I’m thrilled to say that I have finished the quilting on Pulsar and the pattern will be releasing this Friday. I can’t wait to share the finish and get the pattern available for you. While I’m doing the hand binding and putting the finishing touches on the pattern, let’s take a look at the mound of Dark Navy Aurifil thread tails I clipped from the quilt top.
I purposefully didn’t empty my thread bin while I was doing the background quilting because I was really curious how much thread I was going to use and how much of it was going to be trimmed away after I buried the thread tails. I fully used up 2 large Aurifil thread spools, which is equivalent to 60 grams / 2600 meters or 2.12 ounces / 8,530 feet / 1.62 miles. That ball of thread next to a new spool of thread is pretty densely compacted, so in order to figure out just how much I trimmed away, I pulled out my scale.
The thread tails I trimmed away weighed in at 26 grams, which is about 87% of one of the large spools that I used. That means between the two spools of thread, 57% remains in the quilt or 34 grams / 1473 meters or 1.2 ounces / 4,834 feet / 0.92 miles.
In total, the navy background quilting required 24 wound bobbins on my Juki. My quilting plan was ambitious, but I’m so glad I stuck with it! I’m definitely ready for a change of pace; time to get back to a few simpler piecing projects before diving into another big project for me.
Have you ever tracked how much thread you have used quilting a quilt?