some quilting

I wanted to keep the quilting very simple on this piece because there is already quite a lot going on with the piecing and colours. It can be quite difficult to keep the quilting as part of the design rather than it just being there to hold the layers together.

I’ve used Valdani variegated cotton perle no. 12 threads for most of the quilting. I like these threads a lot. They’re strong enough to quilt with – some perle threads aren’t – and they come in a huge range of colours. The no. 12 spools are good value as they have 100m of thread, which goes quite a long way when you’re working by hand.

I also like the slightly random effect of the variegation in colour. Sometimes it’s nice if the thread makes the decision to change colour so that you can just enjoy the process without having to keep stopping to think about colour choices.

And finally, a little seeding:

Another day or two and I should be ready to reveal the whole.

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16 Responses to some quilting

  1. suzy says:

    I just love the beautiful quilting stitches here Karen and have learned about a new thread here too!

  2. serenapotter says:

    I will have to look for this thread now.

    I am really focused on doing more with my quilting this year as opposed to letting the piecing do it all. It is an odd balance….easy to just think, ah quilt it together…fall back into the usual methods, but I so love old historical quilts that have unexpected quilting motifs over rather ho hum designs…

    • Karen Turner says:

      A difficult balance, I think. I like the old Welsh quilts, where the quilting pattern is totally different from the piecing pattern – the quilting tells another story on top of the patchwork and is like a ghost beyond it.

      • serenapotter says:

        yes yes!

        this exactly!
        i remember looking at one and it was sort of an expected red/green applique for the time but the quilting motif was this odd circular….almost like a personal seal or stamp…quilted with such force i really saw that first and the applique second…

        • Karen Turner says:

          They remind me of an optical illusion, where you can see two things in one picture, but you can only see one of the things at any one time, not both.

  3. annie! says:

    It’s looking great.

  4. Jan Marriott says:

    I am liking it more and more…

  5. really love the colours and the stitching. can’t wait to see the end resultxxlynda

  6. helen says:

    anxiously waiting for the finish. πŸ™‚

  7. Cindy Lane says:

    The thread really compliments the subtle colour shifts in the fabric so well. Delicate and subtle colour variations – it looks like a watercolour painting.

    Can’t wait to see the finished piece.



  8. Jill says:

    gorgeous stitching – oh how i love the look of plain stitch πŸ™‚

  9. Chris Gray says:

    Lovely stitching Karen…..those Valdani threads must be a joy to work with πŸ™‚

    I love the serendipidous happenings with variegated threads too…

  10. grace Forrest~Maestas says:

    kAREN, i am lazy. i work with one thread of 6 strand emb floss. how does this compare with what
    you are using here??????? it’s quite very wonderful!!!

    • Karen Turner says:

      Grace, the perle no. 12 thread (I’m guessing) is probably more like the equivalent of two strands, so still reasonably fine and easy to stitch through three layers. The perle no. 8 (along the top of the green section) is more like three strands.

  11. Rachel says:

    Variegated threads always add an interesting dimension to a piece!

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