Diatom Meander Throw - Auditioning Quilting Thread
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Diatom – Postage Stamp Throw {Quilting}

The summer heat has slowed down my sewing / quilting progress. But I did make slow and steady progress last week on my Postage Stamp Throw version of the Diatom quilt.

Diatom Meander Throw - Auditioning Quilting Thread

Diatom Postage Stamp Throw – Auditioning Quilting Thread

The first thing I needed to address was what thread I wanted to use for the quilting. I auditioned 4 50wt Aurifil thread choices (top to bottom): 2785 (Very Dark Navy) to match the background, 2311 (Muslin) to match the postage stamp curves, 2350 (Copper) to match the darker orange prints, and 2210 (Caramel) to be a bit lighter than Copper.

As you can see in the photo above, while the Very Dark Navy blends in well with the background, it really contrasts with the postage stamp curve fabric, and the opposite is true for the Muslin. Copper seemed to stand out boldly against both the background and postage stamp curve fabrics, and Caramel had less contrast against both.

Diatom Meander Throw - Auditioning Quilting Thread

Diatom Postage Stamp Throw – Auditioning Quilting Thread

Next, I draped the 4 thread options across the prints in the quilt top. And once again, to my eye, the Caramel stood out the least against these fabrics as well. Once I had decided to use 2210 (Caramel) as my quilting thread, I needed to come up with a quilting plan.

I had been thinking that I would stitch in the ditch around the pieced elements of the quilt. In general, that would have been fine, but I wasn’t sure I was going to love having 6″ diameter circles of the background fabric unquilted. And while I clearly have multiple thread colors that would have blended well with the different areas of the quilt, once I found that Caramel looked so good across the entire quilt top, I started thinking about an all over free motion quilting motif.

Diatom Meander Throw - Quilting Progress

Diatom Postage Stamp Throw – Quilting Progress

Ultimately it was a combination of the heat and the name of the fabric line I used for the star blocks (Meander) that convinced me to go with an all over stipple, or meander. I’ve not been sitting and quilting for more than 30 minutes a day, but I’ve made really good progress on the quilting. I’m also really happy with the way the quilting is adding texture but not overwhelming the piecing. Up close, like above, you can certainly see the thread color, but it doesn’t take much to step back and only see texture and the piecing.

I only have a bit more quilting to go, and with one week left before the Diatom Quilt Along final linkup closes, I think I should squeak in with a finished quilt to share in time.

Dripping Stars & Holiday Pattern Bundle

Dripping Stars Ombré Baby Quilt with a bright blue background and 3 sizes of cascading sawtooth stars

Dripping Stars Ombré Baby Quilt

One more quick reminder: today (Monday, July 24th) is the final day to purchase my new pattern, Dripping Stars, for the introductory sale price and today is also the final day of the Holiday Pattern Bundle limited time offer. Dripping Stars is my contribution to the bundle, which includes 20 patterns for the low price of $19.

7 thoughts on “Diatom – Postage Stamp Throw {Quilting}

  1. Looks like your thread choice is a good one. Try and stay cool!

  2. Patty says:

    I liked your IG post – it is fun to see quilting in real time. Looks like you are a good path to finish up!

  3. I just watched the news and you are having a heat wave!! ugh!! Your quilting is perfect for this one!

  4. I love your thread choice and meander seems to be a serendipitous motif for this quilt. I believe I will start quilting tomorrow on mine….waiting to see if I can get it all done before the deadline or just post the flimsy!

  5. aquilterstable says:

    I like that you did an overall design with one lovely thread on this particular quilt. And of course, a meander only made sense. Glad you’ve been able to make good progress in spite of the heat!

  6. Kaja says:

    I like the slight touch of colour the caramel adds across the blue and white fabrics. That, plus your choice of an overall quilting design, really tie things together beautifully. I hope you cool down soon – it’s ironic since we have horrid, damp, cool weather, not really summery at all, but I guess that sounds good to you right now!

  7. Love the animal fussy cutting on this project! Caramel thread for the win!

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