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.