I am a total cheapskate, but one thing I have never dreamed of skimping on was my Warm & Natural (or Warm & White) cotton batting. The last quilt I ever did in poly batting did me in- I hate stitches in my big toe and every time I walked over the quilt as I was basting it, the poly fibers pulled at my stitches. It turns my stomach just thinking about it. I hated the slide of poly batting when I was basting, and that was just the straw that broke the camel's back.
I recently learned that Warm and Natural is NOT 100 percent cotton. Cotton is needle punched into a thin, artificial layer. I decided to hunt for 100 percent cotton battings at my next excursion to Hobby Lobby. Enter a contender: Mountain Mist Cream Rose.
Here is the same fabric and the same FMQ design over Mountain Mist Cream Rose. Good crinkliness, as well.
What about the cost? With 40% coupons at Hobby Lobby, I can get Warm and Natural for 6.54/yard. I can get an equivalent amount of MM for 4.99/yard with a coupon. Warm and Natural is about 32 percent more cost-wise.
My final test was to measure my quilts before and after washing to test for shrinkage.
Warm and Natural Quilt:
Before Wash- 48x56
After Wash- 47.5x56
Mountain Mist Cream Rose Quilt:
After Wash: (brace yourself) 70x88
I lost about 4" due shrinkage both ways.
MM was cheaper and easy to use. It is 100 percent cotton which I like. It would be MUCH easier for a hand quilter to use. It's thinner which might be a plus if you are hot natured or live in a hot climate. I'm not against using it again, but I really like using one type of batting so I can piece all my scraps together without having to sort by brand first. I will piece the tiniest batting scraps until I have what I like to call "Franken-batting." It's got more seams than Sally from "A Nightmare Before Christmas."
I have to say I think I will stick to warm and natural for any quilt where I need a specific size. Ive had Warm and Natural shrink before, but never anything that was drastic enough to worry me. I'm glad I made the hourglass quilt with the MM bigger than it needed to be, because if I ended up with a skimpy sized bed quilt due to shrinkage, I would have a serious urge to get all kinds of ugly with somebody.
By the way, this review was not sponsored by a batting company (but I would be totally okay with free stuff from a batting company, AHEM, AHEM!)
So what batting do you use?