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Durable foundation piecing with WonderFil’s DecoBob thread

by Paul Leger

So glad you’re back to learn more about WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

Yesterday, I wrote about how well DecoBob threads blend with fabrics. Today, I’ll share my experiences with the strength of DecoBob thread as I show you a quilt block that’s done by foundation piecing.

A display of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in packs of 12.

WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins

Since we started the week myth-busting, here’s another myth I’ve heard: lightweight, thin threads like DecoBob are not strong due to their smaller size and weight. Let me assure you that it is strong. Its strength comes from the fact that it’s a poly thread.

I thought that the easiest way to show you how strong DecoBob threads are would be to do a foundation-pieced block. To do this demonstration, I decided to use regular, everyday white paper that you can find in any home printer or copier. I also put DecoBob thread on a spool holder to ensure that the 80wt thread would show on the paper side of the block.

Note: Should you need a refresher on foundation piecing, you may wish to have a look at this QUILTsocial blog post.

A display of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in packs of 12.

WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins

As for any foundation block, I reduced my stitch length to an approximate stitch length setting of 2.

I admit that I’m not gentle when it comes to removing the paper from a foundation-pieced block. It’s normal that there may be a little slack in the thread due to the relative thickness of the paper.

After the paper is removed, the stitching remains intact and neat.

After the paper is removed, the stitching remains intact and neat.

Below is a picture of the foundation-pieced block I made using DecoBob’s80wt thread.

Foundation-pieced block creating a fan look with red and white fabrics.

Foundation-pieced block

With DecoBob thread you can be assured of constructing a quality quilt block.

Now I’ll go back to the sewing machine and construct three more similar blocks to make a small quilt.

For the pattern for the above block, click on the picture below to download the PDF

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow as I continue my journey in the land of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins!

Foundation piecing, click on the picture to download PDF

Foundation piecing, click on the picture to download PDF

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Can you really use different thread weights in your bobbin and spool?

Go to part 4: For trouble-free machine applique use WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins

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6 comments

Jamie April 3, 2017 - 8:50 pm

I will have to look for WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins. I too worry about the threads when I’m tearing the foundation paper off. Thanks for the post.

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Paul Leger April 3, 2017 - 11:31 pm

you are most welcome

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Becky Windham March 29, 2017 - 11:57 pm

Since I found your blog, I look forward to each post – all so informative and straightforward. It’s renewed my interest in quilting again. I would love to try these prewound bobbins – so many beautiful colors.

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Paul Leger March 31, 2017 - 10:22 am

HI Becky, Glad you like these blogs. they are a wealth of information and tips. GO to your local quilt store and ask for them.

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Elizabeth Matthiesen March 29, 2017 - 8:51 pm

I love coming here and reading the various posts and all the tips and tutorials. The WonderFil’s DecoBob Prewound Bobbins sound like a super idea to me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Paul. 🙂

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Paul Leger March 29, 2017 - 9:15 pm

You are very welcome Elizabeth

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