Quilt batting & sizing help

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Quilt batting & sizing help

Post by Dunners » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:20 am

I'm working on my first proper quilt 8-) It is for James, single-bed-ish sized. I found on a website dimensions for beds and recommended overhang when making a quilt. I am aiming for approx 60" wide by 90" long (nothing like diving into the deep end with a new project 8-[ I hope I can fit it through my machine or I'll be begging the lovely Quilting-Queen to finish that part for me :wink: )

Batting-wise, how do I choose a batting? Do you recommend I by batting by the metre off the roll, or pre-cut bed size? I do know that I would prefer a cotton/bamboo batting over a polyester one.

Before I can cut sashing for my 9-patch i-spy blocks I need to make sure I'm making it the biggest I can for the batting (don't want to waste any width or length if it's a precut size). I am not familiar with the standard width(s) of rolls available nor pre-cut size(s) available.

Finally, is Spotlight the cheapest place to get batting? I wish I'd grabbed some when they had 30% off last week, but I didn't really know what I was shopping for (and was all consumed by the wedding finishing touches).

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Re: Quilt batting & sizing help

Post by RachaelD » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:26 am

For my large quilt I bought a pre packaged queen sized cotton backing pack from Spotlight, when it scanned it was heaps cheaper than what was on the label so it worked out quite cheap. I would wait for another sale, it probably won't be long.

My quilt was over 2metres square and it fitted through my normal sewing machine, the middle bit did get a bit tricky but not as bad as I thought it would be.
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Re: Quilt batting & sizing help

Post by inkypinkyponky » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:23 pm

I would wait for a Spotlight sale, they're cheapest and easiest. Best is when those $40 off when you spend $100 vouchers coincides with a 20% off batting sale :) There's 20% off batting fairly frequently. I buy mine (cotton or cotton/bamboo blend) off the roll. If you have left over strips, you can join them with a wide zigzag for a matching cushion or something.

I made my boy's single bed quilt to be 60" by 72" I think - sits nicely on the bed, hangs just below the mattress on the sides and at the end. If you've got a footboard at the end of the bed you probably don't want too much to tuck in. If it's not big enough you can always add a border!
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Re: Quilt batting & sizing help

Post by jhcsmum » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:13 pm

I usually buy the polyester stuff off the roll here, you can get different widths and buy the length you need. I bought some cotton stuff from Spotlight when finishing a quilt while waiting for DS to appear, but it isn't very warm compared to the ones with the poly batting, even after being washed and dried in the drier, so I probably wouldn't use cotton again because of that factor.
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Re: Quilt batting & sizing help

Post by Vivianne » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:38 pm

I buy mine by the roll and would love to sell you some cheaper than spotty (but postage would negate the savings). I only use cotton or wool. I love bamboo but have been put off by the ultra processing to get to to that stage, plus it's a bit thinner than cotton. If you can get it on special at spotty it would be a good deal :wink: I only have a 6 inch arm on my machine and can quilt up to 2.5m x 2.5m. You will need to decide what kind of quilting you'd like. I do find it easier and faster to do free motion squiggles than straightline quilting. Practicing on a a smaller quilt to start with is a good idea, just using scraps to make a sandwich or making a baby quilt to practice on (maybe a couple of doll quilts?).

It is totally doable on your machines.

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Re: Quilt batting & sizing help

Post by Dunners » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:38 am

Thanks ladies! How very reassuring to me to read what you've said.

Viv, out of curiosity, how large are the rolls and how much are they? I have promised each of the kids a quilt, and want to do one for our super king sized bed too if I can manage it under my machine. So that would be a fair bit of batting for me to need to get my hands on if I were to make all those. Just wondering if the roll would be worth getting (and sharing amongst other Chc quilters like Rachael above?)

I have a niece on the way, and thought I'd make her a wee quilt too. Maybe I should skip to making that as a free quilting practice? I sense a new addiction happening 8-[ I've really enjoyed helping James' plan his one. Emily has hers planned & waiting (don't have the right fabrics so again am waiting for a sale for quilting cottons).

Oh, and the boys beds are a funny shaped single, they're longer than the standard, but slightly narrower as the mattresses zip together to become a double/queen-ish sized bed. It's a standard innersprung mattress with base, no footboard to worry about.

Right Spotlight, where's this sale I need? :lol:
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