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Posted 2012-07-17 5:31 AM (#69805)
Subject: Picnic Blanket

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Hello Everyone

This is my first time posting on the forum. I love to sew clothes and decided a few months back to save up all my scraps and make a picnic blanket with a basic square quilt on the front and a plain back. I've now put the squares together (I'm pretty happy for a first attempt).

I'm very lucky living in Birmingham as we have some wonderful fabric stalls in the city's market and I plan to buy some plain cotton for the back.

As someone who has never quilted before I have no idea what kind of batting/wadding I need for the blanket? I don't understand what difference the weight in ozs makes as they all seem to long around the same thickness?

Can someone kindly advise me please

Thank you

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Posted 2012-07-17 9:47 AM (#69810 - in reply to #69805)
Subject: Re: Picnic Blanket


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Location: Golden Shores, Arizona
Hi Penny, welcome. This is a great forum. Birmingham, in Alabama or in England? (since we don't say 'wadding' over here, I'm wondering if you're in UK?)
Batting--well I use Warm and Natural or Warm and White (100% cotton) most of the time but some times I use Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom Premium (80% cotton/20% poly). (Depends on what's on sale at JoAnns or even WalMart!--or Connecting Threads forthat matter!)
Some people really like poly batting but I find it 'beards' (you get pieces of batting fibers poking out of the quilt). First quilts I used a 'high loft' poly batting as a didn't know any better and I actually hand-quilted with it (stitches not very small but that's because the batting was high-loft, who knew?!) 100% low-loft cotton batting or 100% wool (or silk or bamboo if you're not watching your budget!) are all easy to hand quilt and any batting works with machine quilting but I'd stick with 'low loft'. I find that bamboo or 100% cotton are the 'softest', poly the 'warmest, mostly because the batting doesn't 'breath', followed by wool--so depends on weather where it will be used! If you're from Alabama you might want to avoid wool! (On the other hand, it 'breaths' great and I live in AZ and have several with wool batts--they were on sale......)
other thing to check, think about....Hobbs 80/20 has a 'scrim' that allows you to quilt as much as 8" apart (rather than standard 3-4" or less) which can be nice for a quick quilting job!
Also check on shrinkage (package usually tells you how much shinkage and how far apart quilting can be) but if you buy from a roll (like at JoAnns) you can check the pre-packed ones for the same info (and then save month by buying from the roll!) If shrinkage is high, it might need to be washed (I've never done this myself)--I'd guess that means soaking in bathtub rather than washing machine....but who knows. I have 'fluffed batting in dryer before using to get out some of the folds, although I usually just open up and let 'rest on table over-night before using. Poly batting doesn't shrink, from what I understand.
Hope this helps
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