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  • Fun with Thread play, playing with applique techniques.
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    Sharon Keightley
    I love to design my own quilt patterns and share them. I am a confessed lover of vintage and reproduction fabrics, my favorite thing to do is applique.
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Fun with Thread play, playing with applique techniques.

Fun with Thread play, playing with applique techniques.

Fun with Thread play, playing with applique techniques. Threads are so beautiful, a rainbow of colors to choose from, I love the way they embellish my applique. I have never had much success with fusible applique. The paper always comes away from the sticky part and I personally don't like it left in my quilt, even if I cut the center out, so........ I have been playing with possibilities. Loving what I have found by playing with different products and love love love the look of the extra dimension thread can give to my applique. Don't worry I still love turned edge applique haha, but sometimes it's just so much fun to play with the sewing machine and beautiful threads. Playing with Thread / Pine Valley Quilts

Choosing the right thread ! Decisions decisions................... Cotton, Polyester, etc etc What weight ? I usually choose what I have on hand............ I am not stuck on using only cotton threads on a cotton quilt. I usually find that the weight depends on the look I want to achieve and how dense my quilting is going to be. I ALWAYS stitch in the ditch around my applique shapes, every applique shape to define each piece. I use the finest thread I have for this and that's usually a polyester or silk. Silk is expensive so I try to keep that for best haha did your Mum tell you that too save the best for special occasions. By that I mean quilting that will show, like beautiful feathers etc. With the applique on this quilt I tried a washaway stabilizer instead of the usual steam a seam,  This stabilizer can be ironed onto the back on your fabric just like freezer paper, it washes out almost completely leaving a fine mesh that adds another dimension to your applique piece and is very soft. You can also use this to stabilizer the fabric while using decorative stitches. Worked a treat ! Playing with Thread / Pine Valley QuiltsPlaying with Thread / Pine Valley QuiltsI used a 40 weight cotton thread ( King Tut mostly ) for both the Sateen Stitch and Blanket Stitch. Playing with Thread / Pine Valley QuiltsPlaying with Thread / Pine Valley Quilts

More fun bringing this little quilt to life with some quilting. Thinking of a name for this little quilt, Got any ideas ? 

Playing with Thread / Pine Valley Quilts
The Pattern for the Flower Cross Quilt is available here.
Happy Stitching
Sharon

Comments on this post (6)

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Looks really good with those threads. :)

    — linda

  • Aug 03, 2016

    I’m having trouble loading all your photos this morning (have refreshed a couple of times) but I’m with you regarding the applique – the outlining really makes such a difference. Nice to hear how you choose your threads – I’m building up such a varied colllection and usually choose by colour and weight rather than type or brand.

    — Raewyn

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Hi Leeanne
    I like that it brings the applique to life when each piece is defined. I have had so much fun with this quilt.

    — Sharon Keightley

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Hi Linda
    Thanks ! Such fun playing around with all the lovely threads.

    — Sharon Keightley

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Pretty. I always quilt around applique’s too, unless my customer asks me not to. There are so many beautiful threads to choose from……….good luck!

    — Leeanne

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Hi Raewyn
    Sorry to hear you are having trouble, I always make my photos samller in size and save as for web. I am still learning all this computer tech so maybe there is something I still need to do to them. I agree I choose my thread by colour and weight also. What is in my collection usually dictates to what I choose.

    — Sharon Keightley

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