I would like to highly recommend Quilters Dream Cotton batting, either request or select thickness, to anyone who is wanting to quilt using a cotton batt. It is a bit more expensive, but so worth it. As soon as I can afford it, I'm going to order some from Connecting Threads as they have a great selection.
Hi, Janet. Thanks for posting this. When you have a couple of minutes, could you add the specific reasons you find Quilters Dream Cotton Batting to be so useful?
Think in terms of telling a new quilter about your actual experiences with it: what type of projects you've used it in, how it performs with hand-quilting and/or machine quilting, how it holds up to washing, comparisons to batts that have been less successful for your projects, and important as well, what circumstances would you not use it in?
You're off to a good start. And thank you so much for adding to this category. (I'm particularly delighted with your addition because I'm still learning about batts!)
One thing I really like about QDC is that it is very uniform in its thickness. Some batts seem to have high & low spots which can really make it difficult to have consistent hand quilting stitches. For those who are just starting out with hand quilting I would recommend the request loft. It is the thinnest so easier to needle. For those who prefer to machine quilt it works great for that too. I have used this batting in projects ranging from tablerunners to king sized quilts and it has held up very well for all of those. I really can't think of any reason to not use it except for the fact it is more expensive than some. I have heard a lot of comments over the years that 100% cotton batting is harder to hand quilt with than poly batting. My feeling is that the person was just using the wrong batt. In my most unhumble opinion, it is far superior to Hobbs or Warm & Natural for hand quilting. Schatze, if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
You are very welcome, Schatze. Now if I could just get the stores near me to start carrying it! It is good to know that I can order through CT, but there are times I really don't want to wait until something can be shipped! I asked one of the clerks at one of the LQS I go to if she had ever used it. She very snippily told me that she had always used Hobbs. Had this tone in her voice like anyone who used anything else was too dumb for words! So I told her that she might be surprised at how much she would like this batting if she would only try it. Geesh, I hate it when people are so closed minded about trying something new.
Hi, just signed on to this group. I find it helps when you want your LQS to carry something, if you bring them a sample of what it is. Like a sandwich square of this batting so they can be convinced of the quality. Once convinced they would gladly try to get it.
I agree with Janet about Quilters Dream. I've used the Request loft on a number of quilts and absolutely love it. The batt feels and looks like an incredibly soft, thin blanket out of the pack. Because it's folded instead of rolled, it isn't as wrinkled or creased--that's important to me. Also, it doesn't pull or snag when you unfold the layers. I quilted with Warm & Natural--it is soft and feels nice, but it has slubs. It is far more dense which makes it less suitable for handquilting. The Hobbs 80/20 is scratchy when i'm quilting and has creases i find hard to get out. I made a Dresden Plate with the QDC batt, quilted it heavily and got a lovely antique look. It's very heavy and warm. I do use Thermore a good bit too. I live way down in south Georgia--it's very humid and hot, so most of the year we don't need quilts for warmth. it makes a lightweight cover. there isn't as much definition (it's often recommended for wall-hangings), but it is easy to care for. I used it for my son's dorm quilt since he is hotnatured and it will be easy to wash. I'm glad Janet started this topic. ithink the batt is so important and most people don't think about it since it "doesn't show." It really does show--just as the quality of the fabric you use does.
Joanna, I know quite a few people like to hand quilt using Warm & Natural, but I agree with you that it is so dense that I found it very hard to hand quilt. It is okay for machine quilting though so I do buy it on occasion with my coupons from Joanns. I had a lot of trouble with a Hobbs batting a few yrs ago. I sent them a complaint & I will say that they were very nice about this and sent me a new batt, which worked much better. Even with that I still prefer the QDC batting!
Janet--you are right to note that this is a very personal thing--what works for me might not work for someone else. And i know a lot of machine quilters and hand quilters swear by W&N. I appreciate the time and thought you put into your answers--your comments have been really helpful to me.
Joana, would you be willing to post a review of the Thermore? I've not heard of it, but have been interested in batts that could be used in "summer" quilts.
Both my husband and I perspire a lot when we sleep, so I thought a lighter quilt might work for us. Not having been able to find or produce one, I've just used a cotton spread on our bed during the summers.
I'd read that flannel could be used instead of batt for a "summer" quilt, but have hesitated to try it.
Your experience with Thermore would be really interesting to read!
Schatze--i would love to talk about this batting. thermore is advertised as being the thinnest batting on the market, and it is guaranteed not to beard. I have tried a lot of different battings (Fairfield, Hobbs, Mountain Mist, QDC) and i think it lives up very well to its claims. The batting is extremely thin--i think its supposed to be 1/16 inch. Unlike some other thin polyester battings i've tried, Thermore is consistent in thickness (or thinness). It unfolds easily; while it clings to itself a bit, it doesn't pull or snag, creating thinner places in the batting. I've used in quilts that were made to be used fairly hard and which would require more washing than usual. It has held up well without shrinking or bunching. It needles beautifully--i get the smallest and most consistent stitch count with this batting. Connecting Threads carries it --which is very nice for someone like me who has to drive 75 miles to get to a fabric store with batting. I save all the scraps because Thermore is nice to use for placemats and tabletoppers. I think you would like it for a light bedcover.
I have heard of using flannel, but i don't see how it would give enough body to the quilt to work. I have one of my great-grandmother's tops which was quilted by the ladies in one of my dad's churches. They used fleece blankets for the batting--but then they also used a sheet for the backing. This top was quilted for me as a wedding present and is a treasure, but i don't think we have ever slept under it.