America's Quilting History

Cottonseeds in the Batting Myth - Quilt History Myths

MYTH #10 ~ The presence of cotton seeds in the batting indicates an antique quilt.

Cottonseeds are knobby and about the size of a small pea so they were rarely missed even back when women handpicked the seeds from the cotton to be used for batting. What people mistakenly think of as cottonseeds is debris from cotton hulls. Debris is even found in some modern cotton batting so it would in no way indicate a vintage or antique quilt.