Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bamboo batts...

It’s getting close to Halloween and that’s a good time to talk about batts! Not the black, flying kind, but the white fluffy kind ☺.

I have used cotton batts exclusively for many years. I prefer an organic cotton batt. I do my part where possible to cut down on pesticides in the environment. When Hobbs discontinued their organic cotton batt I was unhappy.

I tend to prefer unbleached batting. I’m not crazy about the bleaching agents used on the cotton being added to the environment. I also wonder what the bleaching process does to the fibers in the long term. For these reasons, and since I don’t usually need a snow-white batt, I buy unbleached batting.

Luckily, Fairfield came out with Bamboo Batting. This batting is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. Bamboo is a more ecologically friendly fiber. It is my understanding that bamboo requires less water and fewer pesticides. This batting is naturally clean and white – and unbleached! That’s also good. 

I have used the bamboo batt in 3 quilts to date and I’m happy with the way it feels and behaves. This detail from Tree O’ Life gives you an idea of what it looks like in a quilt. Honestly, it looks a lot like cotton. (FYI – Tree O’ Life hung at Paducah earlier this year and will be out in a book next year.)


Jay said...

Hi Becky, Are you hand quilting or machine quilting that bamboo batting? Just curious. Thanks, Jay

Tine said...

I've heard lots of good things about the bamboo batting :-) It's good to hear your opinion too!
A new book next year!! YAY!

Fiesta said...

lovely. what is the estimated sate of release for the new book?

Becky said...

I have only machine quilted this batt and am not sure how it would hand quilt. The new book should be out in the spring. I don't know the date yet but I'll let you know when I do!