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  1. I like Hobbs 80/20 and their wool batting. I also have Warm and White for 30's quilts because it is flat and fits the era for quilting (which is what I want). I don't care for QD because it is so stretchy. Everyone has their opinion about what they like and what works best for them and their customers. Sometimes it is a matter of listening to all the information then figuring out what you like best by quilting on all different batts.
  2. Beautiful quilting! I love looking at the back of the quilt too!
  3. It always would be better if frogging would take the same time as sewing...unfortunately that is not the case. I feel for you.
  4. Linda, I will look up Triangulations. I am always interested in making quilting more accurate. Usually, if I need to paper piece a part of a quilt that isn't paper pieced, I draw up my own and print it off. Thank you for the suggestion because I just don't get in to quilt shops that often or to quilt shows.
  5. Thank you for all the nice comments. I was really nervous cutting into all those hand dyed fabrics:o Janice, Our JoAnn's store does carry Kona fabric that is PFD. It is in with the other Kona solids. If you use a coupon the price isn't too bad. You can dye fabric that is not PFD. You will need to scour it first, but that doesn't always mean you will get all the processing chemicals out. It may not take dyes as brightly either. It does work. The backing fabric is a Springhill wide fabric I bought at JoAnn's that is not PFD. I bought it several years ago. Working on the other photos of just fabric.
  6. Janice, The book I started dyeing from is "Color By Accident" by Ann Johnston. She has a great book on the whole process. My next favorite dyeing book is "Dyeing to Quilt" by....I'll have to look it up. It is out of print. I like this second book because it gives you all the basics. Paula Birch has a wonderful informative website too. It is might be a "u" in her name. Anyway, two sources of dye and fabric are Dharma Trading Co in San Rafael, CA and Pro Chemical and Dye Company out of MA. The best place for fabric is, they are in PA. I use the mercerized cotton print cloth (PFD) that Dharma carries, but they get their fabric from Testfabrics. The brand of dye I use is Procion MX dyes. Dharma carries their own brand which works just as well. I get the Procion Mx dye from Pro Chemical, because they are up the interstate from me and shipping is less. Low water immersion dyeing is a cross between dye painting and water immersion. Because you are using less water, the dye flows through the fabric differently. The more you manipulate the fabric in the dyeing process the smoother the color is. Less manipulation creates more variation in the piece of fabric. I'll take some pictures and post them here of fabric that is more and less manipulated. Got to go and take the pics and find 2 good pieces of fabric.
  7. Mountain Mist has never been one of my favorite batting. I always dreaded it when a customer brought me one. It always had issues. But I haven't quilted with it in a long, long time so I am not sure about the quality of it anymore. I am sure some one will chime in with current experience with it.
  8. Thank you. I wasn't sure about the colors, at first, it reminded me too much of Easter egg colors, but I don't feel that was now. In fact, I dyed a different green because the first one was too yellow and blended too much.
  9. It looks great. I think you did an awesome job! I am working on making this quilt right now. I am still embroidering the verse, but I added the rest of the chorus too!
  10. This is a quilt from a Judy Martin book. It is called Grandmother's Scrap Book. I have dyed all the fabrics and the backing fabric using a lower water immersion techinque. It is about 94 by 104 and has about 2,229 pieces. I started piecing the quilt and didn't like how it was squaring up, so I ripped apart about 176 block parts (not the whole block) and then paper pieced the triangles. It was more accurate and I was much happier with the results. I quilted it with light golden yellow thread. The quilting pattern is "Oh My Feathers". Cheryl
  11. I don't know if this is slow or not. I wouldn't worry if it were me. If you don't stitch it right and take the time to do it'll spend twice as much or even more time ripping the stitching out. Frogging is no fun!
  12. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Prayers on their way.
  13. Welcome! Can't wait to see what your quilting!
  14. Very cute. They are so lucky to have a home with you. I didn't quilt today, but worked in the veggie garden!
  15. Your quilt turned out beautiful! I am working on my "Over the River", but I only have 1/2 of a panel done. My oldest DD has already claimed it. It is also done in blues!