The last few days I have been playing with the threads that I bought at Quilt Festival, trying out different sizes for the top thread and bobbin, with different sizes of needles and types of batting.
I actually like the look of the size 28 thread best (right now, anyway). It looks substantial and I think it would provide a strong, balancing accent to the piecing in a quilt. But I can see that sometimes the delicate look of the size 50 thread would be a more appropriate touch.
I also got to thinking that it would be fun to use several different sizes in one design.
The Gutermann recycled polyester thread worked wonderfully – it seemed to slide through the eye of the needle very smoothly. I am not sure what size it is – I thought the lady at Quilt Festival told me it was size 50, but it looks more like a 40 to me. I got on their website but could not find the information anywhere.
The difference in the threads shows up better in this picture, where I was using a thick polyester batting.
Since I was paying attention to the effects of the threads, I didn’t try to quilt all the areas evenly, and there is a lot of puckering. But I think that could be used to advantage too – I have been wanting to do a quilt based on the tide pools I saw in San Diego this year. I can imagine painting the unquilted, puckery fabric to look like rocks in the background, and then the quilted areas would look more like smooth shells on top of the rocks.
I find it hard to give up fabric, batting, and time just for a sampler, but every time I do, I learn a lot, and even get some new ideas.
Your great grandmother is smiling. She finally has a descendant that understands the joy of quilting.
If she could see today’s quilting tools like rotary cutters and walking feet, she’d be eager to try them out!