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From: pucktricks
Date: 06-27-2007, 12:02 AM (1 of 5)
So, I've decided that while I like the warm and natural batting for how durable and incredibly washable it is (I've already washed my boys quilts about 15 times in the 6 months they've had them). But, my problem is, I like the hi-loft batting, and so I'm wondering is there a nice high quality hi-loft batting similar to that? I just love the warmth and thickness of the hi-loft, but you don't get that from the warm and natural.

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From: Patty22
Date: 06-27-2007, 07:30 AM (2 of 5)
Warm and natural is a cotton batt and only comes in different sizes, not thicknesses.

In order to get a High Loft batt (similiar to a comforter) you need to purchase a polyester batt such as the Mountain Mist. Quilting this kind of quilt - a large one - with your home machine gets difficult because there is only so much free area under your machine.

I wouldn't suggest doubling your cotton batt because it would be taxing on your machine and would seem more like a lead blanket than a quilt.
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From: pinecone
Date: 07-02-2007, 09:04 PM (3 of 5)
The quilts with high loft batting that I have seen are tied and not quilted. Maybe because the space between the foot and machine bed was too small or maybe it might pucker more??
User: pinecone
Member since: 03-10-2007
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From: pucktricks
Date: 07-02-2007, 09:46 PM (4 of 5)
Oh yeah, I wasn't thinking of doubling my cotton batting. I just like the quality of it, and how it seems so indestructible. Since, the quilts I make will be pretty much put through everything, I like to have a batting that will stand up to lots of washing.

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From: material_pakrat
Date: 07-05-2007, 10:51 PM (5 of 5)
I use the high loft batting quite a lot. It's about 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

I dont have a problem with it on either of my machines. (A Janome My Excel and a Janome Memory Craft 6600)

Ther are a few things that I have found that make a real difference to the finished quilt. You have to use a walking foot. You have to use a LOT of pins (I used safety pins) or basting before quilting. And you really have to use your hands as a frame when sewing. If you dont, you will end up with the little puckers in the back of the quilt.

I use this batting in all of the baby quilts I make, as I really intend them to be used as floor mats. I also do everything that you aren't supposed to do when it comes to laundering my quilts. I throw them in the machine, and then in the dryer. My theory is if they are that easy to wash then you will use them if you have babies around. So far I dont have any problems with the batting after washing, and I am at about 1 year with the first quilt I made.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
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Member since: 12-13-2006
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