This post is about quilt batting but I just had to share my new pride and joy. I found this antique sewing machine at a local thrift store for $19.99 with a cabinet. I don’t really need a new machine but it was too beautiful to leave behind. Evidently these machines were made during 1950’s in Italy. The more well known Italian machine is Necchi and Mr Vigorelli worked for him and then left to produce his own sewing machine. I just love the color and the cabinet is in great shape.
Now on to batting…..
Batting is the fluff between the quilt top and the backing. You can buy it two ways; pre-cut bags or on big rolls in fabric stores. The pre-cut packaging has the quilt size on the cover; twin, double, queen, king. **When you are picking out the batting size be sure and include 6″ on each side of the quilt top.** Your choice of batting depends on several factors; use of the project, the weight you want for the project and the method of quilting you plan to use.
When I am making a baby quilt or a quilt that is probably going to get washed a lot, I use polyester batting. It is durable and lightweight. It comes in different loft so you can make the quilt extra puffy if you like. Thinner if that appeals to you. The lower quality polyester has a rough feel so try and touch it before you buy it. It is not recommended for hand quilting.
Cotton is my next go to for batting. It comes in all kinds of specialty types. You can find organic, unbleached, even a poly/cotton blend. I like the feel of it when I’m sewing and I like the way it makes the finished quilt lay when it is done. This brand comes in 4 different lofts: Request, Select, Deluxe and Supreme. This is good for handquilting.
I myself have never used wool batting but I understand it is beautiful to work with especially for hand quilting. It is also warm and breathable. One website I read said that it shows off quilt stitches really well and resists creases so it is very popular with people who show their quilts professionally.
Black batting is a nice idea if you have a quilt project this is mainly black fabric. That way you are putting a black color behind the black fabric.
It’s also a good idea to keep the extra bits of batting that might be left over from your project. You might want to make potholders or a table runner or another type of small project in the future. Another tip is that often times, if you are getting your quilt top professionally quilted, the quilter will have their own batting and you can include it in the price of the quilting. Be sure to ask.
And that brings us to our next topic, quilting.
*Photos of the batting types were taken at my local quilt shop, The Quilted Angel. Thanks for letting me take photos in the store.