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Thread: ? about machine quilting

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    I like my quilting to show. So personally, I would use a variagated thread. I do not enjoy doing SID, but I would SID the stars and then I would do a background fill so my stars would appear to pop off of the quilt.
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    Leah day has a great website and hundreds of patterns of fmq.....I like the idea of different patterns for each block, but the problem with that is, it takes lots and lots of practice to get good at one pattern, one square just won't do it.....I would suggest picking a couple different patterns that you can alternate between the squares.....I am working on feathers now (sooo not as easy at it looks).....even just simple wavy lines takes practice to get consistent sizes.....whatever you choose, have fun with it and do your best not to get frustrated!

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    Thanks everyone - you did what I needed. Made me think!!! Went to Leah Days site and this is what came to mind. My paint drawing skills are non existent so use your imagination please. Thought I would use a neutral thread throught. What do you think..... Even got a name for the quilt. ``Star Flowers``
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    Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings......... we simply continue to fly ........ on a broomstick.
    We are flexible like that. OKAY?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bailey View Post
    I am doing this as a quick quilt to practice FMQ. The blocks are 12 " square and are all different colors using whatever I had in my stash. I still have 15 more blocks to go. The quilt will be backed with flannel and is just meant to be a cuddle quilt that I practice on. Question is - because I will be quilting on different color backgrounds what color thead should I use and can anyone suggest how to quilt this. The quilt will be 68" X 80" so lots of room to practice. Thanks for any suggestions.
    Since this is for practice I'd quilt each square with different color thread and I'd experiment with different background fillers. Leah Day has 365 different filler designs on her web site.

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    I have 3 standbys.... one is called 'Gold' from Joanne's cone thread... it is light colored and blends with any beige, light print and even light greens....the color is just weird and seems to pick up almost any light to medium shades around it....

    then a light gray works for tons of stuff

    and of course, any multicolored variegated thread in the tones you have used.... just open the thread, pull off several feet and lay on quilt top...it will really give you an idea of how well it enhances or disappears, whichever you prefer...

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    I would use cream color or grey.
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    I am a recent convert to echo quilting after many struggles with SID -- I found it very tiring to try to hold the fabric seams open and flat and despaired every time I wandered out of the ditch. Echo quilting is SO much easier and really makes the inner design stand out.

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