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Thread: Help, Please ... Re; Hand quilting thread

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    I've been hand quilting (mostly on the same quilt) for over a decade using off-white hand quilting thread. I am now starting to hand quilt a design in each of the 100 blocks of another quilt. I want to use red thread, but the thread I am using is #50 ... machine quilting thread ... and I'm not at all happy with it. I have half of the first block done and need to quit using it now if it's going to be a waste of my time and effort.

    Does anyone know if there's somewhere I can purchase proper hand quilting thread in a variety of colors?

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    I did a search on this site and there were several suggestions. Might check it out.

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    I bought different colors of hand quilting thread at JoAnns. Hope that helps.

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    I'm a paranoid sort -

    If you find red quilting thread - do a sample on a scrap and wash it and see what happens.

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    When I started hand quilting I had a problem getting colored thread. I used embroidrey floss (you know the 6 thread skeins). I used 3 strands and 20 years later the quilting is still the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    When I started hand quilting I had a problem getting colored thread. I used embroidrey floss (you know the 6 thread skeins). I used 3 strands and 20 years later the quilting is still the same.
    Very interesting! I actually thought about doing that and wondered how that would work, but I'd really have to stock up as I own only 2 skeins of red. I'll probably order YLI from Red Rock; I've ordered from them in the past but I need to check out my local Joann's first to see what they have.

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    I haven't ordered from Red Rock, but I'm in love with the YLI hand quilting thread!! :D

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    Most Fabric stores have colors, JoAnns, Hancocks, Beverlys.
    The best colors are made by Gutermann, they carry it at JoAnns, I have red, hot pink, blue, etc. It is quilting thread, although I prefer Coats and Clarks quilting thread, but you will get more colors in Gutermann.

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    I am a handquilter too and love Gutermanns. I also have started using Arufil (sp) A little expensive but so nice to quilt with.

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    cool idea in using embroidery floss

    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    When I started hand quilting I had a problem getting colored thread. I used embroidrey floss (you know the 6 thread skeins). I used 3 strands and 20 years later the quilting is still the same.

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    I get mine at Hancock's. They have several different brand names and quite a nice choice of colors.

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    Hobby Lobby also has hand quilting thread in colors. I'm using some now and it is working fine. I also have a big supply of Gutterman's that someone recently gave me - along with the display case. I'm anxious to try it out. Got to finish this on going project first.

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    I bought 3 spools of Gutermann's hand quilting thread @ Joann's this a.m. At 40% off of 220-yd spools, I expect I would have done better, $$$, to order a 1200-yd. cone from Red Rock Threads + pay shipping & handling. But, not in a mood to pinch pennies over it right now.

    Thank you all very much for your responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    I bought 3 spools of Gutermann's hand quilting thread @ Joann's this a.m. At 40% off of 220-yd spools, I expect I would have done better, $$$, to order a 1200-yd. cone from Red Rock Threads + pay shipping & handling. But, not in a mood to pinch pennies over it right now.

    Thank you all very much for your responses.
    Hand quilting or machine quilting thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    I bought 3 spools of Gutermann's hand quilting thread @ Joann's this a.m. At 40% off of 220-yd spools, I expect I would have done better, $$$, to order a 1200-yd. cone from Red Rock Threads + pay shipping & handling. But, not in a mood to pinch pennies over it right now.

    Thank you all very much for your responses.
    Hand quilting or machine quilting thread?
    Hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    I bought 3 spools of Gutermann's hand quilting thread @ Joann's this a.m. At 40% off of 220-yd spools, I expect I would have done better, $$$, to order a 1200-yd. cone from Red Rock Threads + pay shipping & handling. But, not in a mood to pinch pennies over it right now.

    Thank you all very much for your responses.
    Hand quilting or machine quilting thread?
    Hand quilting.
    Thanks, I will check out Red Rock Threads.

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    Hi Everyone, First check the spool to see if it states "mercerized". If it does it will not bleed. Anne

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