Monday, June 16, 2014

Thread Stash. Who knew?

I'm done stripping grin so now I am back at my flying geese quilt.  I just realized, I need a name for this one.  And I am coming up with zilch, nadda, zippo.  Any suggestions?  The finished top looks like this:

I should have ironed this before taking pictures ;)
I thought I had a pretty iron clad quilting plan for this quilt. . . and it turns out I have scrapped some of it. . . Part of what I decided was that I want the thread to match, in all parts of the quilt. I had bought thread when I bought the background fabric to match it (the lovely ladies at Pink Chalk did a spectacular job) and I also had them match the lighter grey fabric I bought at the same time that I thought I was going to use in the quilt.  It just happened to match the back perfectly!  And then, I started to panic. . . What about the rest of the colors, what about all those nightmare horror stories I have seen of the mess that happens when mixing types of thread on the top and bottom? Calm yourself, Judy, what was that quilting tip you gave just days ago?? Oh yeah, don't sweat the small stuff. . . have a glass of wine (never mind that it was about 7 a.m.) and think. . . My LQS has some Aurifil but mostly the neutral colors people use to piece. . . ordering online is a gamble and once again puts off any notion of starting quilting for days. Not happening.  So, I open my 'thread' drawer. . .

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 happy ecstatic :)

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 :)
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18 comments:

  1. OMG! I just don't know how you do all that beautiful quilting! Glad you followed your own advice. Could not be more wonderful!

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  2. I like the way your blocks transition and your quilting is beautiful!!!!

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  3. Gorgeous quilting!!!! What about the name Electric Slide? That's the best I can come up with right now, but I'll keep thinking. :D

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  4. Wow! Your quilting looks great with your new machine. I think your quilt name should use the word "spin."

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  5. Wow, Judy, it looks fabulous! And, Oh MY, what dense quilting!
    I agree with Jasmine about the name. I see windmills in the blocks, so "spin" or "wind" or "blowing" or something along those lines, would suit it, IMHO.

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  6. I so.. love this quilt! Are you getting tired of me telling you that yet? Anyway as for name--I like Jasmine's too but maybe including South. I like Spinning South! ---you know the whole geese going south! Just a thought!

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  7. So gorgeous! I love naming quilts --- I would call it Gemstone Geese!

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  8. What a great design! And the quilting is beautiful.

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  9. How about " Tumble Twirl" for a name?
    Love your design and the FMQ!
    Esther

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  10. that is one gorgeous quilt top and it's going to be spectacular when you've finished quilting it! I am rubbish at naming quilts. I've made two for my nephew - both are called "Jacob's Quilt". I'm now making one using fabric from the Bluebird park line, guess what I'm calling it? Yep "Bluebird Park Quilt".

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  11. Your quilting looks awesome! I can see why it would be taking a bit of time, but it sure will be worth it.

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  12. oh wow, your quilting is looking fab! I especially like your sampler pieces. no idea on name for your quilt though.

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  13. Hi Judy! Your quilting look amazing! It's definitely going to add a lot of interest in your quilt! Like Sarah I'd love to know what machine is yours. I also wanna thank you a lot for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment on my New Quilt Blogger post! I'm now following you with Bloglovin!

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  14. This is just, just....stunning, gorgeous, delicious... I love love love it. And I may burn in hell for typing this confession, but I mix threads ALL the time, always have done, and have never thought it wrong...the last quilt had Aurifil and Sulky rayon on it... I love how you've created the triangle and diamond "tufts" with such dense quilting around the shapes, I love the micro-cross-hatching in the centre, the threadplay on the tiny paisley section...whoa, and wow. This will be a masterpiece for sure. Hey, have you tried spray basting? (yep headed to hell for sure now) Think you might love it. It changed my life. :-)

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  15. Oh my goodness! That is so teeny, but it looks awesome. Good job figuring out all those threads and the tension IS awesome!

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  16. Why this looks fantastic!! I guess all that fretting paid off. :)

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