Thanks for all your encouraging comments, particularly about the little red and white quilt top I made last week and the midnight stars I just basted. I’m not sure how I’m going to quilt the R&W and I already have a hand quilting project so I don’t know why I basted the midnight stars. I just felt moved to. I plan to do the hanging diamonds as Lori described in this post. I’ve just done a few hand quilting projects. I love the idea of hand quilting – it is relaxing and peaceful – and I really like that it gives me time with my quilt.
post was outline the stars and pumpkins.
I wanted a darker color for the pumpkin and stars. Normally, I wouldn’t use a polyester/cotton thread, but that is what I had. This one is DMC. I probably wouldn’t use it on a bed quilt.
On the 16-patch quilt, I’m using Superior Threads King Tut quilting thread Tone-on-Tone by Sue Nickels. I hunted all over the Quilters Unlimited quilt show last year for red quilting thread and none was to be found. Superior had other colors, but not red. I asked if this thread could be used for hand quilting (it doesn’t specify on the spool) and the man emphatically said “no”. I felt challenged. It is working fine. It isn’t “waxed” like other quilting thread, but I’m not having any trouble with it - a testament to the quality of Superior Threads.
I try to avoid marking, but don’t feel confidant enough with the fans. I can’t find the pencil I used for the Road to Oklahoma – it was just something I picked up at the local quilt shop. I used a Berol Verithin pencil in silver to mark the 16-patch. It was recommended to me in a class and I did test it to make sure it will come out with washing. Don’t know if you can tell, but I haven’t washed the Road to Oklahoma. I’m not sure why – I usually wash my quilts after putting in that last stitch.
Some other useful tools –
My conclusion with the needles is changing them often. A bent needle is no longer useful; get a new one!
Sun, please come out!