From tension testing to thread playtime……………….


Superior Metallic thread (variegated) on muslin.

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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20 Responses to From tension testing to thread playtime……………….

  1. Thread crazy says:

    Better late than never – love this as it reminds me of a fancy bodice on a fancy gown! I can just see it attached to an organza gown – beautiful work!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I love that thought!!!! So many uses for free motion stitching!!!! I’ve done a lot of that type of embellishing when I had my sewing business! Post coming soon! Hugs…..

  2. Rhonda says:

    Just gorgeous, Doreen! Also known as ‘Graffiti Quilting’ (see Karlee Porter’s book of the same name).

    • treadlemusic says:

      It does have some similarities. Her style is a bit more free-form (with shapes typical of “tag”/graffiti art) than mine. I’ve enjoyed watching her as her style grows. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!!! Hugs…….

  3. Eydie says:

    Inspiring! How long have you been fmq? I LOVE Superior thread. I used their metallic on a quilt and loved it!!!! I will have to get some of this kind! Beautiful!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I got serious (kinda) about fmq about 5 years ago. I started looking at everything I could find on the internet ….. tutorials, blogs, etc. There really wasn’t much there and definitely not anything locally. The Superior metallic (variegated) gold was something I found on a trip to Maine a couple of years ago. Most quilt shops carry the “common” brands….Aurifil, Isacord, some Invisifil, King Tut. I really prefer poly over cotton (for that annoying lint factor!). I ended up ordering the gold metallic in larger cones on-line…… Thanks so much for taking a few moments to leave a comment and, please, stop by again! Hugs………

  4. Michele says:

    Pretty, pretty!

  5. What a beautiful “play” piece! I’m not a fan of metallic thread but this looks fantastic. Maybe I should give it a go although I haven’t got any of the newer metallic threads. I’m sure they have come a long way since the 90ties. Thanks for sharing. Mari

  6. Raewyn says:

    Beautiful playing! The piece glistens beautifully with that thread!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Isn’t that thread the best??? I bought 2 huge cones a while back and have not regretted the investment. I had found them on-line after purchasing a smaller cone in a quilt shop in Maine. It makes any stitching look even better!!!!!! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing it!!!!!! Hugs…….

  7. witchylin says:

    It is really a work of art.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Time for YOU to play, too!!!!! Just start and 15 minutes a day every day will work miracles!!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!

      • witchylin says:

        i am too busy making tops. LOL. I can stipple and do one or two other designs but as for those lovely feathers…..I am much in need of practice. Next time I make a quilt for myself I will have a good practice then try the feathers. I am afraid to try for the first time, even with practice, on quilts I make for other people. 😉 I will get there one day.

        • treadlemusic says:

          This piece is just a muslin sandwich….not for anything special. I make up several at a time to test thread tension or “warm up” for stitching….or “test drive” a pattern!!!!!! You can do it…..with some “doodling time”………hugs……

  8. A sculpture. That’s what I say.

  9. What A gorgeous piece! Like quilter’s graffiti piece!

    • treadlemusic says:

      This type of fmq is what I’ve been intrigued with recently and this was the first opportunity to experience it. Very freeing…….just let your imagination go… rules…….. You have to try it!!!!!

      • Laura says:

        Does this “type of fmq” have a name? Just curious! It’s sort of like a collage, with lots of design elements, fitting seamlessly together!

        • treadlemusic says:

          Not a real “name”. It could be described as a “collage” of stitching motifs or background/whole cloth stitching ideas. I like to do something like this just to keep all my fave motifs fresh and do-able in my “memory bank” so they’re available when I’m doing an actual quilt. It cuts down on that blank stare that sometimes(?) happens when you have a quilt sandwich in front of you and you’re thinking……”Now, what is it saying to me????”………….. When these ‘testers’ are filled, I serge off “mug rug” sized pieces and use them til they’re grungy then I throw them!!!! If I really like a combo, I will put it in a vinyl sleeve in my looseleaf/ringbinder for future reference.

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