Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Wonderful Discovery . . .


I love reading quilt artist Frieda Anderson's blog -- her creative use of color and her whimsical designs truly speak to my soul, and she often has wonderful products and techniques to share.  One of her recent posts included photos of a piece she had completed using Madeira 30-weight rayon thread for the quilting, and I fell in love.  The thread had such a brilliant shine, the stitching created an immediate impact, and the colors beckoned to me.  So I ordered the palette of 10 shades offered on her web site and eagerly awaited the chance to play with them.

 I tried them out on my latest piece, and I was thrilled with the result; the petals of the flower pictured above were quilted with color #1065 (click on the photo for a really good close-up).  I used a size 80 universal needle and 50-weight cotton in the bobbin, and the rayon glided through the quilt sandwich like . . . well, like butter.  Can't wait to try all the colors.  I'll share the entire piece with you as soon as it's competed.

Spring is just around the corner, and as much as I enjoyed winter after I adopted my new attitude towards it, I'm still glad to see the snow melt . . . aren't you?

4 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

I can see from the close up picture how beautiful the threads are with your stitching! Gorgeous; almost a metallic look. Can't wait to see the finished piece. Thank you for sharing.

Joanna Monroe said...

As usual, Diane, your quilting stitches are exquisite. Isn't rayon thread wonderful? It has a sheen that cottons don't and it adds so much to the quilt surface. I'm looking forward to seeing the entire piece also.

Frieda said...

Thank you Diane, they look gorgeous. I have enjoyed these threads for years and have never had a problem with them.
Fondly
Frieda

hetty said...

Rayon thread is wonderful. Your quilting is exquisite! Can't wait to see the end result!

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