Saturday, August 30, 2014

The "Rules" of Quilting.....

I had a young quilter contact me this week for a batting. And she needed it quickly so i sent it off straight away..

I just heard from her again this morning and she was so discouraged.

She had been into a local quilt shop where she was berated for her choices in thread, binding technique plan, and her decision to not pre-wash..

She was so discouraged, in fact, that she was contemplating whether she should continue to quilt or not...

I was appalled. As a craft, many of us desire to see quilting thrive. And it is seeing a resurgence in those trying to learn the art of quilting.

But, like all crafts, and forms of art, I do not believe there is "one right way" to quilt. And I do not think we will attract young quilters who may be able to learn some of the intricacies of quilting when we approach them with the "rules" from the past.

None of her choices were going to "ruin" her quilt, her machine, or most importantly, the gift of love she was offering to someone in this quilt.

To encourage the love of the art, perhaps as shop owners, we ought to embrace that our jobs are just encourage "art" the way the creative person is envisioning. I am not saying we cannot offer helpful pointers about getting good cuts, or angles or strip piecing..But when we offer "our advice" without being asked, we are simply trying to assert our "right way" over someone else's idea..

I have no time for that. The world is already full of people who are discouraged at every turn. If you cannot lift someone up in their endeavor...well, maybe quiet is the answer..

Wishing you a happy quilting day,


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Quilters Dream Batting Primer!

Wow! To say my blog has been long neglected

would be a gross understatement. 

Here I am though-ready to start fresh!

This photo is of the amazing Cotton Stuffing

 produced by my friends at Quilters Dream 

Batting.  They do not sell directly to consumers

but through quality quilt shops both online

and storefront. Having used all the battings 

available here in the US, they are,  hands down, 

my favorite. The quality is ALWAYS there and 

they have the most amazing customer support 


On to the useful information-I am often asked 

which battting to use for a given project.

The choices can be overwhelming. There are 

cottons, polys, poly blends with cotton, silk, 

wool, recycled green battings, and midnight 

black poly battings. These days there are even 

battings with fusing attached to make projects 

super easy.

People often believe that the choices reflect the 

quality of the batting. With Quilters Dream 

Battings, this is not the case. Rather, the choices 

represent the weight of the lofts.

Each of the battings listed below is connected to 

a link on the Quilters Dream site that may have 

additional information you may find useful.

All of the quilters dream products can be 

purchased on my site through this link: Quilters 

Dream Battings.

For example, Cotton comes in 4 Lofts:

request-this is the lightest, thinnest of the lofts 

available. This weighs about 3 oz/square yard 

and is 1/16" thick.

select-this is the mid loft batting. This weighs 

about 4 oz/square yard and is 3/32" thick.

deluxe-the loft becomes noticeably heavier here. 

This weighs 6 oz/square yard and is 1/8" thick.

supreme-this is the thickest of the cotton lofts 

and weighs  8 oz /square yard and is 3/16" 


Polyester Battings:

Available in 3 lofts-

request-this has the same thickness and weight

 as the cotton request.

select-this has the same thickness and weight as 

the cotton select.

deluxe-this has the same thickness and weight

 as the cotton deluxe.

Quilters Dream Puff Batting-A fluffy light 

batting. This batting comesin only one weight 3 

1/2 oz/ square yard and is 1/3" thick.

Quilters Dream Midnight Poly Batting (Black)-

This now comes in only one loft-select and 

weighs 4 oz/ square yard and is 3/32" thick.

Quilters Dream Angel Battings-100% flame 

retardant fibers-This is available in two lofts:

request-which is 1/16" thick and weighs 3 

oz/square yard

select-which is 3/32" thick and weighs 

oz/square yard

Quilters Dream Orient (a personal favorite of 

mine)-this is available in only one loft-select 

and weighs 4 oz/square yard and is 3/32" thick.

Quilters Dream Wool(this is AMAZING wool!)-

this beautiful wool weighs 3 1/2 oz/square yard 

and is 3/8" thick.

Quilters Dream Fusion-This wonderful product 

is available in Cotton Fusion or Poly Fusion and 

in two lofts-Request and Select. The weights

 are comparable to the select cotton with similar 

thicknesses. This is a solvent free 

fusible batting! 

So your choice here is do you prefer cotton

 or poly and thinner or slightly heavier.

Quilters Dream Green Batting-This batting 

sometimes strikes fear in people. (totally 

unnecessarily i might add ). It is made from 

recycled green plastic bottles and it is so soft 

you will be totally stunned. It is the palest of 

green shades and works so nicely in 

any project. Its weight is similar to the request 

cotton, as its thickness.

Quilters Dream Blend Batting-This is a 70% 

cotton, 30% poly blend of fibers and is a delight 

to sew on. This comes in only one loft and 

weighs 5 oz/square yard and is 1/8" thick.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fantastic 

Sweet Dream Stuffing! This product,  made 

from luscious 100% cotton fibers 

is 18" wide and 120"long when unrolled. 

And so concludes today's lesson on battings :) 

Happy Quilting and Sewing!