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quilt snob?

Started by Rebecca Keith/VA. Last reply by Sandy Larkey May 11. 31 Replies

Stories of how you started quilting

Started by Carla. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Feb 19, 2018. 46 Replies

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Comment by Janet/MO on July 9, 2009 at 8:38am
Barb, I think why a lot of LA'ers are doing the over all patterns is because people don't want to spend a lot of money to have their tops quilted so they opt not to get the custom quilting done. Some times they just can't afford it and sometimes they just don't want to do it; especially if it is a quilt that a kid is going to use. So by doing an overall pattern, they can charge a lot less money. The most I have paid was $285.00 to have a king sized strippy 9 patch quilted. It was worth every penny, but I sure can't afford to do that very often.
Comment by QuiltDragon on July 9, 2009 at 8:07am
Rebecca - you are very brave to use all that contrasting thread. It will make a great secondary design which is a big part of designing an quilt although many igonre it. I usually use thread that matches the fabric I'm quilting on - I'm pretty good at quilting stiching, but I like the design that's created on the back by using contrasting thread.

I'll probably get myself into trouble with LA'ers, but I really dislike the current trend of using an all-over design that completely ignores the pattern of the quilt. There are many LAers who create beautiful and original designs/feathers that imensly enhance the design of the quilt.

I'll roll my soapbox back under the table now! Barb
Comment by Carla on July 9, 2009 at 7:49am
I always seem to use a natural color thread. I did use some metallic thread on a Christmas tree quilt I did once. I only used it on the gold ornaments. I also used dmc embroidery floss in red along the edge of the border. But, I myself like the traditional mixing of quilting and fabric and therefore I usually use a natural color thread. Thankfully there aren't any set rules to quilting or all of our quilts would look alike and how boring would that be. I agree that quilting should be enjoyable and since you are the artist anything can go.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 9, 2009 at 6:30am
When I am looking at thread color, I often consider what I want the quilting to do. If I am doing something traditional, then I will use off-white (even when I am quilting on white).
If the purpose of the quilting is to hold the three parts together and not show (other than a dimensional/shadow effect that quilting provides) then I will pick a color that will be blend with the fabrics used. Sometimes I have used many different colors of thread on the same quilt.
If I want the quilting to be showcased, then I use a thread that contrasts with the background. For example, the avatar for this group is (currently) my hand and I am using a variegated autumn colored thread to make the leaves and other designs stand out on the pale yellow fabric. By the way, I used a pale yellow thread to quilt the vertical lines in the yellow star points, as I did not want to call attention to the quilting there, but since I am quilting most of this top at 1/2" spacing, I needed something in those triangles to be consistent.
Comment by Rebecca Keith/VA on July 9, 2009 at 5:42am
I agree, thread color is a preference...for most of my quilts though I do use white or cream, because I have always been a fairly traditional type, but, I have a Trip around the World, that my friends call "wild thing", because I used a lot of neon and black, it is green, orange, pink, and even some tye dye type material, I thought it would make a cute teenage type quilt, I am going to quilt it with neon green and the back is dark green...My son has already claimed it and it is not quilted yet....I also am working on one that is a Drunkard's path and it is black and pink print, It is going to have a rose colored back to match some of the print and I am going to quilt it with pink in my black blocks, of course the print will also have some quilting but the quilting will really show in the black....I will be doing it all myself though, because then I have a little more control of the stitches....colors are wonderful as accents but it is just your choice...enjoy
Comment by Janet/MO on July 8, 2009 at 8:18pm
I have to say that I use different colored threads on a lot of my quilts that I'm hand quilting so to me that would fall under the category of personal preference. If you are quilting a quilt that is more along the lines of country type fabrics such as Thimbleberries you can probably use a neutral (beige) and it will look fine. However, if you are in to some bright colors that quite a few of my quilts are, I feel using the same color all the way through can be a deterent. JMHO.
Comment by QuiltDragon on July 8, 2009 at 5:24pm
Joana - YES! I completely agree that you should enjoy what you do. As I think I've said before, being a judge, I'd rather see longer stitches that are even than small ones that are uneven or don't go all the way through to the back to hold all three layers securely. If you're enjoying what you do, stitches will get smaller without you even knowing it! Barb
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on July 8, 2009 at 2:40pm
Suzanne--I used to worry a great deal about how many stitches I got to the inch and put pressure on myself to get smaller and smaller stitches. Now I concentrate on keeping them even and enjoying the process--as my DH has reminded me, this is for my enjoyment. If it isn't fun, I might as well buy a blanket. I don't think I'll ever be a championship, blue-ribbon quilter (although miracles have happened), but I have received so much pleasure from my quilting that I would never trade it for anything--not even a best of show. I hope that you find the peace and pleasure that comes with handquilting. (By the way, like breastfeeding, it may seem awkward at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it and it will come naturally. Okay, it's a weird analogy, but my mind is off on weird trails today.)
Comment by Lynne on July 8, 2009 at 12:21pm
Suzanne, if you don't want to show the quilt we understand. It good enough for practice. Go for it.
In regards to comments about batting having folds or wrinkles,,, I always open up my batt and let it air for a day or two before I sandwich a quilt. Seems to help ease the creases some.
I agree with all about quilting thread,,, I tend to go with neutral instead of white,, white sometimes is to harsh for me. In some of my black background quilts, with a lot of color in the blocks,,, I quilted with variegated threads,, but that was also by machine.
Suzanne enjoy the calming hand quilting gives you,,, you only have to please yourself.
Comment by QuiltDragon on July 8, 2009 at 11:11am
Suzanne, Sognstitcher has a good point. It's really up to you - the design will show through to the back, so you might want to consider that. If you want to hide the quilting, choose a print for the back - no that's NOT cheating. But, if you're brave and want to see your stitching, use a color to contrast. On traditional patterns, I usually use a neutral color, but it's your quilt, so do what you feel! Barb
 

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