By: Karen Goad
Maybe I am stuck in a rut but I love Quilters Dream 100 % Cotton Batting. I use the thinnest loft “request” most of the time but I also use the loft called “select” which is just a little bit thicker. I normally have several packages of battings on hand as I order on line or buy when I happen to travel someplace that carries it (I have no local quilt store). Most times I get my batting from Hancocks of Paducah but sometimes I get it from other shops if they have a sale. I have not always found this batting at the quilt shops that are closest to me (85 miles in all directions!) so it is usually more convenient to order.
Quilters Dream Cotton Batting reminds me of a sheet of flannel only a little thicker. This is the thin loft “request”. I love Cotton batting because of the shrinkage that occurs when you wash your quilt. I do not pre-wash my batting I wait until my quilt is done. When washed and dried it gives a little shrinkage that gives your quilt a “vintage” look – I prefer that to a “flat” quilt – my preference.
The needles that I use are Roxanne between #11. They are tiny-- measuring at 7/8'ths of an inch long. Most are sturdy although in recent years I have had more bending than I used to have. You can check these needles out at this site and others. Numerous quilt shops carry them and many on line stores as well. I am so used to these needles that I use them for everything – my needle turn applique, hand piecing and quilting. Again my preference – they do sell these needles in various sizes and have long applique needles as well – but I stick myself with them
The needles come in a little vial that holds 50 needles. I haven’t used any other brand of quilting needles in years but due to the bending that I have had in the past two years I have thought when I begin to run low that I might try another brand. Because I normally do most of my supply shopping on line I tend to order more than I need – last time I got needles I got 3 vials and I still have a bit to use up.
It is very interesting to read what other quilters like for batting and needles.