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TOPIC: New battings - bamboo & "green"???

05 Oct 2008 23:55 #26901

I think for the moment I'm going to stick with good old cotton because it's time tested. I put so much work into my quilts that I'm just not sure about the newer batts. I also have alot of poly lite batting and it's so wonderful for hand quilting.
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05 Oct 2008 06:52 #26868

I got my Connecting Threads catalog yesterday, and they have the new "green" batt for sale.

Maggie in E. Central Illinois
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05 Oct 2008 06:40 #26865

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I went to my LQS yesterday and was shown a "GREEN" batt.
Really....it is GREEN!! It's made out of recycled soda bottles and tells you on the package how many soda bottles it took!! I don't need a batt right now, and passed, put it's something else to try.


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03 Oct 2008 22:32 #26820

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This is very interesting! I'll have to check it out at Quilt Fest.
Happy Quilting,

Shiner TX
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01 Oct 2008 10:39 #26713

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very interesting information! Thanks for sharing it. I will definately be on the lookout!
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30 Sep 2008 11:01 #26690

Pandas are picky eaters...they do however eat about 15 different types of bamboo. They will eat other grasses and some grains such as rice.
When I lived in Old Town Alexandria VA..I had bamboo in my backyard. Unfortunately...not the bamboo the pandas at the National Zoo ate.
Bamboo makes for great screening in a backyard...but it grows EVERYWHERE.

Did you know that bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal? It also resists harboring odors.
Bamboo clothing is hyporallergenic, more absorbent and breathable, and more wrinkle resistant than cotton.
Shrinkage is less and if you need to iron...you can use a lower iron setting.

I bought some bamboo sheets...and LOVE them. I went back to the store and bought two more sets.

FW
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30 Sep 2008 09:52 #26686

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Isn't bamboo the only thing Panda Bears eat?

My friend is installing bamboo flooring in her kitchen. It seems to be the new "green" commodity to use for lots of things....I've seen knitting yarn.......... and t-shirts.............
Lynn
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"green" bamboo 30 Sep 2008 07:32 #26680

Also,I read that bamboo doesn't require all the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that cotton does.
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29 Sep 2008 21:50 #26672

Bamboo is greener because it grows so fast - about 1 to 1 1/2 feet per month.
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29 Sep 2008 21:18 #26671

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Can someone explain to me why bamboo is any greener than cotton or wool, both of which are renewables?

"Neglect not the gift that is within you..." -1 Timothy 4:14
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29 Sep 2008 10:00 #26656

The bamboo is low loft. I have used it for table runners and toppers. I happen to like it..machine quilts well.
I will say...sometimes 'being green' is not cheaper.

FW
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28 Sep 2008 21:47 #26641

I just got home from our quilt show. One of the vendors had a batting that was 50/50 bamboo/cotton. she had a sandwich that a couple of our members tried. The first member has been quilting for a very long time and is well known in quilt historian circles. She did not like it but did say that it probably was because her hands are weaker than they used to be. The other one liked it. I plan on taking a sample with me to Houston to ask Suzanne Marshall about it.
Frances
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Bamboo batting 28 Sep 2008 18:45 #26630

Well, I can only say that I recently purchase a bamboo blend batt. I took it out of the package and was impressed at how pliable and soft it was. It is very low loft so I will probably use it for a wall quilt or quilted vest, etc. Some scraps will probably work for machine trapunto.

I like 80/20 just fine but am a recent convert to the wool blend batts. The Tuscany wool is so soft, light and isn't crinkled to death in the package. I plan to stick with this over the 80/20.

I look forward to hearing from others who have actually used it.
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New battings - bamboo & "green"??? 28 Sep 2008 15:17 #26625

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Anyone use these yet who can give feedback on them?

Given how much work goes into piecing and quilting a quilt, I am reluctant to "experiment," only to regret abandoning my tried and true Quilter's Dream or Hobb's 80-20.

BethMI
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