When I was at the AQS show in Grand Rapids in August I spent some time visiting with the Hobb’s Batting Rep. I decided to give Silk Batting a try. I know I don’t need another project but I just felt like a change so I started last night.
She gave me a throw size (60″ x 60″) . I want to know several things about it before I commit to a full quilt. I want to know how it needles, how it washes and dries, how it feels, how it drapes, does it beard…etc. The label tells some things, but you can never tell for sure how you will like it until you try
I didn’t want to put a lot into a top in case I don’t like it so I decided to do just a plain whole cloth.
First I tack the backing to the floor with thumb tacks
then lay down the batting and smooth it out
Teddy doesn’t try to help with this part, just watches
Next I put on the top and smooth out
Then add pins ( I used 72 pins for the 60 inch square )
I didn’t do any marking before hand, and I don’t have a set design in mind, so I put it in the hoop, took a pencil and did a free-form feather. I will do a bunch of these all intertwining over the entire quilt. I am using #8 perle cotton, and a #5 embroidery needle. I am doing about 6 stitches per inch.
So far I like it. It is so easy to stitch. It is very thin so I don’t think I would like it for all quilts, I like loft on some, but for a thin quilt it seems perfect. I will know more after I wash it, but for now I will say it is the easiest to needle batting that I have ever used. so far so good! More to come as I progress.