Don’t Go Batty After Your Quilt Lessons

February 19, 2014 Do you feel like you are going “batty” sometimes? What kind of batting to use is sometimes the big question at the end of your quilt lessons. There are so many types on the market today that it can certainly become a huge dilemma. No matter what type of fabrics you are sewing with, you have many choices in your batting. What content are you looking for? Which loft or weight is best? Should you choose a batting with “scrim” or not? Once you finish your quilt lessons, I’ll bet you think that your thinking cap can be put aside. Oh, no! That is not the case - unless you have a Professional Quilter doing all your quilting for you and he/she determines the batting best to use in your project.

Do you think you could handle a few more quilt lessons regarding batting? As far as batting content is concerned, there are many types to choose from: 100% cotton, 100% polyester, cotton/poly blend, wool, “green” made from recycled green plastic bottles, and bamboo.

Another thing to consider is the batting loft or weight. A high loft batting may be chosen to gain a “puffy” look to a quilt. Quite often a low loft, light weight batting is used for wall hangings. To “scrim” or not to “scrim” is the question. Scrim provides more stability to the batting, by adding a process during the manufacturing. If the batting has scrim, you can feel a “hardness” to the side with scrim. It is normally recommended that the scrim side be placed next to the backing side of the quilt. One product that has become available on the market today that extends the use of our odd pieces of batting is “batting tape”. In my opinion, all Quilters should add this item to their quilter supplies. This product extends the use of all those odd pieces of batting left over from your projects. Note how two pieces of batting are placed side-by-side with the batting tape running down the center. Always follow the manufacturer’s suggestions (I add a piece of fabric on top prior to pressing). Good luck on choosing the correct batting - and don’t forget to purchase some Batting Tape to add to your quilter supplies. We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo:  1.) At bottom of  "Leave a Reply" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File".  2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files.  3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment.  4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or  "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet.  5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment. Thanks for visiting us at where quilting is……………..A Great Habit.