Open Line Friday–What’s YOUR Choice of Batting

Batting, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to another episode of Open Line Friday—Everyone Asks and EVERYONE Answers....

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GOAL FOR 2017

One of my goals for 2017 is to experiment with batting–which coincides with several questions we received this week.

For the past several years I have settled on two favorite batts:  Wool and 100% cotton.

I love wool for it’s loft, drapability, hand, and how well it washes.  (Read more about my Twin Daughter’s College Quilts HERE)

I use 100% cotton whenever I want a flat, smoother quilt–for example, it’s perfect for the Tuesday Tutorials.

Perhaps it’s time for me to expand my horizons a little…so I’m turning to YOU, Gentle Reader…

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BATTING AND WHY?

I will use this list to start collecting, experimenting and creating samples.

Batting, Machine Quilting

BATTING AND STITCH DISTANCE

One thing to note about all batting is how far apart the quilting lines can be.

This information is found directly on the package.

You may quilt closer than the manufacturer’s recommendation, but if you quilter farther apart, there’s a good chance the batting will clump up when it is washed.

Quilt Marking Pens

MARKING TOOLS/CHALK

I am frequently asked about my marking tools.

My go-to marker is the Dritz Chalk Cartridge Set

Chalk is easy to see, easy to erase and it doesn’t break easily. (Thank you to those who pointed out that some chalk markers have wax in them as well–making them more difficult to remove!)

If I need a finer line, I like the Fons and Porter Ceramic Pencil or the Sew Line Ceramic Pencil

Both are mechanical pencils and are easy to see and to erase.

Quilt Marking Pens

When I’m drawing straight lines with a ruler or stencil, The Clover Chalk Wheel is really fast and convenient.

Quilt Marking Pens

SAMPLES, SAMPLES, SAMPLES or THERE’S NO CRYING IN QUILTING….

All marking tools should be tested on every fabric to be sure they will come out…

We all know it’s the fastest way to bring a quilter to tears!!!

What about YOU?  What is YOUR favorite marking pen or batting?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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Autumn POP Quilt

POP Quilting, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Yesterday we talked about Pop Quilting-– a term I use to describe the machine quilting technique of alternating high density quilting with areas that are unquilted.  The areas that are unquilted become a focal point.

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I received several requests to show the entire quilt–and the weather cooperated…

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This technique works well on print or solid fabrics and is enhanced by using a high loft batting like wool or polyester. (I prefer wool).

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This is a really fun way to add interest to any quilt.

SPEAKING OF FUN…

Halloween with Grandsons…

The Little Lobster:

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And the Adorable Monkey:

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All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the Lobster  (or something like that)…

The Monkey stopped to pull up his sock…

POP!

Lori

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POP Quilting–A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

POP Quilting, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters,

As the seasons change, so do my “Vase Quilts”.  I pulled this OLD quilt from my collection to highlight the colors of my velvet pumpkins.  (Don’t forget to SAVE your pumpkin stems–and check your local pumpkin farmer or nursery for more–tutorial coming soon!)

How old is this quilt?

It is so old…there’s stippling on it…and we all know how I feel about stippling and meandering!

POP QUILTING

A side from the wormlike quilting on it, this quilt is one of my favorites and a good example of  “POP Quilting”.

The shapes that are most noticeable are the circles, squares and lines that are not quilted…they “pop” right off the quilt and become the focal point.

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DRAW ANY SHAPE

In the vase quilt, I filled the blocks with circles and squares and created a stripe throughout the border.

For this technique, draw any shape…

And then heavily quilt around it.

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TO OUTLINE OR NOT OUTLINE

You can straight stitch the outline or you can omit this step.

I have done both ways and both work…though I favor outlining the shape before filling in the background.

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Many motifs work well for this technique…

The Twist

Beginner Loops

Straight line quilting

Even the Motif-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named….

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Try this on YOUR next quilt–it works well on printed fabrics and blocks with a lot of piecing.

How will you POP YOUR next quilt?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Lori Redenbacher