Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Last Nights lecture

Last nights lecture at the Manatee Patchworkers was "sew" fun, the ladies "seamed" to enjoy seeing all 63 battings.  LOTS of questions! Lots of interest in the wool batt , except for a few allergic to wool, which is important to note. As much as it is a wonderful product if it is a gift quilt you'll want to ask before you use wool if the recipient is allergic. For those few that are there is always Alpaca which does not contain lanolin and is less likely to cause allergies.
I always get asked, "Whats your Favorite batting?" I try my best to explain there is no one batt that fits for every project. If I tell you my favorite, it might be for a very puckered vintage look that might not suit your taste or your project. BUT I get asked this over and over, so I guess I am going to have to compile a list of what my favorite battings  would be for different situations, although I never wanted it to be about what I like, I wanted  this to be for you read the information I have compiled, to learn about the finishes manufactures use on the battings, see the samples and make your educated decision about what batting best suits your taste/projects. If I was to compile a list what would you like to see included I have started a list below, if you think of any others categories, let hear from you!! I would also LOVE to hear what brand of batting you would vote for each of these categories!
Best for the most antique/puckered look-
Best to hand needle-
Best for smoothest finish-
Best for repeated laundering-
Most Eco-Friendly-
Quilted Rainbow suggested -Best Drape


Quilted Rainbow said...

what about -the best drape, for a quilt we want to lay over a chair or sofa, etc.

sewbeit said...

Thats a good one Becky, Good drape is important in quilted garments too! Thanks for your suggestion!

Linda said...

Debra, I haven't tried many different battings. I've mainly used Warm N White. It holds up well, but is not the easiest to hand quilt. Years ago I tried a polyester batting that was much easier to quilt, but it seemed to trap the heat and make the quilt uncomfortable to use except in extreme cold.

I would love to hear what battings you and others prefer for hand quilting.

sewbeit said...

Well I had never tried wool until I undertook this project and I was amazed at how it easy quilted. Was a little learning curve for me as I leaned on 80 cotton 20 poly and I pushed the needle too hard and kept jabbing my under finger. There are some new blends that are wonderful to hand needle too. One I really liked was Orient by Quilters Dream. Warm and White is heavily needlepunched and has scrim which makes it harder to needle and hard to make tiny stitches. There are some lightly needlepunched pure cottons that hand needle better than that one, like Dream cotton. No Scrim!

Linda said...

Debra, We don't have a lot of batting choices here locally, so to get most of the different battings I have to order from the internet sight unseen. I very much appreciate your recommendations :)

sewbeit said...

I would have some other suggestions if I knew what kind of finished look you are trying to achive. Smooth, puckered, is it for a baby quilt, etc...