I'm holding in my hands, my copy of the book Scraps and Shirttailswritten by my dear friend Bonnie! She did a great job with her book. I LOVE IT. My favourite is Bargain basement. I also love to see the backings of Bonnie's quilts. They are a quilt themselves! Wonderful!
(The big surprise is I have a project in the book too! Lucy's shopping bag :-)
ps. Bonnie's book is available at Irma's Sampler soon. (Haarlem the Netherlands)
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 :-) ?