Community Quilt 173

1 12 2014

I liked the vibrancy and colours of this quilt.

How to quilt it? Well, it was very geometric with harsh lines, so I decided to soften the look by doing a more organic, rounded all-over spiral motif.

I didn’t stitch in the ditch, just started in the centre and worked my way out. However, I decided to use a 12 wt cotton thread and I had all sorts of trouble with it poking through the back. I think that was a combination using a size 20 needle for this weight thread, AND using a bobbin thread that matched the backing fabric, not the top thread. No matter what I did with the tension I had ‘pokies’ on both sides of the quilt — yellow poking through the navy, and black poking through to the top. I wasn’t happy with the back at all.

Lesson learned: When using a heavy weight thread and a large needle, make sure the bobbin thread matches the top thread, no matter what fabric colour is used on the back. That way any pokies will be less obvious.

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Yellow ‘pokies’ on the back


Black ‘pokies’ on the front

Threads used:

  • Top: Wonderfil Fruitti (12 wt, Egyptian cotton, colour FT01)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (black)




2 responses

1 12 2014

I haven’t worked with any thread quite that heavy, or needle that large, but I can totally understand how this would be a major challenge. Your quilting is very lovely, however!!!!!!

9 12 2014
Dawn C.

I like the heavier threads – they really add texture.

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