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What You Need to Know About Quilt Batting

By Edited Jul 14, 2015 0 0

When you decide to craft a quilt you need to choose all the materials for the entire undertaking wisely. The right ones will be the difference between a success and failure at your undertaking. This includes every item you plan to use in the process, especially the quilt batting.

This product is critical in the overall process and it will decide how well your project comes out based on what you know or do not know about choosing this particularly important product. Having a little ability will go a long way in making a work of art or a complete mess of things.

How will you sew it together

One of the first things to weigh in is the method you will use to put everything together. What technique will you employ to build your work of art?

This is a critical variable which affects the choice in what kind you use. For an example, if you are fashioning it by hand or sewing machine is a serious consideration and will impact the choice you make.

Hand sewn ones are not limited with the choices you can work with. In fact, there are a few more options open to you working with this method. The machine quilter will need to choose more limited selections to make the project successful.

Machine users will need to use materials which are easy to handle and avoid mishaps when it comes time to connect the top, batting and bottom well together. 

This is a hobby that depends a lot on choices of fabrics when discovering the ideal type of batting to use. 

Fabric choices

Another key element is the kind of cloth utilized for the project. Fabric choices coincide with the type of construction you select. Certain ones work well with hand sewing, while others not so well.

Additionally, the pattern you create with it or amount of work you want to invest in the product will also limit the number of options you have. Even whether to display it or use it as a covering for a bed should definitely be mulled over before making a final choice.

After you have decided on how you will construct it and the fabric to use, you will get down to the basics of finding the correct batting for your quilt. This article discusses the differences in the types and kinds offered for sale and what it could mean to your finished work.

Different Types 

You will find them fashioned from silk, down, wool, cotton and even synthetic fillers at different retailers. Stores specializing in supplies for these kinds of tasks generally offer the most two well liked, polyester and cotton blends.

Generally these are constructed in balances of 80/20, along with several varieties of glazed or bonded kinds. Even though glazed and bonded are available, polyester and cotton remain the favorite two materials to work with.

Toiling with wool, silk, down and other synthetic fibers is tricky and extremely expensive for the average venture. Though, some undertakings will need these unique kinds to work out well. As a novice, my suggestion is go with the two most popular, and easiest kinds to work with. Save yourself the money and gain more knowledge before venturing out to the other more costly patterns.

The two favorite blends generally sell in sheets packaged for standard sized beds. These are for cribs and twin, full, queen and king. They range from the smallest at 45 X 60 inches for a crib size to the largest at 120 X 120 inches for king size beds. Some stores offer them on bolts like cloth which they cut to order for any size you wish outside of the most common or standard.

Cotton blend

These are formulated from natural fibers and are usually manufactured with thin, soft, low loft cloth which drapes fantastic. The natural fibers breathe well, are comfortable in nearly any temperature and highly absorbent. They will also machine wash back with ease and little to no disruption in patterns and fabric. This is especially important for any project where you plan to use it as intended as opposed to displaying it.

This is the most well liked of the two most popular kinds for nearly all quilters. They are extraordinary for a variety of work, whether done by hand or machine. These are the most admired by far and most commonly found in stores at competitive prices.

Stitch together with lines at most 4 inches apart to prevent slipping or shifting of batting while you work. One of the best benefits is the flat and smooth appearance it gives to the finished product.

This is especially nice for those searching for a certain look to the finished piece. It suggests the look and feel of antique ones no matter which construction method you use.

Polyester

If you work with these kinds be ready for some surprises. They are a little different from working with other types. Stores sell it in lofts or heights. Retailers have polyester quilt batting ranging from ¼ inch to 3 inches high with a variety of various densities. Knowing which one works for your idea or plans is important to making a successful project and a good choice from what you find for sale in the marketplace.

More skilled workers will follow patterns of some sort for crafting. Flexibility with different heights offered by retailers gives some freedom in which one you can work with. Experienced artisans will use the pattern verbatim or make changes to add a more personal touch.

In the cases where you make changes to a pattern, the polyester fill you decide to use is not called for, but with enough skill you make it work with a few alterations to the original design. For an example, a high density in place of short and vice versa for a different look or feel would be a change to work with to and give a different outcome to the finished work.

Newbies should always consider using the low to medium kinds of density. These are easier to work with, whether you are machine quilting or hand stitching for constructing. Another benefit of this material is you do not have to watch over how you combine it too closely to stop shifting.

Shifting is when you sew and the layers of material and batting move and become uneven. This will also happen when your textiles are put together incorrectly. Cutting or measuring even a couple of inches off-center could cost you an entire project.

One important benefit of using this type of batting is the fact machine washing will not disrupt the original shape of your finished product. This is important if you are going to use it for  the intended purpose or display it.

Other things to consider

What is the end product?

Have an idea in mind of what you want your finished work to look like. Also understand what the uses will be. Are you making a wall hanging or table mat? If you are going for a wall hanging, you can use any material for the batting. Any venture that will have major wear and tear, like a kids jacket or a kid's quilt, should have an easy care kind. These keep their form after multiple cleanings and the stress a child will put on it.

When producing a form of clothing, match the batting to the same care requirements as the garment you attach it to as a general rule.

what is your skill level?

Novices choosing the high loft type of polyester have difficulty working with it. Creating vests or a comforter with a cushioned flat look works remarkable well with this choice of fabric, but do you have the skill level to pull it off?

This doesn’t necessarily mean it is impossible to build with other varieties, but reëxamine a design if your skill level is low and the plan requires high loft polyester kind. A different strategy will net a better outcome for a lower level of skills. You can also work on a smaller design to experiment without an expensive adventure which could be ruined.

Cotton blend forms are celebrated for how well they work with fine or intricate design undertakings. If you are looking for the more traditional look, go with this particular kind versus other types.

In conclusion

Most persons working with these materials show a personal preference for which one they like prefer to work with more than others. As your skills and experience increase, you will try new kinds of quilt batting and discover what works well for each undertaking or pattern. You will tweak designs and shapes which will change a preference in some cases. The more projects you do the more you will learn. 

Whenever possible try working with different varieties and weights to understand how each one handles and improve your skill, know how and ability. While one type works okay, another may give it that WOW factor you crave and imagined in your mind’s eye for the overall theme.

Quilt batting is just as important as the fabrics you choose to work with. The more you know about it the better your finished unique work of art will be and the longer it will last. Overall the more you will enjoy it and the prouder you feel with a job well done.

the inside is more important than the outside in most situations when working on this project

polyester batting is difficult to work with
Credit: kozzi.com

great video on cutting out your batting

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