It's Question Thursday and this week I have a few questions to answer from quilters, but I also have a few questions to ask as well!
Let's start with a great question from Pat at Color Me Quilty:
Would you iron wrinkled batting?
Full Question: How do you handle
really wrinkled batting? The picture above, isn't really badly wrinkled.
But sometimes I have pieces of batting that are much worse, especially a
curl on the edge of the batting. Do you press it before basting it or
do you just try to smooth it out the best you can as you baste?
If I needed to use it immediately, I'd probably try to iron it using a pressing cloth and first testing on one corner. Some batting types will melt if hit with an iron that is too hot, so just be mindful of that when ironing your batting.
When it comes time to baste, just make sure to spread it out over the backing and really smooth the stuffing out of it. Go overboard smoothing with the palms of your hands until the batting is completely flat and kind of sticking to the backing. This might take 20 minutes for a small quilt or over 1 hour for large quilt.
All that smoothing will pay off because even an intensely wrinkled bat will be forced to smooth out under so much attention. Just take your time, grab a glass of wine, pop on an audiobook, and by the time you get into the meat of the story, you'll be ready to add the quilt top and start smoothing it down as well!
Now that was the only question I found this week which means I get to ask one of you guys!
I need to know how I should best write this tote bag pattern. For reference, here's one version of the bag:
This was created by taking free motion quilted pieces (basically the practice sandwiches we've played with all year), slicing them up and connecting together to form the bag and strap. If you've been practicing a lot, this is a great project to use up all those quilted panels.
But here's another version of this bag:
This version is obviously a pretty goddess face on the front. When I carry this bag I get loads of wonderful comments and personally I love it and think it will make a terrific pattern....but...
WHICH ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE?! I plainly don't want two identical tote bag patterns with the only difference the inclusion of a goddess face design. Too many options end up being confusing and distracting as well.
Focus. I just need a focus on this particular project. So logically I created a third possibility:
I also realized that really any surface would do for the front of the bag, so you could use any orphan or leftover block from any quilt. If you've ever joined a block-of-the-month club and only completed 2 blocks, this would be a great way to use up those UFO orphan blocks:
Any advice? Which bag pattern would you spend money on, if any?
In truth, I'm not even sure myself what this bag should be. The goddess was fun to make, the practice quilting was fun to make, the wordy wonderland was fun to make, and the idea of finishing up UFO orphan blocks was also a nice idea.
Overall it's a very fun pattern, but what should it ultimately be?! Too many possibilies and complication - that is the story of my life.
I'm off to quilt something simple and with hopefully only one personality.
Let's go quilt,