In Bar Harbour, Maine I stopped at a lovely quilt shop named 'Fabricate' to purchase a bit of batting for a project. They had some batting called Quilter's Dream Cotton.
The afore mentioned project involves fine thin fabrics- that would show every texture beneath. I expected to have to add a thin layer of another fabric over the batting to prevent the surface from resembling an orange skin.
Imagine my delight at discovering such a luxuriant and smooth product! Most very smooth surfaced battings I have found previously have been bonded in such a way that they lose their softness. Often the bonding agent used (or the melting, or the needle punching) leaves the batting feeling more harsh to the touch.
The appeal of this batting is the soft handling as well as the incredible smooth working surface. Usually I avoid cotton in quilts that are going to be laundered frequently. As this will be a wall quilt, the cotton might just do the trick.
This batting is advertised as being combed, with the fibres layers running crosswise, then needle punched. However it's made, the batting is the most yummy I've run across yet!
One day this column will be followed up with a report on how the batting launders. My hope is to make a sample to toss in with towels for a few washes to see if there is shrinkage or separation. We'll see....