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.
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 ! I used a 40 weight cotton thread ( King Tut mostly ) for both the Sateen Stitch and Blanket Stitch.
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The Humble Half Square Triangle unit is the basis for many great quilt blocks. Let me take you down memory lane, with some of pictures of my quilts, and tips on what I have learned so far. ( I am always learning, changing and trying out new things. )
The first method I learnt as a beginner quilter was the traditional method, sewing two triangles together to make a square unit. Read more....