washing and drying.

    for wall hangings, it depends on the look you want. if you like the puckered look of antique quilts, then use cotton/poly and wash it after you're finished.
    the cotton part will shrink up and pucker. if you want a puffy wallquilt, i would go with a puffy poly, so that the stitching really sinks in and shows. unless you hang it in the kitchen, it won't get washed as often as a bed quilt.

    i would spend more on real usable quilts than on wall hangings or table toppers, etc. because i want it to hold up well after many washings.
    table toppes are more for home decor and are not hard-used. in the end, it depends on the look and warmth and usability you want and can afford.

    i use warm & natural cotton/poly. i make bed quilts. for babies, i always used to use poly.

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    As a new quilter, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's answers to this.

    I tend to prefer cotton to anything synthetic, but I'm allergic to dust, so polyester is the better choice for me. It also has the advantage of not making the quilt look all puckery.

    I was thinking, though, that wool might be the best choice for warmth for a bed quilt. But how would that wash?

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    some of the new wools are being made to wash quite well, although i have never tried them. also consider bamboo. and green bottle plastic. both are supposed to be very good and good-feeling. never tried them, either, but word-of-mouth.

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    Do you have actual brand names so i know what the search for?

    That would really help me a lot especially looking on ebay.
    I think what i have is polyester, i bought some batting a while ago and it was before i knew the differences :oops: but i guess it poly as it didnt feel very wool like or what i would think cotton would feel like but ofcourse i might be wrong

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    I would have to say I would never put poly in a baby quilt. If, God forbid, there was a fire, poly goes up in a flash and if it melts instead there would be awful burns where it would stick to the skin.

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    I always use Warm and Natural all cotton batting. At the beginning of my quilting I tried a couple of poly bats and didn't like using them, or trying to get them unfolded and flat!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyhope
    Do you have actual brand names so i know what the search for?

    That would really help me a lot especially looking on ebay.
    I think what i have is polyester, i bought some batting a while ago and it was before i knew the differences :oops: but i guess it poly as it didnt feel very wool like or what i would think cotton would feel like but ofcourse i might be wrong

    http://www.roseannsdolls.com/fabaquba.html

    this is the bamboo. i have felt it, and it feels very good. you can get it at joanns with a coupon.

    http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/

    scroll down to plastic or whatever they say. that's the green eco-friendly stuff from plastic bottles.
    actually they're both eco-friendly, because bamboo is a very, very, very renewable resource.

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    I use Warm and Natural for everything.

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    I usually use Warm & Natural 80/20 blend. I recently purchased a queen-size wool batting, but haven't used it yet.

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    I favor warm & natural or warm & white, it is easier for me to quilt and I don't sweat as much when laying under it as I do with the polyester.

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    I use "warm and natural" for most of my quilts and "warm and white" for any light-colored backgrounds. I have used flannel in a baby quilt before.

    When JoAnn's has a 50% off, I stock up.

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    I started out using the poly, but most of my early quilts have quite a bit of bearding (and I HATE that), so for the past 4-5 years I've used only Warm and Natural. Love that stuff.

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    I'm a Warm and Natural quilter.. I use the not bleached kind when I'm buying. My quilter uses the same brand--but I don't know if it's bleached or not.

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    I use warm & natural for everything!

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    I prefer cotton over polyester battings every since I made two quilts -- one with poly, one with cotton -- for my niece and nephew. I happened to see both quilts many years later after they had both obviously been through the washing machine many times. The poly quilt was in terrible shape with the batting in lumpy balls throughout. The cotton quilt was soft and wonderful even though the binding on it was worn through in places.

    For machine quilting, I like Blue Ribbon brand 100% cotton, which is the batting I used in the quilt above. (I hand-quilted it, which is a mistake with this batting.) I also like Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting (80% cotton, 10% polyester).

    For hand quilting, nowadays I would probably test out Quilter's Dream or Fairfield 100% cotton (rinse and spin dry before using for hand quilting), as I have heard these are very good.

    I don't use Warm 'n' Natural anymore because its drape seems stiff to me compared to other cotton battings (probably because of the needle-punched scrim). I did use it for quite a few years, though. It washes flatter than other cotton battings.

    Not everyone likes the flatness and crinkliness of cotton battings. I think many people these days are used to comforters. To get a similar effect in a quilt, you pretty much need to use a polyester batting. I like the antique quilts, which are mostly the thin and crinkley kind because of their cotton batting. Once in awhile, though, for a wall hanging or specialty quilt I will use Warm n Natural or a polyester batting for their effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minstrel
    I started out using the poly, but most of my early quilts have quite a bit of bearding (and I HATE that), so for the past 4-5 years I've used only Warm and Natural. Love that stuff.
    What is bearding?

    If you don't leave huge chunks of the quilt unquilted, poly shouldn't ball up, should it? I've been sleeping under a poly-filled comforter these last 20 years (hope to have made some quilts eventually), not quilted small at all, washed it many times and it's still absolutely fine. So I can't see why poly batting should lead to such problems.

    Good point about the flammability of polyester, especially for babies' quilts.

    The poly batting I used for my class table runner was Soft n Crafty brand. The rest of the class used the instructor's suggested brand, Quilter's Dream. To me that was exceedingly flat. I preferred mine. I'm told the loft of the batting makes a difference, and of course you want a low loft for a table runner. When I checked my batting brand just now, I saw that the package says Extra Loft. Oops, but it's not that puffy, actually, only slightly more so than the Quilter's Dream. It wasn't at all hard to machine quilt or to hand sew on the binding.

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    I also used the Warm and Natural all-cotton - I washed and dried it before using it - didn't measure it before and after washing it, so I really don't know if it shrank or not - the instructions that came with it said to prewash if you preferred the flat look - and I do.

    The quilts that I made with it lay absolutely flat with no puckering whatsoever.

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    Only warm and natural here.
    I love the feel of it, and it hand quilts beautifully!

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    Bearding is when the batting starts poking through the fabric and/or seams. Once bearding happens, there's no "cure". The most you can do is maybe shave the fabric to remove existing beards; however, more bearding will take place with usage and washing.

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    Now - if you really want to get confused - or informed about how many things are out there


    http://www.batt-mart.com/site/490194/page/93839

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    The first quilt I ever made had a fluffy sort of polyesther (sp). Then my sister turned me on to Warm and Natural. This is all I use now. Will not use anything else. I love the feel of the quilt when it is done, AND I like being able to handle it and it does not pull apart. It is like a blanket. I pray they never go out of business. I would have to stop quilting.

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    Thanks for the explanation, Prism.

    Bearisgray, oh my! But it's nice to know all the different varieties out there.

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    Try this site, I use the needle punched cotton, works great for handquilting or machine. This lady has all types of batting and is well known.
    http://www.battylady.com/

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    I strictly use Warm and Natural.
    I buy it by the bolt when Joannes has it on sale.
    Last one I bought was 90 wide x 40 yards.
    I think I paid $80 for it and got free shipping! WOOHOO!
    I used to buy the stuff at Walmart in the bag that sort of looked like W&N, but made a quilt with it, tied it every 3 inches....it got washed and the batting disintergrated!! I was mortified! My only saving grace was it was a quilter friend who got that quilt, so all wasn't lost...we did get it fixed and put W&N for the batting.

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