Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tip Tuesday! Batting

"Tip Tuesday!" - Batting
I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday (or most Tuesdays!) I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog.

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources. I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday!" tab above.

Read, enjoy, and be inspired!

Are you a creature of habit when it comes to your quilting?
I am, although I am trying to break out of my comfort zone and try new things.

When I started quilting, I used nothing but Warm and Natural cotton batting. I was afraid to try anything with polyester because I had this misinformed notion that polyester meant that the final project would be about 3" thick!

I don't remember when or why I tried a blend (80% cotton, 20% poly), but I did and I like how it quilted up and how it looked after it was washed. I now had options and I was thrilled.

It took me a while longer to try a high loft batting; but again, when I did I was happy with the results. Eventually, I learned that depending on the look or feel I wanted in the final quilt, I could choose from a variety of batting types. I was in heaven!

I always find it interesting to read or hear what other quilters feel about batting. Rob Appell of Man Sewing, has just published a video tutorial on quilting with 9 different types of batting.

Take a look and see what you think!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have tried different lofts and blends - even a sample book so commissions can pick the look. BUT I am a true die-hard for 100% cotton.

m. said...

Thanks. I'll take a look at his video. I have mostly quilted with (and absolutely prefer to sleep under) 100% cotton. I have occasionally used 80/20 blend for others, and 100% wool for one specific project. But a sample book is a good idea. Thanks for the tips!