This week I’ve been taking a close and detailed look at 5 batting samples from Fairfield. I received packages of 3 polyester battings and 2 cotton battings.
I pre-washed them and quilted them and then washed them again to see the finished results.
Today, I’m going to focus on loft. What it is and why quilter’s think it is important.
Let’s look at batting loft
Loft is the thickness of the batting and gives you an idea how fluffy or thick the quilt will be once it has been quilted.
Some battings are considered low loft. They’re quite thin and will not have much definition from the quilting stitches. These are perfect battings to use for wall hangings or table runners. These battings would be approximately ³⁄₁₆” thick. That’s just over an ⅛” thick. The Project Fleece and the Low-Loft batting both give a loft up to ³⁄₁₆”. The Project Fleece has been needlepunched and appears more compact or felted.
Some battings are considered high loft which will show the stitching definition as well as be fluffier or thicker. High loft battings would be approximately ½” thick. Many quilters will use a higher loft polyester batting for whole cloth quilts where the quilting stitches are the main feature.
Loft is a personal thing for quilters and sewers. A low loft batting would be ideal for garment construction or projects that require stability without any extra thickness.
Soft & Toasty and Project Fleece are ideal for place mats and table runners and the wide variety of bags that we tend to make. Remember that the Soft & Toasty is a cotton fabric and when washed, will tend to shrink and make your project pucker. The puckering effect is a great look if that’s what you’re looking for.
Low-Loft is a good choice for a quilted project that doesn’t require anything special. Baby quilts are a good example of quilts that can make use of low-loft batting.
Quilter’s 80/20 batting is also a good choice of a low loft batting. Again, like Soft & Toasty it will shrink a bit when it is washed but you’ll have less puckering and texture because of the polyester content.
Once this baby quilt is washed and dried it will become a soft and comfy blankie.
Extra-Loft is perfect for when you want the quilt stitches to really show!
Tomorrow I’ll share with you why I like each batting and how I use each of these great battings from Fairfield.