The Quilt Tester / Batting Review


Yesterday I started a quilt using Warm and Plush batting.


I have finished enough of the hand quilting to have formed a preliminary opinion.  It is very different than Warm and Natural.   It is thicker and denser.  It is going to make for a very nice heavy and warm quilt.   I do however find it difficult to hand quilt.    I have pretty strong hands and can hand quilt for hours at a time but with this batting I am finding that I can not get stitches as small as I would like and my hands do get tired.  I broke a needle today for the first time in years.    I will not be able to say for sure if I will use it again until after the entire quilt is finished and washed.   at that point I will be able to decide if the extra effort is worth it.

Here is one block quilted.


The quilting shows better on the back.


Teddy likes this quilt because there are circles for him to sit on.


Happy Quilting




I have been working on so many things at once that I thought it was time to show the antique again.

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I have made good progress….but compared to the very simple big stitching I have done lately this is very slow work.

I still had the last quilt on the floor when I decided to bast then next one.   Teddy took the opportunity to pose on it before I got to work on the next one.

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I always do my basting on the floor.   I start by tacking the backing to the floor


I am trying a new batting.


It is thicker than their other battings and has no scrim.


will see how hard it is to quilt!   I wanted to try it because I really do like the feel of a heavy quilt.

Smooth out the batting over the backing. and then the top goes on top of that.


and now I pin.   Some people pin like crazy….I don’t use very many, 90 for the whole quilt.


It really is very simple and a full sized quilt like this takes less than 30 minutes start to finish.

Ready to give the hand quilting a try. I take out any pins in the hooped area before I start.


Next time I will show the quilting and let you know how the batting is working.

Happy Quilting


Log Cabin Variation Finished


I finished the Log Cabin Variation quilt.    Here is a post about making the top

Here is a post about how I marked the top for hand quilting

Here is a post about the quilting  I started the hand quilting on the 24th. It is a very simple design so it went quickly.  (still over 40 hours, but relatively fast)

After I finished the hand quilting I trimmed the edges.


Here is the back.


I used brown for the binding.   Teddy wanted to help…but he was disappointed when I told him he could only watch.


After Binding was done I washed it and dried it to get out all of my pencil marks.


Washed in the machine on the gentle cycle in warm water with regular detergent with the addition of a few tablespoons of Dawn Dish washing liquid, and dried in the dryer.

The finished size is 60″ x 70″    I love the way the fabrics work together.

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Happy Quilting




I finished the next 1/4 of the hand quilting on the Color Weave Medley log cabin quilt.


Normally I start quilting in the center but for this I am starting in the corners and working in to the center


I think it is looking great….and it is a very simple design so it makes for fast quilting.     I often have people ask how I can quilt so fast.    I think that practice is a big part of it, but I also attribute a lot of it to using a hoop (or frame)    the hoop acts as additional hands, holding the quilt in the perfect position and tension so my hands are free to do the quilting…..I only have to hold the needle , I don’t need to keep readjusting how the quilt is held in my hands.  Without a hoop or frame you can only get a very short segment of quilting done before you need to readjust the entire thing and change your hold on it so you can get the next little segment and so on.   I could not do it without a hoop.

Happy quilting


Log Cabin Quilting


I started working on this quilt in January.   See that post here

The fabrics are P&B Textiles Color Weave Medley


here is the finished top


and here is the post about marking it for quilting

I started the quilting in one corner.


Teddy wanted a hand quilting lesson.


I finished one corner


Teddy is checking our work.


here is the back


3/4 of the quilting to go….

here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting


Finished strip quilt


I finished hand quilting the strip quilt.   I began the piecing in November

After the top was finished I set it aside to work on other quilts and I didn’t start the quilting until March 16.

Here is the post about the start of quilting

Here it is with the quilting finished.


After the quilting is finished I trim off the extra batting and backing.


And add the binding


And as always I wash the finished quilt and dry it.


Here is a close up of the quilting


And here are more pictures of the progress along the way (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy approves.


Happy Quilting


New York Beauty


A Google image search for New York Beauty quilt will show you how popular these quilts are.

My friend Bill Volckening (see his blog here ) has a terrific collection of New York Beauty quilts that spans over 150 years.    He has written a book, due in April, about these great quilts. The coffee table book will have over 300 pages with 70 quilts made between 1850 and present day; all examples and variants of the complicated patchwork design best known as New York Beauty.

I was lucky to have a part in a few of the quilts.   I hand quilted a few of the vintage quilt tops that he collected. remember this quilt?


and this


and this


here is a preview of the contents


I am really looking forward to reading it!   Advanced copies can be ordered here

Happy quilting and reading


Just found out they have more pages to see at this link: