facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

Right batting is essential to quilting project



Published: Fri, January 28, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



By BARBARA GASH

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

In quilting, the hidden essential ingredient is the batting, but selecting the right one is often puzzling. Quilters are likely to look at several attributes -- loft, washability, shrinkage, type of material, durability and price.

Most seem to prefer 80-20 cotton-poly blends or 100 percent cotton batting for both hand and machine quilting projects. For machine work, the low-loft type moves more easily under the needle. For hand quilting, the most important consideration is fiber type. Batts that are cotton are usually favored, but wool is sometimes used, too.

Fusible batting is relatively new, but it seems better for smaller projects. It is quick, and it eliminates the need for safety pins or basting, but it is more expensive. The fusing agent dissolves in washing.

For dark quilts you can buy batting in black instead of white. It's by Hobbs Bonded Fibers. Ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Learning

Winter is a great time to try your hand at quilting. Classes are available at all the quilt shops, and books are abundant, but you might want to try a pre-cut kit to help get started.

All-inclusive quilt kits are available from a mail-order enterprise in Dearborn Heights, Mich., called the Quilt Chick. Prices range from about $20 to $60 per kit. For a catalog; call (313) 378-1479 , or click on www.readysetsew.com.




Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes