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Favorite battings

stitchagain | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

The post about the bamboo batting got me thinking. 

What are your favorite battings?  Any specialized uses for them? 

I have used Warm & natural and really liked it.  It seems to fulfill what I usually want in a quilt.  Light and warm.

But I have a lot of thin poly batting.  What is the best use of it?  I have only used it to “plump” out a poly pillow (I covered an old pillow before covering it with fashion fabric).


I have seen coverlets made with silk batting but not the silk batting itself.


What have I left out?





  1. damascusannie | | #1

    I personally like Warm and Natural 100% better than any other batting I've used for machine quilting. I like the weight of it and it seems to hold it's shape better than other brands as I run it through my machine. I like cotton batting because it's warm in winter and cool in summer.

    Poly is good for quilts that will see hard use, like baby quilts, especially if you don't plan to quilt them very heavily, but it may 'beard' over time. I don't like the flammability of it, so it's a catch-22 whether you use it in a child's quilt or not. DON'T use it in potholders!

    Some of 80/20 cotton-poly blends are quite nice.

    I'm hearing good things about the bamboo battings although I think that they are too new to make determinations about longevity.

    I hear silk is the absolute best for handquilting, but who can afford it? 8^)

    Annie in Wisconsin, USA
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    Edited 9/4/2008 6:45 pm by damascusannie

    1. rodezzy | | #2

      I've used the Warm & Natural 100% too.  I've also used some 80/20 battings.  I would like to try the thermo batting.  Anyone tried that? 

      Damascusannie has given you very good answers.  I can't expand on it.  I've used poly for wall hangings a lot!  Mostly small quilted wall hangings 18 x 18 and smaller.  I used a high loft for a baby changing blankie before.  Tied it with embroidery floss.

      I've used thinner poly in kids lap quilts and baby quilts, you have a wider quilting area.  Up to 5 inches apart. 

      Happy quilting! 

      1. Kinney | | #3

        On battings, Warm and Natural is fine for machine quilting but don't use it for hand quilting as it is dense and difficult to quilt, so discouraging to discover when a project has already been started.

        Wool batting is fabulous and not as expensive as silk. It is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, doesn't hold a crease when put away for awhile and quilts like going through butter.

        Thermore is nice for clothing when you want a bit of warmth or dimention without bulk or weight.

        1. stitchagain | | #4


          Thanks for all your thoughts.

          What's Thermore?



          1. Kinney | | #5


             Thermore is a very thin, poly batting that is put out by Hobbs - if I'm not mistaken. I have used it in clothing and know that some people use it in miniature quilts as it makes it possible to get tiny hand quilting stitches.

          2. Gloriasews | | #7

            Is it similar to Thinsulate?  I haved used Thinsulate in clothing - very successful, & very warm.


          3. stitchagain | | #8

            I believe that Thinsulate is a batting that is not meant to quilted. Do you quilt it?

          4. Gloriasews | | #9

            Yes, I've quilted it (& it didn't beard) in clothing & had no problems with it.  It was the winter insulation in a lined winter coat that I made (it was the warmest winter coat I'd ever had) & it washed beautifully every time.  I would think it would work well for a bed quilt, too, but I haven't tried it that way yet.  I wonder if anyone else has. 


          5. Kinney | | #10

            Opps, Thermore is made, not by Hobbs, but by.....Thermore (go figure!) I don't know if it is comparable to Thinsulate as I haven't quilted/sewn on Thinsulate. I've just used Thermore in clothing but not for a bed quilt.

          6. Gloriasews | | #11

            I just received a sewing notions catalogue the other day &, lo & behold, they had Thermore in there under 'Battings'.  The write-up says it's thin & drapeable for quilted clothing, does not beard, & works well for wallhangings & miniature quilts.  It does sound like Thinsulate & it's fairly expensive, but it comes in a 90" X 108" piece, so I think it could be used for a quilt.


          7. rodezzy | | #12

            Yes, its for quilts too.

  2. charm | | #6

    I have always used cotton batting. it seems to give a nice touch to any quilt making and never had any problems sewing over the three layers of quilts

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