Batting for hand quilting?

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
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VickyB
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
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Roberta
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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AuntK
On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:32:09 -0600, VickyB wrote (in article ):
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
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Maureen Wozniak
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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lenorel95
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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Sally Swindells
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 Gallagher
Howdy!
Amen to the Hobbs Heirloom:
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Sandy Ellison
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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VickyB
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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Sherry
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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Pat in Virginia

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