On a related note, I am almost finished a quilt for the littlest member of my family, born just less than a week ago. Typically, I would wait until the quilt is finished to write about it, but I cannot help myself. I tried some new products this time around and I am enjoying it too much to wait to tell you. You will, however, have to wait a while for the grand finale.
This is my first time using Cotton + Steel fabrics, Quilters Dream Batting in Angel Soft, Aurifil Mako Size 12 thread and Primitive Gatherings Big Stitch Quilting Needles. Everything is so incredibly soft! Well, the needles aren't soft, but they are smooth and the eye is large enough to make threading very easy. After a solid 90 minute quilt session, my hands did not hurt. Can I just say that working with quality materials - fabric, needles, thread, batting - is beyond worth it?
I look forward to seeing the bump factor on this piece. I am not too sure what the batting is made from, but I trust Quilters Dream Batting. According to their website, Dream Angel is made of "fibers that are specially engineered to be flame retardant". I can't figure out if it is cotton or not - it certainly feels like it. It has the same shrinkage factor as cotton (3%), but it needs to be quilted closer - 6" apart as opposed to 8". There is a bit of bearding on the blue which makes me think there are synthetics involved, but I could be wrong.
By the way, in case you hadn't guessed it by now, my nephew and his wife are the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy and we are all BEYOND happy!