Good Morning, Quilters!
Welcome to another episode of Open Line Friday—Everyone Asks and EVERYONE Answers....
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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 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.
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!)
Both are mechanical pencils and are easy to see and to erase.
When I’m drawing straight lines with a ruler or stencil, The Clover Chalk Wheel is really fast and convenient.
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!
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