Maybe perle cotton would be a good choice for quilting the stars quilt. But before I decide to use it I have a few questions. Thanks to any of you dear readers who can answer any of them or who have any experience to share about quilting with perle cotton.
Is size 8 the best size to use? As I looked at the different sizes at the store I thought size 12 just just a step or two larger than quilting thread.
How much perle cotton will I need for a twin size quilt? Or, how much quilting can one do with a 10 gram ball? I have four small balls but I doubt any of them would be enough to finish a whole quilt. Can one buy different size balls of perle cotton?
Which brand have you used and like to use? I know DMC and Valdani both make perle cotton. Is one better than the other (in your opinion/experience)?
Where do you by perle cotton? I've checked the local stores (JoAnn, Michael's, Hobby Lobby) but have found limited colors (black, white, red) in the balls. I've looked online but thought recommendations from friends would be better than ordering blind.
Do you have any tips or recommendations for hand quilting with perle cotton? Loosely? I suspect it shrinks more than quilting thread. Can it be washed and dried in the same way I do with quilts with thread?
What should I know about perle cotton that I didn't ask?
On another note, my sewing machine is lonely and has been calling to me. It insists I've spent too much time appliqueing. It's true. Maybe tomorrow I'll pull out some scraps and sew a few sample blocks to use as hotpads for someone I know who needs them.
Thanks again for any help with my perle cotton questions.