I’ve been busy!

I have begun this year’s project – I’ve cut the pieces for 4 quilts. That’s all the further I’ve really been able to get. But I’ve been busy on other things….

I was going to speak at the Ft. Worth Quilt Guild in June, but was asked if instead I could come in February, to which of course, I responded a resounding YES. This, despite not having the presentation written yet, nor any of the quilts quilted. uh oh?

Nope, not for this girl. The actual presentation isn’t all that complicated. I just needed to get my notes from my brain onto paper in an order that people will understand what I am trying to convey. Then I’ll need to practice and time myself. But for now, I wanted to make sure the quilts were quilted. Mostly for their preservation and partly for my sanity (no one wants to see the backside of my quilt tops, believe me).

So I’ve been quilting them. AND… I’ve been using different battings every time. I have 2 more to go.

I had to special order a few of the batting types, as I don’t normally carry some of the brands and densities of cotton I wanted to use, but I’m almost there.

I thought I would share some photos of what I’ve completed!

January:

January overview, quilted

January overview, quilted

I used a poly cotton blend in this one. LOVE how it turned out!

February contains Quilters Dream Supreme Cotton (their thickest density):

February quilted, overview

February quilted, overview

Here’s a close up of the all over curls:

February all over curls

February all over curls

March, containing Hobbs cotton batting:

march overview, quilted

march overview, quilted

and a close up, just a simple meander:

close up march

close up march

Aprils quilt had issues, meaning I didn’t differentiate enough with the color values, which is what caused this to look like crayon box vomit rather than a distinguished pattern. So I just quilted it in a pattern I seem to love doing now, and the back looks REALLY cool! This one contains Hobbs black poly batting:

april overview, quilted

april overview, quilted

Check out the back of it!!!

back of april, quilted

back of april, quilted

May is not yet quilted. I strung up the back today and it wasn’t large enough for the top, so I used that back for a charity quilt instead and need to put a new back together for May. It will contain Warm & Natural cotton batting.

June contains 100% poly, medium loft:

june overview quilted

june overview quilted

And up close:

June up close, quilted

June up close, quilted

July’s quilt is very similar to June, but because of the lack of alternating blocks I thought the arrows were not as visible. So I quilted it in a meander, much like June’s, but for July’s quilt, I avoided quilting over the arrows:

July quilted overview

July quilted overview

I used recycled polyester batting in July’s quilt. It’s extremely light (like poly) and flat (like cotton). Good for a summer quilt. Here’s the close up:

july quilted close up

july quilted close up

August’s quilt contains a high loft polyester, so I quilted this in a VERY loose meander.

august quilted overview

august quilted overview

Here’s the close up – this thing is soooo puffy:

august quilted close up

august quilted close up

September I used Quilters Dream black polyester. It really is the same feel as Hobbs black poly but much softer to the touch. Once inside the quilt, it feels exactly the same.

September quilted overview

September quilted overview

Here’s the close up:

September quilted close up

September quilted close up

I just loved October’s quilt. I wanted to keep it fun, like the focus fabric, so I quilted it in wavy lines horizontally and vertically, alternating in purple and orange thread! This quilt contains Quilters Dream Deluxe cotton batting, their second highest density cotton:

October quilted overview

October quilted overview

Here’s the back, where you can REALLY see the thread and quilting pattern used!

October quilted

October quilted

November is not yet complete. Tomorrow will be her day.

December about killed me today. I decided to use a wool cotton blend by Hobbs. It quilted beautifully, and feels thin like the cotton. I may use it in Novembers quilt as well, and not quilt it as densely to see how that turns out. Anyway, here is December:

December quilted overview

December quilted overview

December up close quilted

December up close quilted

I quilted the center pinwheels a bit differently to try to make them show up a bit better, which was the whole reason I laid this quilt out like I did in the first place.

This photo shows the sashing and border.

close up December quilted

close up December quilted

But check out the backside!!!!

December quilted backside

December quilted backside

You can see the flower block centers I outlined. This might be my favorite…

OR, January might be my favorite! This is quilt #13, BONUS :). For a presentation, these folks aren’t going to be able to see me hold up a photo in a magazine that helped inspire this project, so I made this quilt to help with my display. Here it is quilted:

January quilted overview

January quilted overview

This one has Hobbs Silk batting. It had a lot rougher feel than I anticipated, but drapes nicely. Here is the close up:

January quilted close up

January quilted close up

So, as you can see, I’ve been busy. Doing my most favorite thing on the planet!

Happy quilting my friends! Don’t forget to check out my website for more photos and inspiration! www.charmingprintsquilting.com. XO, maria

 

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4 thoughts on “I’ve been busy!

  1. After trying them out, do you have favorites for either ease of quilting or the feel afterwards? I do not like Hobbs 80/20, or thin cotton battings at all. I suspect I’d like something that is more evenly blended between cotton and poly, but I’m not sure what that would be. Wool feels marvelous but I think it isn’t easy to quilt… What I’ve settled on is Warm’s Soft & Bright poly. It’s very easy to quilt, very durable (great for family and donation quilts that will be washed a lot), has nice loft, but … I don’t love everything about it, either. It’s just a little stiff, or something. Slightly more drape would be nice.

    • Hi Melanie – I personally strongly dislike 100% poly, but have always favored more natural fibers. Wool is quite easy to quilt with, it’s just pricier. The silk was same – easy to work with, more costly. They seem to have a good drape. If you can find it, bamboo has a GREAT drape to it.
      I would say Hobbs cotton is as thin as Quilters Dream Request (thinnest of their 4 cotton density options). QD battings are ALL nice and quilt well. They feel more like Warm & Natural, and Pellon is very similar to that. I’d say those (W&N, QD and Pellon) are my favorites, although I mostly use Hobbs because it is most cost effective and folks in Texas don’t want their quilts too warm.

      • Thanks. I’ve not like the Hobbs cotton I’ve used, as it is too thin to suit me. I’d like a little more body and loft. I haven’t tried QD, but if it is similar, I doubt I would like it, either. I buy batting by the roll as I quilt a lot and find it more cost effective, and I don’t want to chase down one batting at a time. I float my tops and batting on my frame, which may be why I found wool more difficult. Because of its resilience (is that the right word) it wants to spring back, so I’ve found it hard to get a consistent layer of it, not bunched up. Does that make sense?

        Thanks for your answer. I appreciate you’ve a lot of experience with the various types.

      • I TOTALLY understand everything you’ve said! Yes Hobbs is very thin. QD has 4 thicknesses on their cotton, the thickest is REALLY thick. They do offer it by the roll as well (I use roll also, same reason 🙂 ). I understand on the wool, as I float my top and batting as well, which is why I don’t like the polyester – it is so slick it just moves all over the place. The silk stayed put, and pellon cotton stays put, as does W&N, which are thicker cottons.

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