Batting-A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

Annie Smith Applique

Happy Monday, Quilters!

It was a busy weekend here–signing and shipping hundreds of copies of my new book–Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3!  You can still get an autographed copy from my Etsy shop HERE

It was great fun to see so many familiar names!!!

I LOVED reading the notes many of you left with your orders–Thank YOU!

I’ve heard a few of you have found copies at your Local Quilt Shop!  Woo hoo!  Have you started working your way through the motifs?  Are you skipping around?

A BATTING QUICK TIP

Several weeks ago, I was honored to be asked to quilt Annie Smith’s “Love is Spoken Here” quilts.  The quilts are to showcase her appliqué and her 28wt thread collection for Aurifil.

The 28 wt thread is perfect for appliqué–AND perfect for machine quilting! (See Love is Spoken Here thread collections)
Quilt Batting

OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE

As you know, I usually quilt with white thread on  bright color fabrics–so this project was a fun stretch of my skills–and an opportunity to try new things.

One thing I learned….The white batting fibers really showed up on top of the quilt–and it was very difficult to clean.

Next time, I would use black batting for a black background quilt!

Quilt Batting

CONSIDER QUILT TOP FABRICS WHEN CHOOSING BATTING

Cotton batting has dark flecks which may show through on white or very light fabrics.

One side of the batting seems to have more flecks than the other–so just flipping the batting can make  a difference.

Quilt Batting

The other option is to use bleached white batting…

Quilt Batting

My two favorite battings are Warm and Natural cotton for art quilts because it is low loft.

And wool batting (it is washable) for bed quilts.  It quilts beautifully and is as soft as butter with time and use!

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite batting?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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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....

We have nearly 10,000 regular readers of The Inbox Jaunt (can’t YOU help me get to 10,000 by telling YOUR friends about us?)

With that many readers, we have a vast base of knowledge and experience.  Please chime in with what works for YOU and what YOU need help with.

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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How Soft are YOUR Quilts? Open Line Friday

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do you make YOUR bed before or after your first cup of coffee?

Are YOUR quilts soft?

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

The softest quilts in our house are the quilts I made for our twin daughters when they went off to college.

As you can see, they are very, very heavily stitched.

And yet, they are as soft as butter!

Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyIt is amazing to me how many times I have read or heard people say they don’t want to quilt their quilts too heavily because it will cause them to be stiff. Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyThe College Quilts were stitched on Hobbs Heirloom Premium Wool batting and have been abused by throwing them into college dormitory washers and dryers over and over again.

They get better and better the more they are jumped on by the dogs, slept under, washed, dried and generally…..loved!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

So why the myth of heavy quilting and stiff quilts?

Is it like blue jeans–stiff right out of the dryer–and then they get softer as the day goes on?

 

What do YOU think?

Do YOU have any stiff quilts?  What batting did you use?  Are the quilts well-worn or hardly used?

We’d love to hear!

LET’S HELP A READER QUILT THIS!

Laurie sent me this photo of her Kitty Quilt and asked for suggestions how to quilt it.

Kitty QuiltLet’s brainstorm some ideas for her.

How would YOU quilt this?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I think I’ll take a little nap while I consider the options….

Lorizzz

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 or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!