Tried a mini quilt with different batting. This time I used Hobbs Heirloom Organic Cotton. If was really soft.
The little quilt is definitely less stiff than attempt number one, but it may be because the quilting isn't as dense.
I realized that my sewing machine REALLY needed to be serviced before I start the actual quilting journey, so I didn't do straight lines on the sashing like I was planning to.
I am really enjoying coming up with quilting designs for each block.