Thursday, February 11, 2010

Machine quilting with silk thread

Valerie wrote me and asked -

Hi Frieda: I am reading your article about free motion quilting in Quilting Arts....two questions I have is if you are maching quilting silk.....what thread would you use...and are there any other recommendations you would have for quilting silk vs. cotton. Thank you in advance for your help. Valerie  from NY

Hi Valerie,
Thank you for contacting me.
I like to use silk thread when I am working on silk, I use YLI silks and have been very happy with them. I use either the same YLI in the bobbin or often use Aurafil cotton 50 wt thread in the bobbin. I like all the colors they both have and the quality of the threads. I use a 70 micro tex sharp needle when I use the silk and I sew a little bit slower. The silk can break if you sew too fast.
I will post on my blog today a close up of silk on silk and you can see how fabulous it looks.
Good luck and have fun.
Here are a few close ups of using silk thread on silk fabric when machine quilting.
Post card size Jack in the Pulpit.
Jack in the Pulpit 
close up of leaves and hood of plant in silk

Jack in the Pulpit
close up of the back ground and leaf - from my new book 

close up of silk flowers and silk background


Lisa said...

These are so beautiful! Great question because it's something we all need to know. Thanks!

Claire O'Connor said...

I LOVE seeing these close-ups! I am so inspired Frieda -- just gorgeous!

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Diane J. Evans said...

Beautiful texture, Frieda -- thank you for these close-ups and for the tips!


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