Good Morning, Quilters!
We’re stitching right a long on our Sunflower Samplers, but first I want to answer your questions about thread.
BOBBIN THREAD AND NEEDLE
I have been using Aurifil, 28 weight cotton for the Sunflower Sampler and for the Annie Smith project (see yesterday’s post) Whenever I use heavy weight thread on top, I use a lighter weight thread in the bobbin. I use Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin. This allows the top thread to win the tension “tug-of-war” more readily and it lasts longer than a heavy weight thread would. As for color, I usually match the color of thread with the top thread. If there are any areas where the tension is not perfect, it will not be noticeable.
A Topstitch 90 needle is my “go-to” needle for FMQ. It has a very large eye, a sharp point and it has a deep groove in the shaft of the needle that helps protect the thread from breakage. I
If you have been following along, your Sunflower is stitched and two sections have been filled with linear designs. If you need to catch up here are the links?
Week Two-Stitch the Center
Week Three-Stitch the Petals
Week Four-Linear Fills
This week we are going to add curvy designs next to the linear fills. Choose any curvy design YOU like. I added Pebbles in the right corner.
Be sure to tuck those little circles into the petals to give them more definition.
If you’d like an easier option, try Flower Power.
In the upper left corner add another curvy design.
You can repeat whatever you added in the opposite corner–Pebbles or Flower Power, or pick a new curvy design. I used The Dizzy Daisy.
Your quilt will look something like this:
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