When I first started quilting, my attitude towards the actual quilting step was to just make the layers stick together and to hide the thread by what I lovingly referred to as "stitch in the general vicinity of the ditch". Times have changed, thanks in large part to Aurifil, now I want to show off the thread.
This month, the Aurifil Artisan challenge was to choose our favorite thread weight and 40/3 stood out. I was first introduced to it last year and immediately gave it a try on the long arm. Sometimes I'll still quilt with 40wt or 50 wt but I've become comfortable with the 40/3 option.
Granted, I probably use 50wt more frequently because that's my go to for piecing and trust me there are a lot of pieces in my quilts, especially this one. 40/3 gets the favorite ranking because I love the way the stitches enhances the quilt and can be seen.
The recent storm damage in Capitola made national news and I watched footage of the tsunami-like weather sweep through from the comfort of our home, fortunate to be located on higher ground. Recovery is bound to take awhile, but I thought I'd snap a picture this morning of the wharf with the visible gap and missing portion to document the event, part of why I started blogging.