New Batting – New Quilting Sample

Good morning,

The weather has turned a bit cooler in the past few days, but it’s supposed to get nicer again by the end of the week.  I can’t believe it’s mid-September already … and that means that I am getting ready to leave for Nova Scotia.  Almost 2 years in the making, and the day has come, so of course I am madly getting ready …

If you are taking the class with me at Pictou Lodge next week … a bit of a spoiler as I am showing here something I’m making for the class.  A bit extra as the class is three days long.  I decided we need a break from the monotony of sewing blocks together – although there are lots of those to be sewn – and the break will come as short free-motion machine quilting tutorials and practice sessions – here and there throughout the day for those who’d like to join me.

And for that, I decided I needed a few new samples with new batting.  The one I started working on on Monday around 9:00 p.m. is quilted using American Spirit Luxury Blend Batting from Fairfield.  It is 50% rayon fiber from bamboo and 50% natural cotton.  It is lovely to work with.  A light summer weight batting that is supple and soft.  No need to pre-shrink, although the Fairfield website gives you all the information on how to “wash” it if that’s what you’d like to do before you use it.

I am using a piece of pink silk for the top, and a multicolored mini polka dot cotton for the backing.  The thread is soft grey – Rayon from Wonderfil for the top, and a pre-wound DecoBob bobbin which works like a charm.

Here are a few photos.

Feather and background quilting
Feather and background quilting
Detail of feather quilting
Detail of feather quilting
Another detail of the feather and some echo quilting
Another detail of the feather and some echo quilting

I did some more quilting last night when I got back from dinner with friends.  I worked on more background quilting.  I am hoping to finish the piece tonight and I’ll post more photos once it’s all done.

In case you are wondering, it’s not a large piece, about 16″ square?

Well, that’s it for today.  Have a good day and keep quilting.



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