Friday, April 18, 2014

Free Motion Quilting Video: Tying and Burying Thread Ends

'Garden Gal' asked for video showing how I knot and bury threads when I free motion quilt. I was happy to oblige!


Now, back to quilting on the farm quilt, if I can! Why must there always be dishes, laundry, mouths to feed? My parents have run off to Paris for a 30 year wedding anniversary trip, and I have suggested that next week my hubby should take the kids to their house so I can quilt with no interruptions.

Craftsy is having a big sale this weekend on fabric, yarn, and kits!

Big hugs to all of you who peek in at my quilty world and enjoy sharing my free motion adventures! There's a bunch of you and I am blessed by you!

May you all have a lovely Easter or Resurrection Sunday.

11 comments:

  1. Dear Amy!
    Thank you so much for showing us how you tie off thread. It was enlightening!!
    Esther

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  2. Amy, I do much the same as you! I do have an "addendum" that helps when dealing with very short thread ends. I did a little photo tutorial a couple of years ago at http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com/2011/05/have-you-ever.html to explain. The idea originally came from Sharon Schamber. It sure saves fiddling with tiny threads and my clumsy fingers! ;)

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    1. The tweezers are a great idea! I have done the 'insert the needle first then pop short ends into the eye' many a time….sigh…. :-)

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  3. I am thrilled to have found your blog!! Your instructions are clear and easy to follow. Thanks!

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    1. Well, I am so glad to hear from you! Thank you.

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  4. Amy, what brand cheater needles do you use? Mine shred my thread.

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    1. I use Dritz brand. Just because that’s what I found at first. One needle lasts a good long time. I always make sure to have plenty of slack ahead of the threads before pulling the needle through the quilt, and make sure I don’t miss part of the strand as I pop the thread into the needle. Ideally, I can pull the needle all the way through the quilt before all the slack in the thread is used up so the real pulling is done with my fingers on the thread. I’ve heard some people have issues with shredding, but it hasn’t been a problem for me. A spiral eye needle might help you.

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  5. Thanks Amy for all your advice. I wondered if you would do a video on putting cursive writing on a quilt? I would like to do a phrase on a wallhanging. Do I quilt background or phrase first. Would appreciate your help with this..Val

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    1. whoops, the below comment was supposed to be a reply to you gramma val!

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  6. I did a very quick video once with writing as a Christmas message. But to answer your questions, it depends on how you want to do it. You can 'write' first and then quilt around the words, leaving a sort of echo around the words. Or you could quilt all over first and then use a different color and I suggest a heavier weight of thread for the words and quilt right over the background quilting.

    My friend Leslie does a lot of quilt projects with words she's quilted. Her site is www.marvelesartstudios.blogspot.com Check out what she does!

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    1. Thanks so much for the help Amy. I appreciate it..Val

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