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Mar. 6th, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yay for #60!

I am so glad that your power is back on.

My daughter is also gluten intolerant. It's never fun when there is extra temptation around!

YAY for being back to the X-Files. I was so glad to see you were back at it. ☺

You're making me want to make pillows...

I have tried using invisible thread, but it's not my favorite. That said, the best one I've tried is made by Superior thread. It's not as stretchy and breakable. My opinion is that YOU should do what YOU like. It doesn't have to be anything you don't want it to be. Bossy & critical Quilt Police aren't my cup of tea.

The little bag is just great. I also have a little kit for my embroidery. I remember those buttons! ♥
Mar. 7th, 2017 07:19 am (UTC)
The invisible thread thing, is nice in theory for certain projects. I will give it a go with the 2 new spools I got. If I still can't get the hang of it, then that is the end for it.

It could also be, that my 80 year old Bernina doesn't like that thread.

I actually like the look of being able to see the quilting on the back. It makes it more interesting. Just need to practice my free motion quilting some more, to be more consistent. My dad has promised to build me an extension for my machine, so that I have a flat surface to quilt on. The bernina used to be a built in model, but is now standing on top of the desk. We don't want to cut into the desk, (very old wood), so extension table is the way to go.

Here in RSA we can only get cheap Chinese thread or the Guterman brand thread, which I have been using recently and like. Although I have been seeing a lot of negative comments about it online recently. But that is the best I can use at the moment.

The alternative is to buy online from the USA, which I would prefer, but the postage is just atrocious right now. So have to settle with what I can get.

Just love those buttons, I have been wanting to use them more, and now I can.
Mar. 8th, 2017 03:03 am (UTC)
I mostly use either Guttermann or Aurifil and I think Guttermann is pretty good thread... it's strong, doesn't shred or break easily, and they have a great range of colours. I have no complaints and my sometimes fussy sewing machine likes it too. A lot of people act like Aurifil thread is the second coming or something, and I do like it, but I don't think it's all that much better than Guttermann, plus it's more expensive and harder to find. I think you should use what works for you.
Mar. 9th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC)
I agree, unless someone doesn't want their quilt with threads showing, then I will just do what pleases me.
And it is more economical.
I haven't had any problems with Guttermann so far and it quilts nicely.
Mar. 7th, 2017 01:05 pm (UTC)

1st how great are your x files blocks!

Next, quilt with thread you like. If you like to see quilting on the back than do that! I love to see the quilting on the back. I've learned a lot with working with invisible thread. I can free motion quilt with it but I can have it in the bobbin when I do. When I quilt with out free motion I can have it in the bobbin with my special bobbin case. You are a very talented person, always do what you like and not what others like.

Mar. 9th, 2017 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you Rainey, it was actually nice to just sit back and embroider for a change.

You are right, just going to do what is comfortable for me. Unless a client request something else.

How can I mark a pattern on a black square. I just need one more block done, but ran out of fabrisolvy?
Mar. 7th, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
YAY for power!!!

Your X-Files blocks are are great - such even stitching!

Who are these quilt police that are saying you have to use invisible thread? Personally I prefer to see the quilting threads; I think that is part of the charm of a hand-made quilt. If the person who criticized your quilt were paying for it, then they would be entitled. If not, then you do what you want to with your own quilt!

Nice little gifties you've received.

Mar. 9th, 2017 12:48 pm (UTC)
Quilt police indeed.
Quilting is very popular here, but set in the stone age.
I can't even enter one of my quilts in a quilt show, because they are paper piece. They only accept Applique and traditional pieced quilts.
Not even under Art or Open.
Mar. 7th, 2017 09:24 pm (UTC)
You are getting caught up on those xfiles blocks. I love the little kit you put together, that's a great idea.

As far as the invisible thread goes, When you get a chance watch my video from today and you will see exactly what I think by looking at the finished quilt I show. I usually quilt with the same thread in the needle and the bobbin, because it's shows tension issues less. So I try to choose something that coordinates, even if in some places it shows. But that's more about my "still learning" tension issues than anything else. It's often a contrasting color to either the front, the back, or both! I'm more interested in hiding any possible tension issues than hiding the thread itself. THat being said, I am planning to buy some invisible thread to try this year on a smallish project just to give it whirl. In the one FMQ class I took a couple years ago, the teacher recommended using a polyester thread in the bobbin if you want to use invisible in the needle. I think it all boils down to what you want YOUR quilt to look like in the end. I have no room in my crafty sphere for quilt police. I do what I like, end of story. That's one reason I've avoided joining a guild, and the most common cause of disagreements at my Linus meetings. Someone will tell someone else "that's not how you are supposed to do that" and I'll chime and say, unless that's how you want to do that, in which case, go for it! No patience for thread dictators, lol.
Mar. 9th, 2017 12:52 pm (UTC)
Same thread top and bottom is what I have started doing now, trying to co ordinate colors everywhere, just was not working for me.
And I absolutely love how vibrant the quilting looks on your quilt, it really adds something to the quilt. See I like seeing the quilting.
I think doing what we like the best, is the best. Unless of course it is a client.
Mar. 9th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
I remember talking with Jennifer about it one time and she said "It's a quilt, people expect there to be thread!". Or something like that. Anyway it made me really think, why is it so important for it not to be seen? I don't get it. It's a quilt. People know it was sewn, why must you hide your work?
Mar. 8th, 2017 03:00 am (UTC)
Wow - 60 videos! Go you!

I hated working with invisible thread. My machine hated it and it made me hate the project I did with it. That said... I don't think you have to use any particular thread. If you want to be snotty back at someone who is snotty about your thread choices, tell her that you don't believe in mixing man-made fibers like invisible thread with natural fibers like cotton. (That's another quilt police thing to get fussed about, so it might work on someone like that.)

I don't mind if my thread shows.. I often just use white or light grey regardless of the colour of the thing I'm quilting or I'll switch colours so that it matches different areas on the front. Some people do care more about the back, but I really don't... I don't look at the back too often, especially if it's on a bed, why should I care what colour it is? Sometimes it's neat to have the quilting pattern show on the back... kind of an inverse image or something.
Mar. 9th, 2017 12:54 pm (UTC)
I love your answer, that's exactly what I will do next time the QUILT POLICE has something to say. Love it.

It might also be my machine, that doesn't like the invisible thread, it is 80 years old. The old biddy has a temper.
Mar. 14th, 2017 03:51 am (UTC)
I think because invisible thread is a little bit stretchy, it can really mess up the tension on your machine. Sometimes it catches and pulls and sometimes it's all slides through too quickly. It's a mess. (I haven't used it in over a decade though, so maybe it's improved since! I probably still have my original spool!) Some people think you should use invisible on the top with regular cotton (or whatever) in the bobbin, but then you get other people who think it should be opposite. You can't please everyone, anyway.
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