Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton

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Hi all

I really need your help here - I am out of my depth. Very good friend has
just become a grandmother and asked me to make a baby quilt for her new
grandson. Now, babies - let alone baby quilts - are not my favourite
things - so I am swimming in deep water <vbg>.

I have made what is probably a totally unsuitable top (hoffman panel with
bears and ducks and other stuff) and made it a bit larger with a final
border of scrapy four patches. The back is my interpretation of a baby quilt
12 x 14 3" rail fence blocks in barn-raising layout in shades of blue yellow
and turqoise with a large turqoise border around the outside to make is the
same size (more or less) as the front.

Now to my question:

Is cotton or poly batt better - and why?

I have both and don't quite know what to do next. The quilt will be used in
England if temparatures make a difference.

Help ....


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Tutu
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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
I would suggest the cotton batt over the polyester.  I like the softness of
the cotton, to me it's just more people and baby friendly.

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Bonnie
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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
Ooh, a religious issue!
My own preference is always natural fiber. Cotton breathes, it shrinks up
and makes a lovely textured surface, drapes well, and it's a lot easier to
machine quilt, if that's your plan. Assuming your fabrics are also cotton,
why not stick with a good thing? And there's the fire safety issue, not that
your friend will ever suffer a fire. Polyester melts and sticks, cotton
needs a much higher temperature before it will burn.
Sounds like a really pretty quilt!
Roberta in D

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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
For those who are interested - consensus is cotton in  99% of cases (with
the exception of Ragmop who is 80/20!).

So that's what I shall use. And if the grandmother/mother/baby complain I
shall ask them to direct their problems to you. <VBG>

Thankyou everyone!!

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Tutu
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Tutu, I must admit that, when I said "cotton", I was thinking of the
Hobbs 80/20, which is what I use 99% of the time. Oops! I should have
been more specific.

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Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
I would go for a cotton. You are always advised as a parent to use natural
fibres for bedding and clothing as much as possible as it helps stop the
baby becoming overheated.
Morag


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Tutu, I'd go with the cotton. Poly is nice, but it doesn't breathe the
way cotton does, so it's not as nice when you're underneath it. <G>
Besides, cotton is, I believe, a bit warmer.

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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
Thanks for all the input so far.

My initial instinct was to go for cotton. I loathe poly, so why (despite my
kidphobia) should a baby have to put up with it.

Also as all my fabric is cotton, if I use cotton then it could get forgotten
in the tumble dryer without major damage. But lots of sites say that poly is
fun and puffy for kids. <sigh>

I'm tending more and more to cotton - are there ANY downsides??

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Tutu
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yes, a quilt with cotton batting can be a bit stiffer than one with poly
batting and initially not feel as soft, to get round this, my suggestion
would be to choose a cotton batting that allows a large space between
lines of quilting and not quilt it densely, it will soften up with use
and washing.

Cheers
Anne

Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
 Howdy!

Has this been your experience, Anne?

  I'm thinking of the quilts I love to cuddle, how they turn out
soft w/ the cotton blend, quilted w/in 2" all over.   I've never
known of a cotton batt that yields a "stiff" quilt, but perhaps
it's the wonderful 80/20 blend that solves that problem.
Loose quilting often leads to a shifting batt, more wear on the
quilt top & back.   At least that's what I've noted in 30+ yrs
of quilting, and seen in many of the older quilts I've repaired.
(I do not believe the pkgs that say may be quilted 6" or 8" apart;
sparse quilting doesn't usually yield long-lasting good results.)
Good quality products make a big difference in the outcome.
  
Tutu, you got that thing quilted yet?  ;-P

R/Sandy


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I've only got one quilt with polyester batting inside, it definitely
started out softer than any with I've handled with cotton inside. My
daughter was given a baby quilt and whilst it wasn't unpleasantly stiff
it was definitely stiffer and less soft than either the aforementioned
one, or any other bedding she was used to, it's only taken a couple of
washes to soften it as well as a lot of use! I've just basted a quilt
with a cotton wool blend and that does feel softer, the packet says 3
inches as the quilting distance, which is a non issue as I like to quilt
fairly densely, I'm yet to start quilting it though, so I don't know how
it will feel when done.

Cheers
Anne

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I think the worst downside is that a quilt with cotton batting weighs
more than one with poly. But that is relatively minor. Also, don't
forget that in case of fire (which we all hope doesn't happen, of
course), poly *melts* and can cause worse damage to the human body than
cotton, which burns cleanly.

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Yes, drying it in the UK climate if you don't have a tumble dryer.  Poly
  batting holds very little water so you are only trying to dry the
"skin" of the quilt.

It always makes me laugh when the advice for quilts is to wash them,
only spin minimally and then lay outside covered with a sheet to dry.
No way would that have worked over here this summer!

Lizzy in grey, damp Lancashire, UK

Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
from what we've seen on the news here...
the northern summer got more rain than we did this winter.
in UK and USA and lots of other places around the globe its been flooding in
the northern summer.
has the world turned completely upside down?
very very strange up there, folks.
confuddled in the south pacific,
jeanne

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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
Tutu Haynes-Smart wrote:
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Sounds lovely. I'm in the middle of baby quilts too (unfortunately also
for other people's grandchildren!) and I've used cotton batting. I chose it:

1. Because can be well washed at whatever temperature the Mum chooses
(though I do put a 'Care label' on saying the quilt has already been
washed at 40degrees, delicate wash with a Silk/Wool detergent.
  2. If she decides to give it a good ironing it will survive!
3. Nice natural charateristics - I like to sleep under unmanmade bedding.
3. I like using it - don't enjoy quilting poly!

I don't think temperature would be an issue - houses are centrally
heated anyway, and the days of frosting on the inside are long gone,
thank goodness.
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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
I had a request from my son for a puffy quilt, suitable fo putting on the
floor. Soooo, my thought was to make a poly quilt, it is really puffy and
very cool. I am also going to make a cotton batting quilt for a blanket. I
am also going to make a smaller "blankie" that will just fit over the baby
when being held. Then, I have been thinking of making.....LOL

Love the idea of a grandbaby to make things for.

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Boca Jan
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Re: Best batting for baby quilt - polyester or cotton
Hi, use the cotton batting instead of the poly.  Polyester is plastic
and will melt and stick to skin if it catches on fire.

Denise
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