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Monday, February 3, 2014

Batting University (Part 3) Dream Blend and Dream Angel Batting


This week we are delighted to continue Batting University with a look at Quilters Dream Blend for Machines and Quilters Dream Angel batting! We hope you enjoy a closer look at what makes each batting unique. If you have any questions or you would like free samples, call us toll free, 1-888-268-8664, or email: QuiltersDreamBatting@juno.com

Quilters Dream Blend for Machines available in Select (mid-loft) quilts up beautifully!

QUILTERS DREAM BLEND BATTING For Machines
"Soft to hug, yet takes the tug!"  Dream Blend is the only batting we make that has a scrim base (similar in look/feel to a cheesecloth) that adds stability for tugging, pulling, and general abuse.  It consists of 70% cotton and 30% polyester that is needle punched through the ultra-light scrim base.  Dream Blend was developed        for machine quilters who need more strength and stability, especially for use on the longarm machine.



Quilters Dream Blend Batting for Machines.  Longarm quilters top choice!
Quilters Dream Blend Batting with the reinforcing scrim layer peeled back from the batting.

Advantages:
  • Some shrinkage (1-3%) for the slightly puckered look

  • Has a light scrim, so it will not stretch at all nor leave hand prints from pulling 

  • Can be stitched up to 12" apart! 

  • We used the lightest weight scrim available to it still has a nice drape and does not feel stiff.

  • 70% cotton, so it will wick moisture away from the body to keep you cool in the summer  

  • Very long fibers – no lint in your machine or in the air!


Disadvantages:
  • Slight Shrinkage (1-3%) after washing
  • Scrim can reduce the breathability of the batting slightly
  • Holds a slight crease over time (can be fluffed out in the dryer, though!)
  • Not a 100% natural product (some man made fibers)
  • Due to reinforcing scrim layer, Blend Is not recommended for hand quilting.

Quilters Dream Batting Angel Fire Retardant Batting.
Quilters Dream Angel Batting, available in Request (low-loft) and Select (mid-loft).

QUILTERS DREAM ANGEL BATTING
Dream Angel is heavenly because it is made 100% from flame retardant fibers. 
The fibers are specially engineered to be flame retardant without bromides or other harmful chemicals.  Dream Angel Batting is needle punched to create a soft, cozy,
breathable batting with a natural look and feel.

Advantages:
  
  • Made from proprietary blend of two different flame retardant fibers. Has passed the California 604 test for flammability (A cotton sheet is placed on top and on the bottom of the batting.The top was set on fire, and the bottom remained undamaged!! Wow!)
  • Needlepunched man made fibers mimic cotton fibers, so you get the look and feel of cotton
  • Available in 2 lofts (Request or Select)for hand and machine quilting
  • Some shrinkage (1-3%) for the slightly puckered look
  • Will not hold a crease, even if it is folded up for months
  • Does not absorb moisture, so it dries very quickly and will not hold a stain
  • Breathable – there are no scrims or other barriers that would inhibit airflow
  • Very long fibers – no lint on the machine or in the air!
  • Fine denier microfibers bend when in contact with fabric, so they resist bearding

Disadvantages:
  • Some shrinkage (1-3%) for the slightly puckered look
  • Does not wick moisture away from the body like cotton
  • Is a man made fiber
  • Cost


Please come back soon for part 4 of our Month Long Series: Batting University.  We will continue with Dream Puff, Dream Wool, and Dream Fusion Battings!

Happy Quilting!
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