For me, feather quilting is one of the most appealing aspects in quilting. Traditionally, quilters have used the double-stuffed “tranpunto” method to achieve a more dimensional look for their feathers so that their feathers would “pop” out. The trapunto technique is of course an old-world technique originated from Italy in the 1300’s.
Now, we quilters can have instant gratification achieving the trapunto effect — WOOL BATT!
1. Easily maneuvered to fit under the small “neck” of a home machine — the lightness definitely is a plus!
2. Realizes the trapunto effect instantaneously as I quilt — no more double-stuffing for me. See how the feathers just pop?
(The above pictures are from “My Wholecloth Sampler”, published in “The Quilter” Magazine in March 2008. The feather designs are original, and the pattern sheets are in the March Issue available for sale from “The Quilter“).
3. Drapes wonderfully well, and the dense quilting does not make the quilt feel like a piece of cardboard. It makes a beautifully and densely quilted quilt feel soft and snuggly.
4. It quilts like a DREAM! I absolutely love it!!
I highly recommend the wool batt made by Heirloom Hobbs (especially the Tuscany Wool). It might surprise quilters that Hobbs Manufacturing of Texas actually makes things other that batting. Checkout their website to see what other interesting things they make. I find their range of products fascinating from an engineering perspective!
If you are looking for something new to incorporate in your quilts this summer, may I recommend WOOL?
Meanwhile, HAPPY MONDAY, everyone!