Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Leap Day Superior Thread Giveaway
Cindy and Elizabeth invited me to join their Leap Day Superior Thread Giveaway. I had never used Superior Thread before but had heard Cindy rave about it on her blog. Sadly, the closest distributor is over 50 miles from my home. But Superior Threads has a great online store where you can order direct. I was given the three spools of King Tut quilting thread pictured above to giveaway to you! I also received one spool to try out,
along with a package of their titanium coated topstitch needles.
I didn't have a lot of time to play with the thread before this post. I did practice a little free motion quilting on a quilt sandwich, and I constructed this half square triangle pillow with my Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush scraps from this quilt in order to highlight some straight line quilting.
My initial observation was that these neutral threads were just beautiful. I love the colors. They are just the sorts of colors that I like to use when I quilt. The King Tut thread is described as an "extremely low lint #40/3-ply extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton." As I have come to expect with high quality thread, there was very little lint generated as I stitched. That claim is definitely true. The thread was easy to thread through my machine and I didn't have any problems with tension or breakage, especially because I followed the information that Superior Thread provides with each different kind of thread. For the King Tut, they recommend a Topstitch #90/14 needle, 3-4 tension setting, and a 50 weight bobbin thread.
I tried the titanium-coated #90/14 needle and I noticed a big difference while quilting using this needle.
Sometimes, while straightline quilting near seams, I will notice that my machine has trouble getting through the thickness caused by multiple seams and my seam might jut out a bit rather than maintaining the straight line. Using this needle changed that. It took the thickness like a champ. I have nice straight quilting lines to show for it.
I finished my pillow off with a natural Essex linen backing (just the color of the King Tut Col. No. 999 thread that I used to quilt, by the way)and a beige invisible zipper closure. The pillow is in my shop.
If you would like to learn more about Superior Thread, check out their website.
To enter to win one of these spools of thread, please leave a comment below. I can only send to US residents this time (sorry!). I will use the random number generator to pick a winner on Friday, March 2nd.
For additional chances to win and more opinions on Superior Thread, please visit:
Elizabeth from Occasional Piece-Quilt!--http://www.opquilt.com
Cindy from Live A Colorful Life
Lee from Freshly Pieced
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Thelma from Cupcakes 'n' Daisies
Jeni from In Color Order
Carla from Lollyquiltz
Jennifer from That Girl, That Quilt
Corey from Little Miss Shabby
Terri from Sewfantastic
The giveaway is now closed 3/2/2012 8:00 am...I'm going to go pick winners now.