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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Free motion quilting on placemats

I began free motion quilting the placemats on Tuesday. I am using natural linen for the backing fabric, and 80/20 batting.

The thread is 50/3 Essential Cotton Thread from Connecting Threads . I am careful to use the same thread in the bobbin as in the top needle. Occasionally I will use one shade darker in the bobbin as it gives more stitch definition. This thread is a dream to machine quilt with, and does not stretch the way polyester thread does, so gives a lovely quilted texture.

I have been using polyester thread in the past, because of online recommendations and less lint, but after quilting my Frost Flowers quilt with 40/3 Mettler quilting cotton thread, and these placemats with the Essential Cotton thread, I am definitely preferring the cotton.

The placemat tops pieced and pressed, before sandwiching with Hobbs fusible batting and linen backings.

A quilted top. I am doing a flower motif in each nine patch square.


The back of the placemats. I like the way the soft green colour of the thread works with the linen.



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