Friday, September 1, 2023
Embroidery Polyester 40WT Thread...... vs ..... Cotton 50WT Thread
Hello Quilt Friends..... A bit of re-learning for me today.
I rummaged --- or Estate Sale shopped at a quilter's closeout of all her stuff this AM.
Isacord Embroidery Thread, 5000M, 40W Polyester Thread. abt $9.00
my cost.... $2.00
A smaller weight number indicates a heavier thread
ISACORD is a polyester continuous thread that has a comparable shine to a rayon embroidery thread.
Polyester thread is nearly twice the strength of rayon thread
Can I use Isacord 40 for quilting?
Polyester embroidery thread
This 40 wt. thread is very thin, making it an excellent choice for free motion quilting designs that require a lot of travel stitching. Isacord is also very strong and able to take the high speed and intensity of machine quilting and embroidery.
The gold standard for piecing quilt tops is a 50-weight cotton thread. A few excellent choices for piecing are Aurifil Mako 50 weight cotton thread and our exclusive Bluprint Pima Thread . Both threads are smooth and fine, while at the same time being strong and durable
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Thursday, July 20, 2023
The Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West exhibit opened at the California Museum in Sacramento, CA on June 10, 2023
GoodDay Sacramento morning show had a segment on the exhibit. The two reporters close out —-standing next to my Bass Reeves quilted art @ the end of the segment):
Monday, June 26, 2023
AM progress! I intend to vertically appliqué LUCINDA on left border And on right side…. Fisher/Huggins wording!
And no: Not Gonna raffle nor give it away! 💥💥
Our family history says that at abt the age of 15-20 years old ... Lucinda was a slave, and the daughter of a slave master. She was sold from an auction block in Memphis, Tn in about 1860. She was bought primarily because she was a good cook.
Nothing is mentioned of Lucinda before the sale, except it is believed that she was in a shipment of slaves from North Carolina. (Seems thereafter… she was bought by a Civil War Captain from McGehee, Arkansas. She never mentioned his first name: only Cap’n Anderson. Captain shipped her back to McGehee by train to his plantation. Lucinda had a beautiful brown-reddish complexion and soft brown hair. Cap’n Anderson fathered and raised two separate families in the same yard….one by his wife, and the other by Lucinda, my great-grandmother.
The two sets of children played together, but Lucinda said her children hated their father. Whenever they saw him coming on his big fine horse with a fancy saddle, they would hide under the house and in the bushes. Lucinda was a virgin when Cap’n Anderson acquired her as a teenager. Our family historians state two important facts: (1) it is not surprising that she grew to love him…. He was the only man she knew during her entire life.
(2) The oldest son Frank, born …….. was born near the beginning of the Civil War. When he was a very young man, he built a modest house near Herds, AR and moved his mother and younger siblings away.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Bits n’ Pieces of the
Quilt piecing process is my favorite part of making a quilt. Of course, I love the look of my finished quilt once I have gone through with all of the other steps, but quilt piecing techniques are my favorite!
What is a pieced block?
Piecing is done on the top layer of the quilt. It is assembling and stitching all of the smaller pieces of the fabric together to form a block, which will be joined with other blocks to form the top layer of the quilt.
The Quilt backing is the backside fabrics layer of a quilt sandwich. They can be made from large cuts of coordinating fabric (such as 44″-wide quilting cotton ) that are stitched together to fit your quilt, or they can be cut down from 90″ or 108″ cuts of quilting cotton that are specially designed for backing large projects. They can be simple and solid, or you can add strips and blocks. For me-it’s a coordinated scrappy but classy look!
Batting type #1: Cotton – Cotton batting has long been a personal favorite of mine. Quilts made with cotton batting are warm, soft, and have a crinkly look after washing that is reminiscent of antique quilts—and that’s exactly why I love it!