Yes, I know it’s a chess move and a new Netflix series that we watched and loved. But somehow it seems an appropriate blog title for the reveal of the Queen’s Garden (pattern by Esther Aliu), king size for my friend Silver, and a good name for the quilt.
The objective of the queen’s gambit in chess is to temporarily sacrifice a pawn to gain control of the center of board. This QG succeeds in controlling the center of the piece!
A question that gets asked a lot is “how many” and “what kinds” of thread are you using. We will walk through the Queen’s Gambit and I will show you all the threads used in the quilting.
All threads are from Superior Threads (ST) as their products are excellent and deliver superb results. Here is our starting line up, the pawns if you will.
- ST MonoPoly – an “invisible” thread is used for outlining the applique elements and for SID around all the blocks and border seams. The quilt is stabilized, but the stitching is not obvious and doesn’t compete with the other threads.
2) ST So Fine 50 wt in a soft cream was perfect for the dense McTavishing around the applique elements. The color match was so good that it was a challenge to see where I had been! It’s a great thread for back ground as it is matte, thin, and melts into the background, leaving the applique elements to shine.
3) ST Fantastico is a high sheen, 40 wt variegated trilobal poly thread and one of my favorites. Five different colors, three bright and two subdued tonal threads, were used for border and sashing quilting.
4) I used 3 1/2 bobbins of ST Super Bob 60 wt prewounds in white and clocked in about 250,000 stitches!
Queen’s Gambit was started in March, and I did one block per month for through the summer. Borders were added this fall and the stitching started early Dec.
I hoped you enjoyed this thread tour! Happy quilting,