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All you need to know about quilt batting!

Hey fabric lovers!

Don’t you think choosing the batting for your project gets confusing sometimes? For me, it does. Especially because there are so many options to choose from. So, I decided to research more about the different types of batting to help you understand how you can use them. Now, let's talk about batting!


How to choose the perfect batting for your project?

The batting can make a quilt flat, puffy, or stiff because it comes in different thicknesses. That’s why you first have to decide how you want your quilt to look. Also, make sure to always choose a batting that complements the purpose of your finished project because the type of the batting will affect the way your quilt looks!

For example:

Warmth:  Since cotton batting absorbs moisture. This makes them cool in the summer and warm during winter. Also, you can use wool to provide warmth but they weigh more than the cotton ones.

Drapability: The density or sparseness of the quilting and the thickness of the batting will affect how your quilt will look when it's finished. Polyester and bamboo batting drape better than cotton and wool batting.

Washability: Be very careful with this one. Cotton and bamboo batting can shrink when washed while wool and polyester batting resist shrinking. It all depends on how you crinkly you want your quilt to look.

Resiliency: Is the batting’s ability to regain its original shape.  

Fiber content: There are two types. Natural and synthetic fibers.

Price: Cotton and wool are the most expensive ones. Polyester batting is the least expensive.

Types of batting:

Well, since now you know some characteristics of the batting let’s get more specific and learn more about some different types of batting!

Cotton batting:  It’s made with natural fibers and that’s what makes it very soft and comfort.

Polyester batting: Holds its shape and thickness. What’s good about polyester is that it keeps you warm but it doesn’t weight. It also resists mold and mildew, but it’s non-breathable.

Wool batting: It’s used for warmth. This is a natural option just like cotton. Wool is crease resistant it holds its shape and springs back.

Bamboo batting:  It’s breathable and machine washable but it shrinks a little bit, about 2-3% shrinkage.

Fusible batting: This batting has a fusible web so you can baste the layers together. When using this type of batting make sure to put the wool setting on your iron. This type of batting is great for small projects it can be ironed to temporarily secure it into the middle of a quilt and it will save you time basting.

Oh! There are some popular question you guys might be interested in…

How should I wash my quilt?

In my opinion, all quilts should be washed with care. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new. It’s better if you wash them by hand or in a washer on the light/gentle cycle and using cool water and also when drying the dryer should be on the lowest heat setting. I would also recommend air dry them if you can.

What is the warmest batting?

The warmth of a quilt is affected by the fibers used and by the amount of quilting in the quilt. You know what’s very interesting? That a quilt with larger air pockets provide more storage for warm air. Therefore, a quilt that is extremely closely quilted will not provide as much warmth as the one that is quilter 2-4’’ apart.  Also, silk and wool are considered the warmest fibers. OH! And polyester retains warmth too.

Note: Cotton breathes so that makes it cool in the summer and warm during winter. Wool also breathes, it absorbs moisture well which makes it comfortable in damp climates. Polyester doesn’t breathe which makes it warm all year long.

Do you need to prewash the batting?

Well, well... This question is a little subjective. Most battings can be prewashed but you don’t have to do it. Let’s say you accidentally spilled juice or any kind of liquid on it you can wash it but if nothing happens to it you don’t really need to.

Note: Cotton, bamboo and wool battings shrink after you wash the quilt. It will create that shrink quilt look that you will either love or hate. (I would recommend testing it if it’s your first time doing this)

What’s the purpose of your quilt?

Well, before you make your final decision, think about the purpose of your finished quilt. For example, these are some of the purposes I can think of: a baby quilt that will need to be washed a couple times a week, a bed quilt that will be washed and used for a long time, a decorative quilt that will be hanging on a wall and needs to stay flat on the wall, a table runner or a place mat that will need to be washed at least every two weeks. This is just to give you an idea about the purpose of your quilt and then you can decide which batting will work better for you. 

I know, choosing the right batting can take time but it all depends what you want the final product to look like. Once you do it a couple of times, choosing the right batting will become easier and faster.


I hope you learned something new about batting! Let me know in the comments, what kind of batting you like to use in your quilts.


I hope you all enjoyed,





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"A Guide to Batting." A Guide to Batting - Quilting Tutorial from N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

"How to Choose Quilt Batting: Tips to Keep in Mind." The Craftsy Blog. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

AGF Quilt Block Collection Tutorial: Churn Dash Block featuring Here Comes the Fun

Hello Everyone,

Did you all have a great Thanksgiving? Hope you all enjoyed spending time with family and friends this past weekend! Today I have a new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! 


We will be sewing up the Churn Dash Block featuring Here Comes the Fun fabric. Making this block we learn to make four at a time HST’s and simple strip pieced squares. I wanted to make my block pop so I used our Coral pure element fabric to help break up all the prints and bring my block to life! Watch the step by step instructions below!  




  Make sure to check out all the quilt blocks we have created so far: 

 #1- Fussy Cut Block featuring Hello Ollie fabric

#2- Dutchman’s Puzzle Block featuring Observer fabric

#3- Economy Block featuring Nightfall fabric

#4- Antique Tile Block featuring Lagom fabric

#5- Jack in the Box Block featuring Heartland fabric

We would love to see your creations! Feel free to share on Social Media using hashtag #AGFquiltblockcollection. Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Blithe Fabrics by Katarina Roccella!


Happy Sewing,




"Get the Look" from Simple Life Pattern Company

Hello fabulous makers!

Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays? As you all know, it’s time to do a little stretch, explore your fabrics stash, and start sewing handmade gifts! I know it seems overwhelming but don’t worry, we have something that will make your life a bit easier.

If you’re thinking of sewing a bunch of holiday outfits for your kids or you would like to give your friends a set of patterns, Simple Life Pattern Company has paired up with us to offer exclusive “Get the Look” kits that feature AGF! Yes, you read right! Now, you can sew all the Simple Life Patterns you love with your favorite AGF collections! Some of the popular collections included are Playground by Amy Sinibaldi, Lavish by Katarina Roccella, DARE by Pat Bravo and many more.

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If you visit the new “Get the Look Kits” section on the SLPco website, you’ll find 6 pages filled with cute dress patterns, shorts, tops, and a myriad of baby patterns ranging from sizes NB- 12. What’s great about these kits is that more will be added with every collection we release! Therefore, you'll always be able to sew new patterns with the newest AGF collections.

To take a closer look at some of the adorable outfits you can make for your little ones, check out the “Get the Look” lookbooks we’ve prepared for you.


Girls' Looks:


Baby Looks:


What did you think? I’m sure your little one will look like a fashionista with these outfits. ;) To purchase any of the “Get the Look Kits” visit the Simple Life Pattern Company website.


Feel free to tell us what your favorite Simple Life Pattern is.


Happy Sewing!


Holiday Calendar - Easy and fun video sewing tutorial

Ho Ho Ho !!!

We are approaching the most wonderful time of the year! Don’t you love all the Holiday decorations, songs, and the general cheer?

In my home, following the polish tradition we usually prepare for Christmas lots of delicious food. And I know that the end of December just won't be the best time to diet;)

That’s why before holiday time, I am trying to restrain myself and diet a little to get ready for the deliciousness that is waiting on me at the end of December. I decided to create a Holiday calendar that will help me countdown to Holidays and also will restrict me to just one piece of candy per day;)

It’s a great tool for kids, it teaches them patience and gives them a sense of reward. I truly recommend you to make one especially that the project is extremely easy and fun. Using the “ Happy Cheer” print frm Here comes the Fun by Sew Caroline was just perfect for this project.



Did you enjoy the tutorial? Let me know in comments how you are getting ready for Holiday Season?

I would love to hear from you :) Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. :)


Sew Cheerfully with Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline


Hey fabulous makers!

The other day I had a thought… trends come and go but colors are always cool. There’s something so interesting about mixing and matching bright colors to create modern sewing masterpieces. Colors can change the mood of any project and if you choose vibrant hues, all your projects will instantly exude joy.

One collection that screams happiness is Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline. This collection is filled with happy lyrics, bold brush strokes inspired by street art, and whimsy florals that will simply make you smile when you sew with these prints. I personally have a special connection with this fun collection because it reminds me of the Arts District in Miami called Wynwood. The bright colors in this collection and especially the “Improv Strokes” print remind me of the beautiful murals that line the streets of that neighborhood.

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Skirt featuring "Improv Stroke Citrus" print

I can already envision modern color block quilts and tons of children’s clothes with this youthful collection. Caroline has shown off her bubbly personality in her designs once more!

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Brighten your day by browsing through the look book and get inspired by cute garments, colorful quilts, and much more!


Bring a fun accent to your little one’s room with this “Happy Song” FREE QUILT PATTERN.   


And if you’re wondering what blenders coordinate with this vibrant collection, here’s a nice selection of our specially curated AGF Elements. ;)

Here comes the fun blenders

But the real fun doesn’t start until you enter the GIVEAWAY! Win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun!

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To enter fill the form below. ;)

Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 29th at 3:00pm. Winner will be announced on this post.


I hope you’re excited to start creating beautiful projects with this collection. Stay tuned for more exciting things from AGF!


Till next time,





CONGRATULATIONS Dorie Eaquivel, you've won the Here Comes the Fun Giveaway! Check your email:)

P.S. If you're wondering how fun it was to make this look book, check out this video. :)

AGF Free Sewing Patterns - a paradise for all makers

Hello awesome sewists!

Do you need more sewing projects to keep you busy on long winter evenings? Or you're just looking for ideas for Holiday gifts? Well if you haven't, check out the free sewing patterns section on the AGF website. You must visit it now! We've prepared a library of free sewing patterns just for you. From beginner friendly patterns to more advanced ones - you simply have it all. Today I want to share with you a couple of my favorites. :)

Pillows free sewing patterns

Discover ways to bring a pop of color into your home by making cute pillows from our selection! Quilting pillows can transform an entire room's decor and deliver a bold color statement. Just take a look at this gorgeous Swan Kiss pillow sewn with the swan fabric print from Bonnie Christine's Collection, Hello Ollie. It will make your room so pretty and romantic.

How about my other favorite: The Egress pillow sewn with Scandinavian inspired fabrics from Pat’s Bravo collection Heartland. I am sure all your guests will admire your quilting skills if you make it:)




Table Toppers free sewing patterns

Table runners and table toppers not only look beautiful but also protect your furniture. Dress up your table with one of the cute quilted runners from our library. My two favorite ones are: the Eventide table runner (featuring Nightfall fabric collection by Maureen Cracknell and AGF studio linen fabric) and the Reveal table runner in which the combination of all shades of blue fabrics with mustard fabrics from the Observer collection by April Rhodes just stole my heart.

Table runners


Bags and backpacks free sewing patterns

Don’t you love  sewing your own bags and purses? Even if you don't have much sewing experience you’ll learn how to easily make a handbag or cute purse using any of our free bag patterns. Take a look at the practical Asana Bag. You can take it to the gym or to your yoga class. The black and white fabric from the Lagom collection makes it look really modern. If you prefer a more edgy style, the Boro Boro tote is perfect for you! It combines fabrics from the Observer fabric collection by April Rhodes with denim from the Denim Studio and fancy leather accents. Isn’t it stylish?


I hope that you are taking advantage of our library of free sewing patterns. Have fum choosing your favorite ones. Remember that hand-made gifts are always much more valuable than the ones from the store! I hope I inspired you to make one of our projects. 

Let me know in comment section which of these projects you  would like to make?


Happy Holiday Sewing:)