Friday, February 23, 2018

Old Thread - Ok or No?

Everyone has it - old thread. But do we want to use it?
It's certainly a question I think about when choosing thread from my stash.

variety of thread

Above are a few of all the threads I have stored away, anywhere from 2-15 years old - are they still good? And how do I find out??

First, there are several factors that affect the lifespan of thread: light, humidity, and dust.


We all know what light does to quilts over time. Well, the same happens to thread, not only fading it, but weakening it.


Low humidity makes for dry, brittle thread. And high humidity invites mold.


We all have it, no matter how clean we keep out space. Unfortunately, on thread, it's hard to remove. It too, can dry out the thread, and cause further lint buildup in your machine.


The first step for keeping thread is to store it properly - out of light sources, in an even temperature and humid area, covered to be free from dust.


Once all of the above conditions are met, how do I tell if questionable thread is still good? The best way is to unwind a bit and pull on it, trying to break it. If it snaps easily, then it's old, and should be saved for projects that DO NOT require thread for strength, such as basting, tacking, and other temporary hold projects. 

But what if you really don't want to part with that big, full spool? Then unwind a few layers, going up and down the spool, until a fresher layer of thread is exposed. Try the pull/break test again. Does it break now? It's up to you and your project as to whether the thread is usable. I personally have found that deeper down into the thread layers, the thread is fine.

But if you're totally unsure, then commit it to basting thread, or bite the bullet and toss it!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Midweek Makers 112

This Midweek Makers comes with a lot of pink and red!

Since last week was Valentine's Day, there were a lot of heart projects, including those for Galentine's Day. Let's have one last look:

from The Syende Sky,


from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting,


from Hazel's Daughter,


from Clever Chameleon Quilting,

                           Galentines Day mug rug quilt

from The Little Mushroom Cap,

                           Scrappy Heart Pillow

from Joy for Grace,


from Not Afraid of Color,


from Tu-Na Quilts,


from MMM Quilts,


and from Quilting and Learning Combo,


Go ahead and grab the 'Featured' button for all of this fabulous pink and red - thanks everyone!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Improv Project #4

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Yep, starting another improv project as there's still time left to explore the January/February Book of the Month selection, Improv Patchwork

Improv Patchwork by Maria Shell

First, I need to start this post with a confession. In the fall, after working with the charm squares, I decided I had had enough of those charms, and sold the rest. This is all that remains.

Being in a 'clean out' kind of mood, I also sold off several bags of scraps, a couple containers of small squares, all fabric dyeing paraphernalia, and eight bags of yardage (25-30 yards each). It felt incredibly good to lighten the load, and relieve myself of the burden of using uninspiring fabric.

Unfortunately, of all the bags, the pinks and florals remained. Apparently, nobody likes those. The bags sit in the room, making it look cluttered, and causing an occasional twinge of guilt. Ugh.

Fast forward to last Friday. Thumbing through the Improv Patchwork book seeking my next quilt to make, I came across Birch Stand - perfect!

Hmm, maybe I could use those pinks and florals for this one - I'll see if there's enough fabrics in there that work together. Adding a couple pieces from the keeper stash, I think I've got enough variety for this quilt.

fuchsia fabric pull for a birch stand style quilt

With the aid of my favorite Color Tool

Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool

I'm pairing these fuchsia prints with the soft, buttery yellow of Kona Banana - yummy!

Now I'm off to make up strip sets - I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Zee Quilt

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Another Improv Patchwork quilt finish!

Zee Quilt by QuiltFabrication

Introducing Zee Quilt! Aren't those curvy, wavy stripes awesome?!

So why the funny name? Well, a few posts ago, in New Improv Stripes Project, I mentioned how the striped strips were really making me think of zebras. And Bonnie commented about how zebra stripes go up and down,

Zebra stripes

and suggested I try turning the quilt.

At first, I thought, nah, I like it vertical,

Zee Quilt hanging vertically

and proceeded with the quilting that way, plus the first round of pictures. In this direction, I was going to name it Z-Legs, because the strips could be legs, and zebra stripes go horizontal on their legs. So the name would make sense.

After snapping away, I thought, hmm, what does it look like horizontal? Well, I found out it looks just as awesome! Uh oh, now what?

Zee Quilt with improv freehand cut stripes

Time to involve hubby in the which-way-does-it-go decision. 
me: Hubby, which way looks better - vertical?

Z-Legs, the Zee Quilt in vertical orientation

Hubby: that's nice
me: or horizontal?

Zee Quilt horizontal orientation

Hubby: Oh!
Guess that answers that question!

me: but now what do I name it?? I still think it looks like zebras.
Hubby: just call it the Z Quilt
me: the letter Z by itself is weird. I'll spell it Zee. 
Hubby: sounds good!
And all of that took under 30 seconds Wednesday night. Was it the right decision? I think so, but that hanging sleeve isn't on there yet!

Let's look at the quilting, which is a bit hard to see due to blending of the green thread. Leaf and pebble texture fill in the green areas, and stitch-in-the-ditch brings out the stripes.

leaf and pebble quilt fill closeup

leaf and pebble quilt fill

And for backing, I choose a black and white print from the stash.

Zee Quilt closeup and backside

The making of this quilt has garnered quite a number of views, including the making of the wavy stripes and the in-progress pics of the blocks. Though popular, I won't be writing a pattern for this one. But if interested, I suggest reviewing the above two posts to make the wavy striped fabric. Measurement for the blocks are as follows: the stripes are 2 1/2" x 12 1/2", and the two sides (green) are 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". Black separating sashing is 
1 3/4" x 8 1/2". Feel free to ask me any other questions about this quilt!

Happy Quilting!

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