|I should have ironed this before taking pictures ;)|
I don't have 'much' of a thread stash. . . no really, I don't, it all fits in one drawer, can't be that much ;) I started laying out threads. The hardest one is going to be that maroony purply red color. . . I have only ever done one red quilt and quite honestly, red is not one of my favorite colors. Anyway, I pulled that spool, held my breath and holy wow! It actually looked like it was going to work! OK, that is good, and it is Aurifil! Extra points. Now, the blues. Those light blues may present a problem. . . BUT I had two lighter blues of Isocord that I bought for my dad's quilt (didn't use either of them LOL) and guess what? Perfect. . . but, Isocord, mixing thread types... not good. What about that middle diamond, it is a very dark grey. . . When I first started quilting, I just happen to have bought a spool of black Isocord (just in case, one always needs black right?). It looks like it is going to work but more mixing... Now, that other grey is going to present problems. . . hmmmm. What about the grey that I am using for the negative space? Not a perfect match, not really close. . . but those spaces are going to be very densely quilted. . . I think it might work!
What I did next is something I have never done before starting to quilt a top. I took scraps of each color of fabric and tried each color to see how it worked. I'm mixing a poly and a cotton thread. . . gasp Is that going to work? Also, the backing is a wide back (Wide Screen by Carol Friedlander in grey). I didn't want to use different color threads on the back. . . and what about those pesky dots I have seen that result in mixing thread colors like this? Surely this is going to be a disaster in the making? Must test. Here are the results:
Can you believe that??? I haven't said it yet in this post but I'm saying it now - I just love my new machine!!! The tension is PERFECT! Not one dot! Front or back! OH YEAH, I am in business! Did I mention I am using a double bat with this one? Wool and 100% cotton (I'm a Quilter's Dream girl... in more ways than one LOL). And still, it is perfect. And I was going fast, slow and scribbling and that amazing machine just whipped right through all of those layers like a hot knife through butta! Color me
I've got one full star block finished. That micro quilting is taking some time and makes me tense LOL but it is looking good. Oh alright, here's a picture:
OK, I'm getting back to it and I have assembled all needed parts for my next quilt. . . no hints. Just know I will be posting soon, very soon ;)
Linking up with Judy for Design Wall Mondays, Marelize for Anything Goes Mondays, Connie for Linky Tuesday and Heather and Megan for Fabric Tuesdays.
Until next time, keep on quilting. . . and. . . don't sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff :)