This month's free-motion quilting challenge by Teri Lucas had us starting with pens and paper instead of needle and thread. Drawing is not my strong suit - but I have started a quilt design notebook divided into Fillers, Borders and Blocks. I am trying to test out my designs before I start sewing and I agree with Teri that by drawing a design first you create a muscle memory and it is easier to stitch.
Here is the second of the drawings I made for this challenge (the first was pretty pitiful).
For the actual stitching I used a piece of Robert Kaufman's Radiance that I had been wanting to try out and a variety of threads and needles.
For my name the thread was a 40 weight YLI Machine Quilting thread, the echo was done in Guterman 100% cotton in a 50 weight, the cross hatches in a Sulky PolyLite 60 weight, the feather in Superior King Tut, the circles in Sulky Metallic and the nautilus shells, swirls, e's and leaves in YLI silk thread.
I liked the heavier weight thread for the bold statement they made, but it really built up on the feather's spine. Both Sulky threads have beautiful sheen and I did not have any problems with the metallic thread - which sometimes can drive you to drink! And the silk was a dream. I want to do more with my silk threads - if only they weren't so darn expensive.
I would like to try Aurifil thread as I have heard lots of good things about it, but have not seen it locally. I guess I will have to break down and order some.