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February 15, 2019
beads, pom poms and embroidery threads [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

beads, pom poms and embroidery threads

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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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January 12, 2019
‘Snowflake Fury’ from RobynsPatch

UFO #1 for 2019 Finished! This one was four large blocks left over from a quilt, just laying around waiting patiently for being put together and quilted. Joining up the blocks was the easy bit. What quilting to put on … Continue reading

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January 8, 2019
Getting organised! from RobynsPatch

Threads don't like being jumbled, they develop a life of their own, unravelling and tangling together. Continue reading

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January 4, 2019
Free Block of the Month 16—Pinecone from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

My, how time has flown! I (Kara) can't believe that it has been over a year since we started our Flora and Fauna of Germany stitch-along. It seems like just yesterday that I was walking the trails in our little German village for the first time, full of wonder at the natural beauty that I was seeing. Our first block was the Butterfly, back in August of 2017. 

Our first block!

We have stitched 15 blocks since then, and we have come to the end of the series. It's a little sad, as we have enjoyed putting these ...

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December 30, 2018
new embroidery thread from Karen Ann Ruane

playing with new embroidery threads

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November 3, 2018
Band Together Tote gets everyone smiling from Quilt Social

 

Just like the Denim Bracelets Trio yesterday, here’s another recycling denim project that stretches the imagination. The Band Together Tote however, did bring a smile to my face for its ingenuity.

While the Shirr Thing Bag from Thursday’s post this week required a softer, lighter weight denim fabric, the Band Together Tote is made of ‘fabric’ that is inherently sturdy to begin with. Using the jeans waist bands makes the fabric very solid, as if ‘stabilized’. This is a sturdy tote!

 

The jean waistband makes for a solid foundation for this Band Together Tote. Coats Denim, Jean Topstitching and All Purpose threads used to recycle denim.
The jean waistband makes for a solid foundation for this Band Together Tote. Coats Denim, Jean Topstitching ...

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November 2, 2018
Denim Bracelet Trio, no one will ever guess! from Quilt Social

 

All week I’ve shared some cool denim recycling ideas created by Linda Griepentrog, did you try the Shirr Thing Bag from yesterday’s post? It’s worth a try!

Denim accessories couldn’t be hotter, whether you choose a bleached option, indigo print or solid navy these denim bracelets rock. Topstitched with Coats Jeans thread, they are simple to make, so make one or two or three!

 

Denim Bracelet Trio can be made simply as shown, or perhaps try adding your own embroidery or decorative stitches before assembly.
Denim Bracelet Trio can be made simply as shown, or perhaps try adding your own embroidery or decorative stitches before assembly.

 

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November 1, 2018
Making the Shirr Thing Bag from Quilt Social

 

Welcome to the third day of recycling jeans into cool sewing projects! Yesterday, I posted about making a Denim Notebook Cover which showcased the beauty and strength of denim and DENIM threads by Coats.

In this post I’m highlighting an everyday denim bag with fun shirring on the front. The secret? Using heavyweight Jeans thread to make the shirring!

All week we’re working with three threads that make these cool recycling projects fabulous. Coats Dual Duty Plus and Dual Duty XP collections with an emphasis on Denim, Jeans Topstitching, and All Purpose threads.

The Shirr Think Bag was ...

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October 31, 2018
The beauty and strength of a denim notebook cover from Quilt Social

 

Did you manage to finish up the Denim Organizer from yesterday? It’s a great accessory for a  quilting studio. You can however fit anything you want in those deep pockets.

Today’s denim idea is quite unique. We’re using denim fabric to cover a notebook, but see how elegant this is? The pocket is so handy for placing writing tools, business cards, or cell phone?

 

Denim Book Cover: strength meets elegance; free pattern using Coats Denim and Jean threads
Denim Book Cover: strength meets elegance; free pattern using Coats Denim and Jean threads

 

Designed by Linda Turner Griepentrog, the Denim Book Cover is further enhanced by the stitching and thread used. It ...

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October 30, 2018
Recycling denims using Coats Dual Duty XP and Plus threads from Quilt Social

 

What can you do with denim pants you no longer want to wear, other than getting rid of them? We have plenty of creative and practical ideas this week! Most start with a denim garment as the base and then are embellished or restyled. So hit the thrift store or your closet and get started.

Let’s start with the Denim Organizer using these threads:

Coats Dual Duty thread for Jeans, excellent abrasion resistance for jean repair and embellishment

OR

Coats Dual Duty Plus DENIM thread to match denim,

  • All-purpose weight cotton-covered polyester and the color blends when sewing or ...

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October 13, 2018
Specialty threads – oh the fun! from Quilt Social

 

All this week I’ve been talking about pairing SCHMETZ needles with Sulky and Gütermann threads according to the sewing task. I had a wonderful time working with Sulky and Gütermann rayon threads yesterday, and as the last post for the week, today I’ll show you how to use some amazing specialty threads.

Let’s get started.

Specialty threads such as silks and metallics can be used to give small quilted items like wallhangings, table runners, art quilts, and even full-size quilts, a little extra glitz, and glamour.

 

Sulky and Gütermann specialty threads add glamour to our quilting
Sulky and Gütermann specialty threads add glamour to our quilting

 

The ...

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October 12, 2018
Rayon thread – beautiful silk-like lustre from Quilt Social

 

All this week we have been looking into perfect needle pairings for a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday we learned about a variety of different polyester threads.

Today I’m talking about SCHMETZ needle pairings for lovely Sulkyand Gütermannrayon threads.

 

Rayon thread adds a lovely soft sheen to quilting.
Rayon thread adds a lovely soft sheen to quilting.

 

What is rayon and why we love it!

Rayon, also known as viscose rayon is a manufactured fiber made from cellulose.

The cellulose commonly used to manufacture rayon is found in wood pulp so rayon is considered a manufactured natural fiber.

Sulky and Gütermann rayon threads both ...

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October 10, 2018
Polyester thread – durable beauty from Quilt Social

 

We had a great time yesterday learning about Perfect Pairings for our SCHMETZ needles and Sulky and Gütermann cotton threads.

This time, let’s explore the possibilities for quilting with durable polyesterSulky and Gütermann thread and the SCHMETZ needles to stitch them with.

 

A selection of Sulky and Gütermann polyester threads
A selection of Sulky and Gütermann polyester threads

 

Polyester for piecing

Though we normally quilt with cotton fabric and cotton thread there are times when we might want the extra durability of cotton polyester or even polyester fabric with polyester thread.

Those using cotton/poly or polyester fabric for clothing still like to make quilts from ...

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October 8, 2018
Perfect Pairings – needles and threads work together for successful quilting from Quilt Social

 

The thread that we choose to construct and quilt our quilts with is truly as important as the fabric and design.

Whether piecing a quilt or machine quilting, the needles you choose have a huge impact on the quality of your stitches and the overall effect of your finished project.

Join me for a week of fun as we explore the perfect pairings for our beautiful Sulky threads, Gütermann threads and SCHMETZ needles.

 

Beautiful Sulky and Gütermann threads and the correct needle make quilting a breeze
Beautiful Sulky and Gütermann threads and the correct needle make quilting a breeze

 

Threads, glorious Sulky and Gütermann threads

The variety of thread we have available to ...

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September 14, 2018
A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.

 

Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front

 

Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!

 

Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life

 

All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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