Good Morning, Quilters!
On several occasions I have written about the myth that dense quilting causes a quilt to be stiff. Over and over, I hear or read warnings that quilters should avoid heavy quilting lines on baby quilts or any quilt that should be soft. Have YOU heard that too?
I know this is not true because I quilt very densely on all of my quilts and none of them are stiff.
The quilts shown here are my twin daughter’s college quilts and as you can see, the quilting could definitely be described as “dense”. What you can’t feel is how beautifully soft they are! They are a dream to sleep under!
So why do I keep hearing that quilting causes a quilt to be stiff? Am I missing something?
It is my experience that a quilt feels a little stiff just after the quilt is complete. But that is like putting on a pair of freshly washed jeans in the morning…they are a little stiff as we pull up the zipper, but by the time we are popping the Eggos into the toaster–our jeans are as soft as butter!
I have quilts made with a variety of battings too. My bed quilts are made with wool, cotton or cotton/poly blend and none of them are stiff.
Because I continue to hear that dense quilting makes quilts stiff, I want to get to the bottom of this…
Do YOU have a quilt that is stiff?
Does it remain stiff after it is used/loved?
Do YOU avoid dense quilting for this reason?
Please share YOUR thoughts on this topic!
We’d LOVE to hear!
Happy Soft Quilting!
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