Wednesday, February 11, 2015

January Resolution Completed

Yep, I got it done!  I can officially state that I at least meet 1/2 of my New Year's Resolution.  If you remember, I wanted to quilt two finished tops per month.  I think I am going to have to re-address this resolution.  More on that at the end of this post.

First let me talk about the thread I chose to quilt this top.  Remember that UFO Project, Patchwork Party 2007 Spring, that I posted about here?  Well, somewhere (please don't ask, because for the life of me I cannot remember!), this set of thread spools was offered as a special to go along with the program, as it matched all the colors in the fabric used in the Patchwork Party 2007 Spring Edition.  So, Miss Gullible here bought the whole set, I mean how convenient is it to have thread to match the colors in the project you're working on, right? Well, what I didn't realize, until I began to quilt this throw, was the thread is for embroidery machines to do embroidery designs.  Ugh! Sigh!

I went ahead and used this thread to do a simple "X" design through each block on the throw, and actually, I really, really like how it turned out!  It has just enough shimmer to allow the thread to show up, but not take over the quilt top.  Below is the color I chose to do this throw, isn't is just the right green for this top?

The thread is called Isacord, and fairly reasonable because it comes in 1000 meter cones for about $3.50.  I was concerned that it wouldn't work too well, as it is so much thinner than regular cotton or polyester thread, and feared that it would break or tangle bad,  and I would have to adjust my tension.  I never want to adjust my tension.  But, I want you to know, it sews like a dream.  It never broke once the whole time I was quilting with it, and wove its way nicely through the sewing machine.  With regular thread, I always have breakage, so I was really pleased with how easy it was to sew with doing this throw.

Hear the drumroll?  Tah Dah....

Not bad for the first rollout of a completed quilt top for the year.  I went ahead and listed it on my ETSY store, and within 5 minutes, I already had several views and someone favorited it.  WhooHoo!!

Now, about that resolution of quilting 2 tops per month?  Nope, not going to happen.  I mean, it is already half way through the month of February, and I haven't even been in my sewing room 4 days yet.  So, I think I am going to modify down to 1 quilt top per month.  Sounds like a plan to me....


1 comment:

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Embroidery threads take a real beating - the machine goes much faster than a usual machine as its computer controlled not person controlled. Having said that, I have never thought of using embroidery machine threads for sewing - now I will give it a go! Thanks x

PS it's looking fab!