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Different types of "Quilt Batting"

Every Quilt has 3 or more layers of fabric.  The inner or middle layer, which is usually a thicker soft fabric for warmth, is called "Quilt Batting."

 There is no right or wrong with quilt batting.  It's up to the quilter and what "look" or "feel" they want. Let's look at some different battings. Some of these are polyester and one is cotton. Batting can be as inexpensive as $1.99 a yard, and it can be as high as $14.99 a yard. The thicker battings are not necessarily the more expensive ones.  Cotton batting tends to run higher in price than poly battings.

This picture was taken on a straight angle to show you another point of view. Look at the thickness difference. The thicker the batting, the more you will see the "quilting" in your quilt. If that's the look you want then use the thicker batting. Also the thicker the batting the warmer the quilt will most likely be for those winter cold nights.

If you are looking for a "throw quilt" to throw over your white rocking chair on your front porch at your beach house for "cool" nights, then you would not want the real thick batting, just a thin batting would be fine for that.

Here are the 4 polyester battings. It is a personal preference of what type of batting you like, and what look you want for your quilt. Remember, you will never see the batting. Look at the batting on the left in the photo. It is very thin and you can see the black fabric behind it. How well do you think that would hold up on a quilt you spent hours making? That type might be best for a quilt that is going to be hung up for display, or maybe a small quilt that will go on the back of a chair as part of your decor.

This is 100 % cotton batting. This type of batting is a favorite amongst quilters, however, it does cost more. This is what I use most of the time. It is $9.00 a yard. I could buy the $1.99 a yard for quilts and save a lot of money, but I prefer the way this looks, feels, and works.

     Warm and Natural is the Quilt Batting that we use in our sewing school.  It is much more expensive than a polyester batting but it gives a  nicer appearance and feel to the end result of the quilt.  We never buy it at full price.  About every 3rd flyer Joann Fabrics has it on sale at 40% off.  It usually runs about $9.00 a yard.  We could get other batting for $1.99 a yard but we don't.  If you are a new quilter or sewer buy the inexpensive batting first until you have worked with enough quilts and batting to decide for yourself.  Remember to keep an eye out for Joann Fabrics coupons to help in the cost of batting.


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