Read the instructions!

There are some things that I think I know so well that I don’t need to read the instructions. As it turns out, I’m usually wrong. Batting is a case in point.

I have a small quilt to hand quilt and I decided to try silk batting from the Tuscany Collection made by Hobbs. It has a reputation for being easy to needle which sounds good to me. I did read the instructions before basting and I learned that I need to use cool water and little-to-no agitation when washing, and to NEVER DRY IT IN THE DRYER!!! FYI: Wool batting needs to be handled in the same way.

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget which batting I put in a quilt. That is just one reason why laundering information should always be included on the documentation patch. I may not always own this quilt and whoever ends up with it needs to know how to wash and dry it.

In addition to the laundering information, there are instructions in the chart that are  important. For example, I would not have thought to test the batting for use with dark fabrics. I suspect that it could beard with some fabrics and I’d want to test it before using it in a quilt.

I am looking forward to seeing how this batting differs from the cotton batting I’ve been using. I’ll let you know when I know more. Until then, keep reading those instructions :-).

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Show and Tell

Mary Wade sent me this photo of her quilt and the story that goes with it. It’s so nice to see another wonderful version of the Hexie Garden quilt! Thank you, Mary, for sharing it with us—and congrats on the blue ribbon!

My quilt guild had its show this past weekend and I entered my version of your quilt pattern, Hexie Garden. I received a first place ribbon. I used all Kaffe fabrics. It was a fun quilt to work on.

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Wednesday Giveaway

Connie Hendryx is this week’s winner. She won a set of pink Yazzii Craft Pockets. I love how these zippered pockets keep my notions organized when I travel! This set has 3 individual pockets, 1 each in 3 sizes.

They look a little red in the picture… they are pinker than that.

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You can always find this and more at pieceocake.com!

Wednesday Giveaway

Kathleen is this week’s lucky winner. She will receive a Free Hugs coin purse—because who doesn’t love free hugs?! Congrats to Kathleen!

Click here if you would like find more of these very cute, very useful zippered pouches at pieceocake.com.

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I’ll be back next Wednesday with another Giveaway. Happy stitching!

Tension is a tug-o-war…

I had the opportunity visit with Jean Impey at the Utah State Quilt Fest. I’m not sure how this came up, but she told me something that she learned from Libby Lehman back in the day. It relates to an article written by Bob Purcell at Superior Threads that you can find here: https://storage.googleapis.com/vw-superiorthreads/docs/tug-of-war-diagram.pdf

Imagine a machine loaded with pink thread on top and blue thread on bottom having a tug-o-war match. The number of people on the pink ‘team’ is represented by the number on the tension dial.

When the tension is correct, all is well. But what if the pink thread is being pulled too much to the back of the stitch? You need more people on the pink team to pull that thread up. You can add them by moving your top tension to a higher number.

If you see blue thread pulling to the top of the stitch, it means that the pink team is pulling too hard… it has too many team members. Turn the tension to a lower number.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle to remember which way to turn the tension dial. This helps a whole lot. Thank you Libby, and Jean, for sharing the perfect way to remember!

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Image by Anna Samoylova, #535880, Unsplash

 

Show and Tell…

Barbara Whipple made this quilt from our book, the Best-Ever Applique Sampler. She spent nearly two years making it. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted an she said that she thoroughly enjoyed the process. I love the bright pops of color, especially the red!

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Barbara entered her quilt in her guild’s annual quilt show recently and won second place against some very stiff competition. Way to go, Barbara!