This is a quilt that uses log cabin blocks. As you can see, there are several seams in each block--about 7 pieces across each block. The more seams you have in a block, the greater chance you have for it to be distorted or come out the wrong size. For instance, if you don't sew in an EXACT 1/4" seam, the block can be bigger or smaller than it should be.
You can see here that there are 10 blocks in each row going across this quilt. What if I was off by just "a smidgen" in each seam--that's 7 seams per block and 10 blocks, so 70 places where I can goof up the sizing of my quilt!
I am not one to freak out over accuracy, but I do a few things to check and make sure things are coming out right. It just makes everything easier! I measure each block as I go and make sure they are the right size before sewing them together. I trim the ones that are a bit too large, and mark the ones that are too small, so that I can adjust in the seam allowance of the block seams. This way my borders always are cut to length and go on perfectly.
One thing that REALLY helps with keeping my seams accurate is the thread. I use Aurifil 50 wt on my machine for all my piecing. This strong, but very thin, thread sews in so smoothly, and doesn't take up any room in the seam allowance when pressing the seams to one side. It may seem (seam) silly but it really does make a difference. If you think about being off by just 1/70th of an inch across this whole quilt, I would be off by a WHOLE INCH in the row!
That is one reason that I love Auriful 50 wt thread--very accurate piecing. Your machine will love it, too for it's smooth and lint free finish. And, bonus, because it is so thin, your bobbin will hold a ton, and not run out so quickly!
Oh, and I should not forget to tell you that my quilts are quilted with Aurifil, too. Maika did a beautiful job on the quilting of this one, as usual--I wish you could see it up close!
As you know, I also use Aurifil 50 wt threads for my applique. (Remember, the 50 weight thread comes on the orange spool.)
I love how the fine, thin thread just melts into my fabrics and never shows! It doesn't tangle as I stitch, either. I think this is because it is a 2-ply thread and doesn't have as many twists on it as a 3-ply. Still, it is very strong because of the high quality long staple Egyptian cotton it is made of. The colors are amazing, and I can easily find a match for my applique pieces.
If you haven't tried Aurifil threads before, I think you should. I have been so happy with them! They make me a better quilter.
To recap, the top 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE AURIFIL:
1. Fine, thin 50 wt--thinner than other 50 weights.
2. A heavy, dense thread that is very strong for it's diameter.
3. Makes piecing more accurate.
4. Smooth and lint free--my machine's favorite!
5. Doesn't show in my hand applique
6. Doesn't tangle when hand stitching--perfect for bindings and applique.
7. My bobbin doesn't run out as fast!
8. Hundreds of beautiful colors.
9. Perfect for machine quilting.
10. I have used it for 15 years, and wouldn't use anything else!
Stay tuned, I am planning to do some work with some of the heavier weights of Aurifil in the near future. I just got my samples today in 40wt, 28wt and 12 wt.
Delicious colors, right? Do you use any of the heavier weight Aurifil threads? I want to hear about it! Leave me a comment about how and where you use them, and you can help me with my new post!