Secret Sewing Project

DSC_0772There has been some pretty major secret sewing going on over here lately!

Thank goodness my dear husband has been occupied with all the Jets games recently to get him out of the house. Pretty much as soon as I hear the garage door closing – you would find me hauling out all my quilting supplies to get this done in time for his birthday, which we celebrated yesterday.

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This fun fabric selection came together around the triangle fabric in the photo on the right, which is from Birch Fabrics.

This was my first time using Birch Fabrics. It’s an all organic cotton and right away you can just feel the difference. The other fabrics are from Moda. I forgot to check where the solids were from but they are both a soft brushed cotton and the greenie/blue has just the most wonderful saturated thread running through it that captures the light in such a lovely way.

I lCelebrity Dresses and Red Carpet Dressesoved playing with my Aurifil thread for this quilt. The green and orange are a heavier weight (30 and 40, respectively) and added a nice texture to the quilt without overly complicating it. I think straight line quilting with the heavier weight thread is my new favourite quilting technique (not complicated but adds dimension to the finished product).

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The colours in the fabric pulls remind me a lot of the colourful socks my husband likes to wear. 

I have to share with you the new batting I used for this project. It’s an all natural, 100% wool batting from Cedarview Farms – a Canadian farm, which I love because I’m supporting local. In trying out a million different kinds of batting lately, I have completely fallen for wool batting. If you haven’t tried it, I would encourage you to because when you get to sewing through it, it’s like a dream. There is no drag on your needle when it’s going through your machine and it’s nice and light. This batting is definitely one I’ll use for special quilts going forward, particularly when I want a nice loft that shows off quilting texture. And in addition to being all natural, wool keeps you super warm but also allows for air movement and circulation. 

My husband tells me he was completely surprised by the quilt. I believe his response was, “when did you have time to do this??” And he thinks it will be super warm and comfy down in his man cave in the basement. 

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Have you ever found yourself doing any secret sewing? What is your quilt batting of choice these days? 

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