Batting

A Little Bit About Batting

A quilt is like a sandwich and is made of three layers. The top, batting and backing. The batting is what goes in the middle of the quilt “sandwich.” There are many different uses for batting as well as many different types of batting. You can choose from 100% cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, bamboo, wool, silk, etc. To help decide which to use, you may want to ask yourself a few questions first:


Fiber Content Pros and Cons

COTTON

Pros Cons
Machine Quilts Wonderfully. Some brands may require pre-washing to remove oils, etc.
Gives the flat look of traditional quilts. May require closer stitching.
Launders without bearding or pilling
usually more expensive than polyester.
Heavier once quilted, thus, may be warmer than polyester.

POLYESTER

Pros Cons
Generally less expensive. Prone to bearding and pilling.
May be quilted farther apart than some types of cotton or wool batting. May be harder to machine quilt on a domestic machine due to the extra puffiness.
Makes a very lightweight quilt. Comes in a wide variety of sizes or widths.

WOOL

Pros Cons
Retains fold lines less
(therefore it is often used for show quilts).
One of the more expensive battings.
Retains warmth even when damp. As with all wool items, may be attractive to moths.
Handles nicely.  

BLENDS

Blends will usually have most of the pros and cons associated with both types of fibers they are made of; however, they are generally less expensive than 100% natural fiber batting, and can often be quilted further apart.

Loft

Low:

  • It is easy to needle for hand quilting
  • May be easier to handle
  • Creates a product that is soft and drape-able
  • Your quilt will resembles soft old traditional quilts
  • Easier to achieve nice hand quilting stitches

Medium:

  • Adds texture to the finished product
  • Gives a puffier look
  • It will be warmer

High:

  • Good for highlighting detailed quilting
  • Mimics the look of down
  • Warmest
  • Most often used for comforters, bed-spreads or tied quilts

For information about the manufacturing process go to the Hobbs Bonded Fiber website.