Warmth of Quilts

by Anne
(Toronto)

I am planning to make a whole cloth quilt for myself. I get very warm when I sleep. I want to get a bat which is easy to work with and not too warm. Wool is great but I was told very warm.


One-hundred percent cotton is very dense and hard to quilt. 45% bamboo/45% cotton/10% poly needles well. But I don't know if it is cooler. There is also silk. Do you know which is cooler? Thank you for your time.

ANSWER

The warmth of your quilt is determined by the thickness of your batting and the fabrics you use to make it. So, if you use 100% cotton batting and 100% cotton fabric, your quilt is going to feel cooler.

A low-loft cotton or bamboo batting should work well for you. Cotton is a natural fiber, so it "breathes." It also absorbs moisture, so it keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Low-loft batting is a good choice for both hand and machine quilting. If you find it hard to "needle" try changing your needle. I've heard that "between" needles vary from company to company. A slight change in the shape and size of the needle and/or eye can make all the difference.

Polyester
If you want a lighter feel to your quilt, you could try a low-loft 80% cotton/20% polyester blend. Polyester makes your quilt fluffier and easier to quilt. But, here's the trade off: The polyester is going to hold in heat.

Silk
Silk is another natural fiber. It breathes just like cotton. But it can be difficult to quilt. The silk fibers are slippery, and they won't cling to the fabric. That means it's going to be hard to keep the layers together and even. It takes special skill to work with silk batting. And, the high cost can be prohibitive for some.

Bamboo
Bamboo batting is new to the market. It's got a blend of 50% organic cotton and 50% bamboo fiber.The natural fibers breathe like cotton, and they feel super soft. The low-loft thickness makes this a great choice for hand and machine quilting.

I've heard nothing but grand reviews about this product. I can only think of one drawback, and that's the cost. Expect to pay more for this luxurious batting.

So, it all comes down to what you personally like and how much you're willing to pay. I hope I've helped you with your decision on choosing the right batting for your quilt.

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