The worth of a good grey thread….

Last month I had the privilege of judging the quilts at the Georgia National Fair. Check out THIS POST to read about my insights from the “other side of the table”!!

One of the things that I noticed was how much difference it made when the piecing thread matched the fabrics….or at least didn’t CONTRAST with the fabrics.

Now, I am the queen of putting one BIG spool of thread on my machine….

…….(Signature Natural White) and using it for everything.

But as I was preparing to work on the Retreat scrap quilt, I got to thinking about whether the white thread was appropriate for the myriad of colors that would appear in my piecing.

Based on what I had learned at the judging, the answer to that question was NO!!

So, out came a light grey thread…..

…which was used for top and bobbin threads.

The result is that the stitching doesn’t show and I, yet again, learned how to make my quilts better!!!

It is always amazing how much difference a very small change can make!!!

Here’s to a good grey thread!!!

Ode to an empty spool

On Saturday, I came to the end of the 2500 yard spool of cotton thread that I use for EVERYTHING….piecing, quilting, bobbin filling and on and on. The funny thing is that I had noted the date when I started using this spool and it was exactly one year later when it filled it’s final bobbin.

Normally, when I finish a spool, I love to look back and see exactly what the thread had been used for and sometimes write a post about those things. This year I decided that it was time for an ode.

But first I had to find out exactly what an Ode was……

Ode is a form of lyrical poetry, in which poets use a certain metrical pattern and rhyme scheme to express their noble and lofty sentiments ….”

So, without further ado, here is my “ODE TO AN EMPTY SPOOL”

…..And NOW you know why I am a quilter and

NOT a poet!!!!

(I guess that I should have read this post from my friend Andrea before I wrote this poem!!)

Thread Storage


My local JoAnne’s shop recently had all of their threads on sale for 50% off, so I took my Gutermann list in and filled in the gaps.  I had also bought some Sulky Blendables from my local shop and I was in desperate need of thread storage.

I have used the Sulky Storage Boxes for my Gutermann threads and really like that I can open them up flat and see all of the threads at one time. 

fullsize I have two of these mostly filled, so need to buy one more to finish out my collection.  I will wait until I get a Hancock’s online coupon before I order it.

Now comes the decision of  how to store all of the other odd sized spools of thread.  I bought one thread holder (for $25), but it was big and bulky. 

Instead, I remembered a blog post that I read and went to Walmart and bought a plastic storage box that is used for Matchbox Cars.

For $6 I got a wonderful box that holds lots of threads…..


….AND….this is only one side….there is another equally large set of compartments on the other side of the box.