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Thread: Lesson learned

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    Senior Member Toni C's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    One year I got to go to Houston and Sharon Shomburg, (I'm sure I just misspelled that) had a quilt that she had free motioned and if I remember correctly it had 30,000 yard of thread. Can you imagine??
    I sure don't doubt that. Her quilting is very work intensive.

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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!
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    Thimble and Thread

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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.

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    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.

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    Jingle

    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have tons of threads and usually have more than enough. I almost always do FMQ on all my quilts. I did once get very low on white - white of all colors. You can bet I'm stocked up now.
    Where in MO are you from?

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    Bernie,
    I just love purple! I haven't found any purple variegated thread yet.
    Sharon

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    ​Couldn't you use leftover thread for piecing a scrap quilt?
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