Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday quilt - quilting

I am feeling well enough to make some progress on quilting my holiday quilt. This is the best picture I managed to get of it. I will try again tomorrow with natural light it might help.

I am using my Aurifil thread for the first time and I am loving it. I have their 50 weight in the bobbin and the 40 in the top. I am testing with a view to using it on art quilts so I wanted to know that the fine threads would work. I had a few glitches to start with but the tension didn't need a lot of adjustment to run really well. I am running it almost flat out a lot of the time with no issues. There is a different colour in each area to make the texture talk louder than the actual stitching, so it is quite hard to see the thread on most of the fabrics.

The wadding in this quilt is actually two waddings. Closer to the backing I have Warm and Natural, a nice dense cotton wadding. It has enough structure to encourage the puff of the top wadding to the front of the quilt and make it look fuller. The wadding closer to the top of the quilt is a wool wadding. I love wool, for it's temperature control and loft, but I don't often put it in quilts for me to use. This is a real treat, and a very useful sample. I've been able to play on this without worrying too much about it. If nothing else it gave me something safe to work on while I have been ill. It's not been the quickest project with so many starts, stops and colour changes, but it's fun.

7 comments:

Susan Brubaker Knapp said...

I love the sheen on the Aurifil threads, too. I think it is the longstaple Egyptian cotton that gives it that nice polished look.

Ferret said...

That's why I've used so much Masterpiece from Superior, the sheen on that is great too. So much so I have had heated discussions with people at shows who know I haven't used cotton thread :) I can't really see the sheen on the Aurifil on this quilt but I will be looking to use it on some whole cloths next and it will show up well there.

Lyn Armstrong said...

I like 'Warma and Natural' too and have used it on its own in about 4 of my quilts. I have never used wool wadding though, can you tell me which one you are using as I quite fancy making a quilt with wool. Only snag I have a Bernina 1260 workhorse and I just manage to get the w and n in the space but I have not tried it with wool.

Ferret said...

I can't remember which wool wadding I am using at the moment and I can't get into my store room right now. I will look it up for you though. I think you would find a double wadded quilt a big bulky for a domestic machine unless you kept it fairly small or used wadding which compress well. Warm and natural is quite bulky but the wool will compress to nothing. I think Sally (Feather on a wire) uses wool over poly, I'll ask her if she will chip in here.She quilts on a Berninia so might have better advice.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I am so sorry you have been sick. That holiday quilt looks so pretty...can't wait to see the whole thing!

As for wool, I have used Matilda's Own and also Hobbs Wool with great success, but have not tried it in a double batt yet. My next batting experiment will be Quilters Dream Puff, a poly that I hope will absorb some of the gathers and puckers on some very old tops I am completing for my sister-in-law.

Penny said...

I liked the colours in that quilt when I saw your post yesterday, but it's also got pinwheels - even better

Sheilasembroidery said...

A fantastic quilt, you must be proud to have something for you.