Monday, May 5, 2014

Practice, Practice, Practice

Last summer, I bought a sample pack of Hobbs battings. Eighteen by eighteen squares, very neatly labeled with what each of the battings are composed of and their properties. I had planned on making myself a lesson plan. I've heard a lot about Hobbs' 80/20 batting.

So I started playing with these battings this week end. I've been cutting the batting square in half and using some old muslin as my top and backing. You can see I've made myself notes on what I'm doing on each square. I want to stitch around the edges and then wash them to see how they turn out. Here are some of my "experiments."
curly hair, Trapunto'd feather

two stencils

Swirls, bubbles, open headbands, and smallish stippling

Ruler work

circuit board


 I'm pretty impressed with the photos. Late afternoon sun really shows up the texture.



Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you sure have been practicing! I like the last photo of the feather

Jessica Hadden said...

Beautiful experimentation!

Jasmine said...

Awesome practice. I am so curious about what batting you will like the best. I have used the Hobbs 80/20, the 100% cotton, and the wool.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Your feathers are awesome and I love the circuit board! So fun to see all these designs.

Beth said...

I just bought a sample set in Paducah as well. I love the feathers. It will fun to see which you like. Some suggested cutting them an washing one set and not the other so you can see the difference!

Lorna McMahon said...

What a great idea! Your quilting samples are amazing, Lin. So each of their samples was of different types of batting? Can't wait to hear which batting you prefer. I keep seeing that Hobbs' 80/20 on a lot of other blogs, too.

Connie said...

Beautiful samples, have you decided what you like best yet Lin? Thanks for sharing.
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purduepam said...

Love your quilting. I am hoping yo get better at free motion