After years of fealty to whatever quilt batting I could buy on sale at JoAnn’s, I’ve become a batting snob. The big box store batting I’ve bought lately has felt cardboardy. It didn’t have the suppleness I expected.
For fusible batting I’ve been buying Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 fusible cotton blend by the yard at a local quilt shop. It had been recommended by the shop owner who uses it in her quilts. Recently I ran out of this, and bought some Fusi-boo (cotton/bamboo/some other stuff fusible) from JoAnn’s as I didn’t have time to drive to the shop. Bad choice! The Fusi-boo was very stiff (all fusible batting is stiffer than regular due to the resin), far stiffer than I remembered the product being in the past. I don’t know if the product specs had been changed or if I had simply become spoiled by the Hobbs product, but I’m not buying any more Fusi-boo.
My new batting love is Quilters Dream request (the lowest loft stuff) poly. It drapes and sews like a dream in my wall hangings. Of course, it won’t give you a crinkly finish when washed, being polyester. This really isn’t an issue for many of my wall hangings. I haven’t yet tried Quilters Dream cotton, but I’m looking forward to it. And I saw the company now has a fusible batting called Dream Fusion.
If I were making a bed quilt I’d give serious consideration to wool batting. It’s very light and warmer than cotton, and sews beautifully. Also, it helps prevent wrinkles in quilts, a plus if you fold or mail your quilts off to shows. Of course, it costs more, but if you’re putting hours of work into a quilt I don’t think you should worry about saving a few bucks on the batting.