Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CQ News October part 2!

Constantine Quilts now has a large variety of battings available for purchase by the linear length. Did you know the following about battings?? (Kindly provided by Hobbs Bonded Fibres)

General Information... Batting

In general, batting is made using various processes. The process by which battings are manufactured and produced gives a product its identity. There are (5) primary processes by which battings are made:

Garnetted or Plain: Garnetted batting is processed through garnett or carding equipment and layered with no other added processes. This plain batting is not bound together in any manner and is very easy to quilt. The major issue with this type of batting is potential for migration and shifting. This type of batting will tend to bunch and shift between the quilt lines if not quilted as close as ¼” –1/2” spacing

Needle punched: This type of batting is carded or garnetted then layer to form a web. The web is then passed through needling equipment that mechanically entangles the web by using thousands of needles that lock the fibre together. This type of product works to give strength to a product while allowing for a soft hand and thinner profile vs. a high loft type product. Needle punched wool or polyester tend to migrate, but will not bunch or shift like plain garnetted or carded products. Needle punched products can be thermal bonded or resin bonded.

Thermal bonded, Heat sealed, Glazine finish: All of these types of batting are similar in that they typically use some type of low melt binder fibre in the mix. Low melt binder fibre is a polyester fibre that is designed to melt at a lower temperature than a standard polyester fibre. Thermal bonded products have low melt fibre blended with standard polyester. The blended web is passed through an oven and the low melt fibres “flow” and bonds to the surrounding polyester fibres. Problems with Thermal bonded products are that the surface fibres are not tied down which allows for migration. In addition, thermal bonded products do not dry clean and break down faster with washing than do resin bonded products.

In the case of glazine or heat sealed type products, a web is passed through a mechanical process that applies heat to the surface of the web. The surface of the web is “sealed” or “glazed”. This sealing or tying of the fibres on the top and bottom helps minimize the potential for bearding, bunching and shifting allowing for the batt to open like a blanket and have good stability.

Resin bonded: Resin bonded batting is made made from a wide variety of fibres including polyester, cotton, wool etc.. A web is garnetted or carded then passed through a process that applies a resin to both sides. The web is dried and cured to form a bonded batting. This bonded batting resists bearding better than any other type of batting. There are many different types of fibre and resin combinations to give a desired “look” and “hand”. Combining processes, fibres and resins makes the resin bonded process the most versatile and most effective way to produce battings.

To view all the battings available you can visit the website for the list, specifications and pricing.


Just to let you know that I’ve finally received a fresh shipment of featherlight clamps ….  There were many that were waiting for these & they are now on their way to you!

Featherlight Clamps

Featherlight Clamps


Featherlight Clamps 1 pair

Use these clamps on longarm, midarm, and shortarm machines.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Only 1.3 ounces/pair. They will not pull down on your quilt edge.
WIDE (8 1/2"): Provides even tension across your fabric edge. This reduces side distortion.
THIN: Will not interfere with your extended throat plate or the edge of your machine. No more bumping into the clamps. Quilt right up to the edge of the clamp.
EASY: Snaps on with a pinch of your finger and thumb.
Strap is 72" Long.
NOTE: These clamps are designed to attach onto one layer of fabric. They do not clamp onto batting.
This method will provide even tension on all three quilt layers.
1. Baste the top of your quilt along the sides to secure the top and batting to the back of your quilt.
2. Clip the clamps onto the quilt backing.
3. Gently pull the straps to the side. As soon as you feel the slightest pressure on the strap, lay it onto the velcro strip. This will support the side of your quilt without causing distortion. (DO NOT Torture your quilt by stretching it sideways.)
4. Quilt as desired.
5. Advance your quilt.
6. Repeat 1 to 5. Baste as you go after each time you advance the quilt.

Australian Quilt Market – 14th-15th November

Come & visit our booth at Australian Quilt Market in November to see all the latest goodies and have a play on the A1 Quilting machine and see how amazing the Intelliquilter computerised system is! will give you all the details on how to register to attend. It is free to attend the vendors & a small fee for the classes….

Intelliquilter training day – Melbourne

We have finalized details for a training day in Melbourne.

Date: 16th November Monday after AQM

Time: 9am – 3.30pm (to allow for anyone to get to airport to fly home that night)

Venue: Always Quilting

                401 Waverly Road

                Malvern East, Vic

                03 9569 2272

Cost: $60-00

Lunch: You will be able to pre-order your lunch & Jenny will have someone go & collect it & bring back to us on the day…or bring your own.

Bring your tablets, pen & paper along on the day.

We will cover all the new features and spend some time on fine tuning all the different ways of using line pattern, path pattern etc to get wonderful borders & sashings & blocks. Bring questions along on the day so that all can learn how to deal with different issues.

Places are limited due to space, so it will be first in with payment to secure a spot.

If you need details on how to get there or info on parking then please visit Jenny’s website above for a map & instructions.

Please book your class using the website .

Hope to see you in Melbourne!!


Latest News!! The Intelliquilter is now available for Prodigy & Proto quilting machines....

If anyone is even contemplating purchasing an A1 Longarm quilting machine or an IntelliQuilter computerised system that will go on nearly 'any' brand longarm machine, then don't hesitate to contact me!! Prices are subject to exchange rates at all times.


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Tracey Browning

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