Every so often I get a question from a blog reader that I think others might want to know about so I answer it here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
After I showed off my finished Grand Illusion quilt I got a question from Shelia: Hi Jo, I was wondering what kind of batting do you like/use? I I love reading your blog everyday Thanks for being you and inviting us in to share your day.
Batting is always a touchy subject. Some quilters are very opinionated about their favorite battings…not me. I am so flexible. I don’t examine each quilt after each washing to see how it stood up. I don’t record each batting type in a quilt and then observe it as it drapes on my bed. I honestly just don’t really care about that. I am not a detail oriented person. I pick a batting with a few things in mind…cost is one…availability of batting is another, how it is to work with and how the quilt is going to be used for the last consideration.
I use Warm and Natural the most. It’s easily available, the price is reasonable and I’ve never had a problem with it. It is also very easy to work with. We used this for most of our book and publication quilts. The batting is more sturdy and we like it if quilts are hanging for photography.
I really like Hobb’s 80/20. It is much softer and it makes a quilt feel like it’s been washed several times already. It drapes well. It’s super cuddly. I don’t like working with it though. When tugging and moving the batting to get it in place it’s easy to get a hole-or thinning spot- in the batting…admittedly, this is Kelli’s first choice for any quilt that she is keeping.
I’ve used Quilter’s Dream and like it lots as it’s lighter weight. I love working with it. I stands up well. It’s more expensive though. For the amount of quilts I make and my “not pickiness” it’s not worth the extra money to me. I have a friend that sends he scraps of this to me and I hoard them up, piece them together and use them for quilt though.
For the most part, I only use the Hobb’s and Warm and Natural that I mentioned unless someone donates something else. I use up all of my scrap pieces of batting in charity quilts. If I only am working with two different brands it’s easy for me to put the scraps together to make patched battings for the charity quilts.
If you are looking for a wonderful educated response to this that talks about fiber quality, draping and how things stand up…I’m not your gal to ask. I am just not very picky.
So I am sure there are batting experts or even just readers with batting preferences or someone knowledgable in batting….Feel free to answer Shelia’s question in the comment section here. I’d love to read your responses too.