Bearding occurs when batting migrates through the fabric and onto the surface of a quilt, leaving a fuzzy white coating that resembles a soft beard. Synthetic fibres are more likely to beard than cotton or wool, so if you use synthetic batting, choose one that has been bonded, a process that helps keep a batting fibres intact. The best battings are of course cotton, wool or bamboo. Avoid using loosely woven fabrics in your quilt. High-quality, tightly woven fabric makes it harder for batting fibres to migrate. To remove bearding, rub a damp washcloth across the surface of the quilt or use a fabric shaver. Click Here for more info on our fabric shaver.