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Baby Quilt
Batting or fleece??
sarads

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Date: 5/24/09 1:43 AM

Making a baby quilt, I'm embroidering all the squares.
This part taking time, but will be nice when done.
The patterns calls for fleece ( batting).

my question to you experienced Quilters, ( my 2nd quilt)
is that should I buy batting or the fleece.
The blanket be used for the baby to sit on. I would think.
I want if this washed to be all in tack.

What are your suggusting, I appreciate your help.
My first quilt we didn't put batting in.
There was 16 squares, wasn't a big quilt.
This is a 43" size quilt.

Thank you for your help.

Donna

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Date: 5/24/09 7:07 AM

Hi Donna: I always use 100% cotton batting for my quilts. I like the Warm and Natural brand or something low loft, that shrinks to a vintage look when the finished quilt is done. I think if you use what I consider "fleece", which is polyester blend and smooth and slippy on both sides, you will have trouble controling your quilt sandwich. Fleece is warm, but will be bulkier too. If you want a thicker, puffier finished quilt, get a polyester batting with higher loft so it stays put when you assemble your layers. In my experience, batting of some type works best. There are all types of batting blends available to choose from.

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Date: 5/24/09 8:51 AM

I always use 100% cotton batting for babies. Bamboo is nice also, but pricey. I just can't put polyster in hardly anything anymore. It is scratchy, hot, I don't like the feel or texture. The batting gives a quilt a nice feeling and with cotton warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Have fun!

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Date: 5/24/09 5:47 PM

Some of the quilts I have made for babies I have omitted the batting and just used a good quality fleece so that the quilt can be machine washed - easy for Mum. I have had really nice feed back from the people I have given them to about the easy care aspect.
BTW your quilt sounds like it will be lovely when finished please post a photo

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Date: 5/24/09 8:56 PM

I bought regular fleece for the batting- the pattern calls for fleece.
But before i go ahead and do this, wanted to make sure this will work out. And be good for mom when washing.
its a 43" size quilt, simplicity 4202 I omitted the hearts.
Doing embroidery in the squares.

Everytime I go to joann's, I see some cute knits to make for the baby.
This is going to be fun.

I appreciate everyone's help and advice.

Thank you,
Donna

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I have two machines the bernina 730, viking DD, evolve serger.
Love making things for others making FSL.

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Date: 5/25/09 2:01 AM

I want to thank evryone for there advice, I'm going to the fabric store to check out the warm and natural. A frined of mine also said this was easy to sew on, and it won't shifted around.
Tomorrow is my emb day, I still have alot squares lefted to do. Luckly I have two machines to use at once.
Thank you, so much its so appreciated.
I will post when I'm done!!
Donna

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Love making things for others making FSL.

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Date: 5/25/09 10:13 AM

With the Warm and Natural, you'll need to add a backing layer of fabric. Personally, I prefer batting to fleece, but since you already have the fleece and your instructions are for fleece, go ahead and use it! It'll work fine, and it will be a lot easier for you.

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Date: 5/25/09 4:39 PM

Have you considered a washable wool batting ie. quilter's dream?

I just saw a trunk show by a longarm quilter who showed us examples of quilts done with different battings. She now uses only wool and I was surprised to find it was very soft, very drapey and just a lovely look...a bit of puff but not too much.

I am making a flannel rag quilt right now and will put wool batting into it.

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Date: 5/26/09 2:45 AM

I bought the reg fleece for garments, I was going to can this if this wouldn't work out for the quilt.
I just want something that will be easy to do and won't shift.
I'm not as experienced as some of you are, am attempting this.
The embroidery blocks are turning out pretty good, thats the easy part but time comsuming.
WE found out the babys name is "Porter", though at the last row I put his name on the quilt.
One letter for every square.

Thank you for your help.

Donna

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I have two machines the bernina 730, viking DD, evolve serger.
Love making things for others making FSL.

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Date: 5/26/09 7:58 PM

If you don't want to use fleece (and honestly, I wouldn't), and you are unsure about batting, how about some nice flannel as the filling?

When I hand quilt I use Quilter's Dream Request, which is very, very thin, and when I machine quilt, which I do for baby quilts, I use Quilter's Dream Select, but those are just my personal preferences. I did buy the Quilter's Dream wool batt, but I haven't used it yet.

I am editing this to add that I use the 100% cotton Quilter's Dream. The polyester is very nice, and fine for wallhangings, but for babies especially I would never use anything which wasn't 100% cotton.
-- Edited on 5/26/09 8:00 PM --

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