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 that..to 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,

barb

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 


staff.



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" 


thick.



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!


Barb