I knew I’d forget something.
I was asked about batting. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with batting for a long time. While I don’t want to put any company down, I’ll share my honest thoughts here.
Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 used to be my favorite batting in the whole world. I used it exclusively. Then about 8 or 9 years ago, it seemed the quality began going downhill. I’d get a roll that had what appeared to be coarsely chopped leaves or even twigs in it. Then I’d get a roll that had what appeared to be shredded black batting woven into the white or unbleached batting. Then I’d get a roll that felt a whole lot like a pot scrubber. Each time I’d call Hobbs and complain, even returning swatches of the worst of the batting to them. Each time they had a very good “excuse” as to why it happened . . all of which I felt should have been their problem . . not mine. Finally I gave up and switched to something else. In fairness, some of the powers that be have left Hobbs, new people are there but at the last quilt market I attended, I was almost talked into giving them another try, then I felt some of their samples and decided it wasn’t enough of an improvement to get my business.
Quilters Dream batting is great. Never ever had any quality problems with them.
Warm & Natural is great. I love it for wall hangings and I like it for quilts too but it’s heavy and when I’m shipping 20 or more quilts at a time, the weight adds up. These could be quilts going off to be photographed or quilts being donated to an orphanage or as QOV’s so I have to take that weight into consideration.
For the past 5 years or so, Mountain Mist Rose batting was my preferred batting. Mountain Mist has a new owner, the lady I always dealt with there is gone and I’m not sure if anything has changed with their batting so I hesitate to give a definite recommendation even on them.
There are so many new battings out there. At quilt market, I was really surprised at how many batting names I’d never even heard of.
Ask any quilter or any shop owner about their favorite batting and you’re going to get probably as many that prefer one batting as another. It’s a matter of personal preference. I don’t think you can go wrong with Quilter’s Dream or Warm & Natural and probably not Mountain Mist. Go in a quilt shop and asked the ladies what they prefer and why. Feel the different battings and see what works for you. Buy one, try it and then try another til you find one you love.
The qualities I like in a batting are qualities some don’t like. I like cotton because it shrinks when washed and I like that look. I like a little bit of poof if I’m making feathers. If I’m making quilts to be mailed, I like lightweight batting. If I’m making quilts for children or injured soldiers, I know they’ll be washed a lot and poly works good for that.
The more you know about the content and character of any batting, the better your chance of getting a batting that will work for your specific project. There’s probably not a once size fits all type batting that works for everything. If I were making only quilts for my own beds, then I’d stick with Mountain Mist Rose or Quilters Dream Cotton. If I were making only wall hangings, I’d stick with Warm & Natural.
So . . I haven’t answered this question at all, have I?