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Batting 101

As quilters, we know that choosing the right batting is crucial for the success of our projects. The batting not only affects the warmth and weight but the drape of the quilt and the overall appearance.  With so many options, understanding the types of batting and what characteristics it brings to your quilting project is important. Here is where I can help you make an informed decision!

All Cotton Batting:

Characteristics: Cotton batting is natural, breathable and has a traditional look and feel. It provides a flat appearance and will shrink some after washing.

Best for: Quilts with a traditional, antique or rustic look. When quilts with all cotton batting are washed they get that beautiful puckered, antique look that we all associate with a quilt.

Polyester batting:

Characteristics: Polyester batting is lightweight, durable and holds its shape well. It has a higher loft than cotton and makes quilts look ‘fluffy’ and more like a comforter.

Best For: quilts that require extra warmth. Polyester has excellent insulating properties and is very durable.

Wool Batting:

Characteristics: Wool batting is soft and lightweight and adds warmth without the bulk. It  generally has a high loft and provides a beautiful drape to your quilt. It is excellent for quilting if you are looking to have both tight, intricate quilting and loose quilting.

Best For: Quilts in colder climates. Can also be used in the spring and fall months as wool is light, but holds the warmth.

Note that if wool batting doesn’t have Scrim, it can beard through the fibers of your fabric.

Bamboo Batting:

Characteristics: Bamboo is eco-friendly and suitable for all seasons. It has a silky-soft feel and a beautiful drape.

Best for: Quilters who want a sustainable option. Perfect for lightweight quilts.

Cotton/Poly Blend:

Characteristics: The combination of fibers offers a balance of warmth, loft and durability.

Best For: Quilters seeking an option that combines the best features of each type of fiber. Great for utility quilts and baby/toddler quilts that will be loved and washed a lot. Also good for both traditional and contemporary quilts.

When choosing a batting for your quilt, consider factors such as the intended use of the quilt, desired warmth and loft, quilting techniques and personal preferences for sustainability and texture. Experiment with different types of batting to see what suits your project if you are not sure what type of batting to choose.

Ultimately, the right batting choice will not only complement your quilt design, but also contribute to its longevity and comfort. So take the time to explore the options and let your creativity guide you!

Quilt with Joy!


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