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When purchasing batting, it is best to buy it off the roll in that it has only one fold line that needs to "relax" before the batting is sandwiched into your quilt. Many times we will buy batting packaged and rolled (typically Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, or polyester batting like Mountain Mist) or folded (typically Dream Cotton). There is nothing "wrong" with this batting, however, the batting will retain a "memory" from being commercially packaged into these tight spaces.


Regardless of how the quilt will be quilted, by hand, domestic machine or long-arm, the batting needs a chance to relax and become as flat as a rug as possible. In many cases laying the batting out on a spare bed or on vacant floor space (is there really such a thing?) for a few days will make the world of difference.


In some cases depending on the packaging process the batting will need more extreme measures. If the batting is particularly twisted or creased the best solution is to gently fold the batting in long wide accordion folds (like making a paper fan) and then put the batting in the dryer on delicate with a damp bath towel. The damp towel will not soak the batting, but it will provide enough moisture to relax the twists and folds with the aid of the heat from the dryer.


Another benefit of completely laying out the batting prior to sandwiching it, is to double check the measurements to your quilt top and backing, and also to check the quality of the batting for any noticeably thick or thin spots, or any "foreign" objects that managed to be needle-punched into the batting.