Saturday, July 20, 2013

Handquilting in Black Perle Cotton

I really love the look.  I think other quilters would call this primitive, but I just think of it as emphasis.  I've carried these around to swimming lessons and the like for the past few weeks.

These hotpads went to the local museum gift shop.  I'm especially fond of that green 70s calico that a friend gave me - pieced it into the back of a hotpad, too.



And I saved a set for my own etsy shop - listing here.

9 comments:

  1. Perle cotton makes everything NICER! Love these little patchwork kitchen helpers!

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  2. You carry around your sewing, I my crochet. Cute kitchen helpers! Good color pairs.
    Christina

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  3. I love the look of the pearl cotton! I typically go for the fine hand quilting myself but I'm going to have to give this a go sometime. Is it just embroidery floss or is there an actual thread called pearl cotton?

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  4. Zoe, it's a similar weight to embroidery floss and you can certainly use floss, but perle cotton is easier to thread because it cannot be separated into strands. Any sewing store that sells thread and notions should have it. Use embroidery needles with it. I do the quilting rocking stitch, but can only load 1 stitch at a time on the needle. Hope you enjoy it!

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  5. Does it come in different weights, Margo?

    "Primitive" is beautiful.

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  6. Lisa, I had to do some research to answer your questions! I always buy perle cotton at the same place, an Amish store near my office. I did a little research and yes, it does come in different sizes. I only have size 8, which appears to be medium (5 is larger, 12 is finer).

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  7. I, too, was wondering about perle cotton since you have mentioned it a few times previously, and now I have the answers, thank you! I like how you've done these items. And I have a piece of the exact same plaid in pink/green/blue/yellow as in your hotpad in the upper right of the first photo! It's a remnant I bought many years ago and still haven't used :)

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  8. I think it looks very charming. And easily displays that it was made by loving hands and not some heartless machine.

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