Quilt Batting Boot Camp: How to Quilt with Different Types of Batting

Hey, batters up! Here at Man Sewing today we’re doing an
entire sewing science tutorial for you on all the different types of batting, washed
and unwashed. Let’s get started. I had some much fun preparing this tutorial
for all of you. And it’s a really good thing because you
have no idea how many hours of free motion machine quilting I was really getting myself
into. So yes, it is sewing science at Man Sewing. And what I want to do is I want to take a
whole variety of different types of batting and free motion quilt them. And so what I tried to do was I used the exact
same fabrics, the exact same threads. Yes the color changed because I ran out of
thread like four thousand yards of thread later. I had a couple of color changes but yeah. Same fabric, same thread. The only thing that changed was the batting
itself. So thank you, Quilter’s Dream. They sent me nine different styles of batting
to play with. So let’s start running through these. The very first one, and if you look across
my little fanned out list here, I’ve kind of set them up in order. So the first one we’re talking, or the first
two we’re talking about are cotton battings. These are 100% natural. It’s a natural fiber so you’re going to
have more shrinkage. So if you’re looking for loft and pucker,
cotton battings are wonderful for that. This is an example here. So the first examples I’m going to show
are going to be the unwashed samples. So this is the Cotton Select. It’s kind of a mid-loft style batting. And I’m kind of using some of the names
from Quilter’s Dream but a lot of different manufacturers have these different kinds of
battings out there. I just appreciate the fact that I was able
to use them all from the same manufacturer to keep my science experiment as scientific
as possible. Moving forward, ok. So here is the Cotton Select. It’s like a mid-loft batting. It worked wonderful under the machine. This is all machine quilted. Nice and smooth from the quilting. But it actually, because it wasn’t a real
dense batting, sometimes it didn’t travel as fast as I expected it to. So it didn’t have quite the rigid feel so
I couldn’t push and pull it quite as quick. But I really loved the feel under the needle
there. And this is what it looks like all washed
up. This was really fun. So I washed all of my batting samples together
in the same load with a very hot washing machine. And it’s all 100% cotton fabric and 100%
cotton thread. So if there was any shrinking it really happened
within the batting itself. You can see there’s not a ton of loft in
here. It gives you kind of a nice antique texture. And it washed up very well. And didn’t have a big mess on the edge. I left all of the edges raw so we could also
see what happened to the batting in the washing. Because I had never washed a quilt before. I’ve always just put them on my wall and
vacuumed them when they got dusty before. So moving down our series. And I don’t know if you can really tell
if you look at my pile here but the first one was the kind of a mid-loft and then this
is considered a high loft cotton. And that higher loft cotton, I’ve got a
little bit more pinch to it. The reason that the loft matters is the loft
gives us a little bit more elevation to the areas we do not machine quilt. So they call theirs Cotton Delux. It has a really nice hand on it. And also the heavier weight of the batting
when it comes to the natural fibers, the warmer the quilt could be. So if you’re looking at this for utilitarian
uses, I would use a heavier cotton so that it stays nice and warm. And you get a little bit more from the work
you’re doing within the loft and the machine quilting itself. They call their Delux. And I really enjoyed quilting on this as well. This is what it looks like washed. So you’re going to get a better washed texture. More loft. More something use the word character out
of your batting sample if you’re using a higher loft cotton batting than a lower loft
cotton batting. So I really like the way this washed sample
finished up very nicely. Ok? Now we’re going to talk about a few different
blends that are out there. The first blend is a primarily natural blend. It’s a bamboo, silk and cotton blend. All natural fibers. I’m a bit on the fence though. And I don’t mean to be sounding negative
but bamboo, to my understanding and I would love to be incorrect about this. Bamboo is not the best fiber for textiles
but it’s a great fiber for like lumber. So they use a little bit of the bamboo. The bamboo gives it a very supple and soft
elegant feel to the batting though. And the silk combination of the cotton made
for a very, very nice batting to machine quilt. Just, what I’m trying to say is it’s not
necessarily as eco-friendly as sometimes we might want to believe it is as a sewing fiber. And that goes for all uses of bamboo in the
fiber because of the way they have to produce it, right? But this is the version of it unwashed. And it was very easy to machine quilt through. Very similar to the low-loft cotton. And here it is washed. And the washed feels almost it has now more
drape than either of the first two samples have got a lot of good body and give to it. If I was giving a gift of a washed quilt this
has a very, very nice finish to it. And it literally feels like air in my hands. So I really do like the finishing of the washed
of the cotton-silk and tensile is another fiber that they use in there to help kind
of bond it all together. Bamboo, silk and cotton was this choice. Ok? Staying in with our blends, but now we’re
moving into a combination. A blend between natural fibers like cotton
or silk and/or synthetic fibers like polyester. Now polyester isn’t going to shrink as much. It has a little bit more longevity. And normally we think of poly as the pillowy
kind of batting. The, the higher loft. I have always quilted with an 80/20. I’ve really enjoyed it for a lot of years. It has a similar machine ability like the
high-loft cotton. So it has a good, what am I trying to say? As a sandwich it’s got a good feel to it
as I’m moving it under the needle. It responds to my movements very well. So I did like that. It has a nice amount of loft. And what I did find after quilting all nine
of these samples is the more dense the batting was, the more it caused my machine to vibrate. And yes I put a fresh needle in with every
single sample as we always should. That vibration caused, you know, some audible
fatigue, some visual fatigue. And I could physically feel the fatigue in
the machine. Each sample took me a little over an hour
to machine quilt. So funny enough, the more dense the batting
got, the more difficult it was to machine quilt or machine quilt for a long period of
time. So those of you who are new, I’m going to
suggest more of the cottons because they are easier on your body while you’re learning
your rhythm. Ok? This is an 80/20 so that is going to be 80%
cotton, 20% polyester. And here is the washed version. It washed up very nicely. Very similar to the mid-loft cotton. Not quite as supple as the blend with the
bamboo and the silk in it. But as I said this has been a favorite style
of batting for me for years. The 80/20. And I really like the way it washed up. So now I feel comfortable to throw some of
my quilts in the wash, right? Because I know that’s what’s in them. This is one I hadn’t played with before
and I really did like the feel of this. More dense so it started to become a little
bit harder to machine quilt or a little more fatigued but boy I liked the way it moved
under the needle. So this is a 70% cotton, 30% poly. So more polyester than the last sample. It has a little more loft to it so it’s
got a little more elevation in the quilting. And was very nice to move, like I said, when
trying to track underneath that needle. Here is the washed version, ok? So these are real fun. Not a big difference between the, the feel
of the washed, just a little more loft in this between the 80/20 and the 70/30. So I would certainly use this batting in projects
as well, ok? And maybe the more washability. That’s one thing I should point out. The more polyester in the batting, the more
longevity in the washability because of that synthetic fiber. So maybe a baby quilt we’ll want to think
about, right? Now I’ve got to admit, one of my all time
favorite battings, I have used this before and I’m not sure if other manufacturers
make it or not. Please forgive me. This is called Dream Green. And it is made from recycled water bottles. Here follow me over to my samples. So we’ve already done a couple of these. So it is made from recycled water bottles. And that I think is awesome because it gives
you that eco friendly flavor I was after for the bamboo. And I tell you what, this batting, like a
low to mid-loft polyester, just needled great. Very little body fatigue from me while machine
quilting it. And I really liked the finish hand on it. It’s very light. This is one of my all time favorite battings. It’s a personal preference of course. And I tried to quilt you a little recycled
symbol in there to remind you that it’s made from recycled water bottles which I think
is a slick idea. Now here it is washed. It really held up nicely in the washing machine. So if you’re going for something that can
be laundered often and not coming out looking real ratty or tattered, other than the fact
that I forgot to pick all my fuzzes off, right? So this is a really nice batting to work with
for washed or unwashed quilts. So again I’ve used it before and I will
definitely use it again on that one. Now as I said, polyester is for loft. And loft is a lot of fun especially if you
like trapunto style quilts which means you’re going to be leaving areas exposed and other
areas tightly quilted so you get a lot of character in your quilting. So the first one I did was a mid-loft poly. The mid-loft poly still has more character
than a high-loft cotton. It was very easy to machine quilt through
although the density you could start to feel it in comparison to the cotton. So cotton is still a little easier for us
newer machine quilters. It has a nice rigid feel so if you’re doing
wall quilts, art quilts, quilts that maybe have a lot of fusible web in them. And you’re worried about them sagging over
time because of the weight in other things that you used in your quilt, I would recommend
a polyester batting. It just gives you a nice, a little extra structure. You can see how easily it stands up on its
own like that, ok? And then for the washed version, lots of fun. More character as I said than the washed version
of the high loft cotton batting. A real fun, fun way to do it. And again if you’re doing baby quilts or
something, this should, you know, a lifetime. Even if you start with it as a, as a newbie,
right? So that’s a real fun way to do it there. And then one of my all time favorites when
it comes to character, of course, is the high loft poly. Now the high loft poly gives you that great
quilting loft that gives you a ton to play with. I will say though I found, there was two things
I want to point out when quilting with a higher loft batting, and I especially experienced
it in this high loft poly. The higher the loft of the batting, the more
important it is that you quilt from your center outward. Because if you’re quilting in an area and
then you come back and you trap yourself it’s very easy to create puckers. There are places in this sample where I accidentally
covered it up so much, and I don’t even see it at the moment. But I’ll, I can find it, where I quilted
the pucker and it actually stitched over the top of the fabric and it lost the stitching. And I had to come back and put in the stitching. So what I’m trying to say is the loft creates
such a large amount of, of gravity there that when you’re stitching around you have to
be very careful. So start and work your way out. Don’t try to come back into sections or
you’re going to end up in trouble. However, once it washed up, trouble or not,
it has, you know, amazing character. I hope I have this much character as I approach
my senior years because I have a feeling I will. I guess I get a lot of character from smiling
they tell me. And I smile an awful lot. So I will look like this at the end of my
quilting career I’m sure. I will be a high loft batting example. Now this is fun too. Those of you know that follow Man Sewing that
we film here in Missouri with the MSQC and they have opened up a really cool place called
the Machine Shed and so I’m going to leave these batting samples there. So if you’re ever in Hamilton, Missouri
you can see these. But don’t look too close because the back
is a disaster. I had a couple real problems in some of the
battings and that helped me learn some of the things I’m trying to teach you today. So you can’t judge me on my quilting. I was doing it quickly. But you can certainly judge me on the video
because I think we’re doing some good sewing science here. So that’s the high loft batting. The very last sample, this is something I
had not played with before. I heard a lot about it. And that’s wool batting. Wool has a couple of neat characteristics. Of course there is incredible warmth involved
in wool. And so if you’re trying to make something
to keep somebody warm in the mountain climates or something, a wool batting is a great choice. However, I will say the wool batting just
had a lot more weight. And as you quilted it, it became very dense. This was the most difficult for me to free
motion machine quilt. And it wasn’t just because it was one of
the last samples I quilted and I was getting tired. I did two a day so I had a very good body
mechanics going. And I just felt the more I quilted the wool
down the more dense it became the more harder it became to move, the more weight. So if you were doing a king or queen size
quilt it could become a little bit problematic. But if you want the warmth, the wool is well
worth the effort. And here it is washed. And I had also heard that washed wool could
be tricky. And I found that at least the washed wool
I was using was fantastic. And let me hold it still so you can see the
character that’s involved there. See you get a lot of character like you would
in a high loft after it’s washed. And I really like that. It’s nice and soft and pliable again, unlike
the unwashed. So once we added some water it kind of was
more forgiving in its, in its body we’ll call that, right? And then if you look at the edges I didn’t
have any real problems. I didn’t lose any of the wool in the wash. All of this came out and I have not lint rolled
any of it. I was expecting it to be a giant ball of mess
as it came out of the washer and dryer from all the loose fibers I left. And really everything handled very, very well. So that is my sewing science for you today
on the different styles of batting. All of them were very enjoyable to work with. I want you to have the different knowledge
so that you can go out and play and experiment. And if I missed a batting sample that you
want to know my opinion on, please drop it in the comments below. And we’ll see you next time at Man Sewing.

100 thoughts on “Quilt Batting Boot Camp: How to Quilt with Different Types of Batting

  1. Phenomenal, well researched and presented. Rob, you hit it out of the park. This is invaluable. I will no longer stand in front of a line of batting and be so befuddled with what to choose. Thanks for replacing the mystery w/knowledge!

  2. Rob, interesting information but it was very hard to see in the dark color. I would like to have seen the the light side. Thanks…

  3. This was an excellent tutorial. I have purchased both the wool and the bamboo batting, but I still have not used them because I was unsure which kind of quilt for which they would be appropriate. Thank you so much for the information! Love your tutorials!

  4. Great tutorial Rob and thanks for taking all the time to quilt those samples. It is nice to see the dedication you have to your audience.
    I have been a fan of the Dream Green for a long time. Used to buy it from the company by the roll when I was doing long arm quilting. Was able to make over 30 lap size (I call them "cuddle") quilts from one roll.
    When I first ordered it the fact that it was eco-friendly won me over and then the drapability and washability kept me.
    Don't do the bulk quilting I used to but still love to watch your videos.

  5. I have made only 2 quilts, one for each daughter, with very different methods and batting. Thanks for this tutorial. It gave me knowledge and inspiration to try a different batting in my third quilt (mine)!

  6. The one problem I have found with wool batting is that I don't like touching it. It feels really strange on my hands. But the quilt I made with it was really warm, which was good, because I sent it to a friend in the wilds of Alaska =~}

  7. Really helpful video – I never was sure what to use. My first quilt a couple years ago I used polyester fleece (the kind sweatshirts are made from), and I did not use a backing because it looked so nice. I believe this fabric is also made from recycled bottles. Is it the same thing? It turned out great, and is nice and light, and very warm. It is only used at Christmas, and I was experimenting.

  8. I cannot believe you have never washed a quilt. What is on your bed at home? I wash mine in cold water gentle cycle and dry them on the bed, usually with a fan going, turning it over to dry both sides. I do have a couple that can be just thrown in washer and dryer, but the fussier the quilt, the fussier I am with the washing cycle.

  9. First of all, thank you for sharing all your research. I was surprised by your recommending polyester batting for a baby quilt. In a fire, polyester will melt and stick to whatever it touches, like baby skin, so I don't believe it should be used for a quilt that will cover a baby (or a person who is elderly or disabled, for that matter). Quilter's Dream makes one called Dream Angel that has a non-chemical fire retardant that I use for baby quilts. I did just look, and fireproof polyester batting is available. I wonder what is used to make it fireproof.

  10. Hi Rob 🙂 Thanks for the awesome videos. I've learned so much from watching. I have a question about how you washed the samples. What type of wash cycle did you use & how did you dry?

  11. I was looking for a video on different types of batting. Thanks for posting. Just a suggestion, anything dark is difficult to see on video/tv etc.. Perhaps you can choose a lighter fabric for your tutorials?

  12. Absolutely fantastic video, especially seeing what they look like washed! I love the Quilters Dream battings because you don't have to quilt them as densely as some of the other brands (between 8" and 12" depending on the fibers used). We sleep under the quilts so we want them soft and snuggly. I have used most of the battings (my favorites are Wool, Orient and Puff) but was always a bit nervous about the Green. Your review made me decide to give it a try. It's a pity MSQC don't carry it.

  13. Wow! Rob! You worked hard for us with this one! Thank you so much. I have to admit, I can never decide which batting I want to use. This is going to be my go to video before I sandwich my next quilts! You rock!

  14. I have a question: I know you're a machine quilter, but do you have any suggestion for which of those battings is best to use for hand quilting?
    Thank you for some great information!

  15. Thanks for all the information and research. It sure helps me. I've only used high loft polyester in the past. I'm ready to branch out. The samples were hard to see on my computer, really dark. Maybe a light material with dark thread, or dark material with white thread would be easier to see.

  16. My least favorite quilt I've made I used poly batting. It does not breathe so I get that sweaty too hot feeling when under it, but then cold again when I uncover. My favorite quilt has a bamboo/cotton blend batting. It breathes well, is soft and has been washed numerous times and gets better each time.

  17. Very helpful video, wish I could give it 2 thumbs up! Thank you Rob for taking the time to show us the difference in batting.

  18. Hey Rob, I recently tried Milk Batting. I found it great. I did hand quilt it, lots of height without the weight. You do have to wash the quilt in cold water. You must air dry naturally ie.. delicate drying setting, but it came out great. Regards  Judy Wheldon

  19. Awesome tutorial Rob! I've used 80/20 cotton and wool battings before, but was always curious about other types. Seeing your samples back to back, and hearing of your quilting experiences with each was incredibly helpful. Thanks so much!

  20. What a gem of a video! Thank you so much. I was just going over batting types with my mom and she suggested I just go buy several and play around. However I don't have the time or money to do that right away. This is awesome

  21. So I am a complete beginner, never quilted before, and will be making a baby quilt. I really liked the one from recycled water bottles but I'm hopping that the quilt I'm making will be used and washed a lot. Do you think it would withstand all the use and washing or would you suggest going more with the 70/30 cotton polyester blend or the mid loft polyester?

  22. Thank you for all your hard work and you definitily answered a lot of my unspoken questions! And now I know why I'm getting some puckers on the back of my current quilt. Thank you so much! As always, another fantastic tutorial!

  23. I love using the wool batting when I use a lot of black or navy in a quilt. I find it doesn't shed as much lint "fluffies" to clean off when done. Thanks for a great video.

  24. I've only ever used poly wadding because it's so much cheaper than cotton and I have the dream green at the moment. I've seen a couple of blog post on different kinds of wadding, but they all seem to say that poly is bad and cotton is good without actually showing the differences. Thank you for doing this experiment, it was very helpfull.

  25. Fantastic video/ experiment, , thank you for saving me time and money, (actually I wouldn't have bothered, and suffered the consequences,) but I now know the difference, I wont buy the cheapest I can get. I saw this when i was looking for the bamboo wadding, maybe this is a 'greener' alternative. Vilene Soya Wadding. another one to try maybe.

  26. Thank you a very nice review. I like Dream Green on most of my quilts. Only exception is that for babies and young children, then I use Dream Angel because of flame retardant fibers.

  27. I have put my quilts in the dry on low or air day..and when able lay them flat out on a sheet on the patio. I usually iron it as most my quilts are gifts and I like the crisp ironed appearance. I always put a sleeve on the back giving them the option of quilt and/or wall hanging.

  28. Quilters Dream Batting has a great accordion like 2 inch X 3 inch sample packet..of all the different kinds of batting..that I picked up at a quilt show a couple years ago.

  29. Very engaging and informative tutorial, Rob! You obviously spent a lot of time planning and executing it, and the end result is much appreciated. One question: It seemed you were dissuading your viewers from using bamboo. Could you clarify exactly what it is you don't like about bamboo batting? Thanks!

  30. Hi Rob!  Great tutorial again!  I have a question, I tried to listen to it in your video or in the comments below, but I may have missed it.  Is there a correct side of the batting that goes next to the quilt top and which side goes towards the backing, or doesn't it make any difference?  I never know when I am getting ready to pin my quilts together before quilting, I probably do half of them wrong!   Thanks, I can't seem to find any info on this.  I really appreciate your help!

  31. Wow… just wow. I love the comparisons. I have always wondered what would happen to a finished quilt when I used different batting. Therefore, to make things less surprising, I used the same batting so I knew what to expect for gift quilts! Now, I have an idea as to what to expect, and can be more adventuresome!!! Thank you so much Rob! I love your tutorials. Your energy, planning on how to teach, and love of quilting show in every tutorial you do.

  32. Thanks for the amazing tutorial. In Australia we use another blend as well – a wool poly blend. It gives lovely drape, cool in summer and warm in winter and is very lightweight.

  33. Thanks Rob, very informative video, but the colours were too dark to see the quilting and the texture of the sample pieces after quilting and before and after washing. They al looked the same. Maybe next time use a light cloth and contrast stitching? I found the commentary very good. So far have only used wool and polyester, and would like to try the type made from plastic bottles.

  34. Thanks Rob, very informative video, but the colours were too dark to see the quilting and the texture of the sample pieces after quilting and before and after washing. They al looked the same. Maybe next time use a light cloth and contrast stitching? I found the commentary very good. So far have only used wool and polyester, and would like to try the type made from plastic bottles.

  35. this is the all time best informational video I have seen….as a quilter I research a lot and have seen all of your demos which I love as well……but this one is for serious quilters that design 10-12 quilts a year…..you helped answer some questions we never thought involved the batting……thank you for your time……

  36. great video……. thank you. There's always something to be learned. You did a great job showing how each batt quilts up, but as I'm sure you know, there's more to learn. ie. poly batts tend top beard over time…….. making a beautiful quilt look awful.

  37. Thank you!! Great Scientific Method! I have wondered about the differences in batting and now all of my questions are answered!! I wouldn't have thought to wash them for comparison…great job!!

  38. I needed this video! thanks..
    Rob.. I am watching this and maybe you have already told us and I missed it!? but would you mind telling how you got into quilting? I think it's interesting.. quilting not clothing or interior design.

  39. Thanks so much for all the info! I've been quilting for about 20 years and the last eight yrs have been blessed to have a Gammill longarm. I have used all of the types of batting you showed except the bamboo on my longarm. I only used 80/20 batting when I was quilting on my DM.

    At this point I prefer wool for family and special quilts because of the beautiful drape and warmth. But, we also use our quilting spring and fall as it doesn't over heat. If it's really cold I add an extra flannel sheet to the covers and we're plenty warm without the weight of a lot of covers.

    You mentioned liking to use poly for children's and babies quilts. Yes, they are very durable but, should that blanket ever get near a flame it will flare and melt. It will also stick like glue to anything it's setting on including skin. So, please use cotton or at least 80/20 cotton batting or, if you can afford it, wool as it won't burn at all. Yes, the cotton part will but the wool won't support a flame.

    It's a dreadful thing to think about but worth it should a fire ever happen.

    Surely appreciate all the work you did in showing the before and after washing too! Marty

  40. do you suggest pre washing batting before quilting..? mine is for a queen size and batting is 80% cotton & 20% poly..thnx!!!

  41. i remember when high loft was twice that high. i really want to use that green though. that's a brilliant idea.

  42. can you tell me anything about using wool blankets as batting.? I agree it is getting heavy under the machine

  43. I am new at quilting. I have made the pieced blocks for my first quilt, but have not quilted yet. I am grateful for the information. I bought 80/20 because it is available , along with poly. I live in the mountains and would love wool for warmth, but have to order online. As much as I love loft, I will pass on the melting on your skin, I never thought about that. Guess I will get my nerve up to try quilting my gorgeous tops.

  44. I love your video's! Where can i find the Dream green batting? Checked the website, not there. Was difficult to see with the dark fabric, but really enjoyed it! Thanks Rob!

  45. Thanks for this great tutorial. I purchase batting online, but as I read the descriptions I'm nervous about making a good choice for me. So far I've used primarily polyester battings because I like the loft and have been nervous about anything else. Now I'm better educated thanks to Dr. Appel. Could you create a graphic type chart, or the like, showing your washed quilted samples and the batting used that quilters could use as a quick reference guide? Thanks, Becky

  46. Fantastic information and respect to you for how much effort you go into to create a tutorial 🔥🔥

  47. This is so frustrating. The info is really good but – it is so difficult for me to see the full effects as such a dark fabric has been used. I an hardly see the thread properly or the different effects. Please, please can you do this again with lighter fabric and more contrasting thread – it would be so so useful!

  48. It would also be so much more informative for me if you compared the unwashed and washed one side by side. That way you could really gauge exactly what the effects are rather than comparing how the washed one looks compared to the memory of how the unwashed one looks.

  49. Wonderful info. I wasn't aware of the different battings available. Next time I'm in Hamilton (I live about an hour away) I'll be sure to look at your samples.

  50. Hi Rob, I would like to know and understand about fusible batting especially for flannel quilts for babies? Do you have any suggestions. Thank you so much for the videos. You are great.

  51. Great info. Have you ever used two batting layers? Such as a cotton with a wool, to give both weight and extra loft. Seems I recall somewhere hearing that wool has "memory" and it creates a nice feel, especially for trapunto.

  52. Loved this tutorial. Question shrinking what if any had shrinkage ? Would you suggest washing any of the batting prior to quilting on it for example the wool, because it was hard to work with would washing it first have made it easier? New quilter thank you

  53. Thanks, Rob. I have just begun more quilting on my machine vs. sending out to a long-arm quilter. I usually use 100% cotton batting but am now inclined to branch out a bit.

  54. Just curious – if you washed the wool batting first then quilted it, would it be less cumbersome doing the quilting?

  55. Polyester high-loft batting. Would you remember what brand you used? I would love to see you at the machine quilting with high loft batting. I've had problems with it in the past. Is it really made for tie quilts?

  56. Rob, I have seen many videos and articles on batting and yours is the best one ever! Coming from a medical background myself, I especially appreciated your controlling all of the variables in your research on batting – and no kidding – found it extremely useful and helpful. Now I understand what batting to use for each type of quilt and did not know that bamboo was not always echo friendly, so thanks for that tip:) On a side note, I understand your from Morro Bay ? I was raised in the central valley and when my folks sold the farm, they (dad really) built a house up by the golf course. We've been going there for years, so a nice hello to MB.

  57. Wow….awesome segment. Thanks for doing this as i have been wondering about the different battings. This has really helped

  58. Thank you Rob, this is just what I needed to know. This will help me to decide which batting to use in each quilt I plan to make. Definate wool for winter quilts!

  59. Thanks Rob, Iloved your explanations of each type of batting. I’m new to quilting and I’ve only finished one ( for my granddaughter) and used the wool batting. I’m making another quilt and was curious as to which batting to us and decided to use the wool again because they live in a cold damp climate. Thank you for your work and knowledge you bring to your tutorials.

  60. I don't think you could have selected a worst color fabric to demonstrate the variations of the different battings. I consider your "experiment" a Total FAILURE.

  61. Nice video, although good science covers all aspects of the findings, I was surprised that you didn't mention anything about shrinkage after washing. I wish you'd have compared each sample against each other so that we can see the differences in the shrinkage.
    Thank you.

  62. Hello everyone,
    as a german beginner quilter, i‘m still struggling a bit with choosing the right batting…but i already learned a lot, so thank you! But i‘ve got a question: I made a Queen jelly roll race quilt top and wanna use it as a „everyday blanket“ to cuddle up under it on the couch and stuff. So ist should be a bit warm and not too stiff. What type of batting would you recommend?
    Thanks again for all the amazing videos!

  63. I loved your test and demo. I just wish you would not have used fabric that was so dark. I could barely see any of the quilting

  64. Wow! Rob – Thank you so much for this video. I bought a sample pack of batting to try and do something similar, but never got brave enough to try FMQ. I have been watching your series on FMQ and have learned quite a bit. I have so many quilt tops that need to be quilted, but it is quite expensive to send them out. I have been doing some straight line quilting on a couple of quilts and my husband loves them. I used a bamboo/rayon/cotton blend. They are quite warm for the Houston climate. They washed up very nice. Thanks again for your videos and tutorials. I watch them all!!!

  65. What about the best type of batting when using a heavy weight stretch fabric such as heavy weight jersey? I want to make sections of a garment with batting. Thank you. Great video.

  66. I absolutely love your videos! Your personality is perfect to teach, and your enthusiasm is fantastic!!!! I’m learning soooo much. Thank you!!! 😃I was given many (like 10) boxes of loose batting…. any suggestions on what I can do with it? I’m a newbie to all of this BTW….

  67. Hi from the UK…I love your demos you make them easy to understand so thankyou.may I just add please could you change your overall to the next size down as your overall is too big for you.keep crafting love your work…

  68. Just a comment on the bamboo. I don't know your experience but I got sheets from Purple bedding and they are fabulous! They feel like satin sheets but gets nice and warm in winter and stays cool in summer and breathes nicely wicking away moisture while sleeping.

  69. Was there a noticeable amount of shrinkage after washing? I ask because I want to make a table runner and placemat set and I wont be doing much decorative quilting but just a few verticle, evenly spaced lines for bonding the back to the front. Maybe a diamond pattern but certainly not squiggly stuff and I'm not looking for loft or "character" as you called it. I want the fabric design to be the feature and the less thread line the better.
    Thank you!
    Oh, by the way…. you have any videos of you playing that Martin hanging on the wall behind you? I'd really like to hear you play. I'm a drummer and bass player but dabble on 6 strings. I have a parlor size (2-17 model) Martin from 1928 that my dad left to me when he passed. Martin is probably the most consistantly great guitar makers ever, I think!

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