Not only am I on a roll with posting but with finishing up all the pending quilt projects. I’m been a great starter – tons of idea, loads of fabric to play with – and a terrible finisher.
One reason is I’ll stall on a project because I ran out of materials. This really hit home when I looked at the pile of quilt tops waiting. Last year I even went through and chose backing fabrics. Then recently I realized I had so many tops, it would use an enormous amount of batting to finish them off.
So I waited for a batting sale to come up.
While I waiting, it dawned on me that batting comes on a roll as well. Our local fabric chain carries it (not my LQS) and the price? $25-30 a METER. That’s… not good. Especially since I’m increasingly unhappy with batting in bags. It just gets so wrinkled and pulled out of shape and I wind up with a lot of scraps.
I cleaned out my batting scraps as well and tossed a bag full of nothing but stringy bits only good for tote bag handles. I’d have to make 50 totes to use those up so out they went. I will piece some batting, but I don’t like to have more than a couple seams of batting in a quilt.
Eventually I researched buying a whole roll of batting. The husband had enough of my fretting about it and he said “order some already!”.
Just before ordering I went through my entire stash of pending quilts and realized I would use up an ENTIRE ROLL right away.
So hubby said order two rolls.
And I did.
They were here within a week and I was SUPER HAPPY. That’s 60 total yards.
A few days ago, we cracked open the roll and basted two quilts in an hour, together.
I’m much happier with the roll – not only with the minimal folds and wrinkling in it, but it is also a 50/50 blend in a poplar brand that I hadn’t used before. It;s true – it really is the best of both worlds (cotton and poly).
Can’t wait to actually quilt on it now! I have two more basted quilts to go before I start on the ones we basted with this batting.
Then it’s maybe a dozen more quilt tops waiting. Why yes, I AM asking myself what the heck I was thinking…