Jul 20, 20181908 views

What's your favorite batting for quilts used in the summer?

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As we are smack dab in the middle of summer I find the temperature fluctuations difficult to sleep! Sometimes I want a down comforter and sometimes just a sheet will do. When making quilts do you take into account the season that they will be used? Do you have a favorite batting that is good for hotter nights during the summer? Maybe I'm the only one with out air conditioning... :-)
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cotton
Wool. It’s lighter weight and breathes.
Okay, I have to confess that I never sleep under a quilt. Lol. Yeah, I use a down comforter 365 days a year, and I don’t have AC, either. However, when I make lap quilts for my family or quilts for other people in warm climates like ours, I use Hobbs Thermore. It’s thin and drapey, really lovely for quilts.
I tried Quilters Dream Orient for the first time in my last quilt (I had always used Quilters Dream Cotton) and I fell in love. When you touch the batting it feels like silk it is so smooth and it drapes beautifully. I will be using the Orient instead of the Cotton from now on but will also try the wool for a warm winter quilt.
bamboo
Quilters Dream wool - cool in summer, warm in winter
I love quilters dream batting. I generally use request. For my friends back east I use either wool or deluxe.
I love the bamboo, as it is softer and more pliable in a bed quilt. It breathes like cotton, so doesn't get too warm as polyester is prone to.
i prefer needled cotton for my batting. It is comfortable in most seasons for the user of the quilt. My big full bed quilt however, i used polyester batting for one , it was on sale, for two , the person I am making the quilt for wanted a thinner quilt but warm. You get those properties from polyester, that is why winter coat manufacturers use it in their products. Polyester does have a tendency to shift while basting more so than cotton due to the fact it is a synthetic plastic based material so it is not grabby like cotton. I just saw the bamboo batting and have not tried that yet as i am conditoned to bamboo being a tough fiber. I might try some of that on maybe a lap quilt or maybe a wall hanging. I dont want to sound like i am a know it all as i am still learning about fabrics , batting, thread weight, stitch lengths, etc. I would though recommend you read reviews online about the various materials and comparison comments . Some people are purests and will only use cotton. I guess it is to each his own when it comes to materials used in a quilt.
Dream orient is my favorite but now I need to try bamboo...
Green - for the environmental!
I love the bamboo, it feels like silk, and no decernable shrinkage.
Pure cotton select
My favorite is Request because it is all cotton and very thin.
I love the bamboo year round!
I prefer Quilters Dream Request for warmer weather quilts and Select for cooler weather.
Dream cotton Request for warmer weather quilts and Select for cooler weather.
I like the dream poly or the dream cotton. I have them by the roll. Those two are my go to for everything.. and the dream wool is heavenly to use for winter!!
Dream cotton select, my and my quilters fav!!
Wool
I use bamboo batting for summer, cotton for spring and autumn, wool for winter.
I love the wool.
Lo dream green! Hate all wool products because of cruelty in the industry.
Absolutely love the Orient batting!! My Quilts have come out beautiful. Quilting with it is a dream.
I also like the quilter's dream wool, but I don't put my quilts with that in the dryer. Have any of you quilters put quilts with quilter's dream wool batting in the dryer and if so, did the quilt shrink up too much? Thanks for your answers.
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Thank you Marie4403
maryscholl
I put mine in the dryer all the time. There is no more shrinkage than with the cotton as long as you aren’t putting it on “heavy duty” hot.
I love the Dream Orient. I love used that a lot, but I have also used the dream cotton a lot. For some reason, some two of the machine quilters I have used were not crazy about the Dream Orient because their tension was a little off when they used that versus the regular cotton.
Quilters Dream Orient is my overall favorite as it's adaptive to summer and winter (in Virginia), has a beautiful look to it, feels wonderful to quilt, minimal shrinkage, can quilt dense or up to 8" apart = it's a beautiful batting if you like a smooth, crisp looking quilt vs the shrinkage/crinkle you get with cotton.
Quilter's Dream Wool no matter what the bedroom temp! Cool in summer, warm in winter! If the quilt's for me, it gets wool.
I use Dream Cotton Request (I live in Florida). but damn on a queen size (quilting it right now) even that is heavy!
Dream Cotton select...nothing else will do.