Batting for hand quilting?

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Hi, everyone!  I'm relatively new here, but enjoying the group, and
learning a lot.  I've been away from quilting for about ten years, and
so I haven't kept up with any of the recent products out there. I'm in
the process of hand piecing a quilt for myself, and want to hand quilt
it as well. I realize that it's going to take a bit of time to get to
there, but I'd like to have the batting decided before I actually have
to baste it. So, any advice?  I'm looking for a thinner look, more
antique looking than puffy, but definitely easy to stitch by hand.
Any hand quilters left out there with some good advice?

VickyB

Re: Batting for hand quilting?
The antique look appears after washing a quilt with thin cotton
batting. The cotton is designed to shrink 3-5%, producing the
traditional textured surface. More lines of quilting = better texture.
I mostly use Hobbs Heirloom for both machine and hand work. You can
get it with a poly scrim (easy to handle, makes very little lint) or
without (very soft!). They both shrink up about the same.
Roberta in D

On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:32:09 -0800 (PST), VickyB

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Re: Batting for hand quilting?
Howdy!

Amen to the Hobbs Heirloom:
  http://www.hobbsbondedfibers.com/products-retail.html

Ragmop/Sandy - professional handquilter ;-P


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Hi Vicky,
Welcome to the group.  I only do hand quilting and use Warm & White
(or Natural depending on quilt color/availability).  It's 100%
cotton.  I read recently that it's been new and improved and I think
maybe it has.  Many people here have said it's terribly difficult to
hand quilt through but I guess I just don't know any better or
different.  I don't really think it's that bad.  A friend of mine
typically uses Quilter's Dream - sorry, don't know the manufacturer
and it does have a slightly better drape to it than the W&W.  She gets
it at our LQS.  However, she & I worked on a project together and used
the W&W and she had no issues hand quilting it either.  And there was
alot of stitching in the ditch on that quilt.  The W&W is readily
availabel at Joann's and with coupons is quite reasonably priced.

Good luck with your quilt.  I've yet to do one for me - still working
on ones for everyone else!

Kim in NJ

Re: Batting for hand quilting?
K: Actually, you knew the manufacturer without realizing it! Quilter's Dream
Batting is made just across the river, in Virginia, by the Quilter's Dream
people! Good stuff, nice people.
PAT in VA/USA

Hi Vicky,
Welcome to the group.  I only do hand quilting and use Warm & White
(or Natural depending on quilt color/availability).  It's 100%
cotton.  I read recently that it's been new and improved and I think
maybe it has.  Many people here have said it's terribly difficult to
hand quilt through but I guess I just don't know any better or
different.  I don't really think it's that bad.  A friend of mine
typically uses Quilter's Dream - sorry, don't know the manufacturer
and it does have a slightly better drape to it than the W&W.  She gets
it at our LQS.  However, she & I worked on a project together and used
the W&W and she had no issues hand quilting it either.  And there was
alot of stitching in the ditch on that quilt.  The W&W is readily
availabel at Joann's and with coupons is quite reasonably priced.

Good luck with your quilt.  I've yet to do one for me - still working
on ones for everyone else!

Kim in NJ



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Any cotton batting will give you the "wrinkled" look after it's washed.  I
like Quilter's Dream and Mountain Mist's White Rose for hand quilting.  Thin
and nice and soft.

Maureen


Re: Batting for hand quilting?
For a cotton batting I like Quilters Dream too - its what my Quilt Store
recommended when I was doing my sampler quilt. There are two
thicknesses. I used the thicker one, but that was quite thin and easy to
handquilt and doesn't look puffy. It washes like a dream too.


Sally at the Seaside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
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Re: Batting for hand quilting?
I've got a project going using batting made from corn.  It is wonderful to
hand quilt.  It is somewhat thin and very soft.  I got it at Joanne's.

Let us know what you choose.


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I am hand quilting a baby quilt atm. I am using  silk/ cotton blend. Quite
fine and not puffy. It is great to use, especially as I dont hand quilt very
much.
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Estelle UK

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Re: Batting for hand quilting?
Wow, lots to think about. Thanks for all the great input, everyone!  I
think my best bet would be to get maybe a crib-sized sample of three
or four of them, and just try them out.  Keepsake quilting used to
sell a sampler pack of batting, but I haven't been able to find that
on their site anymore.  Thanks again, all.

VickyB

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Vicky, the LQS I shop at has 5" or so samples of many different kinds
of batting. Maybe yours does, too? It looks like a professional sample
packet, probably provided by the manufacturer.


Sherry

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