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Sounds like you'd do better, getting neutral colored cones. I always use way more thread, than I expect . . . and I'm sure it has nothing to do with all the ripping out, I do!
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
Thanks, Gaga. I intend to someday attempt FMQ (I'm really anxious about it!) and didn't realize it would take that much more thread. But I guess if you think about it, it makes sense.
I don't like heavily quilted quilts. They are too much like a mattress pad. I like open quilting with larger motifs so they stay soft and more pliable.
Oh wow! I guess that's one huge difference between machine and hand quilting. I don't think I've ever used more than 600 yds. on a quilt. More often about 400 yds. Do those numbers include bobbin thread? (Of course hand quilting doesn't need bobbin thread.) I'm surprised how much more thread it takes.
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I use poly machine embroidery thread a lot in free motion quilting. There is a lot more thread on those spools and they have loads of wild colors. Marathon threads comes to town a couple of times a year and they have fantastic deals on thread. You can also go online.
Try Long Creek Mills--Charlie Rector. www.longcreekmills.com They have any kind of thread you need. They wind the thread there at the mill. In addition, there are crafts galore, zippers, etc. Phone # 704-864-6651. Of course, it is only about 3 1/2 hours from me and I go once a year to get what I think I will need.
I just love purple! I haven't found any purple variegated thread yet.
Couldn't you use leftover thread for piecing a scrap quilt?
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