About the batting:
I used a very light 100% cotton Mountain Mist Cream Rose batting, which was a total DREAM to quilt, really great. I made sure to quilt no further apart than the 6" recommended spacing. The reason I used this batt instead of my go-to Dream Cotton, is that I worried about the package exceeding the 2 kg weight limit, or that with the loftier batting, the quilt wouldn't fit into the box (largest size allowed). I'd tested with a similarly sized finished quilt, and it was almost 2 kg.... so out of caution I chose the very lightest batting I had.
So, it was great to work with, but, the quilt came out of the washer/dryer really quite wrinkled up and *too* puckered. It could partly be our small washer/dryer combo which can sort of mangle things sometimes. For the first time ever, I regret washing a quilt before I gift it! But at least now I know and if I use that batting again, I will quilt much more densely and evenly, and know what to expect.
More boring batting talk:
In my stash of batting, I have one more Cream Rose batt, and a Dream Cotton batt (my usual go-to, in both Select and Request lofts). Meanwhile I've ordered several other "new to me" Dream battings - 80/20, 70/30, and wool. It will be a year of experimentation with battings. I sort of have a collection growing on the floor of my closet! Off cuts are perfect for minis and other little projects.
Meanwhile... the state of emergency has been extended into March. Every day, I'm thankful we are healthy and that our loved ones in the US and Ireland are too. Our parents (David's folks and my step mother) have all had their first vaccines. Hallelujah!