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Procrastination II

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Casual, Traditional, Classic, Funky, Romantic
Joanna Strohn on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Muslin, batik fabric leftovers, batik binding, silk batting, various threads

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What are you most proud of? The compliments I received from other campers! What Cindy says is true! Folks see the feathers and ignore all the "creative' aspects! I used about 5-7 different threads including a wonderful glittery thread for the stippling and straight lines. My Juki handled them all gracefully! I still have many hours to go before I can come close to really good feathers but I do see progress.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Keep on keeping on! I've had to overcome my perfectionist tendencies and just play. The feathers sure aren't perfect but the hum purr is there and when I look at some feathers here and there they are more than satisfactory. Not that happy with the circles but I do see progress. Lots of improvement needed there but looking at the whole -- I'm pleased! Now on to Procrastination III!

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Very cool!

07/24/2013 Flag

This is really great! What do you mean specifically with 'difficult threads'? What brands? I've been experimenting with thread lately, and have found boring old poly from Gutermann to be the easiest. I had less luck with all cotton. I like your comments about perfectionism - that's my battle too!

07/25/2013 Flag

I don't know all the brands but I can describe the threads I was using -- I used Bottom line in the bobbin for the entire project. Cindy has some blendy colors that she recommends. I also expreimented with other of the Superior "thin" threads - Masterpiece, SoFine, Ricky Tims Brights. I haven't gotten any of the new Magnifico thread yet. I have some Invisifil thread and tried it and loved it. Very fine. Also some Sulky blendables and some Robinson-Anson embroidery threads. The one I really love is what I used on all the edges. I don't know the brand but I bought a large cone at a Tucson gem show from a dealer that does the Japanese braiding. I love it! Difficult threads tend to be those that are glittery or metallic. I have several other machines and it's been my experience that some machines absolutely hate some threads. So far, my Juki machines will take any thread. I do have extra bobbins and I'm not afraid to change tension. The Superior Threads website is the BEST site for learning about threads. Sign up for their University and get Dr. Bob's Threadology booklet. If you can see his presentation in person do so! I went to the Phoenix Quilt Show last year specifically to see him.

07/26/2013 Flag

Thanks so much for your very detailed response! I'm really encouraged to just get out there and try things. Do you change your needle strength and/or type of needle (i.e. quilt needle, universal etc.)? And you mentioned that you change tension, even in the bobbin? Thanks, you are so helpful!

08/05/2013 Flag

Very nice work.

07/26/2013 Flag

I like your feathers. I appreciate how difficult it is to turn all those corners gracefully.

07/29/2013 Flag

You're feathers are so nice and smooth. Sharon Schamber teaches her students to imagine and stare at a dot, when quilting circles. You focus on the imaginary dot and quilt around it, rather than looking at the needle. It makes your circles much likely to turn out round, rather than oval.

09/20/2013 Flag