warm & natural vs. dream cotton

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Hello everyone

I've finally graduated from poly batting to cotton batting and I will
say that I will NEVER go back to poly!!!

I am currently working on a quilt as you go log cabin quilt for my
bed; I cut up a king size piece of quilter's dream supreme loft
batting into 8x8 squares and I am making those into log cabin squares.
I love the feeling of this batting!! It is heavy yet soft, resilient,
smooth, in short gorgeous.

The only other cotton batting I have used is a piece of warm and
natural that I used to make a lapthrow. It is nice, and soft, and warm
and drapes well. But it is so much thinner than the quilter's dream. I
would think this makes it harder to cut because it has more of a
tendency to fall apart.

So, other than the difference in loft (the supreme quilter's dream is
much thicker) is there a lot of difference between these bats?

Quilter's dream is so much harder to buy online (and ship to Spain)
than warm and natural which is much more readily available.

Any thoughts on the matter?

Thanks

Claudia


Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
I use warm and natural almost exclusively. I haven't seen quilter's dream,
but perhaps I should try it. I generally use poly when I am making baby
quilts because of the loft. I love the fluff that poly makes if you get the
thick stuff.

--
Boca Jan
Florida - Land of the Hurricanes
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Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
Have you tried www.ladysewandsew.com in the UK?  They shipped batting to
me in France, very quickly and at a very, very reasonable rate.  I am
not affiliated with them, just pleased with their customer service.

Janner

France



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Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
On the last quilt I  had machine quilted, we used Dream Cotton.  It
has a slightly softer hand.  I found, however, that when I washed the
quilt, the edges 'rippled' somewhat.  I don't think it was my border
or binding and it wasn't the quilting.  It's just like there wasn't
enough 'stuff' to hold the edge as stiff as the interior of the
quilt.  Warm and Natural from now on.

joan



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Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
They're both good batts.

As a quilter, I like the Quilter's Dream better because W&N sometimes has
bits of seed in it. Not fun.
--
Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
Queen of Fabric Tramps
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Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
And those "seeds" can discolor the fabric with little brown spots. I've seen
it. I use Quilters Dream almost exclusively (unless my customer brings
another brand). I love it and it quilts beautifully.

~~~~~~~
Laurie G. in CA
www.finishingtouchesquilts.com
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Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
Quilter's Dream in all the lofts is a bit softer than Warm and Natural.
I love both brands for different things.
Warm and Natural (or Warm and White, which is bleached but other wise
the same) is great, but not as easy to hand quilt through.  It has a
scrim and will not "fall apart" if you cut it into squares.  It does, in
  my opinion, stay a bit stiffer with a lot of quilting. <G>
I have actually made a teddy bear with tea dyed W&N batting as the
outside of the bear. It is sewable that way and can be stuffed fairly
firmly because of the scrim that is incorporated in it.
Love using W&W for my bags and purses, with lots of quilting. Makes them
firm but still flexible.

Quilter's Dream is softer to begin with. I haven't used the Supreme
loft, but am handquilting my "Dear Jane" quilt with the Request, or
thinnest, weight.  Very nice to work with.
I prefer the lower loft battings for most of my quilts, just because.
<VBG>  Have used, will use some poly for some things.  But even there I
prefer ComfortLoft batting which is a low loft.  Use some of the
"fatter" battings for trapunto though. <G>

And I have a small project that I just hand quilted with the Tuscany
Wool from Hobbs---wonderful.  <G>  (Yes I will get a pic up when I get
it finished.  Need to do the binding and the "embellishment" for this
little whole cloth number.<G>)

It is fun to try out different battings for different things.

claudia wrote:

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Re: warm & natural vs. dream cotton
Howdy!

Thoughts on this:  I should have sent you some
Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 during last year's swap.  <VBG>

Ragmop/Sandy


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Yep, I'll have to vote for Hobbs in hand-quilting (I don't think the OP
mentioned whether or not she machine or hand-quilts - which I think is
a critical detail, IMHO) ... haven't tried Quilter's Dream though ...
is it new???

I've used W&N and I liked it. Harder to HQ through, though, but worth
it. The finished product is always gorgeous ...

Personally, I like the low lofts the best ... they seem, to me, to be
the most "retro" and antique-y. To me, they also seem to ... drape
nicer, too. :)
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--
Connie :)

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