Having been given a jelly roll and a quilting book for Christmas 2010, there is no excuse not to get on with quiltmaking.

Here's what happened next...


Friday, 18 November 2011


Colleague Rita points out that the lovely grey thread that I bought last week for the quilting doesn't stand out as much as it might.

Most irritatingly, I think that she is right.

So before I plough on any further with my FMQ stars, I'll give this darker grey thread a go - possibly the dark grey for the top thread & keep the paler grey for the bobbin thread.

If it looks better than the block and a half I've done, I can undo without too much bad language.



  1. Careful, careful, I think we've been here before and the end result was an awful lot of unpicking ...

    Recovering from a cold (= brain fog all week) but I have a sneaky feeling that early on in your quilting career we all had a discussion about the effect of a quilting thread which contrasts hugely with the quilt top. If you have any of the quilt top fabrics left, can I suggest you make up a sample block and do some experiments before you make a commitment to the actual quilt?

    Shuffling back to the corner now ...

  2. Goodness me, Hobbit - that was a most timely intervention!!

    Yes, you are quite right that the ol' pea brain had forgotton the pain of unpicking the overly dark quilting on Sure Steps!

    And I was entirely poised with my unpicker for the FMQ stars - BUT instead, I will trial a couple of blocks with dark-grey-top, dark-grey-bottom and dark-grey-top, light-grey-bottom and then we can see what's to be done!

    Thank you, m'dear - and *do* keep on the hot toddies/oodles of fresh air, and keep off the disproportionately hard labour for the time being?

  3. I don't really need to add anything here do I? Bilbo covered it with her suggestion of a trial block or two. That could save you a lot of heartache and handache from gripping the stitch ripper.


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