How to Choose the Right Quilt Batting

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This post is your one-stop-shop in finding aaaaall of the information you need to know about quilt batting. You may want to go ahead and tab it now. Oh and if you would like a sweet tutorial on how to baste a quilt, check out this post – it shows 3 different ways to baste your quilt sandwich. I'll wait....ready? Great! Let's jump in!

I’m the kind of person who goes to the toothpaste aisle of the grocery store and talks to myself for like 45 minutes, with varying degrees of hysteria. I mean, why are there so many different toothpaste options?! And what is the difference between plaque and tartar? And is there actual glitter in that one?

I feel like every toothpaste aisle needs a coach that will lead you to the perfect toothpaste for your individual dental needs. I also feel this way when picking out quilt batting. Or, I used to. But now, I’m here to be your quilt batting aisle coach, to make sure you never again become that paralyzed person talking to themselves in a craft store.​

A few months ago I went on a soul-searching, quilt batting journey. I packed a small backpack, waved goodbye to my husband and walked off into the distance with a single goal in mind, "Find the perfect batting or die trying."

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I'm happy to report that after my strenuous campaign into the cotton fields of Mississippi, through the sheep herds of New Zealand, and even deep into the bamboo forests of China, I'm back.  

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(Technically those places came to me in nicely packaged batting bundles, but MENTALLY I was traveling to all of those places.)

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And now I'm back. With news.

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A guide to choosing the right batting for your quilt

How to Choose Quilt Batting: Materials

(Quick review for the newer crowd: What is Quilt Batting? Also known as wadding, quilt batting is a layer of material used to fill quilts, giving them warmth, thickness, and weight.)

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The biggest decision (and yes, I acknowledge that choosing how to finish off your quilt baby is a very big decision) comes down to material. Let’s highlight the four most common batting material choices, and what they’ve got going for them.


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Although cotton has a number of different sub-options, it’s a great choice for most quilting projects. Things to look for: cotton seeds in the batting. These can actually stain fabric, so beware! Cotton can also bunch after washing unless quilting lines are pretty close together. Read the package instructions to double check how closely your stitching should be.

Like all things cotton, we’re used to cotton shrinking a little bit. When inside quilts, this produces a soft, crinkly effect on your quilt surface, which some people like for comfy bedspreads, and others hate on their quilts-on-display.​ 

The drape of a 100% cotton batting quilt is a bit stiff at first and needs lots of snuggles before loosening up.​

A guide to choosing the right batting for your quilt

Poly Blend Batting

​(Pictured below is a free quilt pattern - click here!)

Quilt 1: 80/20 Hobbs Cotton Poly Blend

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Allergies, anyone? A poly blend batting can be a great alternative to natural fibers if you’re on the sneezy side. Polyester blends also tend to cost less if you’re looking for a thrifty option. This type of batting is also easy to work with, and pretty low-maintenance. And warm. Yeah, 10 points for the poly blend! 

Unlike 100% cotton batting, poly blends don't change as much in size and drape after washing. Keep in mind that not all poly blends will feel the same because the ratio of cotton to poly varies anywhere from 80/20 to 60/40.


Wool-Batting

If it’s wool, you know it’s warm. It’s also veeeery fluffy and relatively easy to work with when quilting. Wool will never get fold lines or creases, even after months of being folded, which is pretty awesome for you quilters out there with stacks on stacks of quilts filling various corners of the living room.

The downside? Wool’s going to hit your wallet a little harder, and it has the tendency to beard.*

*Hold on. Beard?

You heard me right. But not the kind of beard you’re thinking of. Bearding, in the quilting world, is when fibers from the batting travel through the top of the quilt. It’s pretty common with wool batting, and basically looks like your quilt is growing a 5 o’clock shadow. So I guess it’s kind of a lot like the kind of beard you were thinking of.

The best way to avoid bearding from your wool batting is to use a sharp needle (probably fresh from the package) when quilting and piece your quilt top with tightly woven fabric. If your fabric is a loose weave or a low thread count, the wool can easily travel through it once the quilt has been washed. 

Beginner Quilting Questions are answered in the multi-part blog series! Are you ever confused about what batting to use? Find out the difference between cotton and wool batting!

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Bamboo batting is the high-end batting option… for a reason. It’s soooo soft. It drapes soooo nicely. It dries quickly after washing, and doesn’t allow mold or mildew to form. It’s amazing. It’s also expensive. Bamboo batting is a great investment if you’re working on a gorgeous, heirloom, keep-it-forever type of quilt… or if you’re just flush with cash and like soft cuddly things.​

Hopefully this gives you a pretty good preview of what all these materials have to offer, and what pricing you can expect (polyester on the low end, cotton, then wool, then bamboo at the top.) The other component that is going to affect the cost is which brand you choose. Oh, you’re wondering if I have any opinions about that? Muhahahaha!

Of course I do!


How to Choose Quilt Batting: Brands

The material you use is a big divider when you’re looking at utility, but which brand you choose will have a legit affect on the longevity and overall quality of your quilt. I have a few brands I use regularly and recommend. Here are the three brands that get the Suzy Stamp of Approval:

Quilter's Dream​

During my long and grueling quest to find the perfect batting, I met a spiritual guide...through a dream. A Quilter's Dream. And what a wonderful dream it was!

Quilter’s Dream batting is everything batting should be; consisting of high quality materials with soft and silky fibers. Quilter’s Dream offers cotton, poly blends, wool, bamboo, and even an earth-friendly option made out of recycled plastic bottles! I love all of the options, and I love that I know I can count on all of them being well-made.​

Pellon

For those who like to shop online or only have access to big craft shops – this stuff is very easy to come by. I've tried all of the big box store brands, and Pellon is where I keep coming back.

Pellon also offers all four major batting material options, and is a standard go-to batting brand for a lot of beginners and experienced quilters alike. I would recommend Pellon for both machine and hand quilting, Pellon’s cotton batting is also ultra-clean, so you won’t have to worry about those pesky cotton seeds I mentioned earlier. (And trust me, there are few things as frustrating as finishing a quilt only to notice that you can see a 1/4" black dot UNDERNEATH your white fabric. It looks like a terrible stain you can't scrub out.)

Hobbs​

Hobbs is another well-known, top-quality brand that pretty much offers every different kind of batting option out there. Many quilters I know are all about Hobbs Heirloom wool when they go the wool route, and though it’s on the more expensive side, it’s so reliable, and drapes really well.​


But What's the Right Quilt Batting: One Quilter's Opinion

When choosing the best quilt batting for your project, there are a few other things to keep in mind:

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Go for “white” over “natural.” Now, this may be a more personal preference, but I always go for white batting because of the darker flecks found in “natural” cotton. Sometimes, these flecks can show through light-colored fabric, and with the crazy amount of white I use in my quilts, I have a strict “No Flecks Allowed” policy.

Know the Skinny on Scrim. Some batting comes with “scrim,” which is a thin layer of stabilizer that gives your batting some strength, and keeps fibers from escaping and creating that dreaded beard. If you decide to go with a batting with scrim, it’s best to face it toward the back of your project.​ (You'll be able to feel the difference.)

Don't Get Too Lofty. One other term you should know when checking out batting is “loft.” Loft basically refers to how thick or fluffy your batting is, with lower loft being thinner. Low loft batting is great for a flatter finish, where you want to show off your piecing more than your quilting lines (though if you are hand quilting, choose low loft no matter how amazing your stitches are… it’s just easier.) Go for higher loft if you want a nice, puffy quilt with very visible quilting lines.​ However, keep in mind that if you get a high-loft batting it can look a bit dated – member those puffy Care Bear quilts from the 80s?


Sometimes, it takes some experimentation to really get the hang of choosing batting (anyone have some weird batting results they want to share??) but know that you’re not alone! Next time you’re having a panic attack in the batting aisle, hit me up 🙂

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175 thoughts on “How to Choose the Right Quilt Batting

  1. Veronika says:

    I’ve only used cotton and poly-cotton but I was surprised when I used the poly cotton that the quilting had to be a lot closer. I like being able to do loose quilting sometimes! And also now I feel like I can only use bamboo batting forever…hmmm…

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Tutti girl, you missed nothing. I was very sneaky and intentional about not sharing a favorite. The truth is, sometimes it’s nice to switch it up! My favorite brands will probably remain Quilter’s Dream and Pellon, but within those brands, I will hop around among all of the options.

  2. margiestither says:

    very informative. I usually use a cotton 80/20 with scrim as that only needs quilting every 10″ and the quilting part is so very hard for me to do. Having to quilt so close is not the way forward for me! I did do a charity quilt a couple of weeks ago batting and backing provided along with the flimsy and that was a polyester one, I found that better to work with than I thought it wold be

  3. Steffe says:

    Great post! I’ve only ever used 100% cotton, but the bamboo sounds really really nice! I think I want to do my next quilt on a longarm and I’ve seen some people do two layers of batting to get the quilting to really “pop”. Have you ever done this? I’m tempted… but I don’t want to ruin it! Lol

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I have never done that, but I doubt it would ruin the quilt. It may make it really stiff, but eventually, it would loosen up. If you haven’t tried wool batting yet, I suggest trying that before double layering. Good luck!

      • Danielle says:

        I love Quilters Dream Wool Batting ❤️ It is warm in the winter but also so lightweight and cool for summer…My go to batting!!

        Good job describing each type of batting Suzy! After working in a quilt shop for years it’s still the one isle that people definitely struggle in😉

    • Elsie E Winstead says:

      I use two layers of warm and white batting all the time in my quilts. I have no problems with quilting this batting on my domestic machine. Just set your tension to get good stitches, and adjust the presser foot pressure if needed. After washing, you have a substantial, but flexible quilt that gets more and more cuddly with repeat washing, even if densely quilted. Good luck!

  4. Rhyo says:

    Choosing batting is such a weird mystery to me, so thank you for this! I always tend to like my quilts to be as drapey and floppy and non-stiff as possible. Do you find cotton of poly-cotton to be more drapey/less stiff? I’ll have to give bamboo batting a try sometime… that sounds awesome!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I have found cotton poly blends to have a floppier drape straight off the sewing machine. 100% cotton batting is a bit stiffer and needs to either be washed or used a lot before it’s drape mimics the cotton poly.

  5. Katie says:

    I have a weird batting story… I finished a quilt recently that I started over ten years ago when I was young and had no idea I was using too many colours. When I found the top and got to finishing it, I really didn’t want to put any more money into it. So for batting I used polar fleece! Not even one piece! I sewed two different colors together! So now the whole quilt is weird, the top that I made when I was young and silly, and the finishing when I was older and still silly.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      That sounds weirdly AWESOME! Originally, quiltmakers would use all sorts of random materials to fill their quilts. I’d say that you were just getting in touch with your inner quilt historian. 🙂

      • Alli Kat says:

        I know this is an old post, but what you said about what they used to use reminded me.
        I bought an old ‘puffy’ quilt and I opened one of the puffs and they are filled with silk stockings. Not pantyhose, just silk (or maybe nylon), thigh high stockings. Very heavy and completely cool!

        • Leslie G. says:

          This brought back a memory of when I was in high school (decades ago) and making stuffed animals. Not all of us were rich enough or stylish enough to have hosery for daily wear. So I had a “supplier” who would give me her old pantyhose that had runners to use as stuffing.
          BTW – just found your blog, Suzy, and LOVE all the tips!

      • Becky says:

        Hi Suzy, I love your information. Have you ever made a baby or throw quilt and used flannel instead of batting? I have been making scrap quilts as gifts and wanting to reduce the cost, and be slightly ‘authentic’ to original quilting, have been finding king size flannel sheets barely used at thrift stores. The result is a thinner quilt. I don’t know how it wears over time since I have given them all as gifts. I’d love to know if others have tried this or anything similar to make a true ‘scrap’ quilt. Many thanks.

          • Sue Brownlee says:

            I make baby quilts for NICU babies to cover the isolete. I use black flannel (prewashed) for batting. This is mandatory to keep the light from getting in the babies eyes and to help keep the heat in.

    • LaNette says:

      I think I bought 100% poly batting high loft. I like the puff but I don’t have enough experience to know when to use it. I am making a baby blanket 36 x 36 and I was going to use it. The machine I am using is a long arm Pro Sticher in the bubbles pattern. Will that look okay? I don’t like all the puckering once you wash cotton batting quits

      • Suzy Quilts says:

        If you don’t like puckering be sure to pre-wash your fabric and also think about using poly thread or a poly thread blend. Even cotton thread can cause a quilt to shrink a little bit when washed. I think that quilting design will look great!

  6. Sally says:

    I have used both Hobbs and Quilters’ Dream wool batting and would rate them excellent.
    I have used the Hobbs Silk/poly blend-lovely -and the QD bamboo, sooo soft, both
    a bit expensive. I make bed quilts and mostly use Quilters’ Dream Select, a mid loft all cotton
    batting. As I longarm quilt for others I get pretty much everything to work on. I dont’ like
    the high lofts on a longarm – I’m sure is fine for a tied super puffy look.

  7. barbara esposito says:

    Great info – Thanks so much for the post! Did I miss the Warm and Natural? Did you not include it because it is not top quality?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I would put Warm & Natural in the same category as Pellon in terms of availability and price. Personally, I think Pellon is better quality and never has those terrible dark flecks that drive me bananas.

  8. Lydia says:

    This is super helpful – and might get me to try a bamboo or wool in the future. On a similar note, what are your thoughts on spray basting? I had always pin basted until a couple weeks ago, when I tried spray basting. Long story short, it did not go well, even after I watched PLENTY of youtube tutorials. Any advice?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’ve spray basted in the past and have found pin basting to be the better option. Here are my reasons: 1. Spray basting was making a mess in my house. No matter how neat I was, that sticky spray would get on my floors, walls, and furniture. yuck. 2. That stuff is expensive! Pins are a one-time investment. 3. Safety pins don’t shift. When I spray basted anything larger than a baby quilt, my quilt sandwich would shift and get all out of wack.

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t like spray basting at all! It is bad for your lungs and the environment, it leaves a sticky residue on your quilt, too. Even the directions on 505 say ‘to remove adhesive – dry clean’. No thank you, I ♥ my curved safety pins and I can remove them without professional help lol.

  9. Jennifer says:

    How about silk batting? I’ve recently seen some of it and it is beautiful but where would it fall in your list?

  10. Jean says:

    Thank you Suzy! Great job wandering the batty world! I concur with QD and Hobbs, though I’ve never used the Pellon. – Jean

  11. Sarah says:

    I usually use 80/20 because it doesn’t stretch or get misshapen like cotton can tend to. But another dreamy option is silk! Silk batting in a lawn or voile quilt is like the lightest, drapieat quilt ever.

  12. Peggy says:

    Regarding loft, when I started Quilting 20 years ago I remember 1/4 inch loft was desirable and easily available. Recently I was shopping for batting in brick and mortar stores and a majority of batting was 1/8 inch loft. What happened? I longarm quilts, the 1/8 is too thin, a piece of flannel would do as well. The experience left me disappointed and a little bit frustrated. Am I alone?

  13. Lori Matsui says:

    I tried the Quilters dream wool and it started bearding heavily as soon as I started quilting it. Is there a way to minimize the bearding? In your experience which one beards the least of the wool batting?

  14. Jerilea says:

    Hi, my husband and I are in the process of house hunting for the perfect acreage. My big dream is to raise alpacas and make quilt batting from their fleece. Were we live right now there is a place that will process alpaca fiber (75% alpaca, 25% wool) into batting for an astonishingly reasonable price. In your pilgrimage of finding batting…did you come across alpaca fiber batting? Any thoughts on that type of batting? My understanding is that it is lighter, warmer, and contains less lanolin than wool and easy to quilt/work with.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’ve tried it, and messed it completely up. Typically fusible batting is only activated by steam – which means that I was on my hands and knees trying to steam iron a quilt while it was on the floor. The process was miserable, not to mention that I bunched up both the backing and the quilt top. In the end, I ripped all of the layers apart and pin basted it. I’d be curious to hear a success story about fusible batting…

      • Debbie says:

        I used fusible batting on my first quilt, a bedspread sized beast for my son. Putting the quilt sandwich together turned out well but was no fun – yes down on my knees on the floor. I hand quilted it for about three years then got impatient and asked a friend to longarm it. She tried. The thread kept breaking so she handed it back to me. Even hand quilting I could only use short pieces of thread because of breakage. I finally finished it before my son graduated from high school. To top that off, when I finished, I washed it to get the adhesive out and the thing started bearding. Don’t touch that stuff.

  15. Elisa Alegria says:

    Very useful info. Thanks! Do you have a recommendation on what kind of batting to use for tablecloths or placemats, since they have to be washed more frequently? I once heard someone that said she used flannel as batting, but I thought flannel shrinked a lot. Thank you for your advise.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Great question! Flannel won’t be any sturdier than 100% cotton batting, however it will be a lot thinner. I have used both 100% cotton and cotton poly blend batting in placemats and table runners and years later they are still in great condition. If you don’t want the crinkle affect, pre-wash your fabric before making your placemats. That was the one thing I didn’t do that I wish I did.

      Oh! And one more thing you may want to consider – I used a heavy-weight home dec fabric on the back of my placemats to give them a bit more heft and make them sturdier. I think that helped a lot. Good luck!

        • Suzy Quilts says:

          Most batting comes preshrunk, but yes, inevitably both the prewashed batting and prewashed fabric will still shrink a small amount on the second wash anyway. In fact, if you’re using cotton thread, that will even tighten up a bit too. Prewashing your fabric will lessen the crinkle, however.

  16. Teri says:

    Good post altho, none of this information is new. One thing I didn’t see mentioned about cotton batting: if you are making a wall hanging/art quilt, do NOT use cotton. It has a “memory” meaning that, once your work is folded, it will retain fold lines unless and until the item is steamed (and sometimes, even after steaming). So, unless you can assure the piece will be rolled and not folded, stick to wool, poly or some blend.

  17. Louise says:

    I just discovered your blog and I’m finding all sorts of useful information. Thanks! I was happy you mentioned the poly/blend option to remind me that even though I always brush off the idea of something synthetic, I really should use a poly for my niece who is an allergy sufferer. Piecing her a birthday quilt today but if it makes her eyes water then a lifetime heirloom is just going to be a waste 🙈. Good call!

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  26. Ozzy says:

    Thank you so much. It’s not the first time I’ve made a quilt, but it’s definitely the first time I’ve done it properly! 🙂 I really appreciate your writing as much as your helpful tips, knowledge and reviews.

  27. Linda says:

    Great info ! Thanks so much! Wondering if you have an opinion about QD Orient blend with bamboo. Almost all of the bamboo batting that I’ve researched has other fibers- cotton or modal and tencel

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  29. Tonya says:

    Hi Suzy!! Read and reread your awesome article and the comments– but I see no mention specifically of Mountain Mist Cream Rose cotton needled batting. I ask because someone gave me some and I can’t find a lot of info on it. Was wondering if you have heard of it?? Should I use it with a large quilt top I LOVE– or save it for the projects going to lesser loved family members?? 😉😂. jk…I love all my family dearly!! Thanks!!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’ve never personally used this batting and to my knowledge, it’s only sold at Joann’s. Does that sound right? I think you should try it out on a baby quilt and decide what you think after that. Do you like the drape? Does it beard? Does it feel nice after washing? If you are still liking it after all of that, get more! The price of this stuff is really great.

  30. Margaret says:

    As a new quilter I tried the Quilters Dream Green, made from recycled bottles. It was lovely to work with and my 90” square quilt is a nice weight. However now I’ve read about the dreaded bearding I’m worried about using it again without advice. Has anyone found a problem with this wadding?

  31. Julie says:

    Wondering what you think about polyester batting? I have the Hobbs Polydown quilt batting. I also use a thin polyester placemat batting for placemats and runners.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I think poly batting has it’s place and in the end it’s about how you want the quilt to feel and how you will be using it. Because it’s synthetic, it shouldn’t beard, so it would be a good option for quilts that use a lot of dark fabrics – especially if you’re using solid dark fabrics. Poly battings typically drape well too, so if you want that extra soft drape, it will be nice and cuddly right out of the bag.

      • Stephanie says:

        Suzy, I hope you will see this reply since I can’t figure out how to leave an original comment. Yikes! Have you used poly-blend with UNwashed cotton? Does it still crinkle?

  32. Sarah says:

    Thanks for a great article – very informative. I’ve only ever used 100% cotton and 50/50 bamboo/cotton wadding (which is dreamy!). Working on my first real quilt for me (having made many as gifts) and am already considering which batting to use – I want to try wool, but am worried it might be too ‘lofty’… personally, I like a fairly flat quilt finish. Also considering silk wadding (well, it’s a blend of Silk, Bamboo, Botanic Tencel and Cotton). Was delighted when I found an online supplier who does a wadding sample pack, which includes all the ones I would like to try! Needless to say I’ve ordered the sample pack and can then test them all and compare the results. I guess I should wash the samples, after I’ve quilted them?

  33. Noreen Carlson says:

    I have a question on bamboo batting. I have a long arm quilting machine and had a customer bring bamboo batting which was so soft to the touch and the look was very nice. The problem I had was with thread breaks while using it. Is this a common problem with long arms or do you need to use specific thread types with it? I found this information to be helpful as I have mainly used Hobbs batting or Warm & Natural from customers.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Thread breaks…hmmmm…this is not something I have experienced with bamboo batting, but I only sew on my domestic machine – a Bernina to be exact. You would know more about long arms than me, but any time I have thread breaking on me, I change my needle and, if needed, change to a slightly thicker thread. Are you currently using 40 wt? Maybe see if that helps?

  34. Cindy says:

    Hi! I am making first (and probably only) quilt to replace a very old one on our king bed. I read your wonderful column with so much advice from so many! I have 2 questions:
    1) Should I wash the batting before I sew it in? (Will it shrink inside?)
    2) I read the customer comments about the orient blend bamboo batting and they mention “too much lint” – I guess this means during sewing? Is this a problem after it is sewn?
    Man I said 2 questions, but that turned into 4!
    Thank you!!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      You’re first quilt is going to be a king? Very ambitious! I applaud you! Before answering your two questions, let me throw out another option – send your pieced quilt top and backing to a professional longarm quilter. I have many great ones I can recommend, Crinklelove, being one of them – especially since you aren’t trying to hone a skill, and espeeeecially since basting and quilting a king-sized quilt is…well…I don’t think I’d even attempt that cause it’s huuuuuge. Now to your questions:
      1) Nope! Most packaged batting does not need to be prewashed and it should say so on the usage instructions. If you are using Pellon, Quilter’s Dream or Hobbs (the big names), none of them require it.
      2. Lint from bamboo? Gimme their emails cause I don’t believe them. Well, I guess I should admit that once I found Quilter’s Dream Bamboo batting I refuse to use any other brand, so maybe the other brands create lint? I wouldn’t think so…but anything is possible I suppose. Quilt with a sharp 90/14 needle (so it pierces and doesn’t punch), and you should be fine.

      • Cindy says:

        Thank you!!
        I am only tying the knots to hold the quilt – not actually quilting! I designed a sunrise scene over an ocean and the fabric pieces are big. I found a cool trick on a YouTube tutorial for making the quilt sandwich using skewers to center it. The amount of math involved in designing this thing would make Einstein flinch. But what a fun winter project it has been!!!!
        Thanks again!
        Oh and the “lint” complaint was from 2 different customers on the Amazon site for Quilters Dream Orient Blend. They said they had to clean the bobbin after every line.

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  36. Donna Blalock says:

    SILK! My new favorite batting for hand quilting. Drapes beautifully. It’s white! VERY consistent thickness (mid-loft, but quilts like a low-loft) for a blend (blended with bamboo, cotton, and tencel). AND – it’s forgiving of wide unquilted areas – up to 8″. OK, it’s a bit pricey, but you’re gonna spend weeks, maybe months working a quilt to cheap-out on the batting? Nope. Worth the money.

    • Beth Cooper says:

      How warm is the silk? I am making a summer quilt for our bed and want it to be very lightweight. My lqs recommended “Quilter’s Flannel” as the batting but I’m worried about shrinkage and also I don’t know where to buy that. I am considering silk and also bamboo as an option. I want the quilt to be very thin and very lightweight for this menopausal mama. 😊😊 Any tips would be appreciated.

  37. Hazel says:

    I prefer a cotton batting for my projects but my concern is the weight of a quilt as a cover for a baby. do you have any advice as far as batting is concerned?

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  40. Molly says:

    I haven’t explored that much and am no expert,but I see you not addressing such important points as practicality – natural fibers, especially wool are not suitable for washing at all, and the fact that today’s much loved cotton batting is least warm of all

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Hey Molly, thanks so much for your input! What makes you say that wool is not suited for washing? I haven’t heard that. I think a lot of quilters opt for cotton batting because it is the most prevalent in stores. However, like you say, it’s not the warmest material out there.

      • Nina says:

        I use wool batting a lot (the brand is called Mathildas Own, it’s from Australia). I wash all my quilts in my washing machine (no dryer) and never had a problem with bearding ! The loft is a little bit more than cotton.

      • Margo says:

        I think Molly is talking about non treated wool batting which some mills make as part of their yarn business. I’m a spinner as well as a quilter and I know there is a mill in Alberta that has wonderful wool batting but it isn’t easily washed. It has to be treated like a pure wool sweater or it will felt. Quilts made from this type of wool batting have to be hand washed in cold water and not agitated while wet but the resulting quilt is beautiful with this type of batting. The quilting companies who have wool batting have treated them with a super wash technique so that they don’t felt and that makes them machine washable.

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  44. Janel says:

    Just ordered QD orient blend for a plus design bed quilt. First time using…. how much shrinkage is there and shld it be prewashed. Fabric was not prewashed…

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  46. Renee says:

    I didn’t have time to read all the comments to see if this was addressed but do you know which batting is less flammable? Just curious.

  47. Erin says:

    Do you know the loft of Warm & Natural? How would it compare to Pellon White Cotton? I used the former on my first quilt and am happy with the loft and warmth. I am now making 2 twin quilts for our guest room and am tempted by your suggestion of Quilters Dream, but $40 for 9 yds might win me over to the Pellon!
    Thanks for all the great advice throught your site!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Warm & Natural is very comparable to Pellon. It’s similar in quality, however BEWARE of natural dark cotton specks. They will show through light fabrics. If I use that brand I tend to stick with Warm & White (no dark specks). My major beef with Pellon and Warm & White is that after years of getting them, I found both to be inconsistent and both actually seemed to be getting thinner with every passing year. I guess the companies were trying to save some money?

      I trust the consistent quality of Quilters Dream. I like all of the options on loft and type they offer. If the price is a hinderance, maybe just get it for those very special quilts you know you’re going to spend some extra time on.

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  50. Trisha Hughes says:

    I saw in a comment you really like Quilter’s Dream Deluxe Poly and that is the one I want to try, but I cannot find it anywhere! It’s no longer on Amazon. Where do you buy it?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Wow that stuff has gotten hard to find! I wonder why. I found some on ebay, but that’s not a good sign. I just emailed my contact at Quilters Dream to see if they are phasing out that product. I’ll let you know what I hear back.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’m back with an answer! My contact said that it can still be found on Amazon (eh…questionable), but can definitely be found at batt-mart.com. Do a search on the page I just linked to for “Deluxe” and you’ll find all of the Poly Deluxe options.

  51. Trena says:

    Hi Suzy! Love your site. I keep getting request for a heavy quilt. Any suggestions? Would it be batting choice or fabric choice that makes a quilt heavier? Thanks!

  52. Tiffany says:

    What batting would you use between two layers of fleece? My mom made three of my children warm, heavy quilts like this before she died. We have since added two more children to our family. I would like to make them quilts just like this. A quilter friend advised me not to use batting in between. However, after seeing how well these quilts have held up with use EVERY single day for 10 years. I really want to make one just like it. Any advise? Thank you. .

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      If the quilts you’re trying to replicate feel heavy, you’ll probably want to use a relatively dense or thick batting. I would suggest either Quilters Dream wool (which is puffy) or Quilters Dream Poly Deluxe. Those are the thickest and heaviest battings I’ve used. (FYI Quilters Dream poly batting has a few different lofts that range in denseness. The Deluxe will be the heaviest.)

  53. Nancy says:

    I’m wondering if you ever make a wool top, as for a wall hanging, with a cotton back. My wool is felted and has an appliqué tree – Sue Spargo style. I’d like to quilt it by machine, but I’ve tried several battings and so far they all creep to the top – even when I change the tension. I’m using a sit-down HQ Sweet Sixteen. Any ideas?

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  56. Judith says:

    I’m making some quilts that I’ll be posting overseas. Postage from Australia is horribly expensive, and I’m trying to find out which type of batting weighs less: wool-poly (Nu-Wool 60-40 is my go-to), cotton, bamboo, or maybe the lightest weight of polar fleece. (Never try to hand-quilt that last one, and be careful laying out for basting because it’s very grabby and also stretchy. It drapes nicely and washes well though.)

    Googling hasn’t brought me any answers because every quilt site uses “weight” to refer to warmth or lack thereof, not to lb/oz or kg/gm.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I have found bamboo to be really light, and also a thin poly batting would be light. Wool and cotton will probably be a bit heavier. If you like to use all of those battings, though, I’d just get them all and run a few tests – then share your results with us ;).

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  58. jagrazi says:

    Working on a baby quilt. A rock steady pattern! I usually use 100% cotton thin low loft for baby quilts because it was recommended to me but the more of them I do the more I realize while nice looking they aren’t very cozy and don’t you want to make someone a quilt they could just wrap their baby up in all warm and cozy?? So with that said I want this one to be cozy and warm while still being breathable. What’s best option do you think? I made a quilt for house with wool and love it, so warm and cozy but perhaps wool would be too thick and not as breathable which I think is important for baby quilts. So perhaps Cotton poly blend? If so I’ve never used this before, which blend ratio do you reccomend for baby quilt. Thanks!!

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  60. Fran McKean says:

    Just saying I use the spray baste, but I have not tried it on a bed-sz quilt. I tape my backing to a tabletop and spread the batting and top, then lift half at a time, starting in the middle, working outward. For small art quilts, I keep a trash bag for covering enough of the table with the can in my kitchen away from my machines. Brand name matters, I recommend the one Hobby Lobby sells, blue can, use a coupon. Right I have Mettler and won’t buy it again. Just finished a table runner which is fine except that the spray gummed up my needle. Only had to change or clean it once. I’ve used pins, prefer the spray because it is simply out of the way, done with care, the quilt sandwich will be perfectly smooth.

  61. Trudy says:

    This post was very informative to a quilt novice such as myself. 15 years ago when my mom passed away I began a butterfly quilt using all the pretty floral patterns from her house dresses. Life got in the way and I picked it up again last month. It’s turning into a beautiful California bed sized quilt as I proceed. I’m at the point now where I must choose batting and your information has given me just what I need! Now I must research how to hand quilt this huge quilt in a very small space. I figure to purchase a large embroidery hoop and quilt one square at a time and doing the connecting borders as I go along….in your opinion do you think this is a viable option?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      If you’re working with a small space hand quilting won’t be the tricky part, basting the quilt sandwich will be. If you don’t want to baste it yourself, you could hire a longarm quilter to do it for you. That’s a little known service most provide. Once your quilt is basted, you can fold, roll or cram it to fit whatever space you’re in.

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  63. Nicole says:

    Hi Suzy! This post is fantastic and so informative. I’ve always used Warm & Natural batting because a friend recommended it, so I just stuck with it. Overall I’ve been happy with it but I’d love to try wool batting but I’m paranoid about working hard on a quilt only to have it beard and then be ruined. I know you mentioned using high quality fabric to prevent bearding but is there anything to do if the bearding does happen? Or is it just a lost cause once it starts? I’m thinking about using it for the Sugar Pop quilt and I ordered the fabrics you used (Michael Miller couture)…which batting did you use on that quilt (the mauve version)? Thanks!

  64. Fran says:

    Hi Suzy! I have a question. I LOVE Quilters Dream batting (esp their wool) and would like to try the bamboo. But it is called Orient because it is a combination of cotton, tencel, silk and rayon from bamboo. There are other brands that are 100% bamboo. I’m wondering if it’s better to get the combination batting for some reason………rather than the 100% bamboo (made by a couple companies…..one of them called WinLine). Thanks for all your work on quilting subjects!!! I didn’t read all the comments so I hope I’m not reasking a question??

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      This is a great question and the choice is really up to you since both are great options for warm-weather batting. When it comes to picking your favorite batting, I advocate for trying out different brands and deciding for yourself what you like. The Quilters Dream Orient is a bamboo blend, but based on what they blend with it, it remains very silky soft and breathable. I haven’t tried WinLine, so I can’t say, however now that you’ve brought it to my attention, I’m going to have to get my hands on some. 😉

  65. Kathy LeClere says:

    I am sending a quilt top size 51×65 to the longarm and need to send the batting with it. The backing fabric is Cuddle Luxe. What batting would you suggest for a lighter weight quilt? Thank you for all doing so much research!!

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  71. Heather Miller says:

    I’ve recently heard about silk batting but know nothing about it. What are your thoughts on silk batting? Thank you in advance.
    Heather

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    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Three things come to mind – 1. Use a larger stitch length when quilting. Probably around 4. You may want to test that out on a small sample. 2. Baste really really well. If you are a pin baster, use more pins than normal. 3. I’m usually not one to iron my batting before basting, but in this case either iron your batting, or throw them in the dryer for a quick tumble dry to loosen up any deep creases.

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  77. Jennifer says:

    Ok this is the first quilt I’ve ever made. Thanks for all the tips Suzy. I have one question though. I want the back of my twin size quilt to be soft. But the problem is that most soft fabrics are stretchy and that doesn’t sound conducive to quilting. What would you suggest? I wanted something softer than flannel but I don’t really know what would be best to use. Also would piecing the backing cause a problem? I’m not sure I can get the backing to be big enough. Thanks.

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  79. Mardy says:

    I have just finished a king size quilt. I do not want it to be too heavy and am considering using flannel as my batting. Any thoughts?

  80. Linda Martin says:

    Love your article and all the wonderful information. I used bamboo batting in the last throw quilt I made and found that it bearded! (wish I could remember the brand) Needless to say I was VERY disappointed. Have you had that issue?

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