Quilt Batting Types | Quilting FAQs with Amy Gibson


okay so the batting the meat of our

quilting sandwich is very important and

I'm gonna give you some tips on what to

buy so you're confident when you go to

the store and pick out what you need I

know it can be tempting on your very

first quilt to just go in the store

fabric store and just grab the first

batting that you see and buy it but I

want to tell you it is very important

which batting you pick because it is

gonna make a big difference on the end

result the look of your quilt so it is

really something to to choose

deliberately and carefully and there are

a couple things that I do want you to

keep in mind first of all I want you to

look at the thickness of the batting

what we call the loft there are

different thicknesses of batting this is

a higher loft batting these are thinner

loft batting I've chosen a thinner loft

batting for my quilt for my baby Colts

that I stitched up because I really like

that kind of flat sort of crinkly

vintage look that really fits my

aesthetic and my style so I picked a

flatter batting but there are also sort

of you know puffier options as well so

that's something to consider and be

aware of all batting's are not the same

there are very very thin and very very

thick puffy options and they're gonna

look very different in your quilt a

thinner batting is just going to be a

lot more flat and it's gonna have less

puckering and less puffiness a thicker

higher loft batting like this wool here

or this polyester that I have is gonna

be a lot more puffy let me show you what

I mean here I'll put this wool it's a

little bit of a higher loft in my quilt

sandwich here so you can kind of see

when we put our ties in it's just gonna

pucker a little more a little more kind

of like a pillow right there you're

gonna have more puckering around so keep

that in mind and in terms of what what

loft you choose and what look you're

going for with your quilts I really love

working with cotton I love natural

fibers for my batting so I usually I use

cotton more often than not I really love

just a thin classic cotton batting but

wool is really beautiful and great to

work with as well sometimes there can be

special washing requirements so

you do want to make sure that you read

the instructions on the manufacturer has

provided you on the on the on the

packaging to make sure that the washing

is going to be appropriate for for what

you're expecting

so cotton and wool there's also

polyester and polyester as a synthetic

man-made material does behave a little

bit differently than a man-made material

in a batting first of all it's not gonna

shrink and it's not gonna flatten at all

over time so the thickness that

puffiness of a polyester batting it's

going to stay that puffy even after

years of use so keep that in mind some

people really don't prefer that look

personally I just really like the thin

kind of look I don't like a puffy err

sort of quilt look some people do just

keep it in mind it's important to

consider the other thing that I want you

to keep in mind and you're going to need

to read the manufacturer's instructions

on your packaging here is you want to

pay attention to how far apart how dense

the manufacturers recommending that you

quilt or tie your quilt because that

does make a difference in the longevity

of your quilt you don't want it to fall

apart you want to make sure that you

purchase a batting that's appropriate

for the distance so this batting here

this cotton that I got it says we we can

stitch as far as ten inches apart so

that's going to be a perfect option for

this BB quilt for putting our ties far

apart this polyester batting here

recommends quilting distance two to four

inches that's pretty close it's telling

us we need a we need to have stitches at

least every two to four inches in order

for that batting to stay intact

over time that's not really going to be

an appropriate choice for this quilt

because we're not going to be doing a

lot of dense ties or quilting we're

gonna kind of be doing sparse ties