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February 14, 2019
Step 4 – thread painting for incredible lifelike detail from Quilt Social

I had a wonderful time yesterday showing you how I used basic trapunto techniques with SCHMETZ NeedlesSulky Thread and Fairfield Batting to add extra dimension our Artisan Spirit Water Garden heron panel.

Today I’ll use a variety of Sulky threads and SCHMETZ needles to accent the heron with beautiful thread painted detail.

Let’s have some fun!

What is thread painting?

Thread painting is a free motion quilting technique that involves using the machine needle and thread the way an artist would use a brush and paint. It can be used to add detail to applique and printed ...

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February 13, 2019
Step 3 – how to machine trapunto for added dimension from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was a busy day trimming the lovely Heron panel from the Artisan Spirit Water Garden, ironing the Sulky stabilizer in place, and using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to construct and attach borders to the panel.

Today I’ll use Sulky threadSCHMETZ needles and Fairfield batting to add extra dimension to our panel with easy machine trapunto.

You may remember that we used trapunto in part three of my post Say it with quilting, a designer cushion to give a raised appearance to the words and motifs.

This technique will help add extra visual depth to ...

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February 12, 2019
Step 2 – framing up a quilt panel using a patchwork border from Quilt Social

Welcome back to our continuing journey of perfect pairings for our SCHMETZ needles, Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday I listed the materials required to make a thread painted and quilted panel.

Today I’ll do some preparation work, a little bit of piecing and add borders to our beautiful Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel from Northcott.

You’ll see how the correct needle and thread make each step along the way both fun and easy.

Good preparation is the key to success when adding pieced borders to a printed panel. A tutorial on thread painting using SCHMETZ needles/ Gütermann threads / Northcott fabric
Good preparation is the key to success!

Good preparation is the key to success

I start by trimming a little bit off our panel.

I ...

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February 11, 2019
Step 1 – needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial from Quilt Social

During my previous QUILTsocial post, Perfect Pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting I described how to choose the best SCHMETZ needles to work with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

This week I’ll show you in 5 easy steps how to use these new skills to make a beautiful quilt from a printed panel using a variety of needles and threads.

I’m using the Heron panel from the Water Garden collection by Northcott to work with.

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need

Water Garden Printed panel DP21916-44 from Northcott

This beautiful, artistic depiction ...

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October 17, 2017
Spotlite: 6 tips for quilting with metallic thread on a longarm machine from Quilt Social


Welcome back to this week’s exploration of WonderFil Specialty Threads Spotlite, a shiny, sparkly thread. Yesterday I talked about 6 tips for using Spotlite on a domestic machine, and what to keep in mind for successful quilting every time.

I’m moving along to quilting on my longarm and sharing tips for trouble-free stitching when using Spotlite.

Use WonderFil's metallic thread, Spotlite for beautiful stitching and shiny thread that makes this quilt sparkle.
Free motion quilting with WonderFil’s metallic thread, Spotlite MT8858, Dark Gold


1. Thread Path

Sometimes it's necessary to skip one of the holes in the 3-hole thread guide to keep the thread running smoothly.
Skip a hole in the thread path.


Using metallic thread can require some extra care. Threading the machine is the first step. Just above the tension discs ...

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October 16, 2017
Spotlite: 6 tips for quilting with metallic thread on a domestic machine from Quilt Social


Welcome to a week of shiny, sparkly thread! This week we’re focusing on WonderFil Specialty Threads Spotlite. I’ll show you some projects I’m working on and give you lots of tips for using this thread on a domestic and a longarm machine.

Spotlite is a 40wt rayon based metallic thread that requires a few little tips and tricks for trouble free stitching. Let’s look at 6 tips for using free motion quilting with the thread on a domestic machine.

If you’ve never seen WonderFil Specialty Threads Spotlite, here’s a brief video that introduces it ...

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