I have finished quilting my Postcard from Sweden quilt, my Writing from Whitehead quilt. I used proper quilting thread, Aurifil 2115, nice sharp lemon colour.
I had laid out my quilt on instagram and had a quick poll on whether to quilt with lots of multi coloured cheap and cheerful moon threads, bought especially for the occasion, or the one spool of lemon Aurifil I found in a drawer. The response was overwhelmingly in favour of the Aurifil.
It is strange. I am happy to spend money on the fabrics, and quite frequently do. I am happy to spend money on decent yarn. With fabric and yarn, you do get what you pay for. Why spend my valuable time on shoddy materials which won't last? I spend money on make up. Why would I put anything questionable on my face, even though I so rarely wear it? So .... why then won't I spend money on thread? I come over so parsimonious with it. I think it is because "there is nothing to show for it". My experience in quilting with this shows me I am wrong. The thread is important. The definition is so much better, the tension is more consistent. Hard to put my finger on it, it is just better.
My quilting is very simple, straight lines, in V shapes. No particular pattern or design, just where the needle went.
The quilt may need more quilting? But I don't want to over quilt? I like plain and simple. Should I do more lines? Should I do all over squiggles, now I can use my fmq foot? Please feel free to tell me what you think.
All I have left now is to bind the edges. And, ahem, hand stitch a little fabric up in one corner, which seems to be a little shy of backing fabric. I have no idea how that happened. It is not as if I am short of backing fabric.
It seems a long time since Sandra talked about our shared love for this quilt, and she organised a qal.
My quilt has been finished quite a while, just waiting to be quilted.
I am off to order some "proper" quilting threads.
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