Friday, May 7, 2010

Quilt Batting - an important decision for quilt makers

Choosing the correct quilt batting (also known as wadding) for your quilt project is just as important as your fabric choice. I am the first to admit that it is not as much fun as scanning the shelves for the perfect fabrics, but it still remains a crucial factor in achieving a great end result.

There are a few things to consider when choosing quilt batting. The first is to be clear about the end use for the project. For example a small wall quilt has quite a different life to that of a quilt made for a bed.

Another factor to consider is your method of quilting. You will find that hand quilters often have  a different preference to that of machine quilters.

If you are unsure it is best to seek the advice of a more expert quilter or shop assistant who specializes in quilt making.

Your quilt batting will also have a bearing on how the quilt should be laundered. If for example you choose a  wool batting it is advisable to let the recipient of the quilt know so that an appropriate method for washing the quilt can be used.

There are many decisions that need to be made when making a quilt, choosing the correct quilt batting for the project at hand is just one of them that needs careful consideration.

Click here if you woudl like some more information about the different types of quilt batting.

Unitl next time
Warmly Lenna

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