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2 ways to use WonderFil DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting


Yesterday on QUILTsocial, I tackled three more of my UFOs and showed you 3 designs to machine quilt with Master Quilter thread. That thread is a dream to quilt with, and my super picky Gammill seemed to think so too!! Today, I’m going to talk about 2 ways to use WonderFil DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting, and I’m going to show you a few more machine quilting designs.


WonderFil's DecoBob thread on a grey hexagon tablerunner.
DecoBob thread on the hexagon tablerunner


DecoBob for machine quilting

Because DecoBob thread is so fine, it blends nicely with the fabrics in a quilt so that the quilting design is more subtle. Also, because of its weight, it’s ideally suited to small quilting designs like micro-stippling that other threads would be too thick for.

WonderFil Threads – DecoBob

DecoBob is a low bulk 80wt 2-ply cottonized polyester thread that carries a textured matte finish and has been treated to behave more like cotton and eliminate stretch. Delicate but incredibly strong, this lightweight thread ensures stitching becomes less bulky and designs softer. It also makes for an ideal bobbin thread.

Tension adjustments and needles

I’ve said before that my long arm machine is a little picky when it comes to threads, and she was giving me a little grief when I threaded her with DecoBob. The thread kept breaking, so I did some research and contacted Joanne Flamand, who is one of the WonderFil Educators, to ask for suggestions. She suggested some threading modifications and to use a 4 MR needle, and it worked like a charm!


Hints & tips
Hints & tips

I’m using the DecoBob thread to quilt this skinny tableunner that I made with hand pieced hexagons on top. If you follow my Fairfield Road Designs blog, you’ll know that I’m a little obsessed with hexagons AND with the teal/navy/purple fat quarter fabric bundle that I used to make the hexagons. This is the fifth project that I’ve made using these fabrics, and I’m happy to say that I’ve used the WHOLE thing!!

The first thing I did for the quilting on the tablerunner, was divide the area with some wavy lines that traveled from one end to the other on a gentle diagonal. I put two parallel lines together for each division.


The first quilting lines stitched on the hexagon tablerunner with the DecoBob thread
The first quilting lines stitched with the DecoBob thread


Next, I dug into my machine quilting repertoire and came up with a few fun designs to use to fill in the areas between the lines. The first one was this “ribbon candy” design.


A close up of a ribbon candy design machine quilted with DecoBob thread from WonderFil.
Close up of the ribbon candy design


Next, I used the spiral design from yesterday, and shrunk it down so that they would fit in between the lines on the tablerunner.


A small scale spiral design machine quilted on the hexagon tablerunner.
The spiral design on a smaller scale


I used this gentle “back-and-forth” design to quilt a section, and then added a stipple to the section adjacent to it.


A close up of the stipple, and back an forth designs machine quilted on the hexagon tablerunner using DecoBob thread from WonderFil.
Close up of the stipple and back and forth designs


The view from far away

Although the designs are easily seen in my close up photos, you can see how they blend into the background when viewed from a distance. This makes the DecoBob thread a great choice for when you don’t want your quilting to take center stage!


The entire machine quilted design on the tablerunner is subtle when viewed far away since the DecoBob thread blends in so nicely with the fabrics.
The entire machine quilted design on the tablerunner


DecoBob in the bobbin

The other way to use DecoBob for longarm (and domestic) machine quilting, is to have it in the bobbin. I LOVE using DecoBob in the bobbin of my domestic machine, and have been using the pre-wound bobbin for quite some time. The thread is so fine that a filled bobbin lasts FOREVER, and the beige and grey colors blend in beautifully with almost any color backing. So I was super happy when there were “M” size pre-filled bobbins in the box that arrived from WonderFil. These bobbins fit my longarm sewing machine, and have been making my quilting this week SO much easier!


The pre-wound bobbins of DecoBob thread have been making my quilting go so much faster!
The pre-wound bobbins of DecoBob thread have been making my quilting go so much faster and easier!


So, as you can see, there are 2 ways to use DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting, but the thread can be used for so much more!! Give WonderFil DecoBob a try for precision piecing, stippling, general sewing, machine embroidery, button holes, digitized lace design, and hidden stitches! Tomorrow, I have one last UFO to quilt – hope to see you back here for more machine quilting with WonderFil Threads.


This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: 3 different designs to machine quilt with WonderFil Master Quilter thread

Go to part 5: Machine quilted flowers finish off a beautiful bedrunner

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website

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