I've met quite a few quilters over the last few months working at the store, who have never learned how to machine quilt their own quilts. A lot have them sent out to be quilted, but while they turn out really nice, it's not in every quilters budget. When I was deciding what classes I wanted to teach for the winter, I decided a beginning machine quilting class might be of interest to a lot of quilters. This is the sample I made which includes, SID, Echo, FMQ, Cross Hatching, and Decorative stitching quilting. It has Warm & Natural, Hobbs 80/20, Wool, and Thermore batting in it to show the differences in batting when quilted. I used Mettler and King Tut threads to quilt with, but will be discussing other threads I use successfully and miserably as well. I'm excited for this class because there are so many things to think about when machine quilting.
We have two quilts hanging next to each other at the store and one lady asked why one was flowy and the other was hard and stiff. She felt and could tell there was a difference. I told her the flowy was wool batting and the stiff was W&N. She was shocked that a batting could make such a huge difference.