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    I have used Warm & Natural for years and have had no problem with it, but after reading some of the replies in this post I might try the Hobbs 80/20 as others have mentioned there is a little more substance to it than the warm & natural. Thank you for doing this post, it is interesting and very informative, I will be watching very closely for more opinions. I feel getting opinions on products from consumers who use the product is the best as the product has been used in every day usage and not just in a test by the manufacturer or someone who does not really use it. Thank you again for posting this question.
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    I love all things Quilter's Dream. They have a batting for almost any purpose a quilter would want. I like that I can count on the quality.
    On which type I choose, I would have to say it depends on who or what it is going to be for. My first bed sized quilt, for me, has a Warm and Natural cotton batting. The quilt I am working on now for me has a Quilter's Dream wool batting. I want to have a softer, lighter, higher loft now. I liked how the cotton batt needled but the quilt is so heavy and cotton batting tends to be a little "dampy" in our mountain climate. Wool breathes great so it is good for summer and winter.
    Most of the time I like the new microfiber bats, they can be machine washed and don't require a lot of quilting.

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    To tell the truth I walk i walk into a store to buy batting , and find very little help in finding a nice batting ..I am a self taught quilter and I ALWAYS thought the quilt shops were there for expert help....Little did I know they are not very helpful any more then the search engines on finding all i can about batting .......So I go in an say im making a baby quilt and they say this is what i use , Or Get this but shrink it first ,Just put in the washer on delicate and dry.... Ever had to pick out batting that has fallen apart in the washer .........Long story short .I now read the pattern and us what is suggested.... Not sure what i like Yet . I do like warm and cozy quilts for winter and soft and cozy light ones for summer .

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    I live in the South Plains of Texas...I have a bolt of Warm & White, that I have had since 2006...the only person I've found who likes to use it around here is.... ME.
    I don't use it for a lot of quilts though...too stiff for close quilting. I like the way the quilts look when washed, and doubled, makes a great table topper...nice & thick.

    I use mostly Fairchilds packaged batting made of 100% polyester. I like how it mimics a cotton batting, but drapes nicely when quilted.

    I also use a lot of Mountain Mist 6 oz roll batting that I get at Joann Fabrics when on sale. Very nice to work with on my TL18LS.

    I have some Hobbs Tuscany wool batting...love, love it.. but the cost is way above what any of my customers will pay. I bought it for my own use, and to use on quilts for show (if I ever do one)...and it sits and is not being used. Too expensive for everyday quilts.

    I think the polyester batting being made now, really do mimic cottons...and those are what I get the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieF View Post
    I use Warm and White for my hand quilting and machine quilting. It holds together well, is warm when I need it to be and when I made a floor quilt for my new grandson, I doubled the batting so I could make it cushy for when he was crawling. The last time I went to JoAnn's to buy the Warm & White, I noticed it had gone up $2.00 a yard in price. I usually buy 12 to 15 yards so the price even with a coupon was an issue. I saw that the 100% cotton Pellon product which looked and almost felt like Warm and White was $3 cheaper a yard so I gave it a go. I have never been more disappointed in a product....it was pilling on my quilt top before I finished machine quilting it. I used it up on unimportant quilt tops but will not buy it again.
    I too saw the 100% cotton Pellon batting at Joann's on sale and decided to give it a try - as you say it pilled all over my quilt top and I spent alot of time with a sticky tape roller getting it off. I usually use Warm and Natural but am thinking of trying Hobbs 80/20 after reading what others say about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margaret61 View Post
    To tell the truth I walk i walk into a store to buy batting , and find very little help in finding a nice batting ..I am a self taught quilter and I ALWAYS thought the quilt shops were there for expert help....Little did I know they are not very helpful any more then the search engines on finding all i can about batting .......So I go in an say im making a baby quilt and they say this is what i use , Or Get this but shrink it first ,Just put in the washer on delicate and dry.... Ever had to pick out batting that has fallen apart in the washer .........Long story short .I now read the pattern and us what is suggested.... Not sure what i like Yet . I do like warm and cozy quilts for winter and soft and cozy light ones for summer .
    This is so sad. Who ever would tell you to pre wash batting has a problem with their belfry bats running loose. Never wash batting before it is in the quilted and quilted. Never wash unfinished quilt tops.

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    I use Warm & Natural exclusively. I like that it's thin but warm. It quilts up perfectly, looks great after it's washed and has never fallen apart on me - no matter how densely or sparsely quilted it is.

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    I use Warm and Natural for preference, but at the moment I'm making a baby quilt and using Warm and White which is quilting well.
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    I use warm and natural or warm and white. I buy it by the bolt.
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    I like warm and natural cotton, because I live in a warm climate, and most quilts I make need to be of a lighter variety. I do not like the polyester battings at all. The 80/20 blend has worked well for small quilts. I know our local JoAnn's is bringing in the Pellon batting. But as yet I have not tried it. Look forward to seeing any difference.

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    I mainly us Heirloom 80/20. I like just about all the brands that are 100% cotton or even 80/20. I will NEVER buy 100% polyester again. It doesn't do well at all with basting spray, and I hate how it feels.
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    I usually use Warm & Natural. I have used Hobbs Thermore (?sp) for a quilted jacket. I recently ordered Hobbs 100% cotton but haven't used it yet. I don't like the Mountainmist poly that Joann sells and I don't like the Quilters Dream (not sure the specific type). The Quilters Dream tore and pulled way too easily for my liking.

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    Quilters dream is what is most readily available to me. I use the lowest loft poly or dream wool to hand quilt. I was really disappointed with the last Mountain Mist batt that I purchased. It was not even ( clumps and holes) so I have not used it in years. When I was in Houston I looked really hard at Pellon. I did not want to ship it, so I did not buy, but now I regret that decision.

    I am a handquilter who quilts for hire. Before babies I did a queen every six weeks ( with preschoolers in the house now it is a lot less). I look for non scrim batts that needle easily. My quilts usually are quilted every 2-3 inches apart. I will NOT use a cotton, as I have not found any that are as smooth to quilt as wool. I usually purchase by the case through my local quilt shop. I wish I could buy at wholesale, but my overall volume is too low to warrent it. Handquilting is a labor of love, but I don't want to labor over every stitch.

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    I use warm and natural only, buy it with my coupons from Joanns

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    The ONLY one for me is Warm and Natural cotton batting. Excellent product. Now for the worst I have ever used, Mountain Mist cream rose needle glide fiber finish 100% cotton needled batting, it had thin spots and did not quilt well, excessive shrinkage when washed. I still have about a third of a package that I will probably use up as stitch samples, or packing material. I had planned to contact their customer service, but for a company to put that kind of stuff out on the market, I am sure they KNOW what they did. I would never buy anything from their company again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Does Pellon make a fusible like Hobbs 80/20 fusible? I have not seen or tried any of your products. I really like the Hobbs for machine quilting. I like other 80/20 blends but I don't want to go back to pin basting. I can't use the sprays for fusing the sandwich due to allergies. I have used a regular polyester batt for hand quilting but I only hand quilt special gifts. There just is not enough time to get to all the quilt patterns I have on my list to hand quilt anymore.
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Angel View Post
    I mainly us Heirloom 80/20. I like just about all the brands that are 100% cotton or even 80/20. I will NEVER buy 100% polyester again. It doesn't do well at all with basting spray, and I hate how it feels.
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    This is what I like to use as well. It's easier to hand quilt with than warm & natural and I have a source where I can buy it by the roll for a whole sale price. It's my favorite batting so far. If I were only to have batting I think Hobbs Heirloom would be it.

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    I think it depends on what you are making it for. For a bed quilt I like it to be soft and puffy, something useful and comfortable so I have been using 2 layers of high loft batting (I know this is not what people tend to recommend but I like it for bed quilts). If I was making a wall hanging I would certainly use something like a cotton batting, or like a table runner. I believe it is all in what you plan to use it for. I like my quilts with less quilting in it and not all kinds of thread, just my personal feeling about it.

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    I like Hobbs the best. When I had my bricks and mortar store, that is what I sold. Now I purchase Warm and Natural because that is what I can get at Joann's (the one thing I will go into Joann's for). I like it, too. I like the 80-20 the best. If that is not available, I like the 100% cotton, too. I love wool batting. It is really nice to work with, but we live in California, so it is a little too much for here. I sold bamboo, which was cotton and bamboo. It was great to work with, but it is too expensive yet for me to buy for every quilt.

    I quilt using my DD's long arm.

    I hate fusible. I do not think it really does what it supposed to do very well.
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    I swear by Hobbs polydown, thanks to Charismah. I am so tired of W&N flat board quilts. No matter how lovely your quilting is, there is no texture there. Hobbs 80-20 is my next preference. Both make a light weight beautiful quilt with nice warmth and cuddliness.

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    I usually use the thinnest batt I can find, brand irrelavent.

    Otherwise, I use whatever is the cheapest from a reputable mfgr, preferrably with a coupon.

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    I use Hobbs 80/20 for larger quilts,and Warm and Natural for smaller items.I have used Pellon fleeece for Christmas stockings,table runners,place mats etc.I buy it mostly at Joann`s when it is on sale or I have a coupon.

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    I only use wool batting. I usually try to get it on sale. I haven't made a anything bigger that a lap quilt & I usually buy a king size package so that I can use it in several smaller quilts. The wool is great for hand quilting & machine quilting. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer, needles wonderfully, & shrinks the right amount to make my quilts look crinkly. I'm not particular about brands because they all quilt the same & after they are quilted, washed & dried they all feel the same.
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    I use Warm and White or Natural for some quilts and Hobbs 80/20 for others (fusible and not). I just bought some polydown because of some folks on the forum, but I have not tried it yet.
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    My favorite is the 80% cotton 20 % polyester from Walmart as my quilter told me Warm and Natural puckers and her machine WON'T do it no matter how she tries. She can use the Walmart but NOT the one sold at Joann Fabric's. I have NO clue what her batting is but I like it too...so I plan to use her's on my next quilt.

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    I use Warm and Natural batting in my quilts. I have not tried the Pellon /Legacy batting but, when I compared it to W&N I did not like the way that the Pellon product felt.
    I do however use Pellon interfacing all of the time. For hand bags not quilts I use the Pellon fusible fleece, and have been very happy with the results.

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