Julie Mullin

What questions do you answer most about machine quilting?

Is it hard? And my answer is "No!" Golden Threads' No Marking Method, combined with my designs makes quilting so simple I can teach it to first graders. My designs are so simple because they're already bumpy! If you stray off the line on a heart, everybody knows. But, if you go off the line in a pinecone, no one can tell. Even someone who has never used a sewing machine before can do this.

What thread do I use? I use many brands of thread but I like a heavy thread best because it makes a nice line that shows up well.

What batting do I use? Organic Cotton. I live in cotton country and I don't want my well water to be poisoned by chemicals sprayed on cotton crops so I want all quilters to use organic cotton in all their quilts. Cotton battings are easiest to quilt because the batting adheres to both the quilt top and the back. It's also compact, which makes it easy to put under the machine. Cotton batting also has a very low loft so your quilting shows upwell.

If you could offer one piece of advice for quiltmakers today, what would it be?

Forget the rules! My biggest struggle in any quilting class is to get my students to stop judging their work and just enjoy the pleasure of creating. Your stitches don't have to be even, your lines don't have to be smooth and nobody has to like it but you!





Julie Mullin's Feathered Columns quilt pattern appears in the January/February 2004 (#95) issue of Quiltmaker magazine, and features several quilting patterns from her Earthlines collection of quilting designs



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