211: Debbi Trevino

Debbi Trevino - All About Batting

Debbi Trevino’s love of teaching is evident to everyone taking her classes. She has a vast knowledge of machine quilting on a variety of longarm machines. Debbi has been an instructor at a number of international quilt shows and teaches annually at MQX (Machine Quilters’ Expo), and at the HQMS Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City.

Debbi is the owner and president of Village Quiltworks, Inc. – a full service quilt shop located in Richland, Washington. She is a sought after business and industry consultant, offering training and motivation for sales reps as well as shop owners.


Week 1

Debbi Trevino is an expert on that all-important element of every quilt: batting. Quilters tend to stick to one or two batts which may or may not be the best for their project. Debbi has conducted extensive research to see how each batting on the market will react when used by the consumer. The result of the research is the Ultimate Batting Chart. The results may surprise you!


Week 2

Are you baffled by all those terms used in regards to batting? Bearding and loft and needle punching and scrim and bleaching and neps oh my! Debbie Trevino to the rescue! In this segment, Debbi uses samples to illustrate how each of these terms affects the finished quilt and why it’s so important to choose the right batting for the project.


Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth

Jodie asks Vicki how to use up all those leftover pieces of batting that are too big to toss. Vicki shows several techniques to piece them together and a clever way to add batting if you run out while stitching on the longarm machine. Waste not!


Week 3

Does price matter? Debbi Trevino points out that your quilt top is already a large investment in the cost of the fabrics and your time is creating it. Quilting is an additional investment. So, she advises, invest in the batting that will give the best result for that project. Debbie gives a review of the different fibers available in battings today and the pros and cons of each.

These include polyester, cotton (probably the most popular), blend of cotton/poly, wool, silk, bamboo and soy.