Machine Quilting & Thread Choices

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For My “National Quilting Day” post I included a picture of my “tulips” little quilt.  One of the things I really love about this is the quilting.  The thread choice of the King Tut thread by Superior Threads I made turned out really nice and I loved how it completely enhanced the fabric and created a whole other dimension and textural effect that wasn’t there before.  Had I used just a plain solid cotton thread, I would not have had the same result.

 

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Notice the subtle color changes and how it accentuates the tone on tone values of the background fabric?

 

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Quilted on a Bernina 170 (no BSR stitch regulator used)

 

It is no secret that I LOVE, no really, I LOVE Superior Threads.  It has never been, nor will it be just regular “any ol’ thread”.    Every choice I make in materials for my quilts from beginning to end will have an impact on the final result.  The choice of thread for quilting is not excluded from that.  Depending on how much more or less additional texture I want, how much color alteration to the background, or no color alteration is an important consideration I always give careful thought to.

 

Do you notice how the thread actually helps to create a "carved" textural effect? The color variations , because they are so subtle, combined with the background fabric color does that automatically without very much effort or thought on my part.
Do you notice how the thread actually helps to create a "carved" textural effect? The color variations , because they are so subtle, combined with the background fabric color does that automatically without very much effort or thought on my part.

 

I have found that I never have to go outside the Superior line of threads to find the color, texture or weight of thread I need to really bring my quilting and therefore, my quilts, to life. 

I will reiterate that I am not a paid sponsor or endorser, I am a really happy customer who wants to share a fabulous product that I think can make a big difference in your quilting experience.  The price is definitely worth it.

©2009 Sandra Leichner

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About Sandra

I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

6 thoughts on “Machine Quilting & Thread Choices

  1. what a fantastic look the thread gives the backround. I’ll have to try this sometime . I know thread makes a huge difference .

    I used to use just anything I could find , but purchased some Superior as a treat one time , and found nothing else that was as nice.

    The closer I see your work the better it is !!!!

    Thanks !!!

  2. I think close-ups are absolutely crucial to get a visual grasp of understanding how things work. I am never hesitant to have anyone look at my work eyeball to the surface. One of my other primo favorites of Superior is the ‘Highlights’ line of thread. It has a silky look on the quilt that I love.

    I really appreciate your high compliment and it means a lot. Thank you :o)

  3. your quilting is just perfect ! I have a janome 10000 that I love , but I never have been able to get my stitches that uniform. I’m in awe , that you didn’t use a BSR . Is it practise or machine , that is the most important? any hints on how to achive that ?

  4. To start with it is called the best teacher when it comes to machine quilting–Diane Gaudynski. Then it is practice and experience. The BSR would be an impediment rather than a help. When I bought my 730 I told them to keep the BSR. It took $1,000 of the price of the machine immediately.

    A big major tip: You do NOT put the “pedal to the medal” as we were all taught at the start of the machine quilting trend. You drive your machine (quilt) like you drive your car…..Don’t take the curves at 90mph. Also: Your hands always move slower than the speed of the machine. And yes, it also takes practice and a willingness to make mistakes and keep going.

  5. wow ! your the lucky one. I met Dianne once and she was really inspiring ,just to chatting about quilting. I have her book and really need to pull it out again.

    I thought I was at a disadvantage and was wanting a BSR soooo badly. Now I’m going to just try working with what I have and do the work !!!

  6. You will be more happy and be miles ahead on yours skills for side stepping the BSR. If you look at most of the quilts in shows including many of the recent BOS’s out there, Diane’s fingerprint is all over them. Her influence is massive. She is a really good person too. Really good.

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