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Old 03-29-2011, 08:15 AM   #477
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Muslin?

This is sort of a poll~

1). How do you all feel about backing quilts with muslin?
a. bleached
b. unbleached

I know many people use it because it comes in longer naps, I have always used just kona cottons for backing and would piece the backing too. Now I have three large quilts (95" x 95") to back, baste and bind and I was thinking about buying about 10 yards of 105" muslin to do the job.

2). What do you think about buying batting by the yard vs. bagged?
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:01 AM   #478
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I've been thinking about buying a whole bat since I suspect the price will be climbing along with everything else. If you are doing several quilts, this may be a best way to go, especially if you can get a "buy" with the quantity through your local quilt shop. More and more I tend to put a darker print on the back of my quilts saving the creamy colored muslin for anything I do in a 40's theme. It is nice to get the wide width for backing if it's available. Just my thoughts...~G
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:41 AM   #479
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Many quilt shops and online retailers carry 108" backing. I used it for my king size quilt. And it is a nice tone on tone print that complements to front nicely. I will piece backing if needed to get the color I want.

You can get big rolls of batting at Joannes and Hancocks. Our church sewing group bought a huge roll from Joann a few years ago with a 50% off coupon. Great deal. Of course it was poly, but OK for our projects. I've never seen the really good stuff sold in rolls.
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The biggest problem may be storage for such a big bundle of batting! We've downsized and places to store large items has become a challenge. You make reference to "really good stuff." Is this cotton based, something like the warm and natural line? Are some battings better than others? Our quilt shop locally just got in a roll of a blended batting that felt very nice to the hand. ~G
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Batting is just like everything else in that there are many types available. Poly is the cheapest and is OK for certain things (especially if it will be washed alot) but is not as easy to hand quilt as the nicer battings. The really good stuff was a silk/bamboo blend that we bought for a special quilt. It came from a local quilt shop. It hand quilted like a dream. Needles slid right through it
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:06 PM   #482
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Grandbaby's small quilt I hand quilted this week. She is almost 2 & loved the bright colors. Would love to see what you all are working on this week. We will be installing the new converter on the Argosy this week.
Hand quilted. I'm impressed. I'm too impatient, I guess. It is beautiful! What a lucky granddaughter!!

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Batting is just like everything else in that there are many types available. Poly is the cheapest and is OK for certain things (especially if it will be washed alot) but is not as easy to hand quilt as the nicer battings. The really good stuff was a silk/bamboo blend that we bought for a special quilt. It came from a local quilt shop. It hand quilted like a dream. Needles slid right through it

Wow, I want to try that silk/bamboo blend, sounds cool.
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I machine quilt on a domestic machine and love Hobbs wool batting. Have any of you tried it? The quilts turn out remarkably light and so warm.

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Caryl, when you use the wool batting, is the quilt still washable? How do you care for one with wool batting? Thanks, ~G
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I machine quilt on a domestic machine and love Hobbs wool batting. Have any of you tried it? The quilts turn out remarkably light and so warm.

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My Bride keeps full rolls of poly, cotton, and wool batting available for use. I agree, the wool is by far the nicest of the three.
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I have a friend that swears by the bamboo batting. I like cotton- but I machine wash and machine dry.
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Caryl, when you use the wool batting, is the quilt still washable? How do you care for one with wool batting? Thanks, ~G
The wool washes beautifully. I use a very gentle cycle with quilt wash and have had no issues at all. I try not to wash any quilt too frequently regardless of batting type. Harriet Hargrave and Diane Gaudynski's have written quite a bit on battings -- particularly Harriet -- and I have learned a bit from that. The wool is so easy to quilt on my machine and I love the look, so I tend to stick with it. I hope you get to try it sometime. I would love to know your opinion of it.

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Admitedly, I'm intimidated by machine quilting, though I recently bought a Bernina Quilter's Edition machine just for that purpose--just haven't begun, with all summer, fall, and winter passing by. Shame on me, but for the life of me, I cannot manipulate the bulk of the quilt while attending to the stitching. I know there must be strategies, and I'm on alert to learn them. I have two lap quilts sandwiched and ready to quilt-one with polyester bat and the other with Warm and Natural. I think I need access to someone who machine quilts--to sit beside them, ask questions, observe techniques. Do you machine quilt full sized quilts or smaller items? And thanks for the info on the wool batting ~G
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