From the top of the stack of quilts in The Cupboard comes a satin crib quilt, unused, wool batting, guesstimated date 1930s. I use this piece as a hands-on class sample to point up some of the differences between wool and cotton battings, simple patterns and non-turning corners – it started me off on a happy half hour taking close-ups of one or two other quilts and then onto close-ups of some of my own stitching. I encounter the stitch size obsession so often in classes that, just for interest, I included a small ruler as a reference in many of the shots. There’s no point to prove, no pictures of entire quilts, just to observe that the size and quality of anyone’s stitch is dependent on so many variables – the top fabric, the batting, the backing fabric, the needle, the thread, the experience, the age, the quilting culture. And I can’t be the only one who enjoys just looking at quilted texture up close and personal – can I?
The next quilting detail is provided by a quilt made around 1910-ish, probably North East, cotton top and back, dense and compacted cotton batting.
Just from the above I think you might agree that, if you want to make a major impact with your quilting, choose shiny fabrics! It certainly makes an impression and adds some wow factor. For good measure, here’s a close-up look at the quilting on the red and white strippy I showed you recently. Heavy fabrics front and back, thick cotton batting, most definitely not easy to stitch through this quilt sandwich –
And jumping forward to the present day, see how easy we can make things for our quilting with much lighter weight fabrics, much thinner battings ….
I can almost feel a whole series of posts coming on – let me know if you can stand the thought of more close-ups. After all, there is an entire Cupboard to deal with –