Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thread, Thread, Who has the Thread?!

I had several comments about the thread I was using for handquilting on Monday's post, so I thought I'd talk a little about my thread choices. (I'm warning you, it's going to be Humble!)


 Here's a little coke container turned on its side and hanging in my sewing room. The cubbies are perfect for keeping little objects handy. The thread on the right is DMC machine embroidery thread- fairly light at 50 weight. I use this for machine and hand applique. When I took a class years ago with one of the Piece O Cake girls  this is what they used. at that time.
This is the photo from Monday's post with the spool I've been using this winter to quilt my Cherry Tree. It is 40 weight King Tut by Superior and says it is quilting thread.
This is how I choose my quilting thread. Is it cotton? Is it thicker than embroidery thread? Is it ecru? If I can answer yes to those three questions then I'm good to go! As you can see I use a wide variety. We have so many choices when it comes to thread. I'm not partial to one brand. 
 I also love these DONUTS by Superior for hand applique or whip stitch on wool. 


On another note, I've been digging into my homespuns that have been a major mess for longer than I care to admit.  I really couldn't see what I had at all. 

Much better! I'm using these for the ABC Sampler by Cheri and Fall Festival by Jan. 

These are homespuns that didn't fit any color so I tossed them aside. Comment if you'd like them and I'll draw a name on Friday.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

47 comments:

  1. Nice variety of threads. I went on a fabric organizing warpath this week also....it's hopeless!

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  2. Nice selection of homespuns--- I see some that I have too! Love your first photo of the wooden box with all the fun goodies displayed. Cute chickens! Carolyn

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  3. New home for homespuns waiting right here! Lol!

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  4. You did a great job of sorting. I like the way you used the coke case for a shelf. Would love the homespuns, my selection isn't very big. I need to shop for a few fat quarters. Thank you for sharing and a chance to win.

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  5. I can always use homespuns as there aren't really too many fabrics for masculine quilts available. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Homespuns are perfect for Bonnie Hunter's Mountains Majestic pattern. I made quilts for my grandsons a year ago using homespuns. Thanks for the drawing. Gretchen villacrestfarm@gmail.com

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  7. I love using homespuns in my quilts!

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  8. great collection of homespuns, wow.
    I like your thread criteria.

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  9. Those homespuns would be good to work into quilts for veterans.

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  10. I'm loving your homespuns. Yummy! I would love to add to my collection. I have plans to use them for at least 3 different quilts this year. Thanks for your generosity! spoofs@juno.com

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  11. Love your homespuns. I organized my fabric a few months ago. It's really helped me use it up and find what I'm looking for.

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  12. The homespun would find a good home with our little quilt ministry group. I love your coke box storage for your threads!

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  13. Thanks for the thread info. Sounds like you choose the same way I do. Good job on your homespun organizing. Want to come to my house and do the same thing???

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  14. Oh yeah, love me some homespuns!...(thanks for the chance to win!) cathybhaney@gmail.com

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  15. Oh yeah, love me some homespuns!...(thanks for the chance to win!) cathybhaney@gmail.com

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  16. Love the Cola container turned cabinet. It is so vintage looking. I separate my threads by sewing or hand quilting in plastic tubs. When I machine quilt I used hand quilting thread and vise versa. I love Guttermann and Mittle for hand quilting but I do have many other brand too. Thanks for the chance Lori. ;^)

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  17. I love this post - I have as much thread as fabric. I love the old spools and have a collection from my gr.gran and aunties. Lovely collection of homespuns that deserve to be played with. I am starting a new quilt with mix of homespuns, bits of shirts, checks, and stripes.

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  18. I am new to quilting so I know nothing about threads for hand quilting. I am planning to make a small quilt from Kathleen Tracy's new book or Jo Morton's new book and want to hand quilt it. But I am also wanting to learn about big stitch quilting. Any input on that that you have would be helpful! I have seen pictures of homespuns but it am not understanding how they differ from other quilting fabrics. Enjoy!

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  19. I'm trying to build my homespun stash. I have several patterns from 'quilts by cheri' that they would look lovely in. Thank you for the chance to win! Love your post....

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  20. The coke crate is a handy vintage item to have on display and to actually have a purpose. I have a printer's tray on a wall that has many thimbles and a few do-dads displayed in it. Seldom use anything out of it except a retractable tape measure.

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  21. Someone gave me some of that King Tut thread and I loved it for machine quilting. Don't put me in the draw - I have plenty of fabrics that need to be sorted 😉

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  22. I'm with you on the threads....right weight, right color....I don't follow one brand or another....they all seem to be pretty good these days! And those homespuns are great! I'd love to add them to my stash! Thanks for the chance!

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  23. Lovely cosy homespun fabrics, just right to make a Linus Quilt for an older child.

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  24. Your homespun stash is very nice ! I love your threads collection ! In my home, no Valdani or Aurifil threads too !

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  25. I would love to win your fabrics! Thank you for the chance. Hugs,

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  26. Lori precioso tu mueble !!
    los estantes tan acogedores para pequeñas cosas
    saludos

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  27. I'm with you--use the thread that gets the job done--lol! I need to organize my homespun fabrics too, but I am always happy to add to the stash--thanks for the chance!

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  28. I use Gütterman or Cucirini Coats, both for hand quilting and machine sewing, and I'm happy how my works comes out.
    I lost every hope to find homespun fabrics in the shop where usually I buy fabrics, it's a kind of miracle! I hope they find a way to my home! Lol

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  29. Your homespuns look wonderful. I would love to add your "extras" to my collection. I am itching to make another homespun quilt soon. I think this time it will be a be a pineapple pattern. They are so warm and inviting to cuddle under.

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  30. I love posts about organizing fabric. :) Thanks for sharing! sarah@forrussia.org

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  31. I can always use more homespuns. Thanks for the thread article. I also use a wide variety of brands. For a lot of my handquilting I have been using Sulky 30 wt variegated thread. I like the effect.

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  32. Love the coke box, fun idea. I have gotten some old wood pieces to put my things on in the sewing room, always fun to hunt for new ones. I have tons of homespun and always having to reorganize.

    Debbie

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  33. It is so fun seeing how everybody else organizes their fabric, notions, and scraps. I just realized I have zero homespun in my stash so this would be a great start! Thank you for the opportunity to win some!

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  34. I love the Coke case shelf! I have to admit I find your somewhat humble gatherings of fabric , thread spools etc reassuring...some people show such pristine sewing spaces that I feel like I'm so messy,lol.

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  35. I am hoping to start a log cabin in homespuns to give as a charity quilt so would put your fabrics to good use. Thanks for a chance.

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  36. Thanks Lori - great post! I have used homespun for backing but not in quilting or applique yet -- and am looking forward to delving into something with it this year.... Also, I agree with others -- it is reassuring to see your sewing photos with stuff moving "towards organization". Order and whimsy - my words for 2017.....

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  37. I'd love to win your homespuns.

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  38. Jealous of all your homespun fabrics ! Wondering if you run your thread over a chunk of beeswax. I do or end up with a tangley mess. 'Probly my fault cuz I tend to use long threads.

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  39. Lovely homespuns! My favorite! Would love a chance to win!

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  40. It's a great time to get organized!!! You are stronger than me I can barely purge a scrap!!

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  41. Love your random choices of threads and homespuns.

    I am planning to make quilts for all the grandkids(9) for wedding presents.....my oldest is now 10 so I have years to work.....but there are 4 boys and I am gradually collecting plaids for at least one of those quilts. Would love to add those to the stash.

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  42. I hardly need more fabric but I have a passion for homespuns. :) I love them, I love to use them. don't know why.

    :) Linda (lindaschiffer at me dot com)

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  43. Lori, thanks for the inspiration! Love your Coke box...

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  44. Wootwoot, I do love the texture of homespun!
    Caltexgal@aol.com

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  45. After 35+ years of hand quilting, my friends and I will stick with Coats and Clark quilting thread. Strong, sturdy, thick enough and it usually won't twist. We've tried several brands and the Coats is our favourite. It used to be stiffer but it's still OK.

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