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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Strawberry Fields, a Question, and NTT

Hello, all!  I hope you're having a fantastic week.  Since finishing Stems and Stones, I've been working on a quilt for my mother in law using a bundle of Fig Tree's Strawberry Fields Revisited.  She and I spoke last summer about a quilt that would match the more muted tones in her living room, and this collection is just perfect.


The warm red and brown, sage and apple green, and buttery yellow are muted shades, but not sugary sweet pastels.  Even though there is a tiny bit of soft pink, overall the fabrics are more grown up.  Because the prints and colors are smaller in scale and a little more traditional,  I decided on a pattern that I thought fit them best.  Also, since this quilt will be on the sofa and used practically every night, my mother in law specifically asked that the quilt not have a lot of white, which helped with my decision on the pattern as well.  I think it's going to be perfect for the room!

So, my question-  I don't know if there are many happier sights for a quilter than a brand new, giant roll of high quality batting.  I admit, a giant pile of gorgeous of fabric is definitely high on the list, too.  I know that's not really a question, but I'm getting there, I promise.


I love Warm Company batting, and I always buy my batting in queen sized, 40 yard rolls.  The batting is thick and warm, and quilts beautifully.  I am equally fond of Warm and Natural and Warm and White, and I just buy whichever variety I can find at the best price (this time, it happens to be White).  So my question is, have any of you ever used Warm and Plush?  I have seen it, and I'm tempted to try it out, but I have a hard time straying from tried and true.  I've thought about buying a single package to see how I like it, and I may do that, but again- habit just takes over.  If you have tried it, and can offer any opinions, I would love to hear them.

Okay then!  Time to check out a few of the amazing links from last week's party.  Mary from Quilting Through Rose-Colored Trifocals shared TWO gorgeous finishes.  I had such a hard time choosing which one to use in the feature, so I chose the quilt that Mary DIDN'T use for the thumbnail.  You really need to hop over and see both, though!


Ida Rather Be Quilting showed off her beautiful Cartwheels quilt.  Love the pop of color against the dark gray background!


and Oh. My. Goodness.  This Garden Party diamond quilt from Lori at Sewfrench is just stunning!


I am always amazed at the creativity that abounds week after week, but seriously.  Some weeks, it is darn near impossible to narrow the features down to only three.  This was definitely one of those weeks.  So much amazing all in one place; y'all really know how to keep a girl inspired.

So, time to show me what you've got going on this week!  Party on, friends!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)


18 comments:

  1. I like warm and plush and it is usually my first choice but, not easy to find in single sizes. Joanne fabrics occasionally gets some in queen size only.
    the main difference to me is and increase in the loft ( or I think of it as thickness)I think it is 1/4 to 3/8

    the difference in quilting is that there is no scrim )or stabilizer in warm and plush so the quilting has to be 6 inches or less-- I am a medium dense quilter so 6 inches is fine for me

    I quilt on a longarm with time rented at my LQS -- I have quilted probably a total of 25 quilts this way with about 5 being warm and plush

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  2. I have tried the warm and plush. The plush, as you may know, has more loft to it. The trade off being it has to be quilted tighter (3 to 4 inches I believe) compared to 10 for w & n. It quilts beautifully. Did not have to make any machine adjustments from the w & n.

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  3. your the first I have heard of that likes the batting Warm and White - no one I know likes it me included - but then I mainly hand quilt and it doesn't work well for that. I haven't tried the others you mention

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    1. I never hand quilt. I'm a machine only quilter, which may be the difference. I know lots of quilters that love and use Warm and Natural or Warm and White (they are the same, Warm and White is just bleached). If you ever try the Warm and Plush, I would love your opinion on that!

      :) Kelly

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  4. I have never used Warm and Plush only Warm and Natural or Warm and White. I bought a package of bamboo batting to try but I keep forgetting to use it!

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  5. I've never heard of Warm and Plush, but since I'm in Florida I'm happy with Warm and White.

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  6. I LOVE Warm and Plush! I've used it in my past two quilts and plan to always use it when using cotton as my backing (it might be too heavy with minky backing). One quilt was done on a long-arm and the other I did on my domestic machine. FYI: it's a slightly cream colored batting.

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  7. I either use Warm & White or Warm & Natural. I love them both, but I am not familiar with the Plush. The featured quilts are all beautiful as well as the top for your mother in law. Thank you for hosting the link party!

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  8. Hi Kelly! Your new quilt looks beautiful! Lovely fabrics and colours! I envy your wadding roll! Unfortunately no experience about the Warm and Plush. x Teje

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  9. Glad you posed this question! I have been wondering about Warm and Plush as well. I want to try it. I used Warm and Natural exclusively when quilting on my domestic. Now that I long arm, I usually by a blend. It can help with tops from others that is not exactly flat.... :)

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  10. I have never tried it, but it sounds wonderful! I agree there is nothing like a big roll of warm & natural hitting my door step! One day I plan on having natural and white...gotta have options!

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  11. I've never used Warm and Plush but I'm also curious. Mostly I'm looking for a soft drape even when closely quilted. I also don't like a heavy quilt, so I'd be interested from the others if the extra loft also results in a quilt that's heavier. If you try it Kelly, please let us know what you think! I'm a home machine quilter if that makes any difference in the results.

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  12. You're right - there *is* a lot of amazing inspiration each week! That giant box of batting is definitely a great gift; I've never purchased like that, but you've given me something new to think about.

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  13. Love that quilt you made for your MIL - is there a pattern or tutorial for it? Thanks. : )

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  14. Wrong profile for above - it's Stacy not Joseph, LOL

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    1. haha! that happens! Thanks, Stacy! I actually don't have a pattern for it. It is just something that I sketched out. It's really just a modified 9 patch. The corner squares are 4 inches finished, the strips finish at 2x4, and the center square is 2 inches. I just sewed the block together like a 9 patch.

      :) Kelly

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  15. I've used a lot of Warm and White the past couple of years and have noticed my quilts feel heavier than the quilts of a fellow guild member. She uses Hobbs 80/20 and they are so soft and drap nicely so I'm giving that a try on my next couple to see which I like better.

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  16. I prefer either Warm and Natural or Warm and White when I can get them. I've never tried the Warm and plush. The quilt for your MIL is looking great!

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