My quilting self esteem took a big hit this week. I know that I’m no world class quilter, but I had no idea how bad this simple quilt was going to kick my butt.
I decided to try wool batting. This one is Quilter’s Dream wool. It is lovely! It is light and squishy and so so easy to cram through my sewing machine. I’ve even heard that it resists creasing, which is great for those of us who have to fold our quilts for mailing to shows. But… it’s poofy! I imagine that in a hoop for hand quilting, it would be just fine, but poof can be tough to deal with on a home machine. My first disappointment is the tucks on the back. Not a ton, but there are a few.
The quilt screamed out to be quilted on the diagonal. And I jumped right in, because heck, it’s just straight line quilting — not circles like the other one that kicked my butt. Ah, but fabric stretches on the bias (diagonal) and boy was it distorted by the time I was done quilting. I fought the law of warp and weft and the law won. I wet the quilt to block it and pulled and stretched and massaged and pulled some more for two hours. I broke quilting threads which I will now have to pull out and re-quilt.
It’s closer to squared now, but not exact. I am so in awe of you modern quilters out there who can manage straight line quilting and seemingly squared quilts. Between the poofs, the tucks, the broken quilting, and the general out-of-squareness, it’s a good thing that this quilt is likely going to my kids and not meant to grace any book or show. I will be crawling back to my wonky art quilts with my tail between my legs.
P.S. Does anyone know of a low-loft wool batting out there? I really do like the weight and non-creasiness of the wool.