I needed to create two new class samples for my Yes You CAN Free Motion Quilt! class, as all my other samples had been sent out to other guilds/shops. I LOVE it when my To Do List actually includes “quilt something”. This is my intro class and I do teach it differently than any one else I am aware of – we do 5 different motifs in a beginner class. That way, students learn skill sets from each one that will apply to their future quilting, no matter the motif.
Because of that, I felt the need to send out physical samples to show what we’ll be working on. My latest sample:
I added my signature into the center of the quilt to identify it in case it gets lost or misplaced for a time. We cover each of those designs in class.
In the past I have bound my samples. I decided that was not necessary; I came up with a method/style that I actually prefer for my smaller samples and quilts. Here you see how I treated the edge on each of the samples:
I like that edge! The batting does show and I suppose some would not care for that. It seems like a less “serious” treatment for smaller pieces, and a charming one at that.
I used this to create the edge, not pinking shears which are excruciating to use:
It’s easy peasy to get that edge with the pinking blade.
I ran two lines of triple stitching along the edge as a decorative feature and to hold all the stitching in place. I’m surprised at how many sewers do not know they have a triple stitch! This is a photo of my machine’s screen. I happen to be BERNINA, but the screen button looks similar on all machines:
You can see #6 highlighted, the triple stitch. The triple stitch is a handy guy! It makes this big, beefy line that can be used in so many places:
Isn’t that gorgeous? I did use my walking foot here, not my dual feed, just for extra exactness. Note on the samples, the difference in the triple stitch on each:
The top sample has been triple stitched in 12 weight Wonderfil Spagetti, the bottom in 50 wt, 2 ply Aurifil. What a difference! I love the beefy look of the 12 weight.
The two most common sources of 12 wt thread comes from Aurifil and Wonderfil. Both are great threads. They each have a different texture though, so you want to make the best choice for your project:
Aurifil is fluffier, Wonderfil’s Spagetti is flatter; hopefully you can see the difference in the above photo. This may show it better:
Neither thread is better than the other; they just have different characteristics:
The fluffier Aurifil gives almost a crewel work type of look. I love it! The Wonderfil Spagetti gives a tigher, neater look which I also appreciate. My thread choice will depend on the project and what look I want.
Next week’s post will be on the Foothill Quilters Guild Show; I just didn’t have enough time to create that post this week. I’m going to the Pacific International Quilt Festival this week so I will soon have a post of the quilts I saw there. It is quilt show season after all!
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