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Debbie R posted on Wed, Nov 27 2013 9:31 AM

I have a UFO that's going on 13 years here.   It has large, maybe 6" maple leaves appliqued on the blocks.  I just need to do the veins in the middle, but don't know how.  I love patchwork, but when i get to the machine quilting I freeze, I just stitch in the ditch for simplicity,    I'm wanting the veins to show up, so am thinking a heavier thread,  but I've not worked with any and don't know where to start,  and I'm not sure about securing the threads as I start each vein, or if that's even necessary.  I've tried hand embroidery with pearl cotton, but its not as polished looking as i would like.  Any suggestions?   

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Here's how I did mine for MQ7. Which, by the way, is still a UFO. I just used a close zig zag stitch on my domestic machine and used regular thread.

 

Good luck!  Be sure to post a photo when you're done!

 

 

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gini replied on Wed, Nov 27 2013 10:31 AM

Hi Debbie, welcome to the group.  I use a practice sandwich about 18 inches out of scraps with contrasting threads.

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Debbie R:
I'm wanting the veins to show up, so am thinking a heavier thread,  but I've not worked with any and don't know where to start,  and I'm not sure about securing the threads as I start each vein, or if that's even necessary.

Heavier threads in some machines can be difficult to work with, and hard to find in just the right color.

I'd do a practice with a regular thread, a satin stitch, and play with the width. If your machine has a "taper" feature you can use that to bring those satin stitches to a very fine point at the end.If it doesn't, as you get close to the finish, just keep shortening the width of the stitch every few stitches down to nothing.  

Keep us posted on your project. Would love to see what works for your project....

 

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Sue replied on Thu, Nov 28 2013 10:55 AM

HI Debbie,

For leaf veins I use #12 sulky thread and a larger needle with a bigger eye.  You also need to reduce the tension one or two clicks.  Try on a practice sandwich first.  Either the close zig zag stitch works well or just use a straight stitch, going over it a couple of times so it stands out.  Sorry I don't have any photos of my leaf quilt to share.

Hope this helps and please do post photos when you can.

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ls2116 replied on Thu, Nov 28 2013 9:08 PM

Also if you were wanting to hand stitch them the stem stitch might work for you.

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