Thread inspires me. I love thread. I love the color, texture and possibility thread offers as part of the quilting process. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of Superior Threads. King Tut and Masterpiece have been main stays in my thread stash for a loonnnng time.
Masterpiece is incredible for piecing as it sinks in, not taking up any space in the seam allowance. Love this thread.
Bottom Line & So Fine have been added to the list as I’ve experimented and developed an understanding of thread, needles, how to adjust tension on the machine and tried a variety of quilt batting.
I’ve been using Sulky Blendables for a while now and have really grown to appreciate the variety of color and the heavier weight can be quite delightful in the overall look of the quilting. Anne & I used Sulky as part of the Hoffman Challenge Quilt we made together. We used all solid colors for the quilting and chose a maroon/purple in the swirling feather area that reads as brown on the green background. This was a fun quilt to make.
I’ve wanted to do some work with silk thread over the last few years. Gutterman makes some silk that is a delight to quilt with. Remembering to purchase 75/11 needles for use with the silk took a couple of days.
When Linda M Poole posts the color fixes to her blog my mind immediately wanders to what thread to use…cotton, poly, silk…wool Aurifil makes a wool thread that I’m ready to try! *just need the correct size needles for this*
King Tut has a great series of thread that are tone-on-tone and quite subtle. When visiting a quilt shop in ME a few weeks ago I picked up more of this thread to add to my stash. The subtlety of color adds richness and depth to a piece without adding a lot of extra color to a piece. With the “Twilight in the Bronx” series this is essential.
Knowing a bit about tension, remember to loosen, can make trying new thread a whole lot easier.
When you find a combination of thread, needle & tension that works well, write it down.
Remember that batting can play a role in how thread is behaving.