What kind of thread do you use for hand quilting?
If you quilt like I do, you are not limited to just cotton quilting thread!
I have a couple that were quilted with Monopoly...
Susan Magnolia: This is a painted piece I started at Road To CA in a class from Patt Blair. The batting is wool and is not trapuntoed - it just is that puffy from the batting..by densely stippling the background, the center flower and leaves stand out.
Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch: This piece was outline quilted with Monopoly.
And a couple that were quilted with metallics...here is one:
Penrose Posey: This piece was quilted with gold metallic.Sorry it doesn't show too well in the picture - the quilting is shiny in person.
Penrose Posey: The full wallhanging.
A couple of tips for handling unusual threads.
- Don't make a knot and try to pop it thru the top..instead, enter the quilt top about 4 inches away from where you want to start quilting and leave that long tail in the batting..make a small loop knot on the surface - hold on to the tail by pinching it with your non-needle hand thumb and forefinger as you pull the loop snug..if you start near a seam or out from under an applique, this tiny knot will not be visible..likewise, when you end the thread, take a small loop knot (either in a seam or under a piece of applique) and bury about 4 inches of the thread before clipping.
- Use fairly short pieces of thread (remember to add the 4 inches for the starting tail though)
- Going thru bulky seams may break your thread..try to avoid!
- I would not use these unusual threads on any piece that would get washed a lot or would be used on a bed.
What unusual threads have you used?
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