Sunday, 11 January 2015

Little Elephant in the hoop

Now that Charley Harper is finished, it's Little Elephants turn for quilting.  I am trying something new with this one; in fact I am trying two new things.  First I am using a different wadding.  I have been using wool, which I love, but am giving Sew Simple Eco Blend a go.  This is a 70% cotton, 30% poly blend and the appeal of it for me is that is made from 100% recycled material.  It has a nice, felty feel to it, and is alright to quilt, but I'll do a bit more before I draw any firm conclusions.  In the meantime, my conscience is happy with the choice!

I am also trying a new thread.  I love using perle to hand quilt but I can't find variegated shades that I am happy with.  I don't want a variegated which includes a lot of white or just varying shades of one colour, which pretty much rules out my usual brands (Anchor and DMC).  I have tried Valdani, which has some really lovely colour combinations, but found the thread a bit soft (for want of a better word).  It tended to pull apart a bit too often for my liking, and this meant I ended up working with short lengths - lots of extra starting and finishing.

So I am giving Gutermann's Sulky 30 a go.  This is what I bought:


It's early days still, but so far am pretty happy with the choice.  When I've done a bit more I'll post some close ups so you can see how the colours work out.


Linking this post to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching and with Aylin-Nilya for Monday Makers.

16 comments:

  1. I love Sulky threads. Next time we meet you can help yourself. Glad little elephant is on the way.

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  2. I like the colors of those threads. I used variegated thread to quilt one of my quilts. I really loved the result, especially since it was on a black background. Enjoy your stitching.

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  3. I'm always interested in learning more about thread. The colors you chose are lovely.

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  4. I have never heard of that batting. But I am always interested as new ones are developed. As for varigated threads I haven't tried them yet but sure hope to someday. I hope you will share a pic of how the batting and thread turn out next week.

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  5. Love those colors. Very pretty.

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  6. I love the Valdani perle cotton colors, but do NOT like using it. I find it is too thick and does not glide through the fabric well. Good luck!

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  7. Love those photos... especially the photo of your quilt in the hoop...such beautiful colours to enjoy!
    Thanks for linking up and sharing some preliminary thoughts on your new experiments!

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  8. Oh, I do love a great variegated thread. Glad to hear that it is working well for you so far! :)

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  9. Those threads looks so yummy--love your quilting so far!

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  10. Very pretty! I really like the colors. That variegated thread looks interesting, I'll have to look for it. Although I don't do too much "big stitching" as its hard on my hands.

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  11. I don't hand quilt but your stitches are just so pretty. I would be interested in learning to hand quilt...one day, so I would love to know which thread you prefer.

    Happy Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  12. Such pretty stitches! I'll be watching to see how the variegated thread works.

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  13. Little Elephant is such a pretty quilt with beautiful colors. I'm sure the variegated thread is going to work beautifully. You'll love both the thread and the batting because what I can see so far is fabulous. Can't wait to see the completed project!

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  14. I love Sulky - although I haven't tried the variegated colours…yet! Gutermann's hand quilting thread is lovely to use too. Can't believe how busy you've been on this quilt already - at this rate you'll easily exceed four finishes this year! Love the way it's coming together and I think the variegated thread will work out perfectly. Look forward to hearing what you think about the Eco wadding - I think bamboo fibre wadding is very Eco friendly too :)

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  15. I've often seen those threads in the shop and wondered what they were like? I look forward to seeing the results :)

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