EDIT - As of March of this year, I acquired a Janome Memory Craft 6300. It's really amazing, and I'm so glad I made this investment. Don't get me wrong, I loved my Kenmore, but I feel like I wasn't challenging myself enough and rising to my full potential. The MC 6300 gives me so many options with applique, binding, and decorative stitching, plus little features like the auto-thread cutter, which saves me so much time!What kind of batting do you use?
Warm and White and Warm and Natural from the Warm company. I use warm and white for smaller projects (i.e. table runners, wall hangings, etc.) and Warm and Natural for baby quilts, lap quilts, etc. It's a great, low loft batting, easy to piece together, plus the Warm and Natural has no dyes, fillers, or perfumes which I LOVE. I buy it at Joann's with a coupon,
EDIT - I recently just bought my first 40-yard roll of batting, and I love it! It saves me so much time, having it right on hand, and I don't have to drive 20 minutes one way to buy packaged batting, and I'm saving a ton of $$$ by buying it in bulk! Love it!
How much fabric do you buy for your stash at a time?
I buy A LOT of pre-cuts. Charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc. They give me a great color selection and are a lot cheaper than buying it by the yard. But I do buy some fabrics by the yard - background fabrics like muslin, Moda marble fabrics, or if there is a great sale on something I'll buy a yard or two of the fabric.
Where do you get your thread?
I buy the majority of my thread from Connecting Threads. I love their product! At only 2.49 a spool it is a GREAT value, and it's the big 1200 yard spools! I have also bought hand quilting thread from Joann's, and some multi-color thread from Heavenly Stitches, LLC.
What fabric do you use for the backrounds in your quilts?
Normally, I use muslin or Moda Bella Solids, or Moda Marble fabrics. I usually buy a lot of it at a time. The bella solids and the marble fabrics can be found in the pre-cut fabrics from Ebay, and muslin tends to be pretty cost-effective.
Do you pre-wash?
I only pre-wash flannel. I don't pre-wash 100% cotton, and I really don't want to debate it :) lol!
What do you do with your quilts?
I have never made one for myself. Although I've been meaning to for awhile, I make quilts for family, friends, and I've been attempting to sell some on Etsy.
EDIT - I just recently made my first quilt that I will be keeping! I'm so glad I decided to keep it, and it now rests on my quilt rack at home :).
How do you wash/dry your quilts?
I have a front loading washer, which makes washing my quilts a lot easier. I wash them in cold water with Gain detergent. I then dry them on high heat with a fabric softener sheet.
Have you taken any quilting classes?
Not yet, but I would love to. I'm mostly self-taught through YouTube, other blogs, and books.
I want to start quilting, but I don't know where to begin. What do you suggest?
These are two books I would recommend if you've never quilted before. The Quilting Answer book as an answer for every question you could ever think of, and a solution for every problem you could ever have. I bought it from Half.com. 1-2-3 Quilt offers some really easy beginner projects, and some great tutorials on binding, piecing, and quilting your quilt. I bought this book from Jo-ann Fabrics, and it can be found on their website.
Do you have any tips for stippling?
Yes. If you plan to stipple, use a darning foot, and make sure you have a straight stitch plate on top of your feed dogs.
EDIT - I recently discovered the new-fangled invention called a longarm quilting machine! I LOVE it! I'm so glad I started quilting this way, and I will be quilting all my projects this way from now on! I highly recommend using this method!
How do you find so much time to quilt?
Well, I'm a student at the community college, and I don't work, so whenever I have a free moment, I do a little here and a little there. Although I have been trying to cut back on the weekends to give some much needed attention to my wonderful hubby :).
Where do you buy your fabric?
I buy all of my quilter's cotton from a local quilt shop. I also buy all my pre-cuts from Ebay. I don't buy any quilter's cotton from Jo-ann's. I've found that either the fabric is so cheap and it falls apart, or it's so over-priced and not worth what they're selling it for. I highly recommend going to a local shop and I try to buy Moda and other high quality fabric.
I think that pretty much covers everything. If you have any questions just leave a comment, send me a message, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org