Ding Batt | McCall’s Quilting Blog

Do you remember “All in the Family,” the television show from the 1970s? One of the main characters, Archie Bunker, often called his wife a dingbat. The expression remains in my vocabulary and, in fact, became the name of my most recent finish. I spelled it a bit differently but here’s the story of my quilt.

This (below, left) is Ding Batt. I made it from silk dupioni for an upcoming issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Silk dupioni is such a luxurious fabric. I really enjoy working with it.

Ding Batt

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The Center Medallion

The machine-embroidered designs are in my Baby Lock Destiny.  Above, right, is a close look at the center of the quilt. The embroidery stitched out like a dream. It’s beautiful.

I quilted it myself on my domestic machine (the Baby Lock Destiny) since it is just a wall-size quilt. I was nearing the end and turned the quilt and tried to smooth things out only to discover that I had quilted the batting from the edge of the quilt sandwich to the back of the quilt. Because I was up against a deadline, I simply cut around the bit of batting. I decided I would deal with it later.

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And Here Is Where It Got It’s Name

 I’ll bet you are beginning to understand why I named it Ding Batt. In the days since I turned the quilt in, I’ve decided that I’m not going to remove the extra batting. I’m going to make the label and leave the batting there to be part of the quilt’s story.

And just in case you are interested in machine embroidery, my friend Sara Gallegos has a series on QNNtv.com called Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery. It’s full of great information.

Until next time, happy quilting.



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