“You will love the intriguing results you get with Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Blendables Thread.”
I remember being in a quilting class when I heard this statement. Honestly, my interest was peaked because of the word ‘intriguing’. I would never have described my quilting that way, but gosh, I sure wanted my quilting to be intriguing! So, I got some Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Blendables Thread and tried them out. Before I tell you my thoughts on them, let me tell you a bit about the thread itself.
Blendables are different from other variegated threads for several reasons:
- They are a masterful blend of different colors within the same range of tone and intensity
- The color changes are random, and sometimes subtle, every 2-1/2 to 5 inches
- Even when the thread has multiple contrasting colors, it still seems to blend in an organic way, which truly creates a beautiful, natural look
The beauty of this randomness in the thread is there is never a pattern for your eye to find. Our eyes and brains seek patterns and when they find one, they can’t not see it anymore. That means when a pattern is there (like a traditional variegated thread), you no longer see the bigger picture of the quilt, you just see the pattern.
My Honest Thoughts on Blendables for Quilting (spoiler alert, they are awesome)
They hide a multitude of piecing sins! I am honestly not 100% sure why this is true, but it is. Maybe it’s the organic feel of the thread, maybe I somehow magically quilt better with this thread, or maybe that blending of the colors also blends well with the quilt top – and when things work together so nicely, we tend to look at the whole quilt and not nitpick the little mistakes.
As I mentioned, because they are random in both the color order and length of color, they don’t give a predictable pattern. This makes using them for natural elements in your quilt (Trees, water, clouds, etc.) the perfect choice. I love that I can thread paint in a sky, tree, clouds, water, etc. and not have to change thread colors.
They add depth to your fabric choice. A very flat fabric comes alive with Blendables on it!
The monochromatic colors add interest without distracting from the quilt top. If I want the quilting to be subtle but still interesting, the monochromatic Blendables are amazing. My favorite is Granite (733-4094).
So, have you tried Sulky Cotton Blendables yet? Comment below and tell me your thoughts. If you haven’t, why not? I promise they will make your quilt intriguing. 🙂