Add that fluffy, soft layer in between your quilt top and backing with premium quality quilt batting from Quilters Dream! You'll find quilt batting sizes ranging from crib and throw all the way up to twin, queen and king sizes. Whether you prefer wool or cotton quilt batting, polyester batting, or even a cotton/poly fiber blend, you'll find the best quilt batting from Quilters Dream here.
Get ready for some snuggles! What is batting in a quilt? It’s what makes a quilt feel cozy and soft. Quilt batting is the center layer of a quilt sandwich and it goes between the quilt top and the backing. When your quilt is finished, you won’t be able to see it, but you’ll be able to feel it!
When people ask, what is the best batting to use in a quilt? We’re here to guide you through your batting options to help you choose the best batting for your quilt. First off, you’ll want to consider what type of batting is best for you. There are many different kinds of quilt batting out there, but here are four common batting types:
Cotton batting is one of the most popular kinds of batting for a reason. It’s economical, it’s easy to quilt, and it washes up well. Because it’s an all-natural fiber, cotton batting has more weight per square inch than a synthetic fiber or a blended batting. When you quilt cotton batting, make sure your lines or quilting pattern is closer together than 10” so that your batting doesn’t bunch or shift. And when you’re all finished, cotton batting will feel a bit stiff, but don’t worry - it just needs to be washed and used to soften it up. Quilters Dream cotton batting comes in a variety of sizes and uses the finest quality long staple USA cotton and chemical-free processing.
Cotton blend batting for quilting is usually a mix of 80% cotton and 20% polyester. This type of batting is becoming increasingly popular and it’s the kind of batting we use here at Missouri Star in our machine quilting department. It’s truly the best of both worlds. Because it’s a cotton blend with mostly natural fibers, it allows your quilt to breathe and washes up beautifully. The addition of 20% polyester fibers gives the batting additional strength and allows the quilt to drape beautifully. It also reduces overall shrinkage. This type of batting also includes fusible batting, which makes pin basting unnecessary! Quilters Dream Fusible 80/20 is made with 80% cotton and 20% fine denier microfibers, ensuring that it stays soft and supple, rather than becoming stiff or sticky with use.
Wool quilt batting is an excellent choice for added warmth. Why choose wool? Wool fibers naturally regulate temperature to keep you comfortable, and we all know how warm and snuggly a wool sweater can be when the temperature drops! Quilters Dream wool batting is made with a blend of fine domestic and Merino Wool and requires no prewashing. It is light and luxurious with wonderful warmth and a lovely soft drape - plus it’s crease resistant!
Finally, polyester batting is also a great option. Because it’s synthetic, it doesn’t irritate people with allergies and it’s very resilient even after frequent washing and heavy usage. It will last for years and is also resistant to mold and mildew. Polyester batting doesn’t shrink as much as other kinds and it’s available in many different lofts. Quilters Dream Puff & Quilters Dream Poly are two popular options for polyester quilt batting.
Many wonder, how thick should quilt batting be? Well, that depends on what you prefer. The thickness of your batting is referred to as loft. A 100% cotton or cotton poly blend batting is generally going to be thinner, so it’s lower loft and when you quilt it, the stitches leave less of an impression in the batting for a smoother finish and a more flowing drape. A 100% polyester batting is usually going to be thicker, so it’s a higher loft and when you quilt it, the stitches sink down into it, leaving a deep impression for plenty of pillowy texture. It just depends on the look you’re going for. As for quilt batting sizes, we carry a variety of sizes from crib to king.
Here are a couple more handy tips and tricks when it comes to batting. Should you pre wash quilt batting? Nope! There’s no need. It will shrink along with your fabrics when you wash your finished quilt. And, some have asked, is it OK to piece quilt batting? Yes! In fact, Jenny does it all the time. Here’s how you do it: align extra pieces of batting together and connect them with fusible seam tape using your iron. You can also connect extra batting pieces together with a wide zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. We recommend using Bosal Batting Seam Tape, Steam A Seam 2, or Scrap Tape. Once your quilt is finished, nobody will know the difference!
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