This morning I finished basting the Lupines quilt. I decided to try something I haven’t done before: a double batt. I definitely wanted to use wool, but I haven’t been able to find a source for my favorite Matilda’s Own Wool-poly blend batt in the US recently, and I’m hoarding my last batt. So I used Quilters’ Dream Wool which is much fluffier; I fused my top to that.
BUT I was concerned about distortion because of the fluffiness–it just didn’t feel like it would hang well and be stable. Dreamy (pun intended) in a bed, lap or snuggle quilt, but by itself on a densely quilted wall quilt? Not so much. So I took the only cotton batting I had, Quilters Dream Select, and layered that underneath the wool. If I had had Request, the thinnest, I would have used that instead. Finally, spray basted the backing and safety pinned intermittently. I am using up long lengths of print fabric in my stash when they suit the quilt–time to move them along. Will have to dye something to match for facings and hanging sleeve.
I also selected thread yesterday afternoon and this morning.
Things I have learned so far:
- Painting a nonwoven is a good thing. But if that nonwoven is Pellon 65 heavyweight interfacing, it is somewhat like using construction paper. Will do the non woven thing again, but will look for something softer yet still dense (so no shadow through).
- Mistyfuse is by far my fusible of choice. But it behaves differently on the interfacing than it does on cloth. If I fuse this particular interfacing again, I will use TWO layers of Mistyfuse–it is plenty fine and easy to stitch, and it will help this painted interfacing stick better–see photo.
And to my astonishment, I quilted almost five of the six purple lupines today. I have a couple of the tops where I will use pale lilac or cream unstitched as of this evening, but I am definitely farther along than I thought I would be.
That means the “after Eli goes back to college” period may be less frantic than I had feared. YIPPEE! Barring catastrophe, I will be one and able to take photos and submit then ON TIME. Stay tuned!