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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Batting University (Part 1) Dream Cotton and Dream Poly Batting


One of the biggest advantages to choosing Quilters Dream Batting is that we make so many types of quilt batting (nine and counting. 9!) that there is always a perfect Dream Batting for whatever quilt you want to make. We are thrilled to be able to offer you so many great options in various lofts!  However, the more choices available, the harder it can be to choose the perfect batting for your quilt!

Not every batting is perfect for every quilt, and your choice the foundation of your quilt will affect not only the warmth, but how the finished quilt will look, wash, hang, drape and feel. Not everyone has the same goal in making a quilt. A quilt that will be traveling to the quilt shows will need different specifications from a quilt that will be snuggled by a pizza eating toddler!

I am often asked which type of quilt batting is best, and I answer with a lot of questions, such as:
  • Will you be hand-quilting, machine quilting (longarm or shortarm), or will your quilt be tied?
  • How will your quilt be used?  
  • Do you want to emphasize your quilting?  Do you want a more traditional look or a modern look?
  • Do you need the quilt to keep you very warm? Keep you cool?
  • Be easy to wash and dry? 
  • How important is flame retardancy? 
To help you find the perfect batting for your quilt,, Quilters Dream Batting will be hosting a month long, four installment "Batting University”.


Batting University is about choices, and helping to make sure your finished quilt is perfect for whatever goal you have in mind because every quilt (even that pizza stained one on the back of my couch) is a treasure!   So here we go....




QUILTERS DREAM COTTON 
The original Quilters Dream batting that put us on the quilting map!   We introduced Quilters Dream Batting at Charlotte Quilt Spring Market in the mid 1990's -- a new type of high quality 100% cotton batting unlike any other.... and the response from shop owners, professional quilters, and teachers was incredible!   When we arrived at Charlotte the name of our batting was "Quilters Cotton" - but thanks to a well known teacher and hand quilter swooning "this just Quilts like a Dream".... the name Quilters Dream Batting and our tag line "Quilts Like a Dream" were born!    Listening and learning from our quilters is what we do... and the variety of having four lofts of Quilters Dream Cotton Batting (along with our other great battings) are the results of your requests!

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Quilters Dream Cotton Request Loft (Aqua Label): 
Request Loft is the very lightest weight batting.  
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Quilters Dream Cotton Select Loft (Pink Label)
 The Dream Cotton Select loft is our most popular midloft.

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Quilters Dream Cotton Deluxe Loft (Purple Label)
The Deluxe Loft is exceptionally warm while being exceptionally soft. 

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Quilters Dream Cotton Supreme Loft - 100% USA Cotton
The weightiest of ALL cotton battings - for machine quilting only.   
 

Click here for more Loft information:   Unique Features of Each Loft
 
 

Quilters Dream Cotton Batting:

Advantages:
                        
  • Some shrinkage (1-3%) upon washing/drying for the slightly puckered look.
                        
  • 100% natural cotton a renewable fiber, grown by USA farmers.  There are no scrim, glue, resins or binders in Quilters Dream Cotton - so it is truly 100% natural.
  • Dream Cotton is Available in 4 lofts from very lightest cotton batting (Request loft) to the very heaviest cotton batting on the market (Supreme loft).
  • Beautiful drape – the Request and Select lofts are especially huggable
  • Very warm – cotton has a high thermal value, so it is a great insulator.  The Deluxe and Supreme lofts are extra-extra warm.
  • One of the many natural advantages of 100% cotton is that the fibers naturally absorbs moisture to help keep you comfy.
  • We use one of the longest and highest grade USA staple cotton fiber available.  Using high quality long fibers and state of the art needlepunch manufacturing allows us to produce the ultimate in cotton batting.  This enables you to  stitch up to 8" apart (giving you great design freedom) or you can stitch very close together and keep an exceptional soft 
         lovely drape – excellent for stippling. 
  • Curly natural soft cotton fibers are cohesive and  resist poking through and bearding.

Disadvantages:
  • Natural color of cotton can give beige undertones to white fabric (recommend using bleached Dream Cotton or Dream Poly for white fabrics).
  • Cost compared to man-made fibers.
  • Shrinkage/puckering effect may not be desirable for your quilt style.
  • Can impart a crease/fold line that needs ironed or steamed out.
  • Not recommended for utilitarian tied quilts.
  • Does not dry as quickly as polyester battings.

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QUILTERS DREAM POLY:   
Definitely NOT Polyester as Usual!   With the invention of fine denier microfibers (one of the biggest breakthroughs in polyester) came new advantages to using polyester fibers.   In Dream Poly there are over 60 million soft silky microfibers per pound (standard polyester batts uses about 5 million fibers per pound).   Our exclusive blend and needlepunch processing of these revolutionary microfibers gives Dream Poly exceptional hand, beautiful drape, warmth, better breathability and comfort, surpassing all other polyester batts! 
You wont believe it is polyester!
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Quilters Dream Poly Request  (Bright Teal Label/Yellow Daisies)
The lightest poly batting

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Quilters Dream Poly Select  (Bright Pink Label/Yellow Daisies)
Ideal Mid-loft Poly Batting

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Quilters Dream Poly Deluxe  (Bright Purple Label/Yellow Daisies)
Weightiest of the Polyester Battings



Quilters Dream Poly Batting:


Advantages:
  • Needlepunched poly microfibers mimic cotton fibers, so you get the look and feel of cotton
  
  • Available in 3 lofts from very light weight to heavy weight - choices for both hand and machine quilters.
  • No shrinkage, so quilting will look the same after washing, maintain just quilted look.   Excellent choice for modern quilters and modern quilting.
  • Will not hold a crease, even if it is folded up for months
  • Does not absorb moisture, so it dries very quickly and will not hold a stain
  • Less expensive
  • Breathable – there are no scrims or other barriers that would inhibit airflow
  • Very long fine denier fibers – no lint on the machine or in the air!
  • Fine denier microfibers bend when in contact with fabric, so they resist bearding
  • Available in bright white or true midnight Black.
  • Excellent for tied quilts.

Disadvantages:
  • Not a natural fiber (man made)
  • Does not impart a puckered, antiqued look.

Check back soon for Part 2 of Dream Batting University where we will cover Dream Green and Dream Orient batting. 

 Can't Wait to learn more?   For extra credit and more information Click Here:  Additional Quilters Dream Batting product information
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Puff Twin Giveaway! Mini Comforter Tutorial w/ Dog Under My Desk

Guest Blogger: Dog Under My Desk ~ Puff Mini Comforter Tutorial & FREE Puff Twin Giveaway!

Puff Mini Comforter Tutorial by Dog Under My Desk

Since having the chance to play with Quilters Dream Puff, I can say it is by far my favorite puffy poly batting. It’s so much softer and more flexible than some of the stiffer high-loft poly battings, even those labeled “soft”, and you can quilt it up to 10” apart rather than 2-5” that other poly battings require. It’s about 1/3” thick, so you can easily add a second layer for more loft and still be able to quilt it on your sewing machine.


Since the craft size package is about the size of a yard of fabric, I just had to make little mini comforters for the pups. My dogs always prefer to snuggle in a blanket, even if it’s on top of their dog bed (or MY bed!) and it’s nice to have little blankets that are easy to wash and don’t take up a lot of room to store. These would also be super quick kid gifts! They are the perfect size for toddlers to drag around. They are also a great stash buster. If you don’t have a two yard cut, just add an extra seam instead of the fold and use two complimentary one-yard pieces!


Continue reading Erin Erickson's Puff Mini Comforter Tutorial at Dog Under My Desk>>>>>>>>>>

Want to make a Mini Comforter for the furry friends in your life?

Post a Comment below telling us your pets snuggle habits.
Do they sleep on the floor? Have their own bed . . . steal your bed?
Let us know below.

This Friday Dec. 6th we will select one random post to receive a FREE Puff Twin from Quilters Dream!


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Our Houston Quilt Market Experience

 

Jennifer, Neva & I are back from Houston Quilt Market and our Special Hopes &. Dreams exhibit at Quilt Festival- and we had a wonderful time!

Yes ...we worked really hard (its not all glamour!). We arrive in Houston the day before the show, rushing from our 6am east-coast flight straight to the 'non-air-conditioned' convention center, going right to work to build our exhibit booth. We lift heavy boxes, unpack....

......move pallets, climb ladders (and chairs), lay carpet, reach and stretch to hang batting and decorations on 10' steel poles ...using body parts we rarely use anymore:). All while constantly dodging what seems to be an army of horn- blowing forklift drivers speeding through the aisles delivering giant crates and supplies to hundreds of vendors. Did I mention NO air conditioning?

By midnight....With a power bar and glass(es) of wine for a late night dinner - we finally get to bed.

Next morning, first day of the show....from the chaos of setup..... a beautiful Quilt Market opens.

 

We three 'gals', who are used to our comfy desk jobs (see our 'backsides' for proof:), are now in our busy little booth, on our feet for ten hours straight for three days. Our evenings are booked with socials and events. And on the final day of the show....as soon as they make the closing announcement (simultaneously with turning off the air-conditioning) we are back to lifting, climbing, dodging, packing, stretching, and hauling to tear down the booth and ship our show decor back home!

Yet....with all this, we still had a great time! It is crazy that the show could be so much work but could be SO much fun! We get to greet, meet and talk to our incredible customers face to face, we get to see our fellow exhibitors that have become such good friends, we get to work with our friends at Quilts Inc (who put together the entire show) and we make lots of new friends!

Pokey Bolton is a Dream! She is working with Quilts, Inc. and even generously made the IQA auction quilt using Quilters Dream Cotton!
Mike and Gary Harper of JN Harper, C

 

We get to see and hear about the latest and greatest quilting trends. We talk to designers, teachers, authors, shop owners and manufacturers and learn what they are working on, what they have created and how they use our batting. We witness the vision, hard work and the creative process coming to life; with color, fabric, art, tools, techniques, solutions, technology, networking, sharing and imagination flowing freel

Angela Walters and her new fabric line, Drift, are both fabulous!
New amazing Brother scanner that laser cuts fabric to your images!!

 

And then ...all around us ....some of the most stunningly beautiful quilts in the world! Eye-Candy everywhere

Melinda Bula's beautiful quilt, 'Monet in Pasadena.

When we fall into bed late each night we are exhausted - yet we are exhilarated, inspired, energized and happy....because, we just LOVE being part of the incredible quilting community!

I wish everyone who loves to quilt could experience Houston Quilt Market/Festival at least once!

Here our just a few of our pictures from Quilt Market that we thought you would enjoy (for more pictures visit our Facebook page):

 

Our very own, Jennifer, who Loves, Loves, Loves the new Dream Fusion!

 

 

 

Amazing painted threads and the whimsical creations of Thread Nuts.

Angela Walters beautiful new fabric line, "Drift", and her beautiful quilting. Visit her at quiltingismytherapy.
Susan Nelson from Prairie Sky Quilting - check out her great patterns and her unique Batting Buddy for cutting batting and fabric!

 

Susan Rass and her 'ghouls' from Tomorrow's Treasured Quilts of Crystal Ciy, Fl. in the best Halloween spirit!

One of the amazing miniature dolls on display:

Jinny Byers beautiful quilt:

Amy Butler's booth - beautiful in color and soul:

Little Angel Tommy and his mommy, love Quilters Dream Angel. #quiltybox

Timna Tarr, of S. Hadley Mass used Quilters Dream Wool for this award award winning, Traditional Pieced Catagory. This is her interpretation of the New England autumn leaf display!

Sorry that I do not have the name info on this beautiful quilt by a Quilter from Japan.....the details are amazing. The children are her grandchildren. Notice the teenage girl in the right corner? She used a photo of herself as a young girl and quilted in 'her young self' watching over her grandchildren. Beautiful!

Voted one of the top 100 quilts of our time - this gorgeous quilt by Libby Lehman was one of her many beautiful quilts. Her quilts were on display to honor Libby and her courageous battle in overcoming a very serious recent stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with her:

 

All the best and Happy Quilting, Kathy Thompson!

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to make a quilted tissue pouch

So Jennifer here is a non stop machine! She just came back from market and made this tutorial on a fun project using Quilters Dream Fusion. The holidays are literally right around the corner and this would be sooooo cute for a stocking stuffer or last minute gift idea!
Supplies you will need:
  • Two (2) pieces of 6” x 8” Coordinating Fabric
  • One (1) piece of 6” x 8” Dream Fusion batting (available in Cotton or Poly)
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron


Directions:

Place the 6” x 8” piece of Dream Fusion on your ironing board with the fusible side up (we mark the fusible side with a sticker, but you can also tell as the fusible side has a little more texture to it and a shine you can see under a light).



Place one piece of your 6” X 8” piece of fabric wrong side down – so that the backside of your fabric is touching the fusible side of the batting.



This fabric is cotton, so we used the cotton steam setting and then ironed, holding the iron down for a few seconds in all directions while ironing.  If you are using the Poly Select Dream Fusion, you can create this same steam effect by placing a piece of moist muslin on top and using the iron on a lower setting. 
**Helpful Tip**- Using the steam and having the fabric on top of the fusible side of the batting produces the best contact when bonding.  If you want to ensure your iron does not come in contact with the fusible batting, place an applique sheet or piece of parchment paper over the fabric before ironing.

Once the batting and fabric are fused, place your second 6” x 8” piece of fabric right side down on top of the piece of fabric you just fused to the batting.




Pin to your liking.  You will sew a quarter-inch (¼) seam on both short sides of the fabric (on the 6” sides). 

Press the sewn sides to seal the stitches and then turn the fabric inside out so that the right sides of the fabric are facing out. 



  Once you have turned the piece inside out, press the short sides again.


It will look like this when finished.
Now you have a choice. You can keep this the way it is or you can use this as a way to practice your free motion quilting or simply stitch straight lines until the whole piece is quilted.



Once quilted, determine which piece of fabric will be the outside of the tissue holder/handy pouch and have it facing right side up. 


Take both short sides (6” sides) and turn them upwards and meet in the middle of the fabric.  Pin the raw ends to your liking.  Sew the raw ends together using a quarter-inch (¼) seam.  Press to secure stitches.
Clip the corner tips and turn the pouch inside out.  Press seams and you’re done!!!



Use this to hold the little individual packages of tissues or post-it notes or whatever you like.  You can also turn this into a thread catcher to keep beside your sewing machine.








Thursday, October 24, 2013

Houston Quilt Market Scavenger Hunt

***This contest is now closed****

Hey there to all our Instagram followers attending Houston Quilt Market.... want a chance to win free batting?? It's simple.



1. During market search for Neva (hint: booth 951 or any booth with shiny baubles for sale! HAHA)

2. Snap a photo with her!

3. Upload it to your Instagram page using the hastag #findingneva
 (Must use hashtag to be entered)

At the end of market we will select a random winner and send them a box of Quilters Dream!

 Happy Hunting! Have FUN!

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