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How Accent, Mirage and Spagetti threads highlight appliqued words

 

I’ve come to the end of my week of stitching 3 inspirational wallhangings. At the beginning of the week I shared how I used WonderFil DecoBob 80wt polyester thread for perfect piecing.

I then shared how I used WonderFil InvisaFil 100wt polyester thread for quilting the blocks and adding texture to the quilt. I changed to thicker threads and quilted the borders with Accent, Fruitti and Tutti and Splendor and finished my wallhangings stitching with InvisaFil and Splendor again for the binding.

Today, I’m finishing the wallhangings with inspirational and encouraging words appliqued to the finished quilts.

I’m making these wallhangings for my two daughters and one for myself. I asked the girls earlier this fall for some words or phrases that would encourage or inspire them.

RELENTLESS

My older daughter’s word of choice was RELENTLESS. She is relentless in all areas of her life. She is persistent, constant, dogged and single-minded.

 

Relentless applique first steps are to prepare my letters for applique.
Relentless applique first steps are to prepare my letters for applique.

 

I used my computer to prepare my letters for applique.

The first step is to choose my applique letters and reverse them before printing.

Once printed, I traced each of the letters to the paper side of fusible web.

I fused the traced letters to the wrong side of my applique fabric.

 

RELENTLESS applique letters are too big.
RELENTLESS applique letters are too big.

 

I didn’t plan RELENTLESS well. I found that the letters were too big and too dark!

I went back to the computer and my fabric stash and am much happier with a different font, size of letters and fabric.

Once I had the correct size letters and fabric, I cut out each of the letters and fused them to the quilt top.

The nice thing about stitching the applique last is that I don’t have to worry about quilting afterwards and trying to quilt around each of the letters of my applique.

I had 3 possible choices for my applique threads. I found the Accent a bit too light and bright. The black Spagetti was too dark. The variegated Mirage was just right!

 

Choosing the right thread from Accent, Mirage and Spagetti, 3 of WonderFil threads.
Choosing the right thread from Accent, Mirage and Spagetti, 3 of WonderFil threads.

 

Applique with WonderFil Mirage (SD09) a 30wt rayon in variegated colors
Applique with WonderFil Mirage (SD09) a 30wt rayon in variegated colors

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I stitched the edges of the applique with a narrow zigzag stitch using WonderFil Mirage thread. Mirage is a 30wt rayon thread and only comes in wonderful variegated colors!

 

RELENTLESS completed wallhanging
RELENTLESS completed wallhanging

 

BE CURIOUS

 

BE CURIOUS quilted wallhanging
BE CURIOUS quilted wallhanging

 

When asked for a word, my younger daughter right away responded with BE CURIOUS. This short phrase perfectly reflects her! She loves to learn but she has always been able to draw others in because they want to learn more about her!

Be Curious appliqued with WonderFil Accent (AC2235) in a buttonhole stitch.
Be Curious appliqued with WonderFil Accent (AC2235) in a buttonhole stitch.

 

BE CURIOUS was appliqued with WonderFil Accent thread. Accent is a 12wt rayon thread in both solid and variegated colors. I enjoy working with Accent as it gives me clear strong stitching lines.

The thread color contrasts the applique, so a thicker thread highlights rather than blends.

PERSEVERE

 

PERSEVERE wallhanging
PERSEVERE wallhanging

 

The third wallhanging is for me. I chose PERSEVERE as my word for 2018. My word for 2017 was FINISH and I challenged myself to finish as many quilted projects as I could. I haven’t finished as many projects as I had hoped, but I have finished more than I though I could. My word for 2018 is to Persevere in my 2017 challenge and in my professional work.

 

A ruler helps to line up the letters.
A ruler helps to line up the letters.

 

I used a ruler to help me arrange the letters for this applique.

 

Applique stitch with WonderFil Accent (AC45) 12 wt rayon thread.
Applique stitch with WonderFil Accent (AC45) 12 wt rayon thread.

 

When I was looking for the perfect thread for this applique, the thread that was too bright for RELENTLESS, was perfect for PERSEVERE!

This has been a busy week working on 3 wallhangings at the same time. I’ve used a lot of WonderFil threads, InvisaFil (100wt), DecoBob (80wt), Tutti (50wt), Splendor (40wt), Mirage (30wt), and Fruitti and Accent (12wt) cottons and rayons.

I hope I’ve encouraged you to BE CURIOUS as you play with WonderFil wide variety of threads and that you’re willing to be RELENTLESS as you PERSEVERE with a variety of threads and different techniques!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: 1 easy way to add a quilt binding, 2 WonderFil threads to make it shine!

Allison has an Education degree from University of Winnipeg and many years’ experience teaching aquatics. Allison began teaching sewing and quilting while working at a sewing machine dealer in Calgary, Alberta. She also owned her own fabric store and sewing school for 6 years where she had the wonderful opportunity to teach a wide variety of classes to many sewers, young and old. She now has a studio and classroom in her home and does customer quilts and well as longarm machine rentals. She is a National Handi Quilter Educator. Allison teaches in her studio, locally and in North America. Allison has a very, very supportive husband, 2 daughters and granddaughter close by.

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