Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pretty autumn mug rug quilted with Happy Cloud Batting


Today I want to share a product that is new to me, Happy Cloud Batting, an exclusive line of batting from Fat Quarter Shop. Recently the kind folks at FQS sent me a few packages to play with, and I’m so glad they did. I broke into a package of 80/20 Silky Blend precut 10” squares and used one to quilt a little autumn mug rug I pieced.


Typically I use 100% cotton batting for the small projects I quilt, but I have to say that I love the texture and slight loft of this 80/20 cotton/polyester blend from FQS. I think the combination of Silky Blend and the 80 wt Aurifil thread (color: ermine) made my simple straight-line quilting very sweet and defined. I will definitely go this route again.


I found this cool black button in my grandma's button jar and secured it with Aurifloss #5009 medium orange, which is such a yummy color. It adds a nice finishing touch, don't you think?



Fat Quarter Shop's precut batting concept is awesome! Perhaps you are making several mug rugs or mini quilts as gifts.  How terrific to be able to order a package of precut, ready-to-go batting pieces! Happy Cloud Batting comes in several sizes for all your project needs:  8" squares (12 pack), 10" squares (12 pack), 14″ squares (12 pack), 36" squares (2 pack), 36" x 45" Craft, 19" x 55" Tablerunner, 45" x 60" Crib, 60" x 60" Throw, 72" x 90" Twin, 90" x 108" Queen and 120 x 120" King. 


Five types of Happy Cloud Batting are available: 80/20 Silky Blend; Cotton Simply Natural; 50/50 Cotton Blend; Wool Warm & Plush and 50/50 Bamboo Blend.  For more information on the features of each type, visit this post on the Jolly Jabber.


Because I know you are probably wondering, the mug rug block is from the Mini County Fair pattern by Fig Tree & Company.  And naturally, I used some pretty Fig Tree fabrics from my stash as well.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, quilting friends. During the month of October 2018, all Happy Cloud Batting is 25% off at Fat Quarter Shop! If you’re looking for a new batting product to try, I can confidently recommend this one.

~Taunja



8 comments:

  1. I had previously tried the FQS batting. I think it was all cotton and cotton/poly. I found it to be horrible. What do you like about this silky one and does it compare with similiar known brands of the same. I'ld love to order their batting if i could find one that's decent.

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    1. I really liked the loft and ease of quilting that I found in this small project using Silky Blend. My stitches looked nice and there was good definition. I fully intend to try it again on a larger project.

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  2. What pattern is the flower from? Have been looking for the right flower block for a project and I absolutely LOVE this one! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Sheri! The block is from Fig Tree's Mini County Fair pattern! Someday I plan to make the big County Fair quilt pattern by Fig Tree. It's such a pretty block!

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  3. I really wonder what good are cotton battings in cold(ish) climates. they are so popular but look so flat and flimsy; of all battings they are least warm... and they shrink

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    1. I do agree with what you are saying. My kids both say that when I make a quilt with 100% cotton, they wish it was thicker. However, I really like how the thinner quilts drape and wrap around me. And truth be told, we use quilts in the summer too, and then my kids love them.

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  4. Since you have never steered us wrong I just went and put a couple packages of this batting in my FQS shopping cart. I plan on making several mug rugs to give as Christmas gifts so am excited about the 10" square pre cut pieces. Your mug rug is lovely! Perfect touch with that special button. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Pam! I really liked the Silky Blend. You know what, I didn't even spray the top or the backing to the batting. Somehow the poly/cotton just had enough "catch" that my small piece didn't move while machine quilting. That was kind of cool!

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