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Constantine Quilts is pleased to now stock 6 ranges of Wonderfil Specialty Threads!
Metallic threads are eye-catching and stunning to use in any project. Most other metallic threads use polyester in the core with the belief that polyester is the stronger material, however WonderFil™ chooses to use rayon in its 40wt Spotlite™ metallic thread. This is because rayon stretches a lot less than polyester. So when the thread runs through all the kinks in the sewing machine, the thread won’t stretch around the bends, resulting in fewer thread breakages.
Currently 18 colours available
Heavy 12wt Threads
These heavy weight threads will still pass through the eye of the needle and work wonderfully for embroidery. Due to the thicker weight, they will create more texture and stand out from the surface more than a standard medium 40wt.
Fruitti™ is a 12wt Egyptian cotton thread with a bold and dramatic look that has been double-gassed to create a gorgeously soft and clean cotton thread. Free of waxes and coatings that can damage your sewing machine, this low lint thread is ideal for showing off your stitching and designs, and adding a little more colour to your projects. Available in 41 fun and playful variegated colours.
Looking for a bold and dramatic thread that wants to show off?
Spagetti™ is a 12wt Egyptian cotton thread that has been double-gassed and is free of wax or coatings that can build up in your sewing machine. Available in a total of 60 saturated solid colours, 19 of the available colours have been chosen by Susan K Cleveland, author, teacher, and quilter. This low lint thread is ideal for showing off your hand quilting and decorative stitches that will make your next project pop.
* The process of double gassing involves burning off the lint from the thread two times, resulting in a much softer and cleaner finish.
Our finest thread line, InvisaFil™, is a remarkable silk-like 100wt, 2-ply cottonized polyester. This ultra-fine but surprisingly strong thread has cotton-like characteristics and negligible stretch while also feeling soft in the hand. InvisaFil makes for super low bulk stitches and virtually “disappears”, making it the ultimate choice for English paper piecing, delicate lace designs, fine fabrics, creating texture when micro quilting, or whenever you don’t want your stitching to show. It is available in 60 subtle to bright colours with a matte finish, so you can choose how much want the thread to show (or not at all)!
Konfetti™ is a 50wt, 3-ply double-gassed and mercerized Egyptian cotton with a gorgeously soft, clean, and lustrous finish. Free of any type of wax or coating that can cause build up in machines, this super low lint thread is a popular choice for quilting and longarming due to its quality finish and low bulk. Available in 60 lovely solid colours.
Tutti™ is a 50wt, 3-ply Egyptian cotton thread, double-gassed and mercerized to create a wonderfully soft, clean, and lustrous finish. Free of waxes or coatings that can cause build up in machines, Tutti™ is a super low lint thread available in 41 lovely variegated colours.
Cornelian is a Block of the Month quilt designed & distributed by my sister, Helen Stubbings of Hugs’n’ Kisses, Australia. I quilted this quilt using entirely Wonderfil Threads which performed perfectly. The tan thread is a 50wt Konfetti, the red thread is a dark red 100wt Invisafil and the bobbin thread was a tan Invisafil thread. This quilt is very heavily quilted but feels lovely & soft due to using the fine thread throughout. It has won a Best of Show and has been displayed around the world. You can order your pattern from Hugs’n’Kisses here
I also have some fabulous new books that arrived this week!
Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts with Flair – 400+ Step-by-Step Photos by Lori Kennedy
Discover how to machine quilt creative designs the easy way. More than 60 striking quilting motifs are at your fingertips in this comprehensive visual guide to free-motion machine quilting. Lori Kennedy takes you through each step of the process with easy-to-understand instructions and a multitude of clear, close-up photos so you won’t miss a stitch.
Learn to quilt dozens of unique and clever motifs, including flowers, animals, zigzags, swirls and twirls, and much more
Give your next project that irresistible pop of texture you’ve been looking for–many of these designs aren’t found in other quilting books
Convenient lay-flat spiral binding makes the instructions easy to follow while you quilt
Learn the Basics of Walking Foot and Free-Motion Quilting by Pat Sloan
Popular teacher, designer, and online radio host Pat Sloan teaches all you need to know to machine quilt successfully. In this third book of her beginner-friendly “Teach Me” series, Pat guides you step by step through walking-foot and free-motion quilting techniques. First-time quilters will be confidently quilting in no time, and experienced stitchers’ will discover the joy of finishing their quilts themselves.
No-fear learning for quilting novices–Pat covers all the information you need to quilt from start to finish
Pat guides you through simple and fun practice projects, including a strip-pieced table runner and an easy applique design
Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings
by Donna Lynn Thomas
Continuing where the top-selling Quiltmaking Essentials 1 left off, this concise volume shares the secrets of successful quilt construction. Recognized expert Donna Lynn Thomas presents a well-curated compendium of information that helps beginners build confidence and gives seasoned quilters a great refresher.
Covers the basics of settings, sashing, borders, backing, and binding
Easy-to-access tips and techniques for achieving accurately pieced quilts. Customize your quilts; easily calculate triangle sizes for on-point settings and learn how to combine blocks of different sizes.
Until next time…