By Françoise Lietaert
I'm a Belgian quilter for 18 years, new to this blog and loving it.
What I'm working on currently is the 'big-stitch' quilting on the blue fabric. I am using bamboo batting for the very first time, bought it from a French company. As you can see, it has very little loft, which I like a lot and it quilts easily. But I agree with a previous post, it does beard some. I'm using Valdani perlé thread and embroidery needles, up to 6 at a time.
I have done some bigstitch quilting in an earlier quilt because I found it suited the quilt. It was that or machine quilting in my opinion. In the lower photo you can see how thin the batting is. It is Thermore by Hobbs.
Underneath, you see a piece of the same Thermore batting, which I now used for a wallhanging with japanese fabrics. This one has regular quilting with variagated thread as you can see. It quilted very easily. I absolutely love the look of the no-loft batting, but I don't think it would be good to use in a quilt you want to sleep under.
The next batting I want to show is the one you see underneath. I used it for a wallhanging with this dark fabric. I found it was a bit harder to quilt, but I do not mind that at all. I do find it is rather stiff and since I don't like that, I don't think I will use this kind again.
The last photo I took this way to try to give you an impression of the feel and look of the batting. This quilt has the famous Hobbs 80% coton- 20% polyester. I like that batting a lot.
As you can see, I have used different battings over the years. If I had to choose only one, so far I would go for 100% coton. But I already have a wool batting waiting, so maybe I will change my mind in the future. And I want to try silk batting. For one of my future masterpieces that's waiting in my head to be made.