Quilting and Blogs go hand in hand. It's so fun being able to share your creation with a world of fellow quilters who 'get' quilting.
It's even better being able to enjoy and admire the inspiration of others... Amy has one of those blogs that you cant live without. She has great projects, great info and is such an inspiration... I'm excited to have her blogging with us today to share her wealth of knowledge! Thanks Amy.....
Hi, my name is Amy Smart and I blog about my quilting fetish at Diary of a Quilter. I have loved finding other like-minded quilters (and fabric hoarders) of all ages in the blogosphere. I'm a mom to 4 youngsters who like to keep me on my toes. They and my husband are all extremely patient with my hobby and have learned to live amidst piles of fabric and half-finished projects in their lives.
Today Rebecca has asked me to share some thoughts on batting/wadding. Ever been overwhelmed by the variety of batting (or wadding) options available to quilt stores? Rebecca has already done a very thorough job explaining the variety of batting/wadding options available. Sometimes choice is good, but sometimes the overwhelming number of choices can be paralyzing. So I thought today we'd discuss a few of the pros and cons of the different choices. And feel free to weigh-in. I love when you do because I haven't tried every product or technique. For example, has anyone out there used the Bamboo batting? What did you think?
Basically the definition of a quilt is a blanket made of a top (front) and back with a layer of batting sandwiched in between and held together by some kind of stitching through all three layers. The two most relevant factors in choosing a batting are Loft and Fibers.
First off – Loft. This means how thick or thin your batting is.
Fiber defines what the batting is made of. The three most common types of quilt batting are Polyester, 100% Cotton, and Cotton/Poly Blend and each has it’s own pros and cons. (Wool and Silk are other options that are wonderful, but usually a lot pricier.) Another recent option is batting made from Bamboo. To be honest I haven't used Bamboo batting, but from all reviews it sounds fabulous so I need to give it a try.
Batting can be purchased by individual size, or big sewing stores will also let you buy it by the yard. Batting goes on sale often at the big box stores. I always stock up then – or use those 40% off coupons. And save those batting scraps. It’s very easy to whip-stitch (largish) scraps together. Or you can use your smaller scraps to make an easy quilt-as-you go table runner!
Size: you want your batting to be slightly larger than your quilt top (front) and slightly smaller than your quilt back. In other words the backing should be the biggest.