See this spool of thread?
I’m about to confess to something that might make some of you shake your heads and waggle your fingers at me ---BUT:
I started longarm machine quilting in 1995. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of dollars I have spent on cones of machine quilting thread. Large and small, 40 wt, 100 percent cotton, brands like Superior, King Tut, and yes, even Star when only a small amount was needed in a color to complete a small quilt ---hence the remains of the chubby spool you see here.
While I love expensive thread, I can’t justify letting a fortune in heavier longarm quilting thread just sit there and rot.
I’m sewing with it. And I’ve found a way to make it feed easier on my machines…these chubby spools get an empty aurifil spool inserted inside. This neon green thread is ALMOST a neutral, isn't it? And better than that, it is ALMOST GONE.
Heavier thread does take up more space in the seam allowance. And so I measure my units and adjust the seam accordingly. It’s the unit size that matters –just compensate for the thickness of the thread by adjusting your seam allowance width.
We've been busy little quilters today!
Adventures in Chain Pressing!
These photos are not in color because this quilt has a deadline for a future publication – still I couldn't leave you high and dry, could I? I love to chain press….and snip my units apart on top of the ironing board after pressing. It keeps everything in order, in the same orientation, and is so much quicker than picking up one unit at a time to press it. Try it, you’ll like it!
Progress being made!
Good Morning, Sunshine!
This morning we awoke to a beautiful dawn ---but we had to WAIT a few hours before heading out for a morning walk –because…check this out:
Barely over 30 degrees!! Holy COLD!
The high desert warms up rapidly – by the time we were out at 9am, we barely needed a sweat jacket. By the time our walk was done, jackets were tied around our waists and we were panting…
Pond on our walk!
And something I’ve been asked to do---I’ve been sharing “Quiltville of the Day” over on Instagram and Facebook, sharing ONE quilt a day from a past book, lest it be forgotten! Emails have come in suggesting I post them HERE also for those who don’t use Instagram or Facebook. So I’ll be posting these in my evening posts for the next while –one quilt a day! Maybe you’ll find one you haven’t seen before that you want to make.
Or you will remember that yes, you bookmarked that page already and really want to start it!
Today’s Quilt: Mad City Mama!
Mad City Mama was featured in the first Adventures with Leaders & Enders book. Named after a menu item on a brew pub menu in Madison Wisconsin—Mad City Mama’s Meat Loaf was not to be forgotten! Signed copies of Adventures with Leaders & Enders and other titles available HERE.
And with that I better get back to the machine --There is more patchwork to be sewn!