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Thread: Q regarding variegated thread

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    I have seen quilts made by my long-armer and she has used variegated thread top and bottom to very good effect. I'm anxious to see the wall hanging she is doing for me! She does very nice work,
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    I only use it for the top of the quilt - it is heavier thread as mentioned and my machine doesn't like it in the bobbin and it is expensive also. I love how it makes some quilts pop!
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    Just be aware when choosing variegated thread if it matches some of the fabric in the quilt your quilting will seem to "disappear" in those areas.
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    I made an Oakland Raiders quilt for my daughter's friend on his 30th birthday and used the variegated thread which was white to gray to black on the front and the back. The back was gray flannel so really helped give it personality.

    You were right that the variegated thread being so expensive, I was shocked at the cost at my LQS and haven't bought thread there since.
    Last edited by quiltingcandy; 09-07-2012 at 10:42 PM.

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    I'm guessing you are talking about the actual quilting part and not the piecing together. In the beginning this can be confusing to some. What matters is first if you want that look on both top and bottom, 2nd if you have any tension problems where the top thread shows up on the bottom and vice versa if it shows up on top, then using it in bobbin as well will make it blend so you don't see those issues. The other thing is that if you don't want to use it in bobbin (sometimes it cost more) then make sure bobbin thread is the same type as the needle thread, cotton, polyester, etc. I love using Aurifil and they also have pretty varigated threads that are low lint and hold up well to quilting. Good luck
    Judy

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