What Batting is Best and do you use Gloves too?

14 Sep

Being so new to quilting I am not sure what batting/wadding is good for a bed quilt.  I have no long arm and do the quilting on my trusty domestic Bernina so the batting can not be thick.

I also didn’t realize just how slippery a quilt is  – when quilting for the first time I almost had to hold the quilt sandwich a little to feed through my machine, do you use gloves? Is it a revelation, what gloves are good?

For my first quilt I used 100% polyester batting, for the one in the making now I have ordered a 70%cotton 30%polyester batting.  Does anyone have a preference of batting and gloves that they would like to share?  If so please leave comment below.

Thanks for popping by,

Dianna  xx


4 Responses to “What Batting is Best and do you use Gloves too?”

  1. Dreamz Happen Quiltz September 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I’ve used gloves (quilting gloves that have rubber fingertips)and also a gripper ring..Quilt skipper has loads of information on her site for machine quilting. I have a longarm now. But I use 80*20 cotton or 100 % cotton. I have used poly for baby quilts and like the spring in it. It’s a personal perference thing. I like my batting to shrink.. so it looks aged after washing..

    • diannajessie September 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      thanks for the info, I’m off to check out ‘quilt skipper’ right now…

  2. Mary September 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I’ve never used gloves, I’d not come across them until fairly recently…I don’t think any of my quilts have suffered as a result!
    The most recent batting I bought was Sew Simple Super Soft 100% cotton and it worked great. I don’t like polyester batting, I’ve used it but found that after a while it seems to work through the fabric and you end up with little bobbles on the surface.
    Hope that helps!

    • diannajessie September 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Thank you, very helpful. Especially the info about the polyester coming through the cotton. Hmm, not a good look at all.

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