What color batting do you use for all the quilts sewn on your quilting machine?
If you’re like most quilters, the answer is white or cream because what other colors are there?
Would you even want to use a different color for any project?
The truth is that quilt batting does come in a few colors other than the standard white or cream and black is one of them.
Black Batting - really?
Yes and there are two really good reasons to use black batting under your quilt top as you ready a project for being stitched on a quilting machine.
There Is No Hard Rule About Batting Colors
As common as using white or cream batting for every project may be, there is no rule against using a colored batting.
It’s just that we’re used to seeing white and cream batting at fabric stores readily available in the most varieties and thicknesses, so it’s convenient.
That said, if you have a use for black batting in your quilting project based on the points below, use it by all means!
Some your shop doesn't carry it, ask them to order black or just buy it online.
Black Batting and Stray Threads
A common problem that all quilters have when making projects with fabrics using highly contrasting colors or a lot of black and white is those pesky dark thread ends.
They either stick out in places while you’re stitching the quilt together on a Q’nique quilting machine or show up under the fabric once the quilt is finished and you can’t do anything about it.
White thread isn’t as much of a problem tucked under black or dark fabric; however, the other way around lets you see every stray black thread under that lighter fabric.
Enter black batting to save the day!
When using black batting, the thread blends with the batting and eliminates the need to pluck every thread after the fact once the project has already been sewn on your quilting machine.
It’s faster and easier plus it gives the quilt a neater appearance with all the stray black threads hidden.
Naturally, you wouldn’t want to use this when using white thread, but it’s perfect for black thread.
Black Batting and Fabric Colors
The other time you might consider using black batting for your quilt is when the quilt top has a lot of black or darker colors in the fabric as well as especially bright and vibrant colors.
It seems that lighter batting underneath can actually dilute some colors and make them less vibrant, while black batting does the exact opposite.
Whether using dark blues or bright oranges and yellows, stitching a dark batting behind your quilt top with a Grace longarm machine will enhance the way the colors play against each other and improve the look of the whole design.
In a few cases, the black could show through white or very light fabrics so you wouldn’t want to use it then.
Most of the time it does not show through, serving only to make all the colors look brighter and deeper.
Black Batting - A Previously Unknown Problem Solver!
Whether you’re plagued by stray dark threads under the quilt top as you prepare your project for the quilting machine or just want all those beautiful colors to show up better, black batting might be the answer.
Keep some around and before you automatically decide on white, lay it out and see how it looks.
You might find that batting in black becomes your new problem-solving BFF!