My Quilting Adventure Week 33
Posted by KJCB on August 06, 2017
Well, it's been awhile since I sat down and wrote up a blog post. However, it's a rainy Sunday here in Indiana so I should be able to stay focused long enough to write up the three quilts that have been patiently waiting their turn. This week's quilt (and the next two blog posts) were actually quilted in July. So up first is the Jingle Bells Snowman Panel.
This fun panel by Timeless Treasures was a quick finish by adding a pieced border. I wanted to add a little panache to him so I chose to use the Q-Matic and quilt a snowflake pantograph across the quilt top. You can see the snowflake design best in the white parts of the snowman in this shot.
The ivory border print really allowed the snowflakes to stand out as well. Now, you can't really see the thread color in the picture, but I actually quilted with silver metallic thread to add sparkle to the snowflakes.
A couple notes on metallic thread: Use a thread net. As you can see in the picture, a thread net goes over your thread spool and this helps keep the metallic thread straight instead of allowing it to curl in the shape of the spool. Use a metallic needle. Metallic needles have larger eyes which allows the thicker metallic thread to pass through more smoothly. Use a good quality metallic thread. I recommend the Superior Metallics Thread. I have had success using it in both the quilting and embroidery machines. Bobbin thread. I still used my favortie 40wt Aurifil in the bobbin in conjunction with the metallic thread on the top. You may need to adjust your top tension slightly, but I recommend doing a small sample quilting on the edge of your batting/backing to see how your tension looks before adjusting it. This picture was taken at the end of the quilting. Can you tell how much thread was left on the spool? Just made it :)
Here's a full shot of the finished top. The metallic snowflakes added the extra something special that I was looking for to this quilt top. I plan to bind it in a bright red coordinate to help enclose all that light colored border. Unfortunately, I waited to long to post about this quilt because we sold out of all the coordinates (and the kit) that go with the panel. The Jingle Bells Snowman Panel is still available and now you know how to add some sparkle to him!
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: Oriental Harmony by Sweet Tea Girls (great for any 2/3 yard panel)
Fabric: Jingle Bells and Studio Basics by Timeless Treasures
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select (I think)
Thread: Superior Metallics Silver
Finished size: 41 1/2" x 60"
Quilt Top Tally: 33