Quite a while ago one of my blogging friends (was it you, Clare?) commented that gold quilting thread blends well on most any quilt top, so I tried it. Here’s one quilted for me by Julia Madison. It has gold in it, of course, but I thought the gold thread worked out quite well. It shows up on the solid fabric but blends with the prints.
I didn’t realize I used gold in my quilts so often!
On this more recent quilt, I asked Julia to use a thread recommended by another blogging friend, Elizabeth. It is 40 weight polyester but looks metallic. If you’ve ever tried quilting with metallic thread, you know what a find this is! Julia said she had no trouble quilting with it. Here’s what it looks like on the quilt:
Meanwhile, I made a Christmas table runner for a class I’m going to teach. I quilted it myself using another recent find, InvisaFil thread. This thread is very thin, intended to show the quilting but not necessarily the stitches. I did some stitch in the ditch with it and found it much better for that purpose than regular thread I have used in the past. I also did some quilting that was meant to show, and that worked out equally well.
I will continue to use many other threads for quilting, but I’m pleased with these two new ones. What thread do you quilt with?
Thanks for this very useful information. I live the effect of metallic threads
My absolute “go to” gold metallic is Superior’s Variegated Gold metallic, #025. Stitches beautifully, doesn’t shred and the color changes are very subtle. Although it comes in a silver version, the gold has a bit of silver and blends with everthing for a nice rich “bling”.
Good to know! I love Superior threads so will try it. Thanks!
It comes on very large cones and I always have one extra (at times they are sold out. The link: https://www.superiorthreads.com/metallics-025-variegated-gold-cone
Well I did mention gold thread once. 🙂 I like the effects of the quilting you did. And I love that Superior mentions what size needle to use. I never can keep that straight.
Yes, putting needle size on the spool label is genius 🙂
I agree heartily…a big marketing niche is waiting for this!
Fun to see a post on gold thread–I loved using my Magnifico, and glad you found it helpful. It’s always good to find out what other quilters are using when quilting!
Oh yes – gold thread is yummy! Those are some wonderful pieces you shared in this post. I like that spool you shared – it looks metallic but might be easier to work with then some of the metallics.
I haven’t tried the gold thread yet myself, but my longarm quilter said it worked smoothly.