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