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woolen or synthetic batting.

mem | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I am making a quilt which will be used daily on our bed and am wondering if I should use a wool batting or a polyester one . What is the difference and why would I use one over the other, The quilt is machine made and will be machine quilted . It is a simple square patch quilt in which colour is the main feature .

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  1. sueb | | #1

    Hi Mem,

    Wool batting will shrink and felt in the wash if care is not used during washing.  Polyester, however will not be as warm.  I use cotton batting in my quilts, I like the way the weight and the way they feel with the cotton batting.  I prefer a natural fiber in my quilts vs using a polyester material but that's just a personal preference. 

  2. stitchwiz | | #2

    Hi Mem,

    Sue B hit everything on the head.  I would add that natural fibers 'breath' better than polyester.  While you are sleeping, your body will perspire more with the man made fibers than with the natural ones.  That is why many bed covers with man made fibers in them often have a very faint perspiration odour which does not come out with normal laundering.  Once this problem develops, I don't know of any way to permanently correct it.  Old quilts and blankets with all natural fibers never seem to have this problem.

    Just a thought to consider...

     

  3. cashmire | | #3

    ...and wool is an "anti-bacterial" fibre. It also has a nice weight to it if one likes the feel of a heavier blanket while in bed, whereas a manmade fibre does not.

    :o)

    1. mem | | #4

      You obviously like woll perhaps this influenced your name ???? Thanks for the info I think I will go with either wool or cotton. I need to be able to wash it reasonably easily as I have a pampered pooch who sees it as her duty to come and give us our wake up kiss every morning  !!

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