Hello! I've had lots of emails recently about our quilts and patterns, of the how do you do...? variety. So, in the interest of sharing knowledge, techniques, favorites, etc. I thought I'd present a little frequently asked questions post.
So here goes...
It would be impossible to miss my love of 100% cotton solids, and the best of the best are Kona Cotton Solids! The color is true, the quality of the fabric is wonderful!
I have a question for you lovely folks? Would it be helpful to have a reference list of stores that carry a large variety of the Kona Cotton Solids? If that would be a benefit, let me know, and I'll compile a list for you!
Piecing - Gutermann or Superior 50 wt
Quilting - Gutermann, Superior, or one of my favorites...YLI Silk 100 wt thread. This is what I used on the Jukebox Quilt
Batting - 99% of the time I use Hobbs Heirloom Fusible Batting. It's wonderful, and works perfectly for me. It is such good product, I am not a fan of pin basting, or any kind of basting for that matter, so this works really well.
To prewash or not prewash??? I generally don't prewash, but there are some exceptions...isn't there always an exception? I would strongly recommend prewashing all hand dyes; I found out the hard way about that one. The same holds true for Batiks, especially the reds! Often times my quilts are being used in photos, or for shows; so I want the crisp / not laundered effect. This is my preference, but definitely not a recommendation.
Another great product is SHOUT COLOR CATCHERS - these are wonderful, and I always use them when washing a quilt.
Ironing - steam or no stream? For general piecing I've become quite the fan of finger pressing. But nothing flattens a block like a good burst of steam, though I desperately want to avoid distorting the blocks. So, in the end I choose steam, but I use it with caution.
Do I belong to a quilt guild? No...I tried once, but the quilt police threw sticks at me (kidding, kinda) so my daughters and I are our own little guild.
What kind of sewing machine do I use? Bernina Aurora 440
Do I have a long arm machine? NO
Would I want one? YES, that's on my dream list!
Do I do my own quilting? YES
Are your patterns available in my particular State?
Our patterns are available through three different options:
Request that your local quilt store carry our patterns if they don't currently stock them
That's all I can think of at the moment...any questions? Anything I didn't cover? Let me know, there's nothing I love to discuss more than quilting!