We all know that I don’t have anything better to do….ya, right. Sometimes I get so distracted!
I haven’t been real happy with my batting lately. My quilts are coming out rather stiff and not snuggly. Some were applique and some were pieced. I know quilts with lots of applique are going to be a little stiffer. I’ve always used what I thought was high quality batting so I’m baffled.
I made two quilts containing the same batting but stitched them differently.
1. Quilt #1 and #2 both contain Hobbs Poly Down batting cut from the same package.
2. Both quilts were quilted using the same cotton thread.
3. Both quilts are the same size and use similar fabrics.
4. Each quilt was folded the same way and held up from the bottom center.
1. Quilt #1 was quilted with large 5 inch squares using a walking foot.
2. Quilt #2 was quilted with a large meandering design.
Quilt #1 turned out very soft and snuggly. You can see that it has a nice drape to it.
My personal conclusion:
I have to say that I was surprised by the results. I really thought the stiffness was caused by the batting choice. Starting with a quality, soft batting does play a role in how soft the final quilt will be. But, the amount of stitching is also a very large factor. The closer the quilting the stiffer the quilt. Hmmmm.
Hope this helps somebody with their quilting. Stay tuned for another batty batting experiment.