Selecting a batting can be the most confusing thing you can come across in quilting. Especially as a beginner. If you go online or to store to find a batting for your quilt top, you will be flooded with an unbelievable amount of options.
Choosing the wrong batting can necessarily ruin your quilt. So what should you select? There are too many options, even exotic blends like cotton, bamboo and silk. This post will tell you what exactly you need to consider before selecting a batting.
I will list out a few quilt battings and their characteristics, so you can make an informed decision before you start quilting.
low loft cotton batting
A loft is the thickness of the batting. There are 2 kinds of loft batting, one is low and another one is high. Since its cotton, it is 100% natural. Cotton shrinks more than other battings. This batting is best for loft and pucker. The cotton batting is not at all dense or rigid.
high loft cotton battling
This is much denser than low loft cotton. It is also heavier. Since it is heavier it can provide you with more heat. This battling can be used in quilts made for utilitarian purposes.
Bamboo, silk, cotton blend
This is a pretty wild blend. The bamboo makes this battling a bit soft, cotton makes it shrink more and polyester makes it denser. This battling is at its best when washed.
Cotton – Polyester blend (80-20)
This is the first blend of natural and artificial fibres. The polyester gives it more loft and a more pillowy feel. Polyester increases the longevity of the batting.
Cotton – Polyester blend (70-30)
This batting has an increased amount of polyester. This means it is denser and it has more loft. The increased polyester also means more longevity.
This batting has all the qualities of the polyester. It is really dense and it has more loft than other battings. It also has a rigid feel to it.
high loft Polyester
Increased loft, higher density and more rigidness are qualities of this batting. Since it is much denser, it is harder to use in a quilt. If you don’t start from the centre it can easily be messed up.
It is the perfect batting in my option. This stuff is warm. dense and has a high longevity. The best batting to be used if you are making something for a mountain climate. All these benefits come with small difficulty, weight. This batting is extremely heavy compared to the other ones.
Each and every batting is different and each serves a purpose. I hope the above list will help you decide which one to use for your quilt. I hope you have made some obvious assumptions like to use wool batting if you are making something for cold climate and to use cotton batting if you are making something smooth and fluffy.
I know this list won’t erase all of your doubts about batting. But this can give you a basic understanding about battings, everything else is learned through experience.