Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tumbler Quilt-finished!

I finished quilting and binding the Tumbler Quilt that I was working on. It turned out well, but I think that I like the smaller tumblers like the one that Carol finished on "Brown Quilts". Just a simple meander pattern.
I love hand sewing binding and discovered how well silk thread does with it. I am a big Aurifil thread fan. I use it for piecing, applique, and some machine quilting. But, I have found that silk thread doesn't fray at all and doesn't twist like cotton threads do. I got the silk thread from Joann Fabrics. They don't have a huge color selection, but the thread melts into the quilt.

What thread do you use for binding and do you like hand binding?
Take care,


  1. Oh, it's adorable. I love meandering quilting - I think just the quilting texture makes a quilt look wonderful.

    Carol's quilt with the smaller tumblers is very cute, as well.

  2. Oh I like it a lot...I like those big tumblers. Very fun! I use hand quilting thread to stitch down my binding. I'll have to try the silk.

  3. Wow this is beautiful. Love the fabrics! I have never used silk thread before. I didn't know JoAnn's carried it. I will have to look to see if I can find some to try.

  4. Beautiful quilt Cindy. I always hand bind -- it's now my favorite part of the project.

    I just use the same thread I piece with -- a 40 or 50 wt. Usually Mettlers. If I remember to thread the needle using the end directly from the spool (i.e., before cutting it) it won't ever tangle. Read that advice somewhere and it always works -- but I'll have to try silk thread. I'm always open for more tips... thanks!