Labor Day has come and gone. With this signal of summer’s end, it is natural that our thoughts turn to winter. Perhaps that is why many of you have been emailing requests for more quilting thread.
Needless to say, my attempts to accommodate lead to many options, cotton vs. poly-wrapped cotton; spools vs. cones; neutral solids to bold variegated combinations; 30 wt, 50 wt, 60 wt, etc.
Obviously, the multitude of options exists for a reason. For piecing and machine sewing the fabric of the quilt, any good quality, cotton or polyester-wrapped cotton with no coating is suitable. (If machine sewing, be sure the label says the thread is designed for machine quilting.) For stitch-in-the-ditch and “hidden” stitches, invisible thread is desirable. For quilting techniques such as stippling, variegated cotton thread can add depth and interest.
The possibilities are endless. But the place to start looking for thread is simple. Check out the new “Quilting Thread” category on the Shoppers Rule website by visiting http://www.shoppersrule.com/c/Thread21/index.html.