:: Tuesday Tips — May 8 ::

This week, we’re back to batting! Perhaps you’ve got a new Spring quilt project in mind? Perhaps it’s not just any quilt, but a quilt for a little loved one? Well, we’re here to help!

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Q: What is the best batting to use for a baby quilt?

A: The answer is that there are a few excellent selections.

We’ll start with Cotton. Many quilters use 100% cotton for its softness and durability. When soaked in advance, there is no need to worry that it will shrink after multiple washings, something that will prove VERY handy as all you moms out there know! Also, the cotton will continue to soften over time, while retaining its strength.

If you’re you’re looking for a safety-conscious alternative, you may want to try Legacy™ by Pellon®’s 100% Rayon Flame Retardant Batting. It is soft, smooth, absorbent, and lightweight, making it an especially excellent choice for little ones in warm climates. It is non-irritating to the skin and is resistant to combustion. In the case of ignition, it will not flare, burn, stick or drip, nor will it emit toxic fumes. Combine the softness with the safety features and it may just be the perfect batting for a baby quilt.

Lastly, our batting expert shares that some quilters also prefer the Bamboo/Cotton Blend and the Soy/Cotton Blend for their antimicrobial qualities. One creative gal even used the soy blend to make cloth diapers. Both of these batting blends are needle-punched onto a stabilizer called ‘scrim binder’, so repeated washing won’t damage the shape, strength or durability.

For a bit more info on our battings as well as some helpful info, click here.

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We want to know: What batting will you use for your next baby quilt and why?

Happy Quilting!

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