Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brief Update

You may have noticed I've been quiet for the past two weeks...I'm finishing my needlepoint!  It is incredibly close, just a day or two more and it will be there.

In the meantime I read up on machine quilting in preparation for quilting my "Stairway to Cat Heaven" quilt (I finished the top almost a year ago now).  I've got a plan, and today bought the final supplies I will need, namely batting.

Since I'm new to purchasing my own batting, I'm a clean slate as far as preferences for brand, material, etc. I ended up going with the highest loft one I found, because I love fluffy quilts!  It's "Quilter's Dream Puff," 100% polyester, no shrinkage.  I don't like the antique puckered look, so no shrinkage is good.  I also like the brand because normally I buy their "Dream Green," which is 100% recycled plastic bottles (and soft!).  BUT it's super thin, on my last quilt I double layered it and it was still super thin, hence the reason I went with the puff this time.  This one might even end up being too puffy, we'll see.  I will try to go relatively light on the quilting to ensure the quilt doesn't get stiff.  The true test of a quilt's stiffness is whether I can wear it around the house like a cape, which is my favorite pastime. :)

Expect an update in the next week or so with quilt progress and finished needlepoint.  I am planning to assemble this quilt sandwich using a new method involving clamps on the dining table, so we'll see how well it works.


  1. New follower alert! Thanks to the linky party :) Anyway, I just tried Quilter's Dream for the first time. (Cotton, low loft). It's nice. They seem to make good products at a reasonable price. I got a good deal on it at with a coupon (and added some fabric to get the free shipping over $35). I was using warm and white cotton right off the bolt (from Joann's). I like it too. Anyway good luck! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. Love your needlepoint, and following you! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm also a new follower! I found you at the Linky Party! Let me know what you think of that batting. I've never used that one. I always tend to go with more cotton content but not sure if I should be doing that anymore. I started Leah Day's whole cloth project and really liked using wool. Hope to get to know you through your blog!