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Thread: Q regarding variegated thread

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    I love that type of thread, I only use it for the top and find that with my machine I need a huge needle - Singer 110 and a very fine bobbin thread. If I had known these two facts I would most likely still be sewing on a my Elna and not have had thought at needed a new and fancier Viking. Oh well . Good luck.
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    I love the look a variegated thread gived to a quilt so I use variegated all the time for the top or the bottom or for both. It depends upon what the quilt tells me would look best and the fabrics that have been used in the quilt. I have one that needs to be sandwiched and quilted that will not have variegated on the bottom, I think, unless DD asks for it because the bottom is a solid color. However, that doesn't stop me from using variegated thread either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    When I make my Quilts of Valor, I usually always use my red/white/blue varigated thread.....I think it all depends on the quilt pattern and the fabric used. Because this thread can sometimes be a little expensive, I always use a simple thread that matches my backing color so it kinda disappears....
    I do the same with my Quilts of Valor. I love using varigated threads on my other quilts too.

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    I use variegated thread most of the time. For items that will show in back-I use it in the bobbin. Otherwise I use bobbin thread and variegated on spool.

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    I am using variegated thread on a blue, green and purple batik quilt. The color of the thread are in blues from dark to light. I'm using the same in the bobin as the backing is blue. So far, it's looking awesome! Two more rows to quilt and then the borders. I'll post pictures when I'm done, but FMQ quilting kills my arm, MS in right arm prevents me from doing a lot in one day - pushing and pulling a queen size gives the shoulders a work out. I'm using 50 weight in both top and bottom - makes it easier to adjust the tension.

    When it comes down to it, it's your quilt and use/do what you like. Also, I like to hang the quilt and take a couple of steps backwards. Putting a couple of feet between you and the quilt will give you a different perspective than standing over top of it.

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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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