Friday, September 16, 2011


Today I received a delicious little package from B.C. merchant Tristan Italian Threads: 12 spools of variegated 50 wt Aurifil thread!

Aren't they beautiful?! 

I have worked with a nice neutral light gray Aurifil thread for piecing, but I am really looking forward to quilting with these multi-coloured threads.  I gathered from a little web research that these 50 wts are likely to produce relatively understated quilting stitches, but the hints of colour should be lovely.  I can hardly wait!

In other festival-of-colour news, I have my flying goose baby quilt fully pieced and pin-basted!  Yay!

I have been thinking of this quilt as "[gray geese] over the rainbow"  but I think I'll drop the goose part when I make the label...there's not much appeal in the image of a goose for non-quilter Canadians.  (Geese are iconic in Canada, but they are also loud and pesky creatures...I may be wrong, but I doubt somehow that a new mum would want her baby's quilt to pay tribute to geese.)

Anyway, more to the point, I am thinking that this quilt is a perfect place to play with one of my new multi-coloured threads.

There are two in my new little collection that approximate a "rainbow" of colours -- one with a dominant blue hue and the other with an orange hue.

My backing fabric is light blue with tiny fall-coloured leaves, so either one could work, but I'm leaning towards the blue-ish one, on the left.

Or maybe I could FMQ in sections, changing up my threads as I progress through the rainbow!  That might be fun!

Then again, I may just go safe and free-motion quilt the whole thing in white.  Oooh, what to do?

And in a world that faces real problems, isn't it nice to dwell on a delightful little dilemma sometimes?  I'm enjoying it, anyway!


Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous threads! I think whatever you choose will be lovely - I like all your ideas and the quilt is stunning!

Annabella said...

Enjoy your beautiful box of goodies and what a difference a week makes - I just love that baby`s one cool baby quilt! Hope you are well Jennifer!

Prof. S said...

Thank you both so very much!

Yes, a little time can do wonders...and I never ceased to be amazed at how drastically transformed a project can be as a result of very small changes in composition or's so interesting (sometimes an emotional rollercoaster too!).

Ellie said...

Hi,I really like how your quilt goes from cool colours to warm colours - I don't think I've seen that before. And your new threads are lovely too.
I have come over from 'Life's Rich Pattern' as I was intrigued by your name - Prof S. :)