I just found out it is manufactured by Moda in the USA and without the harsh chemicals... just as was said. I am now reassured and will look for it and give it a try. Thanks for letting us know about that.
I forgot to mention, Kyoto batting is made in the USA. These days when "imported" usually means made with uncontrolled chemicals, it is reassuring that a product is made where safety is usually controlled--at least I hope it is.
I saw an ad today in the latest issue of "The American Quilter" for Kyoto bamboo batting that specifically mentions that NO toxic chemicals are used to manufacture it. If this is true, and I have no reason to doubt their claim, this should allay the fears that some have expressed about the harsh chemicals.
I bought some bamboo batting (with a 50% off coupon) and did not have any problems with it. I usually pin baste my quilts about a hand width apart and then quilt on my domestic machine. The quilt feels soft and wonderful.
I'm interested to hear about these disadvantages as to bamboo batting. I must say it didn't make as much sense to me as the bamboo flooring, for instance.
There are cotton battings that have been grown and made in eco-friendly ways. I bought a bit to try it--it isn't as even as some batting, but it would be fine for purely utility quilts.
Also, I wonder if wool batting is not even more eco-friendly than some of the so-called "green" battings, and it would seem to me to work well for more artistic quilts.
Anyway, I think for now I will continue to use 80/20 for most of my quilting. It works so well for me, though I might try the wool batting sometime soon--it has such a nice hand to it, and it's also a fully natural product.
"Neglect not the gift that is within you..." -1 Timothy 4:14
I've used a 50/50 bamboo/cotton wadding (made by Sew Simple, I suspect this is only available in the UK under this name, but it's come from the US originally) which I like, it's very soft and the finished quilt has a nice drape. I didn't pre-wash it, though the instructions suggested I should. I'll expect some shrinkage off the cotton part of it when I do wash it. It's a sample quilt and I'm doing this as an experiment, but I don't want to wash it until after an exhibition in June (at The Bramble Patch), just in case it all goes bad . I sandwiched the quilt using my beloved 505 spray adhesive, quick and easy and no problems with fabric creep or puckering.
Yes, Lynn I have read the same information about bamboo fibers. I also remember reading about China using some chemicals that we would not allow in the US to speed the growth of the plants. That is not taking care of the environment. I will not support that with my dollars.
I used bamboo batting in my LeMoyne Star Variation. I loved the feel of it! It wasn't as bulky as cotton, so I was able to a queen sized quilt in my domestic machine fairly easily.
I machine basted along the seams of the quilt with water soluble thread (because I wanted to try quilting without the spray) and then just quilted. I only straight line quilted the quilt to emphasize the geometric pattern, so I don't know if stippling might be different, but I has no issues with it bunching or anything like that.
I will add that I pre-washed the batting, as the manufacturer recommended that, or washing the finished quilt. I don't know if that makes a difference.
I will use it again.
Most people want to try the bamboo for environment reasons I assume. However, I heard that the chemicals used to break down the bamboo fibers are bad. On the other hand, many chemicals are used in growing the cotton plants. I'd love to hear from a true environmentalist about which is the better choice.
I have been tempted by the bamboo batting but have not used it yet. I have tried, however, some light-green colored batting that is made from recycled plastic milk bottles. It has a nice feel and worked well with my domestic machine quilting. It is fairly low loft, so that look might not be for every quilt. So far...so good.