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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wool Batting, The Outcome


By: Marjorie
Back in September, I made 2 posts on my debate regarding how to launder the first quilt that I had ever used wool batting for.  Opinions were mixed and even the outcome of my experiments were inconclusive.  I finished the quilting last night and  washed it on a standard warm/cold cycle and dried on delicate/low.  I will advise the recipient to use a delicate wash cycle though since my old machine agitation is pretty limited.  Because I was concerned that the shrinkage might be un-even, I serged the edges before washing but waited to bind it..
My conclusions are that where the stitching distance is around 1/2", the wrinkly texture is very similar to a cotton batting washed and dried on hot settings with the intention of getting that wrinkly appearance.  (Left = before washing, Right = after)

The puffiness becomes very noticeable at a distance between stitching of 1.5".

It is quite extreme as the distance spreads to 3".

I am very glad that the outer border was tightly quilted since the puffy sections would have created a wavy, wonky outer border (I think).

I enjoyed stitching the wool and would definitely use it again.  It will work well for my usual stitching style where I tend to over-quilt with detailed designs.  By purposely manipulating the distance between stitching lines you could get some very nice textural differences with the same batting.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the experiment results. I have a wool batting waiting for me to try.

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  2. I have never tried any batting except cotton, nice to see how other batting's work

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  3. I have been experimenting quilting with wool batting on some samples, but have not yet tried washing it. Thank you for sharing the outcome of your "washing wool batting" experiment.

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I have used wool on a couple hand quilted things, but not washed them yet. The longarm quilted wool quilts have washed and dried nicely.

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  5. This was a helpful post. Soon I will be choosing batting for next quilt that is almost ready for hand quilting.

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  6. your blog post is just wonderful and your quilts are just fantastic you got a very nice back ground color in your blog.

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