Choosing the Right Batting for Your Quilt | Quilted Joy Clubhouse February 2020


hi welcome thank you so much for joining
me here in the clubhouse meeting for February 2020 I I’m gonna wait a little
bit and let some people kind of filter in and and join us for our live meeting
I’ve got a lot of great things for you to look at today and to share with you
and I’m just so glad that you chose to spend a little time with me so thank you
thank you for joining us we we’re so fortunate to have such a great community
of quilters that join us each month as well as participate in our Facebook
group there the Quilted Joy Clubhouse on Facebook so I just really appreciate
you spending some time with us do we have folks coming in I know that
Rachel’s looking at everybody so if you would just say hi and tell me where
you’re from it’s always fun to see all the different cities and states from
around the world represented for folks who watch who watch our live Clubhouse
meeting hi Shannon Michelle hi Linda boy that’s
really that’s far-flung Washington to New York and Idaho
awesome thank you guys so much for joining me I really appreciate it. Today we are going to look at a few things but first I kind of wanted to
bring you guys up to speed on what’s been going on in my little world so I
was we didn’t have a clubhouse meeting in January and I was actually getting
married in January well the end of December and then we went on honeymoon
so I wanted to share with you some photos from the ceremony because I think
you’ll get a kick out of them so the first one I’m going to show you these
are this is my husband Wade and these are our kids so the children next to me
are my triplets and they are 20 years old and then Wade has two lovely
children and that his daughter is 21 and his son is 15 and so we really had a
wonderful time there on top of a mountain in Waynesville outside of
Asheville North Carolina we had an Airbnb that we rented and it
had a big fire pit out in front that overlooked all these mountains and we
had the ceremony there around the fire pit it was sixty degrees if you can
believe that so it was just absolute perfection
we just really focused on having the kids support us for that day and had
family around us as well so and then these were all done by our photographer
Tracy Waldrop and if you’re looking for a photographer in that area I recommend
her she did a great job um here’s the photo that she took of us in our little
Adirondack chairs with our champagne and don’t you love the quilts hanging on the
back of the Adirondack chairs so that was the view out of the window and it
was just absolutely gorgeous so we were up there with the children for five days
I think it was then we came back to back home and we had a reception in the house
and then we took off for Mexico and left the children behind and just had a nice
a nice honeymoon there in Mexico so it was wonderful and I did miss you guys
but I just really look forward to all the things we’re gonna bring to you for
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tidbits that we found around the web that we think you would also enjoy
taking a look at so today we are going to talk about batting and there’s so
much I mean I could talk about batting for a very long time but I want to just
kind of go over how you choose the right kind of batting for your quilt and we’re
going to talk about loft we’re gonna talk about fiber types and we’re going
to talk about density level of quilting as well and I want you to know that we
do have a Learning Center on the web site on the Quilted Joy website and that
is where we post articles and information that I think you’re going to
find helpful and so there’s a whole series on batting as well there in the
Learning Center so I really you to kind of dig through some of those
articles I think that you’ll get some inspiration and some background
knowledge and kind of grow your skills in that way as you get to learn the
elements that go in your quilt and how they influence the final product so
we’re gonna talk about batting so I’ve got some batting here to show you and
this is one of the things that we have in the shop so Melanie our quilt fairy
she actually quilted samples with all these different batting’s and then bound
them and washed them so that we could get a sense of what they look like washed
and I tell you that the character of batting utterly changes when you wash it
so I highly encourage you to just go through this process with the batting’s
that you are kind of playing with and considering so cut off a hunk of batting
and just do a wide-open little meander on it and then bind it and stick it in
the washer and I think you’re gonna find not only does the characteristics come
out so that you can determine which one’s which look is at what you’re after
because some quilts you want them to be snugly and and you want the drape to be
nice and close to you but other quilts if they’re gonna go in the wall you may
want them to hang very square and very a little more stiff stiff probably isn’t
the word but I have a little more body to them and structure to them than
something that’s super snugly so just for example let’s take a look at this
one this one is a cotton and it’s a thicker cut it’s a deluxe cotton and I
want you to notice how when you wash it it kind of shrinks up a bit it gives you
that shabby chic look and so that kind of vintage look may be exactly what
you’re after it’s certainly very snuggly it is a heavier quilt we have found here
in the shop that there’s a lot of quilters who are looking for a little
heavier weight of quilt lately and that thicker cotton with extra with all the
shrinkage gives them that look so that is one I would not use for ruler work or
any kind of structured geometric quilting because of that shrinkage it’s
going to kind of take away from your ruler work but it’s perfect for quilts
that you want to have a lot of texture to so I just kind of want you to notice
kind of how it looks as it’s shrunk up versus say this cotton bat which is much
flatter so it doesn’t have as much shrinkage because it was a lower loft
now when we say loft we’re talking about how you know thick the batting is how
high the batting is so this is a lower loft still cotton but it does shrink up
it just doesn’t have as much of that shrinkage that the deluxe cotton did and
then the next one that I want to show you is a blend and so this one is 80%
cotton 20% polyester so it has a little bit of shrinkage but it still has some
nice structure to it and I like this one it gives me a nice drape I enjoy this
particular batting it’s a great one for utilitarian quilts especially here’s a
polyester what a polyester one so it has more loft and a polyester bat I
generally use for t-shirt quilts so something that’s already got you know
interfacing and it’s got you know t-shirts and can have all sorts of
things on them and so a polyester bat will allow me to quilt much further
apart than say a cotton bat would so I can get the quilt done more quickly so
when you look at the package on your batting it’ll tell you how close your
stitching needs to be to keep the integrity of the bat but what it can’t
tell you is how you feel about the snuggliness of the quilt the drape of the
quilt once you wash it so this is a great exercise to go through here’s one
that is a blend of wool and cotton which has a very nice drape to it it’s much
lighter weight than a cotton or even a cotton polyblend would be and you and it
has it has a nice snuggle feel to it but still has some loft as well and we also
have a hundred percent wool generally when we do 100% wool we layer that with
another batting so when we talk about the integrity of the batting especially
on a stand up machine especially on a longarm machine there’s a lot of
straightening and tugging and pulling that happens as you quilt so the way to
kind of audition and see whether a batting may work for you say if
quilting for others and they bring you a batting and you’re not familiar with it
one of the things I would do is I would give it a little shush a little closer
sure so I would just kind of give it a little Juche with my fingers and see if
it leaves the imprints of my fingers so see how it left kind of the humps the
humps of my fingers there so what that tells me is that as I quilt as I adjust
adjust the batting I’m gonna create thin spots and thick spots in this batting as
I kind of give it and give it a pull and give it a tug so this is not a batting
that has the integrity I need for longarm quilting it may be perfect for
sit-down quilting where I’m not doing as much ruching but for standup quilting
I’m gonna be kind of adjusting this a lot so this particular bat is one if I
had a customer say bring this to me I would say you know let’s hold on to this
for your projects you’re gonna do on your domestic machine but for my long
arm machine let’s get something that’s got a little more body to it a little
more integrity to it that’ll will put up with my small bit of abuse that I’m
gonna put it through so this is a good example these are different um I’m gonna
get it close to the camera here so that you can see so these are the different
lofts and you can really tell visually the thicknesses of the different
batting’s and each of these is going to quilt up slightly different each of
these is gonna wash and give you a drape that’s slightly different each of these
is gonna give you a weight to your quilt is slightly different so I really
explore batting’s it’s one of the things that people don’t put a whole bunch of
thought in but it it does impact your end product directly and one of the
things to look for when you look for batting is for scrim and I prefer
getting batting that has a scrim to it and so it’s hard to tell exactly where
that scrim is sometimes so I’ve got a piece of batting here one of the ways so
scrim by the way it’s a it’s like an organza or a tool it’s a polypropylene
mesh that they put on one side of the batting and that side of the batting
that has the the polypropylene mesh kind of acts as a fence or a gate it’s what I
would put against my backing fabric so that when I poke it with my big ol
needle I’m not gonna pull take the chance of pulling that batting
through the backside by the way if you do see batting getting pulled through
the backside it could be that you’ve got your batting upside down where you have
the scrim against the quilt top instead of the quilt back but I could also just
be a dull needle and you just need to put a fresh needle in because you’re
poking through that batting with a with a burr or something on the end of the
needle so sometimes you can’t really tell where that scrim is but one of the
things you can do is you can either visually look one side will look like a
pilly sweater and one side will look like dimples and the way to remember it is
the pimples that pilly sweater side we don’t want to see pimples so we will put
pimples against the backing fabric and dimples we want to see so dimples would
go against the quilt top when you’re loading it on your frame another thing
you can do is if you have a fine pin you can actually push through on each side
of the batting and you can really feel it’s just a little harder to go through
on the side that has the scrim you’d have to use a skinny a skinny needle but
sometimes you can feel it if you can’t see the pilly sweater side the pimply
side you can’t see the dimple side just poke with a pin sometimes you can feel
it that way and then I’ve got a couple of batting’s here to show you this is a
cotton wool blend which is a really interesting batting to me in that it has
some nice loft it has a good drape and it but it’s lightweight so I’ve been
playing with that batting one of my quilting heroes loves this batting and
so I’ve been playing with it too this is another fun one this one is a recycled
bat so it actually it’s made from two-liter bottles and it has very nice
integrity and it quilts up great it holds itself together well I like this
batting a lot and then a batting that we’ve been using for our beginning
FreeMotion sit-down quilting classes is this one this one is a double sided
fleece fusible batting and so especially for our beginning longarm our beginning
sit-down free motion quilters they need something that they’re not gonna
have to fight with the basting they’re not gonna have to pay attention to where
like pins are and I really don’t want the spray basting I’m not a super fan of
spray basting I just don’t want that around me so this one though really
holds up well and surprisingly it’s got wonderful loft
here’s here’s the sample for that we use for our free motion sit-down quilting
class and so this one’s been washed and it just has this lovely feel to it once
it gets washed when you’re quilting with it initially when you when you you know
fuse it to your quilt top and your quilt back it has some strength to it it has
some stiffness to it which makes it easier to maneuver under the needle when
you’re doing free motion but once you wash it oh it just it has this wonderful
drapey feel to it so it’s a great one for for projects that you’re gonna do
on a sit down domestic especially because you can fuse
that and not have to worry about spray baste or pins to get in there so
hopefully that was helpful to you like I said on the the whole topic of batting
is a huge topic to cover so my encouragement to you is to play and to
try something on getting you know do different baby quilts and wash them and
really see how they feel to you because it’s can be a very personal personal
choice so um if you have any questions or you want to do a shout out you know
let me know you might um you know you could shout out like what your favorite
batting is what you prefer over there in the comments we’d love to know you know
your thoughts on batting as well so any any questions that popped up hi Michelle yes so it’s that pilly sweater side it
looks like a pilly sweater if you can’t see it if you can’t tell poke it with a
pin because many times you’ll feel it and be sure it has a scrim because of
course there are batting’s out there they don’t have a scrim so you want to
make sure you’re actually looking it’ll be on the package of it if it has a
scrim um so you’ll know because there definitely are ones where you may be
looking all day for the scrim and it just might not be there but poke it with
a pin and you should be able to feel it too um sometimes you can also rub your
hand on it one side feels just a little rougher than the other and that rougher
side is the side with the scrim any other questions that got shout out? good good
alright so I would let’s see so we talked about
going to the Learning Center there on the website to get more information
about a variety of topics we have a articles about thread choosing thread
for different color high contrast quilts we’ve got batting we’ve got information
on piecing there’s all kinds of stuff there for you to explore so I do want to
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are going to take a looky loo tour now alright and we are going to talk to Lynn Martin it’s always nice when we have so many folks who come into the
shop and it’s lovely when they get to become good friends too so I’ve really
enjoyed watching Lynn’s skills blossom and I especially enjoyed taking a look
at her studio so let’s be a little nosy and let’s see how Lynn has her quilting
studio set up hi Lynn thank you so much for joining us
today I really appreciate the time that you’re
taking to kind of show us around and give us a sense of how you’ve got your
studio set up so I really appreciate your time today not a problem so how
long have you had your longarm machine I’ve had this one two years this May. Two
years this May but that’s it’s not your first machine you’ve been longarming
for a little while yes I’ve been lonarming probably about 19 years fabulous
all right if you could turn your camera round if you could flip it so that we
can see your space okay Lovely. We’re in my basement, yes. I really like it, I have a nice big room. you’re in a walkout basement is
that right yep yeah all right so oh there it is oh
so you’ve got a lot of natural light coming in – that’s wonderful yep and and
you’ve got guitars and pianos just in case in the middle of a quilt you want
to rock out that’s right and there’s your machine. yeah so you’ve got it
you’ve got one side against the wall but you’ve got a little bit of room there
behind the machine to stand and right now I see you’ve got sheets do you have
sheets loaded on the machine tell me why I have sheets loaded on the machine
because I just got my Intelliquilter! fabulous
you got your computerized system that’ll drive the machine robotically and
loading up sheets to play whether you’re doing your you’re just playing with your
machine or you’re playing with your computerized system a great way to have
kind of a low stress time to see you know to learn yes yes and I can play and
I can do what I want to and I can design and it’s just a lot of fun fabulous all
right so show us some other areas around the room you’ve got some like where do
you have your thread or your pantograph well here’s my threads beautiful my
friend Liz I saw she had a little corner table so I’m like I have one of those
that’ll help because I didn’t like where I had them yeah and so you’ve got paper
pantos too I see yes so that was before you got your computer yes I have paper
ones and I have groovy boards that I used oh yeah fantastic so you keep those
top of the piano your paper pantograph so you just have them like on a on a
hanger they’re on a pants hanger perfect and so what you just haven’t folded in
half so that they’re not dragging on the floor mm-hmm great all right
and so show me your cubbies so I want to be nosy what’s in your cubbies okay in my
cubbies there’s one empty right there that’s for my hug quilts or my charity
quilts and they’re upstairs coming into your studio next week our guild is and
we’re quilting hug quilts so I’ve got them upstairs to sew the backs all
together so that we’re ready for you next week so that’s why that one’s empty
the next two cubbies they’re my quilts I’m ready to get quilting on oh okay
those are all quilt tops of yours and your mom’s that you’re ready to get
started yep and then I have my books whenever I want to freehand something I
pull my books out use my free motion quilting if I’m designing something
that’s what these are oh I see you blow that I’ve got a little shelf I don’t if
you can see it with the rulers my tools mother always gets me tools so that I
can work on my machine huh um then this is my batting got it I’ve got three baskets of
batting because I have three different kind of battings that I like to work with
I like Hobbs 80/20 uh-huh that goes into any scraps go in that one uh-huh this is
my pure cotton uh-huh and then this where’s my other one Oh down here is my, nope that’s same down here is my poly down. Poly, perfect! Do you get rolls of batting or do you get the packaged batt
I get rolls I buy big huge rolls on the unfinished side of the basement my
husband’s hung them for me so he went into the studs and put a
closet hanger, a v-shaped closet hanger uh-huh and then put – ran a
closet rod through it and hung them on that so I can roll them perfect so you
don’t piece in here correct you just have your longarm machine I just have my
longarm and then this is my workstation this is where I sit and work and if I
have a pantograph I copy it off on to on to what are those things called sheet
protectors uh-huh yep so you can lay them down
and see how yeah great yeah and if anybody wants to know how to
do that we’ve got a video on the Quilted Joy YouTube channel
that shows you how to make how to get a sheet protector and trace your
pantograph so that you have them all in a little binder and you can get them out
and audition them on top of a quilt so it’s a great way to audition designs so
you don’t piece here so your piecing is on a different floor of the house altogether
yes okay so let’s let’s pause it for just a
minute and we’re gonna have you run up and then we’ll pick it up so I want to
see where you piece too Lynn okay on the second floor is that right third yeah
third floor so yeah you get your steps in don’t ya yeah. That’s one way to get your quilting exercise in! I love the door
the fabric collage that you have hanging on the door that’s wonderful yeah I did
that with you yeah all right open the door we wanna see want to see where you piece at so
this used to be a bedroom this was my son’s bedroom I took it over
and turned it pink there you go yes as it should be well I have the chair right here and
you know hand doing hand work sure yeah huh my husband redesigned and you’re not
looking in that because that’s a disaster okay and then you’ve got your machine
there in front of the window that’s one of my machines this is my machine it’s
an embroidery piecing everything machine wonderful. A lot of storage. I have my little ironing table
next to me next to that I have an older machine that I’ve had a really long time
it’s some I use applique invisible applique I’m still out of breath huh I know, we put you through it! yeah my serger is behind that
right and then you have a design wall don’t you I have a couple of design
walls this is one of them this is my latest I’m working on I was working on
today it’s called sew in love by Edyta Sitar oh my goodness how big are those
little star blocks those are lovely yeah no they’re not just don’t look too close
are they like little 4 inch star blocks 6 inch what are they? this right here this block
is three and a half Wow yeah oh it’s super cute but yes that’s and let
me guess it’s gonna be like a king size yes Wow that’ll be beautiful. Every year I pick a quilt my mother
goes to Florida and I pick out a quilt I buy all the fabric and I send her a
block a month and this was the first month she had to do four and she said
how many 1-1/2 inch squares so I have to cut I said 120. Just you wait mom just you wait can
you turn the camera around so we can see your smiling face oh I see that’s where
your cutting station is yeah and it’s it’s really cool because it’s a drafting
table and I’m tall so it comes up really high that doesn’t hurt my back I love my
drafting table for my cutting. Wonderful well if you turn the camera around okay so if
you would tell us three things you would recommend to your bestie they may not
be quilty things they could be something else but what three things would you are
you really enjoying right now um I love my cast-iron enamel pans to cook and
make soups in this time of the year they’re my favorite because they’re
super easy to clean up and you just stick them in there and walk away
um these little seam rippers I think they’re by Kia, Kia, like an eyebrow
pencil huh yeah those I love that and Columbia wool socks I got some for
Christmas and they’re the best I got some wool socks too and they are very
very nice they keep ya snuggly without being sweaty yes yeah very nice well
thank you so much Lynn for showing us around your space you have a lovely lovely
room there to be creative and I really appreciate
the time that you took if folks want to connect with you online where could they
find you um facebook under Lynn’s Quilt Patch and Instagram fabulous thanks Lynn
and we’ll see you around bye. Thank You Lynn thank you for showing us around
your space I really appreciate it um if you want to see that video that
she was talking about where I show you how to audition pantographs on a quilt
top there’s a link in the description we also put a link over in the comments so
that you can copy that down and watch that after our clubhouse meeting I think
it’ll help you so alright it’s time for my favorite things let’s take a look so
I love pre-wound bobbins they speed me up they’re evenly wound there’s more
yardage on the pre wound bobbins than what I can wind with my bobbin winder so I
could just grab them pop them in and go and we have DecoBobs now in the shop
and so we have both the M bobbin size as well as the L bobbin size and what I
really love about these DecoBob pre-wounds is they’re 80 weight 80
weight poly so really skinny it’ll help you with your tension to to have that
nice skinny thread in your bobbin area so that your top thread can really be
the star we also have a variety pack and then of course it’s always nice to have
the color card because then you can more directly match the color so if you’re
looking for a bobbin a pre-wound bobbin to try we do have a couple different kinds
but this is a new one that we have in the shop that I think you’re gonna enjoy
in both the M and L bobbin size so take a look at those and let’s take a look at
a quilt we’ve had a lot of people submit quilts this month for me to choose from
and I have chosen so let’s look at what I would quilt on a quilt if it were my
quilt okay so Pat I chose your table runner I
really love the beauty of all of the colors they just glow and I think it’s
just absolutely gorgeous so I would definitely load this on the frame
horizontally so that I could work on it horizontally and not vertically
obviously because I want to be able to cover as much ground as possible so one
of the things when I start looking at a quilt trying to determine how I would
quilt it is I don’t think about how to make it all continuous first I just try
to come up with ideas and then later try to link them together in a continuous
path so first I was really intrigued by your frames your purple frames around
these Center blocks and so I started thinking about how I would use the
piecing to give me some registration lines so you’re piecing here gives me
the center point of the different corners and then you’ve got three strips
of fabric here so it also gives me the center point along this side so let me
just zoom in a little bit to make sure that you can see this well and let me
just go over here so I I would probably chalk off that center point so that I
knew where I was aiming for and I would grab just an arc or a curved ruler and I
would come do this and then I’m gonna go out to the corner and then I’m just
gonna repeat that so this is how I started thinking about your quilt Pat as
I just started framing this out and I notice when I come in here when I’m
thinking like oh this would be a good place to sneak and do something in these
spaces and sneak and do the next top to this design to this block and then I
could come back and do the bottom half so I’m kind of keeping all that in mind
I’m gonna keep going though so I am sort of thinking about the continuous path
but mostly I’m just trying to get a design that I like so I’m doing these
little bunny hops to frame that out and I finished where I started and then I
started thinking about okay well now I want to go back and I’m just gonna go
back with a frame in this direction so I start just thinking about
how to fill that space and so once I get a frame that I like here I start
thinking about other areas of your quilt but I like the way that this frames out
and again I’m kind of paying attention I’m thinking well you know when I when I
do this bunnyhop into here it would give me a chance to drop into this space to
this black border here which would then give me the opportunity to drop into
this middle portion of your block so I am sort of thinking about where my
little sneaky ways are where my little sneaky places are to kind of drop into different spaces but I’m really paying attention to just how I can frame
out the blocks to make them pretty now I’m gonna zoom out here because I want
you to see let me see if you zoom out and by the way what I’m
using is I get this asked all the time this is just a graphics tablet it’s it’s
I don’t know I maybe spent $50 on it it just turns my mouse into a pen shape so
I can draw on pictures and audition ideas okay so I started looking at your
orange Pat and how your orange really made the strong movement through your
table runner and then it has this complementary kind of blue highway that
goes this way and so I thought well what I’d like to do is whatever I’m doing in
this orange I’d like it to go behind this square and then keep on so I need
something that’s kind of directional to really give myself that flow through
your orange and your blue and one of the things that I like to do and let me just
zoom in here and is there are so many different kinds of feathers but feathers
would give you a way to move through this space pretty easily and since
you’ve got three strips of fabric it also gives me a kind of a center highway
and one of the feathers that I really like is a lettuce leaf feather so I’m
just gonna start out with a curl and then I’m gonna put this it’s like a
molar tooth and then I’m gonna do the next one and I’m just gonna go back and
forth on each side and I’m gonna do a little molar
I’m gonna do this side a little curl and a little molar and then I’m gonna head
back down and as I head back down I’m gonna put a little spine inside each of
my little molar feathers and so then the next one would come out here now again I
haven’t determined yet how I’m gonna connect all these I’ll show you how I
connect them in a minute but I just want to get a sense of whether this
particular style of feather is one that I like and this one is also super
forgiving because there’s so much variation unlike say an Amish feather
where you know if you don’t have it spot on the back tracking and whatnot you can
really tell but this kind of lettuce leaf or molar feather is a nice easy
forgiving plume and the curl also helps so I thought okay so if I can have these
let me zoom back out again if I can have these in the orange going in that
direction and then I could have the blue coming back the other way so they kind
of cross over each other so let’s take a look at that so I need to go one more there we
go so you can see here’s my orange going all the way through that way and then I
would have the blue going through in this direction here so then I started
thinking about all right so I’ve kind of thought about what I would put in some
of these spaces and I’m interested in what I’m gonna put through the center
quarter-square triangle and so I thought well you know if I let me zoom in here
so if I look at this quarter square triangle I really want to kind of add a
secondary frame to it so if I just go with straight lines and I’m not sure of
the size, Pat, of these but if this is a larger than what I it may be larger than
I think and if it is then I would just go in with a second a second line here
to fill that space up and frame that space out okay so remember when I said
I’m sort of thinking about how I’m going to connect all these but I’m not quite
so if i and i noticed that when i dipped
into this space it would give me a chance to drop into this black area and
so i could just do a meander just a really tight little stippling meander
and travel and travel and travel and travel and travel until i got to a
corner and you see now i have a chance to drop in and do the center so that’s
when i thought okay so if i if i am attacking this and trying to find my
continuous path i would first go around all these just like we did and i’m gonna
do this kind of fast so i would go around all these and then on my second
frame my second pass here is where i would drop in travel travel travel
travel travel stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple and this now i’m able to
drop in and do that framing of the center of my block and now i’m back and
now I would stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple or you could
do candied ribbon you could do wishbones like whatever you like stipple is easy
because you can kind of drop in and out of it and you never know that you’ve
left where you started and so I’m back here where I started and now I can just
keep on going just like we did before and you’ll never know that I used this
area here to drop in okay so the other thing is I thought in these little
purple areas is where I would put more of those little lettuce leaf shapes so
I’ve got a little lettuce leaf and I could do another little lettuce leaf and
another little lettuce leaf and then I could drop down and do another little
lettuce leaves a little triad of lettuce leaves would help to pull in the
different spaces of my of my block so let’s just take a look at that so I’m
gonna go so here we go so this shows that frame that we were working on it
shows I’ve got my I’ve drawn in my lettuce leaf my molar feather going on
the orange and then I headed in the opposite direction on the blue and that
will get me to where I need to be so let’s talk about now kind of that path
so now that I kind of have a sorta kind of have
an idea of what I want in each space now I need to actually think about the path
I’m gonna take so let me go back to my original drawing here for Pat and let’s
see so what I thought I would do I don’t think I can undo those let me the eraser
no I think it’ll erase the picture actually yeah so let me just close this
one I’m gonna close Pat’s this one and then I’m gonna open it back up and it
should be gone there we go all right Pat so I thought well I could start right
here and I could just put a little kind of a leaf shape there and then I can go
a straight line here and I can drop in and do that curl that curve that we
talked about and when I reach this point I can come out and do a little leaf here
and then I’m gonna curl I’m gonna bunnyhop to that Center bunnyhop to here
I’m going to keep on going actually but when I reach this point right here this
is my chance to drop in and start to do those lettuce leaves yeah and so I would
fill this in so we saw this before where we do like a curl and then you do a
molar curl and a molar curl and a molar curl and a molar and then I’m gonna head
back down and now I’m back to where I started and I can keep on going here I
am I’m gonna put this little a little leaf shape there and then I’m gonna go
my little curl here this is where I can have the opportunity to drop in and do
my curl and my molar and my curl and my molar and my curl and my molar and then
head back down and now I’m here I’m gonna do a little half curl here sneak
in do that little stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple till I get to that point
and then I can go on and frame out the inside of this travel around till I get back to where I started
stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple all the way around all the way
around all the way around all the way around all the way around Here I am back
to where I started now I can go with my half bunnyhop notice I’ve left this
behind right I’m gonna come back because of the direction this feather I don’t
have a way to drop in here very easily so I’m gonna have to pick that up later
there’s to the next one notice I didn’t drop into this blue
because the blue is travelling in this direction and then I’m gonna head out to
here now if I kept going I would end up where I started and I have to break my
thread so any I’m just gonna do the top side of these as I travel down and then
when I finished I’ll complete and do the bottom side I’m going to travel over
here I’m gonna do that little triad of feathers that we talked about before
little triad of the lettuce leaves and now I sneak in and now I just start over
again so this is the same deal except now when I hit this center mark I can
sneak through and I can do my little lettuce leaf curl lettuce leaf curl
lettuce leaf and fill up this space so I am paying attention to the direction of
these feathers head back down the spine and here’s my little leaf there and
remember I can’t drop in here because this leaf this feather is headed in this
direction and I would keep on going until I got back to where I started head
in this way stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple and we’re back
this should all be familiar to you stipple stipple stipple stipple stipple
stipple stipple stipple till I get to where I start I just left off and head
back around when I reached this point I can drop in here and start to pick up
these so there’s little superhighways there’s little like portals that I’m using to
drop into areas and spaces and kind of kind of hide my travel
there may be places though where I’m just kind of forced to break my threads
and that’s okay and then I would head here and I’d do my little triad of leaf
so you see how I’m leaving one half of the frame around the blocks empty
because I’m gonna pick them up later so now I’m ready to drop in here and I
would keep on going and then when I get done so let’s say that I’m done so let’s
say this is the end here then I would come back and I would start to do this
half to complete it okay let’s look at the
final version because I think that I’ll help you kind of make sense of what its
gonna look like so there you go Pat so when I got done any time I can sneak
through like right here and let me zoom in so that you can see so anytime I
could sneak through and get my curl and my little molar I took the opportunity
as long as it was going in the correct direction and then I snuck back through
and kept on traveling and then when I get to the end there was this one little
pick up that I had to do so I would leave the surface the quilt travel down
do this one little pick up and then we still had this one little pick up on
this side which is where I started probably could have done that first and
gotten out of the way and then traveled down here and started this whole thing
but hopefully now you see the path I would have taken and how I would pull
out the strong movement of your orange the strong movement of your blue and
have them kind of travel in opposite directions and then frame out those
purple purple diamonds so I hope ya like it Pat I think it’s beautiful I’m
guessing that you probably dyed all of that fabric yourself too Pat is a great
fabric artist that is always fun to see what she is working on so we have a lot
of quilts that have been posted in the clubhouse and I tell you what the
clubhouse is just the most welcoming just the most wonderful quilters I do
hope that you’ve joined us over there on Facebook in our Facebook group and they
post people post the quilts that they have finished so let’s take a look at
our Show and Tell from quilts that have been posted in the clubhouse all right
so we’re gonna – this is also quilt drooling so let’s take a look at what’s
what people have posted in the clubhouse that they have finished
um Amy, Amy posted this one she has so much fun with all of the free motion
here and what I really love about Amy’s work is how she didn’t get intimidated
by all of that negative space she’s got curling feathers she’s got structure to
her her flowers so if you look at the backside of her quilt you’ll see that
her flowers have a lot of ruler work that really gives some structure to that
rose but the rest of it is just this playful
you can tell she had a great time just kind of flowing through her quilt great
job Amy and Cheryl said that she picked up this panel and I’m a huge fan
of panels they give you a great place to play and she made this wall hanging
that her husband loves and she just stayed true to the landscape and the
realistic representation of those birds the Cardinal birds and the winter scene
so great job Cheryl Diana did this lovely design in her sashing and it
frames out she framed out the the embroidery and I did want to point out
some people get all bunched up when they think about these cross stitch quilt
tops that we get in I want you to notice that she quilted over the cross stitch
and it’s beautiful it’s lovely I’ve done this before myself choose something
that’s got a skinnier thread and you can go right on top of it and it enhances it
it does not take away from it wonderful job Diana Athina did this one with all
the little gnomes I thought this was so cute I really liked the little little
mushrooms and just simple meandering and just simple X’s in those patches on the
outside border a really great job Athena and Kim you did such a great job she
said that this was the first time that she had used really work in her borders
and had done a real complicated border design there and I just I’m so glad Kim
that you jumped off that cliff and took a chance I think you did a wonderful job
framing out this quilt and I love how you created these secondary designs
where your quilts the blocks came together you created these kind of
on point squares that happen very nice job Kim and if you have a quilt that you
would like to share with a group I would love to see it you may be watching this
on YouTube we do simulcast this both on YouTube as well as on our Facebook group
but if you join the clubhouse you can post photos and comment and see what
other people are working on you will enjoy all the quilters that gather there
in the clubhouse we’re just so appreciative of our little group that
we’ve been able to put together there so thank you so much for joining us if you
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program is on Wednesday March the 4th at 1 o’clock Eastern and we’re going to talk
about ways to draw feather spines so that undulating curve how do you get
that undulating curve and we looked at those molar feathers today as a fun
plume that you can put on it but we’re gonna look at how to actually make that
curve in next month’s program and do join us on social you’ll find us on
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