My quilt top is finished! Whoo-hoo! (That went much faster than I anticipated.) I still need to find a backing that I am happy with, so there will be a few more seams to stitch, but I am getting very close to the actual quilting!
With this recent obsession, I thought I would pull out my first quilt top attempt to have another look.
I honestly had no idea how far along this quilt was (I have moved twice since the last stitch was made and I have not looked at it since folding it up and putting it away for safekeeping) – I guess I really don’t feel like ripping it all apart to make pillows . . .
But back to the reason for this post. I would like to ask a favor of all the master quilters out there! What kind of batting would you suggest for a new hand quilter?
I know that I want to avoid polyester (synthetics are evil, and I despise them). The quilt is made of cotton, with cotton thread, and will be backed with cotton.
To make my shoulder pads, I use Warm & Natural Batting, mostly because it is available at my local JoAnn Fabrics and easy to come by. But I have noticed that over the years the manufacturing process seems to have changed. My most recent purchases are coated (for lack of a better word) with something and not quite as easy to get a needle through. For shoulder pads, which require minimal stitching, this is fine, but I would like my first quilting experience to be a good one, and I think I may get frustrated working with the Warm & Natural.
I do not think I want to pre-wash because I am hoping to get that nice wrinkly texture, although that might soften the batting . . . Help!
I am sure there are some of you with decades of quilting experience and/or some fabulous insight about this, and I would love to hear any suggestions or blogs or about anything that might lead me in the right direction.
Any brands to avoid like the plague? And how about thread? I have been using Gutermann cotton quilting thread to piece the quilt and like it, but would be open to suggestions!
Thanks, ever so much!