I am starting an embroidered, quilted tote for a friend’s birthday. As I was gathering the materials, thread, designs and batting, I was reminded of a conversation I had yesterday in my machine class. We were talking about batting and talking about the quilting distance ratings of batting. Not everyone was aware that all batting has a distance requirement between quilting areas: every inch, two inches, three inches, etc. If you have purchased a batting that requires a close distance between quilted areas, you should be very careful to comply with that recommendation. Batting migration and bunching is no fun to try to correct once it happens. Usually, the project needs to be taken apart and put back together again with a higher quality batting or it gets to become the dog’s new favorite blanket! I, personally, like to quilt with batting that has at least a 10 inch recommendation. I am not a person who uses a lot of heavy areas of quilting in my projects, preferring instead that lofty look. A ten inch recommendation also allows me to have embroidered blocks that have no quilting in them at all. I really like to use this type of batting for “stitch in the ditch” projects that also allow me to scatter my quilting throughout the project. Most batting of quality has the quilting distance requirement printed on the product bag or the end of the bolt. If there is no distance recommendation given, I always assume it needs to have quilting every inch or two, no wider. This applies to polyester batting, cotton batting or blends. The material the batting is made of does not necessarily determine the quilting distance. Bottom line…..when choosing the batting for your next quilting project make sure you know the quilting distance for which the batting was intended. It will make a world of difference in your outcome!