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Kathy M. Boice posted on Sun, Nov 27 2011 12:41 AM

What  quilt batting do you prefer and why? I like the Warm and Natural but have not tried the newer ones on the market.

What do you think of the new bamboo battings?

Do you ever use 100% polyester batting? I find they "pill up" and work thru the top of the fabric so I try  not to use them.

 

 

 

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Kathy M. Boice:

What  quilt batting do you prefer and why?

Kathy, until recently I always used a low loft poly batting but last project was a cooperative project with a dear friend and she insisted on Warm and Natural.,  What a difference.  It sandwiched so much nicer, is 100% cotton, was a pleasure to work with, does not need to be quilted as closely.. 

A little pricier, but worth every cent for the time factor and the finished product.

I think this will be my new choice for future projects.

Darlene

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mars92 replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 12:56 AM

Hi Kathy

When I took my first beginning quilting class at a LQS they steered us to Warm and Natural so that what I used to use- and I still have a lot of it on hand.  But I have a NEW favorite Quilter's Dream which I much prefer- it is so soft and easy to quilt on. I love it. Also, another one I have some of but have not tried is Hobbs wool batting they say that is really nice to quilt on but I cannot say since I haven't and it is supposed to be very warm but light if that makes sense.  What do I know I am in AZ! LOL   But I do know I won't buy any more Warm and Natural but I sure have a lot to use up. : (   It's not that I hate it --its just Quilter's dream is so much nicer, IMHO. 

Polyester batting I have not used yet but heard it can be more difficult to quilt on than cotton.  Also, I wouldn't use it here in AZ because it wouldn't breathe and we have such hot weather here.  Give me cotton, baby! LOL

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I just quilted a quilt using bamboo batting, and I found that it is very linty. Not sure I like it. I usually use Warm and Natural, or Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting because I have a big supply of it that I would buy from Joann when it was on sale. But my personal favorite is Dream Cotton, Request loft. It is so soft and thin, and makes beautiful quilts.

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Linda replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 4:05 AM

I'm a Warm and Natural fan. I have used Hobbs a couple times and it was good. Cannot use wool as I get the itchies and even hives. Don't care for polyester at all. I do have some low loft polyester on hand tho, but generally use that if I'm going to tie a quilt.

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I really like the Dream Green batting ,It easy to work with  and is made from recycled soda bottles ,the 2 liter kind .I t warm and quilts very well ..Barbara 

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Hi Barbara,

I use only Quilter's Dream batting as well.  I love the hand and feel of it.  I also  noticed that no one had mentioned the quilting distance associated with the different battings.  Quilter's Dream allows you to quilt from 8 to 12 inches apart and still maintain its quality.  The other battings say on their packages what the maximum quilting distance is and usually it is alot closer, like 4 to 8 inches.  That means if you do not quilt their recommended distance, your  quilt ill not last as long and it costs more in thread to quilt that closely.  I bought a Quilter's Dream sample package and got to try all their products, I was impressed.  The next one I am going to use is he black cotton select to go in to a dark quilt...no bearding, so they say...I feel a test comeing on! LOL!

Hope this helps,

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Judy  let me know how you like the black, I have been thinking about picking up some myself.Barbara

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Agnes replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 7:19 AM

Machine quilting with polyester was a nightmare. I tried Warm and Natural and was an instant convert. Then I tried Hobbs Heirloom, liked it just as well. I am now using Hobbs exclusively. I can have it delivered to the door for a cheaper price, including shipping and duty, than purchasing W&N at the cheapest price anywhere where I live. I have become a big fan of Connecting Threads for that reason.

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Barbara,

I just finished a dark purple quilt for a friend and the bearding wasn't too bad but I spent and hour width a lint brush.  I think that if I had used the black that bearding would be less noticeable and less lint roller time.  I will definitely keep you posted.

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Judy, A BIG THANK YOU  I appericate it ..Barbara

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Nana replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 10:06 AM

I love Quilter's Dream cotton batting  It feels like a piece of fleece and quilts like a dream.  I do use warm and natural some and even poly some but my favorite is QD.

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i use the Warm and Naturat or warm and white 100% cotton..  Do not like Hobbs.  then I was turned on to Dream!!!!  I love it but it is hard to find here.  I think as soon as I use up what I have I WILL  by it on line.  I also must say that I LOVE the batting tape to put pieces together!  It is super and I have used up batting that I have had sitting in the closet.  Be sure to use a pressing cloth.

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Susan replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 10:25 AM

Thank You, Ladies, I have been wanting to change batting but did not know which one,s were better. I will  try some of dream . Just started using warm and natural,Like it so much. Susan

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Carey replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 11:39 AM

I prefer warm and natural but have used mountain mist for certain projects. Warm and natural is a lot better for sandwiching it is more dense for warmth as well.

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