Quilter's Tip: How to Choose Batting


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Posted by BCQCCathy on May 18th, 2022

Quilter's Tip:  How to Choose Batting

Quilter's Tip

Note:  All statements are based on information gathered from Quilter’s Dream Batting website or the opinions of Bear Creek Quilting Company and their customers. We recommend doing your own research to ensure your needs are met.

General Tips

  • Order from thinnest to loftiest of the Quilter’s Dream Batting that we use: 70/30, Deluxe, Supreme, Wool
  • Higher the loft, the more it “pops” the stitch design
  • Higher loft makes it easier to take up extra fullness and hide imperfections

All about 70/30 Blend

  • 70% Cotton/30% Polyester
  • Lowest loft Bear Creek Quilting Company offers
  • Great for quilts expecting a lot of everyday use
  • Great for thin, flat wall hangings
  • Polyester helps to dry quickly while the cotton allows it to still be breathable and moisture-wicking
  • Stitch designs can be stitched up to 12 inches apart – great for open stitch designs
  • Has a light scrim so it will not stretch easily, yet the scrim is light enough to not affect drape

All about Wool

  • 100% U.S. raised merino and domestic sheep wool
  • Highest loft Bear Creek Quilting Company offers
  • Really makes the stitch designs pop
  • Does not absorb moisture, so will dry quickly and will not hold a stain
  • Excellent for t-shirt quilts or quilts made with varying material types
  • Good for closed stitch designs and will still have good drape
  • Can become stiff if put into contact with heat – either air dry or dry with no heat, no ironing
  • Lightweight but super warm
  • No scrim, heat bonded
  • Moisture wicking and breathable
  • A favorite for hand quilting

All about Cotton Deluxe

  • 100% natural renewable cotton grown in the U.S.
  • No scrim
  • Mid loft – loftier than the Quilter’s Dream 70/30 Blend, but not as lofty as Supreme or Wool
  • Good middle of the road, nice weight, and warm all cotton option
  • Gives the project some weight while still being breathable
  • Lowest loft suggested for projects with Minky to prevent the Minky “hairs” from coming through during stitching
  • Great for a wall hanging with just a little texture
  • Good for hand quilting – mid loft, no scrim
  • Quilters Dream Cotton Deluxe is great middle of the road option

All about Cotton Supreme

  • 100% natural renewable cotton grown in the U.S.
  • No scrim
  • Highest cotton loft Bear Creek Quilting Company offers – loftier than the Quilter’s Dream 70/30 Blend and Cotton Deluxe, but not as lofty as Quilter’s Dream Wool
  • Great for seeing the stitch designs pop for those who don’t want to choose wool
  • Dense batting that has 1/2 pound of cotton per square yard
  • Great for projects that require thickness, weight, and volume
  • Makes a heavy quilt for those that want the ‘weighted blanket’ feel
  • Good for wall hangings that want the stitch out emphasized more

Free Downloadable PDF is available HERE

Bear Creek Quilting Company

and the BCQC Team