Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Batting scissors, for real?
Now onto the quilting!
Do you see this? My Sweet Time quilt is up on Gladys. To get it up there you have to match the middle of the back with the middle of the canvas on the rollers and pin it like crazy on both. Do the same for the top but only pin the lower edge, you let the top edge "float" but only for a bit, I will stitch it down.
The batting also "floats" which means it isn't pinned down. I have a giant roll of batting which came as part of the package when I bought the Longarm. I have used it for five other quilts, this is the sixth quilt whose batting came from this giant roll. I imagine I will get at least ten more and then I will have to order another roll. It is 80% cotton and 20% poly.
I don't know how you buy them or where or how much they cost but I know I can find it in a few clicks of a mouse so I am not worried about it.
As you can see it is pretty darn big. It is rolled up doubled so I cut a piece for the shortest end of the quilt and then open up the batting and cut off the majority of the "overhang". I save that piece for a table runner or something like that.
Yes, this is an expensive hobby. Shhhh, don't tell my husband.
I got these scissors from the place where I bought my Longarm for even more money. Spend about $11,000 on a machine and no, you are NOT done, you need even more supplies. But you only retire from teaching once, this was a once in a lifetime purchase so I wanted to have all the nifty things I needed.
Do the special batting scissors work? YES, they are amazing actually. I am super glad I got them.
Besides getting the quilt on the machine, I worked on the shower presents. When they are all done, I will show them to you.
Whether it's projects for special events or special tools for ordinary events, there is usually just one way to get the job done right. And it normally costs more money!