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The dramatic impact of quilting designs using thicker threads

by Allison Spence

This week I’m sharing some small quilted projects and stitching with WonderFil’s Spagetti and Fruitti cotton threads and Accent rayon threads.

Patio cushion, WonderFil's 12wt Accent; #2121 Dark Gold

Patio cushion, WonderFil’s 12wt Accent; #2121 Dark Gold

There are times when I just want to sit and stitch. I may have a limited amount of time to play and I want a project that is super quick, easy and strikingly beautiful. These small cushions are the perfect quilted items with which to explore quilting with heavier threads.

Side 2 of patio cushion, Accent #2235 Avocado

Side 2 of patio cushion, Accent #2235 Avocado

We have a new front entry to our house and I invested in some lovely chairs so we can sit and enjoy the fresh air. I have found that the backs are a little uncomfortable and these cushions are the perfect solution.

Spagetti

WonderFil's 12wt cotton thread Spagetti

WonderFil’s 12wt cotton thread Spagetti

WonderFil’s Spagetti thread is a 12wt 3ply Egyptian cotton. It’s been double gassed and mercerized for great colors and very low lint. It’s ideal for achieving a bold and dramatic look in your hand AND machine quilting work.

WonderFil's 12 wt cotton thread Spagetti, colors #05 Turquoise, #12 Medium Fern Green, #17 Milk Chocolate

WonderFil’s 12 wt cotton thread Spagetti, colors #05 Turquoise, #12 Medium Fern Green, #17 Milk Chocolate

I love how Spagetti cotton thread can be used to highlight a design printed on fabric but also how it can create its own design on the fabric.

WonderFil Spagetti #06 Denim

WonderFil Spagetti #06 Denim

I asked quilt designer, author and teacher, Susan K. Cleveland her thoughts about Spagetti thread.

“Spagetti is my favorite thread because I enjoy simple, bold designs and Spagetti is perfect for that. It’s very versatile too! I use it for raw edge appliqué with a blanket stitch and for bold geometric quilting designs by machine or by hand. It’s also fabulous for embellishing prairie points and binding or for stitching unexpected accents here or there. It can be wacky or sophisticated… as you wish.” 

WonderFil's Spagetti thread in the bright color pack

WonderFil’s Spagetti thread in the bright color pack

Spagetti is now available in five gorgeous thread pack sets! With colors selected by Susan Cleveland, these Spagetti packs are guaranteed to make a beautiful impression on any project. Each pack comes with 8 spools of 12wt 100% Egyptian Cotton Spagetti thread which is recommended for quilting, decorative stitching and topstitching.

Quilting with WonderFil's 12wt cotton thread, Spagetti color #05 Turquoise

Quilting with WonderFil’s 12wt cotton thread, Spagetti color #05 Turquoise

To start my cushion projects, I dug through my Fat Quarter stash and chose fabrics that would work well together. I cut the cushion pieces 15″  x 15″ squares and layer with batting and backing fabric.

Then the fun of stitching and playing with quilting designs begins.

Trim cushion pieces to desired size

Trim cushion pieces to desired size

Once the quilting is complete, I trim the quilts to the desired size of the cushion. I’m working on 13″ squares but the cushion can be any size, and any shape, you want.

Leave an opening and sew cushion pieces with right sides together.

Leave an opening and sew cushion pieces with right sides together.

Place the pillow pieces right sides together and stitch around all 4 sides. Leave a 3″ – 4″ space open on one side for turning. Clip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. Use a point turner to push out the corners.

Use cut up scraps of batting to stuff the cushion

Use cut up scraps of batting to stuff the cushion

Now comes the fun!

I always have leftover bits of batting, I’m sure you do too. Save those bits that are trimmed off the edges of quilts, and if they’re large enough, sew the pieces together and use as the batting for these cushion tops and the small knitting bags I reviewed Monday and Tuesday. I use a multiple zig zag stitch to seam them together and every seam stays smooth and flat.

I save trimmings and when my tub is full, I cut them into approximately 3″ chunks. I use them to stuff the pillows. Work batting pieces into the corners for nice firm corners and add as many pieces as you want for the desired firmness.

It’s so satisfying to use every last bit of scrap!

Cushion quilted with WonderFil's Fruitti #13 Hibiscus

Cushion quilted with WonderFil’s Fruitti #13 Hibiscus

Once the cushion is stuffed as much as I want, I hand sew the opening closed. I then sit back and enjoy!!!!

The reverse side of the above red cushion quilted with WonderFil's Fruitti, #13 Hibiscus

The reverse side of the above red cushion quilted with WonderFil’s Fruitti, #13 Hibiscus

Cushions quilted with WonderFil's Fruitti #13 Hibiscus, Accent #2235 Avocado and Spagetti #05 Turquoise

Cushions quilted with WonderFil’s Fruitti #13 Hibiscus, Accent #2235 Avocado and Spagetti #05 Turquoise

The image above and below are the two sides of these 3 pillows that I stitched. I’m not going to have any worries, sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air!

Pillows quilted with WonderFil's Fruitti #13 Hibiscus, Accent # 2121 Dark Gold and Spagetti #05 Turquoise

Pillows quilted with WonderFil’s Fruitti #13 Hibiscus, Accent # 2121 Dark Gold and Spagetti #05 Turquoise

I’m passed the midway point of my week of exploring some free motion quilting projects using WonderFil’s 12wt threads; Accent, Spagetti and Fruitti. I’m going to finish my week showing you how I quilted “pumpkins for sale“, a panel by Northcott Fabrics.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: FMQ shines when using WonderFil’s thicker threads: Accent, Spagetti & Fruitti

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