Sunday, October 12, 2008

Questions

Thank you so much for all your nice comments on my finished quilt for Pim. A few of you have some questions which I would love to answer in this post.

1) How long did it take me to finish the quilting on Pim's quilt?

- I really can't say. It's hard for me to focus on one quilt. I work on a several projects at the same time. Unfortunately during this project I hurt my arm. I had to stop quilting for a while. So it took me longer to finish it. I borrowed a hoop on a stand from a friend to try if it works better for my arm.

2) Leena asked me if I used any lines or tapes when I quilted the center of the quilt.

-No, on this quilt I didn't. I trusted my eye. It isn't a problem to me if a line isn't perfectly straight. Actually if you take a closer look the lines aren't very straight at all :-). I don't like masking tape. When the needle slides along the tape a residue will leave behind then the needle won't slide easily anymore.


When I want to quilt longer straight lines,I love to use a Hera marker.





If the lines won't show up with a Hera Marker, I use these pencils.



3) The batting ...

- Most of the time I use Hobbs 80/20. It's easy for me to get because we sell it at the shop on the bolt. I used it for these quilts.




-I tried some cotton samples I received from Bonnie. One is so nice for minis, Very soft and thin. I don't know the name of it. Hopefully Bonnie will remember.


- I do have a note on the 100% organic Hobbs. It was very hard to quilt but I love the result! After washing and drying the quilt it's looking very very antique, with more structure as the other cotton battings.




- I have a few 100 % cottons in my stash which I haven't used yet. Like Dream cotton Request and another 100% cotton from Hobbs. I will let you know about my experience with these battings

- I love 100 % wool. The needle is sliding through the batting almost by it self.. It has a lot of texture.




-I don't like polyester batting. I will never use it again. To me it doesn’t feel nice. I like natural materials better. It gives the antique feel which I’m looking for.

4) Last question: Which quilt do I have in my hoop right now :-) ?


Lucy

38 comments:

judy said...

I love all of your quilts, but especially the star quilt with the purple background. Would there be a pattern available?

Quiltbirdie said...

Your photographs and your quilts are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Connie W said...

Gorgeous quilts! I also use Hobbs 80/20 in most of my quilts.

Francisca R. said...

Hallo Lucy,
Ik heb je blog kortgeleden ontdekt, wat maakt je prachtige quilts! En Little Faithy.....ik heb inmiddels haar patroon opgezocht en besteld.
Leuk om je ervaringen met de tussenvullingen te lezen, heel erg bedankt!
Vrolijke groet,

Lily Boot said...

I truly love your quilts - the quilt draped over the wagon is my favourite - it is the first quilt I saw on your blog. Thanks for sharing your quilting preferences - I too have found the Hera marker and the white charcoal pencil the most effective - but I especially liked that you don't obsess over the lines being straight - and still your quilts are beautiful! Inspiring!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

great post. Lots of great questions, and answers. BEAUtiful quilts!

Terri said...

Bautiful quilts!! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Wonderful quilts! I forgot until seeing your Hera marker, that I have a mini one. Must give it a try. I have a few Derwent chalk pencils. I think they are a little thicker then the one you use. The line is a little wider then I like, but they work great.

SaraRules said...

What a fabulous post! I really loved looking at your quilts, and your beautiful quilting!

I've never heard of a Hera marker before, but it looks like a great tool! I'll have to head down to my quilt shop and look for one!

Judy said...

Oh I LOVE my Hera marker!! After I saw you show yours a while back I started using that to mark and those lines stay crisp and sharp for days!

Thanks for such lovely pictures..it's like a mini quilt show~!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Wonderful pictures with the answers....I've never seen the hera marker before and I think I'll have to look for it.....
In the spring you showed us pictures of bits of a block which made me think of Jacob's ladder and asked if we knew what this was for. Are you still working on that? What was it?

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

a postscript to the above comment...The pictures of the pieces of a block which you said were for your purple quilt (but not the one pictured today) were from your March 3, 2008 entry.

And Lucy, I hope you arm recovers soon and completely! I'm in the middle of physical therapy for a shoulder injury myself. We need our arms!

Elaine Adair said...

Thanks for the very-loved eye candy! The hand quilting is so lovely, I want to reach out and touch! 8-)

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, you're working on that wonderful Big Tulip quilt, I love that one. I just finished a quilt with wool batting, first time I've tried wool, and I love it.

Janet said...

Hi Lucy,
Thanks for answering those questions!! Your quilts are so lovely! I'm off to the store to buy a hera marker. (I've been using tape) I think I should give wool batting a try. Can't wait to see the tulip quilt finished :0)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilts! Very helpful post with lots of information. Thanks for sharing.
Jana from Helsinki

Caron said...

Simply beautiful quilts, Lucy! Your stitching is fantastic. I never thought about using a hera marker... how long will the lines last? I don't have a favorite of the quilts you have shown... they are all stunning!

Heidi said...

Ik moet ook meedere quilts te gelijk maken. Het stimuleert de creativiteit toch? Ik hoop dat je arm gauw beter is. Hobbs is de absolute beste! Vind de Hera marker interesant en moet even kijken als ik eentje kan vinden. Die heb ik nooit eerder gezien.

Hugs en groetjes ~
Heidi

Marisa said...

Lucy, your blog is as stunning as any I have come across in my internet travels. Your photo of your hoop is so pretty, I wish I could sit next to you and quilt for an afternoon. You inspire me, and shame me into taking my hera marker out of moth balls.

Leyla said...

Hallo Lucy,
i love your quilt and your blog.
Compliments!
Sorry but my english is to improve.
Leyla

hetty said...

Loved your little quilt show! I've never heard of a hera marker. I think I want one! Something I will have to look for when I go to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival this weekend!

Miri said...

Beautiful quilts-I'm so glad I found your blog. I too use a Hera marker sometimes but as I hand quilt in a frame I usually use a graphite pencil.

Marilyn R said...

Beautiful beautiful quilts! I will have to give the Hera marker a try sometime. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on different battings.

Donna said...

I discovered the Hera marker this summer in a hand quilting class I took. It's absolutely the most wonderful tool for those straight lines! Your quilts are so pretty.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I"ve been wanting to try the wool. But I"m a quilter's dream kind of girl. The quilts look like old quilts after they are washed and have a nice drape. You'll have to try it! I LOVE those tuplips!

Threeundertwo said...

You do beautiful work, but I'm so sorry you've hurt your arm, hope it's better now.

I love my Hera marker too.

sarahmurray said...

Lucy, your quilts are some of the most beautiful I've seen. You choose such great patterns and put together the fabrics so beautifully. You are truly inspiring! x

Carin said...

Bedankt voor de tip van de hera marker ! Nu nog eens zien waar ze te koop zijn.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Great, informative post, Lucy. You do such lovely work - quilts you displayed are lovely and I remember one or two of them - but as a lazy hand quilter I feel much more inspired by what you shared. Thank you! This post is like a public service. ;)

Malagueta said...

Just amazingly lovely quilts. Your sense of color is so striking. Thank you for sharing!

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Lucy,
I would love it if some day you publish a book of the
quilts in your blog. Your quilts are lovely to see and
the settings inhanse your quilts. I'm sure it would be
a classic.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

What a wonderful tour through your quilts!

julieQ said...

YOur hand quilting is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your quilts...

R.E.II said...

Hello WTZ....Magnificent images! I am intrigued.
Fantastic blog and I guess we share an interest: reading.
I love your blog although it's my first visit here and I would like to visit again if only one can find the way back? Please accept my invitation and lets endevour to stay connected.
Best wishes
R.E.II

Bonnie said...

I love your batting discussion and seeing the results of which quilt used which batting. When I come to visit..you have to SHOW me how you mark with a hera....I have never done it. Do the lines stay a long time?

Bonnie

Lucy said...

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Vero M said...

I am discovering your blog and your quilts and photos are gorgeous !!! Will be back soon.
VĂ©ronique in France

momtofatdogs said...

Lucy
The quilt you show in this post, the 6 pointed star with the purple background, is this a commercial pattern? I would like to make one similar to it!
Thank You !
Sam in Middle TN