A good thread stash is JUST as important as a good fabric stash!
Repeat that out loud 3 more times...
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Thread Stitch Outs 1 of 2
I put together 2 sample sandwiches from leftover rust fabric, batting and backing fabric. When auditioning threads, I know exactly what they will look like on the actual quilt.....no guessing games.
The two brown variegated threads on the left did not appeal to me at all. Even tho very subtle color change, it was enough to be distracting.
I like the orange Mettler polysheen in the center.
I like the 24K Gold thread too.
The far right is gold metallic and it did not stitch well into the rust fabric.
Thread Stitch Outs 2 of 2
The first stitch outs were so flat looking, so I decided to double up on the batting in this sample sandwich.......much better. The stitching is so much more defined and puffy.
The brown Mettler in the center was too dark. I was afraid it would distract from the rusting motifs.
Again, I was pleased with the 25K Gold and the Orange threads.
The 24K Gold Rayon was so yummy quilted into the double layer of batting.
It won the audition!
Finally.....I can begin putting the frosting on the cake...
At this point, I am still uncertain about a final border treatment.
I am leaving an extra 5 or 6 inches of batting and backing fabric just in case I want to add one more border to this quilt top later on.
Big, well defined 24K Gold Feathers
The feathers are big and beautiful, but do not fight for attention with the rusting motifs. They are working harmoniously with the rest of the quilt design.
Just what I was hoping for...
I guess all those hours of auditioning and stitching out thread samples worked.
Cross Hatching all chalked out in the background.
I love Miracle Chalk. It stays on until you iron it off.
5pm......time to quit......not that I want to.
I have dinner company coming shortly and I need to get in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans!
The grid work will have to wait for tomorrow...
May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,