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

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!

A Quilter’s Palette

Annie Smith

Photo courtesy of Ann Hammel

Good Morning, Quilters!

Remember when you were a kid and you got a new box of Crayolas?

Maybe you were lucky enough to get the 64-pack?!

NOTHING was better to me than a new box of Crayolas…

But I’ve grown up…

In some ways…
Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

As part of my collaboration with Aurifil Designer, Annie Smith, I received her full collection of 28wt cotton thread to use as I quilted her two quilts. (28 weight thread is very nice for machine quilting–it’s heavier and show up well.  Note-The 28wt comes on a gray spool!)

First, I just played with them…lining them up in different combinations on the insert from my thread box.

Then I started to stitch.

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Annie’s quilts are appliqué on black–a new challenge for me.

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Once I got started-there was no stopping me….

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

And there was NO laundry

and

No dinner

and

No dusting (does anyone really dust?)

What about YOU?

Did YOUR love of coloring morph into a love of quilting?

Did you outline your coloring pages before you colored them in?

Do you still color?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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!