By Annemart Berendse
When I talk about batting, I have a preference for natural. Wool, cotton, even silk battings go into my quilts.
In quilts to be quilted by hand I prefer the Hobbs Tuscany Wool. In the Broken Star I am currently working on, is also a wool batting. My needle goes through it like a hot knife through butter, to me it's a soft, breathing and non-aggressive warmth (in comparison to a 100% polyester batting) and is doesn't beard because of the bonding that prevents it.
When a quilt is for every day use, but not rough use, I choose 100% cotton, the Mountain Mist White Rose. It's soft, it handquilts great, it's clean, smooth, but hardly available in the Netherlands. Therefore sometimes I have to switch to Hobbs 80/20, although it has not my preference. The 100% cotton and the 80/20 of Hobbs are a whole different ballgame, with the little black seeds in them, that shine through my white fabric, even give a yellow halo. I prewash batting, but with the Hobbs, I even check on removing the black seeds. Imagine, a king size batting, checking every inch front and back for those tiny little things! I really prefer White Rose.
In the washing machine at 104 F, a perfectly simple and steady batting at a few dollars.
Have fun quilting!