Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
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Hello Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!
Welcome to Open Line Friday.
Everyone asks. Everyone answers.
Today I’d like to start the ball rolling with a discussion about batting.
There are many battings on the market.
Some of the fibers include:
The two battings I use regularly are Hobb’s Dream Wool and Warm and Natural cotton.
WOOL FOR SLEEPING
I love wool for bed and lap quilts.
Wool holds up beautifully to washing--no dry cleaning necessary. In fact, it gets softer and better with repeated washings.
Wool has “memory” — it is crease resistant.
Wool breaths well-making it great for quilts you sleep under.
It is a bit more expensive than the other battings, but I think it is well worth it.
COTTON FOR VASE QUILTS, WALL HANGINGS, TABLERUNNERS
For my smaller vase quilts, I like Warm and Natural all cotton.
It is a little flatter which I like for small projects.
It also breaths well.
Warm and Natural cotton naturally clings to the top and bottom fabrics. Consequently, if the project is small enough, there is no need to baste.
Cotton is readily available and modestly priced.
(I have also used cotton for larger quilts–it also washes well!)
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BATTING AND WHY?
We’d love to hear!
NOTE-The Sunflower wallhanging was stitched with wool batting. Because wool has “memory” it pops up in areas where there is little stitching and has a “mock-trapunto” look.
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Instead of consulting those huge charts…
Just remember the 80/50 rule.
THE 80/50 RULE
50 weight thread pairs with a size 80 needle.
If your thread is heavier (smaller number)–40 wt or 30 wt–try a larger needle–90 or above.
For instance…I often use 40 wt Sulky Rayon and a size 90 needle.
If your thread is finer–60 wt, try a smaller needle: size 70
Just a rule of thumb…a place to start
This is for all sewing…not just free motion quilting.
NOT SURE WHAT TYPE OF NEEDLE FOR FMQ?
Increasingly, I use a Topstitch Needle.
It has sharp point, a large oval eye and a deep groove that protects the thread.
Just a quick tip—and a little “visual aid”…
May your stitches be happy,
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PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to re-blog, pin, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!