“Hi, my name’s Jeanne, and I’m a Threadaholic.” (“Hi, Jeanne…..”)
I used to drool over fabric. Different feels, colors, patterns, everything. Thread was just something to put pieces together. Ah, how the times have changed.
Now, I drool over thread. Quilting thread. Different weights, different colors, solid, variegated, polyester, cotton, silk — you name it, I like to (a) buy it, and (b) see how it interacts on a quilt.
Why do I care? you ask. Excellent question. Two reasons: First, I want to brag about my new thread storage device — check it out:
I just got this at the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo — this is Made by Rom Woodworking. This is fantastic — you can see all of your thread at a glance, and it looks good, too. This is the half-barrel size — there is another unit twice as tall!
Second point: I am totally convinced that the thread you use on a quilt is crucial. Choosing the wrong thread will totally ruin a quilt, and the right thread can just melt in (if that’s what you want!) and add a fantastic texture. For example, take this beautiful quilt based on a Thimbleberries pattern:
Because the quilt is a “sampler quilt” it was important to pick a thread that would be pleasing throughout all of the blocks and the borders. We went through a lot of different threads, and eventually picked “Bulrushes” by Superior thread. Check out the closeup and see how nicely it merges with the quilt:
The point is that the thread you choose is just as important as every other variable. Be wary of the quilter that only has a few thread colors to choose from. I custom-order the thread for every quilt using the entire catalog of Superior quilting threads. Oftentimes we need all few-hundred thread samples to figure out the right thread! Don’t forget the backing thread — that’s important too. I like to choose a thread that is complementary to the backing fabric — with the right tension settings, you can minimize “pokies”, or the top thread showing through to the back.
Summary: Don’t forget the thread! See your friendly neighborhood quilter (i.e. threadaholic) for the right choices for your quilt!