and there's a lot of quilting to go before Little Elephant is done. I thought I was getting on well, but having just laid it out and had a good look I have to admit to myself that I'm barely halfway through.
I thought this might be a good time to reflect on the wadding I am using (Sew Simple EcoBlend - a 70/30 cotton/polyester mix, using entirely recycled materials). I picked it because it was a recycled material, which really appeals to me and so far have been quite happy with it. It's quite flat, compared to the wool I was using before, but has a pleasant, slightly felty feel to it. Here's a close-up.
It's not quite as beautifully easy to quilt as wool - mostly I notice that every so often it feels almost like my needle gets stuck in there, or that it brings a little bobble of wadding out onto the surface of the fabric. Not a big deal, I am just picking these off as they appear. For a while I was worried that similar bits were working their way through the fabric unaided, as I was getting bits that looked like this:
Luckily it turns out that these are happening mostly around the edges and I'm sure they are just drifting off the wadding where it is not quite covered at the moment. There has been absolutely no problem in the areas that are now quilted. Phew. The quilted areas have a nice drape and sitting under it to work is warm and cosy, so all things considered I will definitely use again.
Meanwhile, back with the denim, I have sewed a couple of bigger bits together this week, using some smaller, already stitched bits and some as yet unstitched, which I am now working into.
Next I think I'm going to join these together.
As usual I'm linking up today with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.