Saturday, January 23, 2010
Cotton or wool batting seems to be the preferred choice for most quilters now, and that's all I've used for quite a while. But recently I haven't been happy with the way cotton batting looks in the quilts I make for guild service projects. The flatness of the cotton doesn't seem to say warm, cozy, and cuddly for a small child. Also, the easy care of polyester seems a good thing for these quilts. Not all families have access to washers and dryers with gentle settings, or the time for line drying.
So for this one, I bought Mountain Mist 100% polyester with medium loft. At the halfway point in the quilting, I'm very happy with it. I like the puffiness, and it clings as well to the fabric as the cotton battings do, maybe better. There are no pleats or puckers, at least so far. When it's been bound and washed, I'll know better, but right now it seems a good choice. Good thing, because I bought a king size batt at JoAnn's half price sale, planning to make four child-size quilts.
Maybe it's the stiff, cheap batting sold by the roll that gives polyester a bad name. This is quite different, worth a second look.