Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Airing of the Quilt, a Quick Fix for Gray Days

I suppose it's gray everywhere there's winter, but it seems more so, living here.  It's not all bad, it makes you appreciate the sunshine...a lot.  But, winter cold days are the best or quilting.  

Here's my solution for waking up with a little sunshine I made myself.  This is a quilt I made for Jennifer when she was 5 years old and sleeping in a single bed.  She liked animals and was very happy and outgoing.  I thought that she'd fly away to adventure in the not so distant future.  Now she's getting ready to move into her apartment and is currently enrolled in college at the University of Louisville.  

I kind of doubt she'll take this quilt to decorate around, but, it does seem to help my disposition when waking up to these cold Kentucky days.   Hmmm, maybe I'll forget to remind her I made it.  It's been in my closet for a few years.  All quilts need airing.  If for nothing else, to keep them from having permanent creases.  

This is the attic windows quilt pattern.  Exotic animals and fish are in each window with some jumping from window to window.  Jennifer is in the bottom window and appliqued where the pillow is.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trying the New Bamboo Quilt Batting.

I'm all about the inside of the quilt.  It's not a quilt until it's quilted and I'm constantly experimenting with batting.  So far, my all time favorite for comfort and the way it lifts the fabric around the quilt stitches, in my opinion is wool batting.  I don't use it too often, as it is very expensive and you can't find it in stock.  I like to support the local establishments, and using a coupon when I do is a great way to be frugal and support, when it's available.  

That being said, I'm experimenting again, with the bamboo batting.  It feels so soft in the bag, I can't wait to try quilting with it.  It's 50/50, bamboo/cotton.  It's also eco friendly, so if it quilts nicely that's another win, win.

I'm still finishing up a quilt top, the Kitchen Roosters.  It's small, compared to a bed quilt, so I hope to finish it soon.  


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