Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Too...Many...Threads...

Given that "Tish Groove" is my first time doing any extensive machine quliting on a larger piece, I realized when I was done quilting that I have what looks like 50 million threads on the back now! Dear God. Remember...I've always handquilted so there are fewer thread ends to contend with. I turned to my husband and said, "What the heck am I supposed to do with all of these? Bury them in the batting? It'll take forever." He looked at all the threads and just said, "Wow."

With the "Starbirth" pieces, I'll admit that I clipped and knotted them, then pillowcased it for faced edges and fused the "external" backing fabric over it all. I can't say that I care if I can see the stitches on the back. All I know is that looking at the back of TG I'm prepared to do the same thing all over again!

Yikes...all those threads, LOL!

5 comments:

mary m. said...

Hi Elle! I'll bet the front looks gorgeous! I once took a class with Libby Lehman (which was wonderful...she's very generous with her knowledge AND her threads), and she taught us this...

When you start quilting, pull your bottom thread up to the top. Secure by making 3 or 4 small stitches, then go to regular stitch length. Snip these threads close to fabric.

When you want to end your quilting, make 3 or 4 small stitches again, then one LONG stitch. Stop, bring up needle and foot, pull quilt away to leave a long thread, snip top and bottom threads. Now tug on that long top thread, and because you took a big stitch to end, it will be loose and bring up the bottom thread. The small stitches secured the quilting, so now you can snip close to the quilt. Voila! No unsightly threads on the back!

Logan said...

So you finished two Starbirth quilts plus a quiltlet - and you're not gonna show us? Such a tease!

Deb R said...

I pretty much do mine exactly as Mary described Libby's method. But since you weren't doing that all along already, I vote for the pillowcase and fuse thing! Life is too short to bury all those threads!!!!

jenclair said...

I'm with mary m. and logan - time for show and tell!

Elle said...

OK! OK! LOL!