Batting Stats

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MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
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Im passionate about batting--both baseball and the backings of quilts.

I'm passionate about batting--both baseball and the backings of quilts.

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I’m not talking about baseball—although that’s one of my passions!


I’m talking about the material that forms the middle layer of a quilt. Batting has evolved so much over the years. When I first got into quilting, there were very few choices, but nowadays batts are available in all kinds of fibers (cotton, wool, silk, poly, alpaca, bamboo, and even blends that contain cashmere) and weights to fit your needs and your tastes. They’re available in all sizes, too, from lap quilt, size to king size, and some stores carry batting by the yard.


There are primarily two types of batting: bonded and needle-punched. In bonded batting, the fibers are held together with a resin or other binding agent; the fibers in needle-punched batting are interlaced through a process in which the batting is punctured with hundreds of thin needles and resin may or may not be added.
The best way to learn about batting, of course, is to try it. But there are several manufacturers that each produce lots of versions so you’d fill up a room quickly if you wanted to test them all. I suggest visiting a quilt shop or craft store and, at least, feel what they have to offer. I like cotton needle-punched batting for wall quilts and small projects because of its structure. I prefer a loftier batting for cuddly lap quilts and bonded wool is my favorite for quilted garments because it’s so soft and drapey.


Here’ are some manufacturers’ Web sites where you can learn more about all the products available and get suggestions for using them:

hobbsbondedfibers.com
quiltersdreambatting.com
stearnstextiles.com
backtobackalpaca.com
warmcompany.com

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