How to Choose Quilt Batting: Tips to Keep in Mind. Have you ever found yourself in the batting aisle of the craft store, wondering how to choose quilt batting, bewildered by the number of options?
Beyond the decision of cotton versus polyester, types of quilt batting include a breakdown by brand, size, fiber content, loft and more. When choosing batting (or wadding, as it’s called in the U.K. and Australia) for quilting, it’s helpful to learn the basic lingo and also take cues from other quilters, who can recommend their favorite products. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing quilt batting for your next project: Size When you purchase batting, you can buy it prepackaged, in standard sizes for crib, twin, full, queen and king size quilts.
Quilt Class 101 - Week 7 - Batting. When I went to the quilt shop to buy the batting/wadding for my very first quilt, the lady behind the counter got the roll and laid it out.. and i thought...
"What is that?? That's not what i want.. its too thin!! " Then, the next question?? What type do I want? "I don't know.. they all look the same! " So for those of you new to Quilting, Let me tell you a little about the different types of batting, their characteristics and what each one is best suited for. Firstly, Thickness or Loft. Low loft, is thin, (most popular for quilting) and High Loft is thick. Most batting's have a Scrim. 100% Polyester is the high wadding you may be used to.. 100% Cotton is my favourite choice and i use it 95% of the time. 70%Cotton / 30% Polyester - This Batting has the same characteristics as 100% cotton but is lighter in weight. 60% Cotton / 40% Silky Wool. 100% Wool is a great wadding if you want the extra warmth. 60% Wool/40% Polyester. 60%Wool / 40% Cotton.
Choose the Right Batting. How to Choose Quilt Batting: Tips to Keep in Mind. BattingArticleFall2011_1.pdf. Laura Wasilowski - The Scrim Factor. Choosing Batting for Quilting. Quilt Batting Overview. That all-important middle layer makes a big difference in how easy your quilts are to make, and how comfortable they are to use.
Each type of batting offers a different combination of flexibility, durability, warmth, and cost. This post gives you an overview of the important factors to consider when you choose the batting for your next quilt. Things Every Quilter Should Know About Batting Deciding which batting (wadding) to use for the quilt you want to make can feel overwhelming. There are so many different fibers to choose from! I’ve been quilting for years, and I’m still confused. When Making a Quilt, “Fluff-Factor” Matters.
When making a quilt, “fluff-factor” matters.
A wall hanging should have minimal fluff, while a snuggly baby quilt should have lots of fluff to comfort the little one. With so many choices on the market, (over 300 types!) Deciding on the perfect batting for your quilt can be difficult. Here we’ll demystify your options. Quilt Along Series: Quilt Batting and Backs. Basically the definition of a quilt is a blanket made of a top (front) and back with a layer of batting sandwiched in between and held together by some kind of stitching through all three layers.
Today we are going to discuss choosing batting and backs. There is a wide variety of quilt battings available on the market. Like everything else, the variety can get overwhelming so I’m going to break down some of the differences so that you can pick the batting best suited to the project you have in mind. The two most relevant factors in choosing a batting are Loft and Fibers. First off – Loft. Low Loft = thin and High Loft = thick. Fiber defines what the batting is made of. Polyester - Less expensive, better for hand-quilting (low loft), doesn’t need to be quilted as closely together. Batting can be purchased by individual size (you will need a “crib size” batt for this project), or big sewing stores will also let you buy it by the yard (get 1 ¼ yards). Now let’s talk backs. Pieced Batting – Part 1 of 2 (Submitted by Marje Rhine, technical pattern editor for American Quilter magazine) Because I make a lot of quilts, I have a lot of leftover batting that I hate to throw out.
The small pieces are great for hot pads and placemats. I also use them for padding in packages to be shipped – much better for the environment than styrofoam peanuts. The large pieces of batting can be pieced together by hand to use in bed-size quilts. A little preparation ensures that the pieced batting will stand up to normal wear and tear on a quilt. First lay the batting pieces on a rotary cutting mat, overlapping by about 4”, and rotary cut a gentle wavy line through both pieces.
(That way, the quilting will not match the batting cut line and and quilting stitches are more likely to catch both sides of the cut in many places.) Remove the small excess pieces, line up the pieces along the curve, and hand stitch cut edges together with large stitches.