In my previous posts Perfect pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting and Needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial I talked about how to choose the best needles to work with a variety of threads.
We’ll put this knowledge to work once again this week as I’ll be showing you how to make a whole cloth quilt using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.
I’m using fabric from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.
Here we go.
Step 1 – gather your supplies
- 2 yds cotton fabric in a solid color; this will be used for both the front and back of your quilt. For the sample, I used the beautiful ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000, yellow #9000-50 from Northcott.
- ⅜ yd for binding; you can use the same fabric as I did or a contrasting fabric if you prefer
- 4 or 5 spools (I always like to have extra) Gütermann 100% Spun Silk thread in a color suitable to your fabric.
I just love the luster that silk thread adds to our project!
This is a construction weight silk thread so we will use it for both the quilting and sewing on the binding.
I used light yellow to match my fabric.
- SCHMETZ Quilting Needles standard and/or chrome size 90/14.
This is a sturdy needle made especially for piecing and machine quilting.
The special tapered design allows the needle to penetrate the fabric easily and helps to eliminate skipped stitches.
The new chrome coated version resists heat and wear while allowing the needle to pass through the fabric with less resistance.
- UNIQUE 2 in 1 marking pento mark our design prior to stitching
- Fairfield Nature-Fil bamboo blend batting, 72″ x 90″ or 90″ x 108″
This batting is a blend of 50% rayon made from bamboo and 50% organic cotton.
Nature-Fil is soft, low loft and has a nice drape making it a good choice for our project.
- rotary cutter, 6″ x 24″ (or larger) quilting ruler and cutting mat
- HEIRLOOM Safety Pins
- sharp scissors
- sewing machine
- 2 or three extra bobbins
- walking foot for your machine
We have gathered our supplies and are ready to start.
I can hardly wait, how about you?
Join me tomorrow as we ready our machines for stitching with the walking foot, SCHMETZ needles andGütermann spun silk thread.
We’ll also prepare our fabric and use our UNIQUE 2 in 1 marking pen to mark the first part of the design.
See you then!
This is part 1 of 5 in this series.
Go to part 2: Easy preparation for walking foot quilting
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Julie is a remarkable teacher, giving students the ability and confidence to excel. She said I could do thread painting and was a quilt piecer, after that class I am ready to go on to much bigger projects thanks to her guidance.