That’s what I’ve been doing…..so much fun!! As I have mentioned, I have a quilt challenge coming up, due in May. The idea is pretty firmed up (in my head!!!!) but the execution is………well, more firmed up than it was when I got up this morning! I had been waiting on my silk batting from Connecting Threads, which came , so on to the testing. A double layer of batting is what I figured I needed. 80/20 (cotton/poly) would be the base layer with silk over it and, since I had some pieces of wool batting left from a project, I thought I would do a test with each of those. The stitch pattern is a flowing echo pattern that most of you would know as a type of “McTavishing” (my attempt at it, at least!). So, sandwich made, pin-basting completed and off to Ms Sweetie (HQ Sweet Sixteen).
The final piece will be done with dupioni silk and the test pieces are, also, dupioni leftover from a bridesmaids’ group I created when I had my bridal sewing business. Convenient, eh????? Silk is so glorious to sew on and the shiny textured results are “to die for”!!!!!! There are 2 colors in the photo…..a lavender and light blue.
I will say…….the loft with the wool combo is amazing!!!!!! But the huge difference is the ‘feel’ of the finished quilted piece. The silk side is still soft feeling while the wool side has a decidedly stiff feel……great for wallhangings but I’m not sure dense stitching plus that combo would be my preference for a bed quilt. Just an opinion, mind you. I think I will be doing more of the double layer type quilts in the future, though!
The batting is Hobbs brand and I have been very pleased with all of the types I have used (80/20, silk, and wool). The top thread is Aurifil Mako 50 (cotton). I wanted a thread that would not have a shine and disappear into the silk fabric and it does so beautifully!!! The bobbin thread is Connecting Threads Essential Pro polyester. The thread combination is awesome.
Now, on to the actual project. I won’t be able to post this until after May 16th (the day of the event/judging) as some of the gals participating in this sometimes follow my blog. So, I will have to say…….stay tuned…………….. If you would like to see more of the FMQ and McTavishing type quilting, hop on over to Amy’s place and be inspired!!!!!!