I'm open to using a variety of thread for hand quilting. If the color's right, the thread's strong, it doesn't smell like smoke or mildew, and it's all cotton or natural fiber, I figure it's good enough to use to hand quilt. I found this spool of light brown/tan at a local craft shop where people donate their unwanted craft items for others to have (after a monetary donation) and brought it home.
When I found it I didn't have an intended purpose but I knew the color would be useful. I tested it by burning a section and found that it's a natural fiber because it turned to ash. I don't know beyond that what fiber it is but it's too shiny to be cotton. I also tested it before using by washing and drying it and by putting it under a hot iron. All good.
The spool was full but there was no indication how much thread was on a full spool. But then I never think about whether there will be enough thread to quilt a quilt, probably because in the past I've been able to get more.
Now I find that I have 15 squares and 8 stars yet to quilt and this (on the left photo) is what's left on the spool.
I was not exactly frugal while quilting. If I had a few inches of thread left at the end of a row or block, I cut it off and threw it away and began with a fresh length, never thinking that I could run out.
My error in judgment is to use thread without considering whether there's enough for the whole quilt. I may find I made a second error in judgment if, after tossing the finished quilt in the washer and dryer, I find that the thread has shrunk more than cotton usually does, or disintegrated, or some other untoward event happens to cause the quilt to need requilting. Oh, how I hope that doesn't happen!
I suppose I'll use cotton quilting thread in a color as close as I can find to the one above if I don't have enough of this thread to finish the quilt.
Do you ever make errors in judgment with your quilting? Do you always use the same brand of hand quilting thread? Which kind do you like best?
Oh, yes! I almost forgot. It's the first day of spring. Happy Spring! Snow is predicted for our area tonight and most of the day tomorrow. Those two groundhogs I saw eating greens on Saturday will probably be surprised.
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