Friday, 19 June 2009

Dream Green

I have heard about various new materials for making wadding, including one made from recycled plastic bottles, but had not actually seen any of this until I went to the Cotton Patch last week. As a committed recycler, I was keen to give this product a test. I bought a twin size (93"x72") which cost me £10.25, comparing quite favourably with my usual choice of Hobbs 80/20 at £11.50. So, not only have I saved money, but saved 13 plastic bottles from ending up in landfill or worse.

However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating (or rather, the proof of the wadding is in the quilting), so how did it perform? It's surprisingly soft and easy to use. Layering up was easy, as it seemed to cling quite nicely to the top and backing as I went along. The green colour is really very delicate, and it didn't show through in any of my lighter patches. I have machine quilted round the edge of the top and am currently hand quilting round my dogs, and the needle goes through like a hot knife through butter.

The only criticism I have, is that it seems to stretch very slightly, so I have to make sure I hold it firmly while I quilt. This could be a factor arising from the way I quilt in my lap without a frame, although I've never had this problem before. I would definitely buy it again, so why not give it a try yourself?


Joyce said...

I have never heard of this kind of batting over here. I'll have to watch for it. The greenest kind we have is bamboo. My favorite is wool.

loulee said...

I love it and I'm already converted. I'm glad you like it too. I expected it to be a bit firm, kind of crunchy, like spun out plastic, but it is beautifully soft.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Thanks for telling us about this product. I imagine it to be like 'fleece' they make jackets out of. I used decent quality 'fleece' to back a snuggle quilt very successfully, doing away with the batting altogether.
(I quilt in my lap without a hoop too!)