Friday, 1 July 2016

Extra Wide Quilt Backing Fabrics & Extra Wide Batik Fabrics

We now have one of the largest selections of extra wide quilt backs in the UK.  It happened by accident really, it was never planned.  When we got our longarm and started offering a quilting service, customers often turned up with all kinds of things to use as backing - most of which were less than suitable.

We set about researching extra wide backing fabrics to find out why there appeared to be a problem with supply.

We learnt that not many manufacturers make extra wide and those that do only make a very limited range.  The extra wide backing fabrics are often made for the orders placed and are never repeated again.

So to get a  great range of extra wide backing fabrics you have to deal with & order with many different companies, sometime placing orders six or nine months in advance.

Extra Wide Batik backing fabrics are more complex still.  Batik is generally a tighter weave than normal patchwork fabric. If we standard batik fabric for backing our quilts there is a possibility that instead of our quilting needles passing next to the fibres, instead we may damage the fibres with the millions of stitches we put into our quilts when quilting. The result of this could be bearding. This is when the wadding pokes out of the holes we have made in the backing fabric. Generally standard width batik is made from what is called a 50's fabric and the extra wide batiks are made from 40's fabric which is slightly less dense a weave.

Making Batik fabric is a long and time consuming process and it is usually made in Asia especially Indonesia.

Here is a link to a really interesting video of the process.

Making Batik Fabric

We currently stock around 30 different extra wide Batik fabrics from Timeless Treasure Xtonga range  and also some of the Moda Extra wide Batik fabrics too.

Why do we want extra Wide fabrics when we could just join some patchwork fabrics.  Yes you can do that, but you need to use a wider seam and take off the selvedges.  This still causes a join down the back of the quilt and firstly does not look as good, secondly when on the longarm quilting frame, the seam is often tight yet the fabric to either side can be slack, so a less than perfect result is obtained. Thirdly you need twice as much fabric then you have to join it and this generally works out most costly than buying an extra wide backing fabric.  When you have your quilt longarm quilted here at Quilt Sandwich, if you ask for it cutting down, all the spare pieces of wadding and backing will be returned to you  so you can use for another project or even the binding.

So lets have a look at what extra wide backing fabrics we currently have in stock.

The first range of extra wide backing fabrics I want to talk about is Vineyard.  This is a great all purpose range and it comes in lots of different colours.


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 These are extra wide backing fabrics from the Moda range. 



Moda extra wide Vintage Grey


Moda Ho Ho Ho Red www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Moda Marbles Black www.quiltsandwich extra wide backing

Moda Marbles Blue www.quiltsandwich extra wide backing





Moda Dottie Aqua Extra Wide www.quiltsandwich.co.uk

Moda Mixology Extra Wide www.quiltsandwich.co.uk

Moda Whitewashed Cottage Heather www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide






Here are some of my other Extra Wide Backing Fabrics and these include Blank, Riley Blake Windham, Richard Kaufman & Marcus Fabrics


Riley Blake Rainbow Zig Zag www.quiltsandwich extra wide backing fabric

Riley Blake Multi dot Boy www.Quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide quilt backing

Riley Blake Multi dot Girl www.Quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide quilt backing

Spangles Black Multi www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Spangles Black www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Spangles Navy www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Spangles White Multi www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide
Black Chelsea Black www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Black Chelsea Blue www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Black Chelsea Cream www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide backing

Black Chelsea Green www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Black Chelsea Grey www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide

Black Chelsea light grey www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide



Coco Fusion www.quiltsandwich.co.uk  extra wide

Red Fusion www.quiltsandwich.co.uk extra wide backing


and these are just a few of our range.  To visit our shop click the link - http://www.quiltsandwich.co.uk

Friday, 29 April 2016

Birds Spectacular with Gail Lawther

This week we have had another fabulous retreat with Gail Lawther here at Quilt Sandwich, The Royal Bridlington.

This time it was a Bird Spectacular. Each day Gail showed the students different technique to create their master pieces.


Here are just a few bits of the students work









Gail Lawther will be back again next year. remember to sign up to the newsmail list to be kept informed - and you can do this by emailing Fiona@royalhotelbrid.co.uk.

Workshops and retreats can be found on our Quilt Sandwich website here - http://www.quiltsandwich.co.uk/#!workshops/c24c2

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Another Fantastic Retreat with Kathleen Laurel Sage

We have just enjoyed the most fantastic three day retreat with Kathleen Laurel Sage here at Quilt Sandwich.

The first day we spent playing with Zentangles.  Here are some of Kathleens













 and here are some of our attempts







This beautiful peacock was made by Denise. She decided to add some colour with fabric paints at home and came back the next day with it all framed up.


Day Two was spent playing with Organza, water soluble stabilizer (Romeo)  and thread.
Here is some of Kathleens work






and here is some of our vases drying



flowers for the embellishing of the vase drying on a plate


Our last day was spent leaning more free motion techniques to make poppies and clematis
These are kathleens'




and here is one of our attempts which were done free motion in an embroidery hoop using our sewing machines.


We had a fabulous time and although most of the techniques were initially totally out of some students comforts zones, everyone really enjoyed learning new things and having a go at some really easy techniques which generated fantastic results.

We have invited Kathleen back again next year and we will be 'making fabric' which can then be used as the student leisure in either their quilting, embroidery, garment making, scrap booking, paper crafting or whatever. So be sure to keep a close eye on the newsmails and book up when the details come out. These workshops/retreat are sure to be popular.