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Date: 9/16/13 10:14 PM

I would appreciate some help choosing thread to quilt a wall hanging so I can gift it to a coworker who is retiring this month. The quilt consists of 9 blocks, with sashing and 2 borders. I used batiks. The blocks are of male and female cardinals. I'm not going to do a lot of quilting. Just outline each bird, run up the sides of the sashing, and do something in the borders.

Since its a wall hanging, and I think the shine of a rayon thread would be nice, I want to use Sulky rayon thread I have on hand in both 30 and 40 weight.

Which weight should I use? Which needle size should I use?

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Date: 9/16/13 10:58 PM

That really depend on you... not the answer you were wanting to hear but if you want to audition a sample on scraps it would give you an idea as to how it would look.

But since you ask, in my humble opinion, if quilting is not the focus of the quilt, then go with the finer thread.

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Date: 9/17/13 2:33 AM

Here is a link to your exact question: Superior Threads Info

The section headed: Importance of Understanding thread types and weight...states: 30 wt to show and 40 wt to blend. Basically same as Warbler posted.

There is also info on needles.

-- Edited on 9/17/13 2:36 AM --

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Date: 9/17/13 12:13 PM

Thanks a heap, ladies.

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Date: 9/17/13 12:39 PM

I saw a YouTube video a while back from superior threads where a woman was demonstrating the different weights of threads and their end results for fmq. it was good. this weights where you want quilting to blends or where you've quilted densely with backtracking, heavier threads where you have a more prominent design. I can't find the link or I'd post it.

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Date: 9/24/13 11:48 AM

Have you taken a picture of your work yet? I'd love to see this project.

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