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Thread: hand quilting and thread

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    I have made a small log cabin wall hanging and am going to hand quilt it. Do I quilt the individual "logs" or just the main block?
    Also, does anyone know if the cotton thread in Connecting Thread can be used for hand quilting or is it a all purpose thread? Thanks everyone! I just love hearing from you!

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    How you quilt it is up to you and the kind of batting you use. You can do the blocks, but if your batting needs a line of stitching every 2 inches, you'll have to do some of the logs.

    I have never used the Connecting Threads thread. I use hand quilting thread - it's glazed so it doesn't fray as quickly. There's no reason you can't use other thread, but you might want to use short lengths, and run it through Thread Heaven to keep it from fraying.

    But most of all, have fun quilting. :)

    Janet

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    I have used CT cotton thread for hand sewing my binding. I would not recommend using it for handquilting based on my experience with it in hand sewing the binding down. It tended to tangle a lot even when running it through bees wax and did fray and break at the needle if you didn't move the needle along the thread every few stitches. I have used it for machine quilting with no problems except that it left a lot of lint in the bobbin.

    You can use it but I think it would end up being an exercise in frustration for you. I would spring for the heavier weight handquilting thread. I believe CT cotton is a 50 weight. Most hand quilting thread is either 40 or 30 weight. I personally prefer the heavier 30 wt.

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    Superior Threads hand quilting thread "Treasure" has a glaze to prevent tangling, but isn't too wiry.

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    I like YLI hand quilting thread. It doesn't tangle as much as other threads I've used.

    Janet

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    When I started hand quilting about 20 years ago there were no hand quilting thread available here in Germany and I had to use a GŁtermann cotton thread, 50 weight. It worked - but although I used beeswax to prevent it from tangling and fraying I had a lot of problems with it. I could only use short length of it.
    It was a great relief for me when hand quilting thread was available in some shops and now I love to use YLI and also other brands.

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    I'm tempted to try metallic thread again - it frays a lot, too. But Linda Roy uses it on her quilts.

    I saw a video by machine quilter Debbie Brown, where she used hologram thread. Now wouldn't that be fun to work with?? Bet it frays, too. :(

    Janet

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    Metallic thread looks beautiful...but it is hard to work with. I am really interested to know which brand Linda Roy uses, I am sure she knows what she does! Her quilts are marvellous.

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    Thanks for your input! You've given me the information I needed.

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    Thanks...will do

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