I've been quilting, and I've actually even finished a few projects over the last few days but none that I can show here. :( I love to share too so it is really hard for me having to keep my mouth shut! Here's a little snippet of the project I showed you a few posts ago...
It's finished, but there are a few places I need to remove some more of the blue water soluble pen marks. I bound it yesterday and today I'm going to take some pictures outside. I will be sharing the full quilt with you in about a week!
I am participating in another Sew We Quilt blog hop that I wanted to mention too. It begins on May 7th and the theme is "For the Birds". It should be a lot of fun so stop and visit! My day is May 9th...and I'm excited to see all the projects. The Dare to Dresden blog hop was filled with an amazing amount of creativity, I expect no less from this hop!
In the mean time I wanted to do a little thread review as I haven't done one of those in a while! I am still in love with thread and still experimenting with it - but I have been so busy that I have neglected to post about here as I had promised. After reading about this thread company on one of my long arm quilting forums I decided I wanted to try Sigma thread by Metro Embroidery. I don't know why we don't hear about this brand more. I don't think they advertise heavily like some of the other thread companies do.
In any case I bought this little batch of six to experiment with and see if I like it. Metro has two thread "brands" that it carries. Metro and Sigma. Metro is the original thread and it is a 2 ply 40 wt. polyester thread marketed for embroidery. Then there is Sigma, also 2 ply and 40 wt. polyester. I'm not exactly sure what the difference is, but Sigma was created for high speed embroidery machines so they advertise it as having a higher tensile strength than the Metro. Because I bought this for use in my long arm and I had heard some issues with Metro breaking I picked up the Sigma.
I have used this thread on half a dozen or so quilts now, and quilted projects. I like it a lot for a heavier polyester thread. I discovered it is nearly identical to Isacord - the thread that famous Leah Day raves about using as her thread of choice. Here is a side by side of an Isacord and a Sigma 5000 meter cone...
The ONLY difference that I can tell from sewing with and feeling Isacord versus Sigma, is that Isacord almost feels more conditioned than the Sigma. I don't know if there is a process used to condition the thread for manufacturing purposes (by that I'm guessing maybe, possibly for winding onto the cones) but the Isacord does have a nicer feel...but it's very subtle.
If they are virtually identical why might one want to use the Sigma over Isacord? Well, cost is probably the biggest reason. Isacord runs about $13 for a 5000 meter cone while Sigma is $2.75 for a 5000 meter cone. They also sell small 1000 meter mini cones for use on your home sewing machine for about $.89 per cone versus $3.95 from Isacord.
A little tip - if you plan to use the Sigma on your home sewing machine with a thread stand it would be worth it to buy a package of these little net socks that fit over your cone. The Sigma tends to come off of the cone faster than my machine can sew with it causing lots of nasty little jams. This allows the thread to come nice and smoothly off the cone without getting kinked up. They are available at Superior Threads for just a few bucks - I think I paid $3.89 or something comparable for a package of these.
All in all - I think this thread is pretty decent. I am discovering that I like a thin thread over these chunky polyesters that I used to swoon for. So I don't know if I will be ordering a lot more of these in the future. To date my favorite thread has been...brace yourself...Superior Threads So Fine! Lol* It just looks so great with the style of quilting that I enjoy doing and their website makes shopping with them so easy. I hear that Aurifil has created a polyester thread for long arm quilting machines though - so it's definitely on the list to check out.
***I just want to reiterate that I am not affiliated with any thread company, anywhere. I'm just a thread junkie who loves to try everything! I pay retail prices for much of my thread and I'm partial to polyesters because they are so much kinder on my long arm quilting machine.***