Mar 23 10

False Starts, Spring Cleanup and Thread Give-Away!

Spring Quilt Market is just around the corner, so in preparation, I wanted to make some easy tote bags that feature our square wreaths with interchangable centers.  The photo above shows the front and back of the first bag, and the photo below shows them sewn together before I made the box-corner bottom.  You can see that they were quilted in fairly basic designs:

I made the box corners on the bottom and wouldn’t you know it, the proportions of the bag just weren’t right:

Drat!  (The picture above doesn’t show it well, but it’s way too tall for its width.)  I stopped right there (fortunately, no handles or lining had been sewn on yet), and began experiment #2 with different fabrics…I’ll post that attempt once it’s done.  Only time will tell whether or not I’ll go back and rip this first attempt apart to see if I can re-size the pieces into something useful.  GRRRRRRHHH!

But, the good news for me is I made some headway doing some minor spring cleaning in my sewing room.  I was able to recycle tons of sewing supplies through my local freecycle group this week and here’s a shot of one counter that hasn’t seen the light of day in over a year:

I love how all those cones of thread look when they’re sorted into warm and cool color groups-wonder how long that will last?!!  Those cones are all spools of hand dyed size 12 pearl cotton embroidery threads.  I still have tons of spaces to clean out in my sewing room, but I’m making headway!  Here’s a shot of my main sewing table; those grey foam forms are all my bobbin bays and they’re sorted by color.  They’re much easier to move from one side of the table to the other (depending on which side I’m working on) without bobbins falling all over the place:

Does it show that I’m a thread-lover?  Sadly, this doesn’t even come close to showing all the thread inside this room, but I really do use all this stuff!  BUT, the threads in the photo below will never be used by me so I am very happy to give them away to an interested reader of this blog:

There are 4 never-opened large spools of Coats and Clark variegated thread and many large spools of Valdani variegated threads (and also a few of those bicycle thingydo’s that were supposed to help with stitch in the ditch quilting).  I don’t use much cotton thread for machine quilting anymore and truthfully, I don’t think these are high quality threads.  I bought them years ago when there was very little available in variegated cotton threads but now there are great quality threads out there that are easily accessible, so I know these will go to waste if left in my hands.  So, if you’d like these threads, post a comment to this post by midnight, Friday 3/26/10 and you’ll be in the drawing!   I will happily pay to ship them to the winner, wherever in the world that might be!


  1. Sequana Says:

    Oh boy…..I can always use thread!

    Now, if I could only find someone giving away batting. *L*

  2. Marilyn Says:

    I love thread and go through it quite quickly with all of the quilts I make for charity. I work with a bunch of ladies and we put them together for kids all over the world. We sent about 200 of them to Kazakhstan this past year and are currently working on quilts for local kids in foster care as well as sending them to a homeless shelter on Southern California.

    I love the work you do and wanted to say thanks for all of your inspiration. And I love Freecycle too! I moderate a group for my area and love to see things find new uses rather than end up in the landfill. Everyone should join their local group.

  3. Frances Moore Says:

    I love all your DVD’s. Keep up the great work.It really is a help to get the downloads also. Thank You PS. Say Hey to Ernie!

  4. What Comes Next Says:

    I can always find a use for some thread, like Marilyn says, can always use it on charity quilts

  5. Agi Gombocz Says:

    I love the schedule! Lots of ideas and inspiration from you having used up. I could certainly use such a lovely threads :-)

  6. Lisa K Says:

    I would love to win some thread. I have done the same thing with bags before. It can be so frustrating.

  7. Linda H Says:

    I would love to help you clear off your thread table. Not much choice in LA threads here in my little town.
    That would have been such a pretty bag. I hope you can find some way to use the pieces.

  8. SewCalGal Says:

    I love thread and am trying to play with varigated thread. Would love to play with these threads.

    I do a lot of machine embroidery and machine quilting. Love to make charity quilts and it is fun to try new things.


  9. Kim West Says:

    I would love the threads. I am not sure about the time it is there – but it is 7:19 pm here (hawaii)

  10. Kim West Says:

    Oops.. I am a dork. I didn’t see “FRIDAY” midnight. I was thinking tonight at midnight… you see how much I want the threads… lol :)

  11. Kathy Says:

    Ohh, I love thread!And your workroom!

  12. Carol Says:

    Congratulations on the clean up project! I love to quilt with variegated thread, so would enjoy some of your leftovers!

  13. Leeanne Says:

    hey count me in, I would love to win them.I’m in New Zealand though, that my put you off posting them.

  14. Marina Says:

    Good threads are difficult for buying in my city and I will be so is glad if I will become the lucky beggar! That phrase especially encourages -”wherever in the world that might be”. I’m from Russia :).

  15. Doina Says:

    Great giveaway! I would love to win some thread! Please count me in!

  16. stephanie Says:

    Hi Patsy, on person’s give away is another one’s treasure, I use cotton threads all the time now.

  17. Nancy McElwee Says:

    I love these threads and would love to have them. I only use cotton thread.

  18. Rosalind Says:

    As one thread addict to another I have to admit I would love to rehome those threads! Variegated threads are my real weakness!

  19. Susie Says:

    I would love the thread. :)
    Your quilting is absolutely amazing.

  20. betsy Says:

    Patsy I would love thos threads. Thank you for the chance.

  21. Audrey B Says:

    I would love the threads. I love the bag you started too. I can’t imagine there are specific proportions needed for something so beautiful

  22. Sally Says:

    Wow!What an amazing room you have! And those threads–good grief. My collection pales in comparison. I’m going to the quilt show in Lancaster today and am heading for any vendor who carries threads! Am also glad to see your collection of electrical cords looks like mine. I did have an electrician come and install outlets in my ceiling and eliminated some of the concern that I’d trip over them. But I still have several connections on the floor.

    Must be Spring because I’m in the cleaning out, pairing down mode also. Lucky that you have that a free cycle group for donations. Sally

  23. Diana Says:

    I am a threadaholic so I will bite on this one. I also need to do some cleaning organizing.

  24. joyce Says:

    Please count me in. My thread collection looks very skimpy when I see yours.

  25. Fulvia Says:

    Goodness, I own 6 bobbins … no chance of much of a mess there! Thread PLEASE!!!

  26. Anya Says:

    How generous of you! I love your work and want to be you when I grow up! Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.

  27. michele Says:

    I would love to win the threads. The less than stellar quality of the threads will sadly exceed the quality of my freemotion quilting! I know– practice, practice..

  28. Terri Stegmiller Says:

    Wow, you definitely have a great thread collection. I’d love to be included in your drawing. Thank you.

  29. ela Says:

    How generous of you!Thank you for the chance.
    Your quilting is absolutely amazing.

  30. Beth-Near Chicago Says:

    I’d take the thread.

    To have a tote to use… (for groceries or other task), make the box(bottom corners) a bit deeper, so the bottom is wider… The bag would be short squat and have a larger base, but still very useful… and you would still be able to ‘show off’ the quilting!

  31. Susan Says:

    You’re excess thread would be perfect for quilting Project Linus quilts! I would be happy to use whatever you do not want. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Eileen Metcalf Says:


    I love your work and it is always a good day when you blog so that we can see what you are doing.
    The variegated threads are in beautiful colors and I would love to win them.

  33. Robbi Imhoff Says:

    Hi Patsy–

    I am beginning to appreciate good thread more and more. In fact I buy more thread now than I do fabric(maybe because my fabric stash is over the top!Ha!) Anyway, I have been concentrating recently on going to workshops that focus on using thread to quilt or add more interest to a quilted project. I really appreciate the Intermediate video you made for The Quilt Show that showed just how to use thread to make a quilt sparkle.
    So that being said I would love to win your extra thread!
    Robbi in Michigan

  34. Leigh Says:


    As a new quilter (one year as of Feb!) my thread collection is dismally small, any new thread is greatly appreciated!


    Leigh in VT

  35. Carmi Says:

    Hi Patsy,
    I’m also making a tote and quilting on it. Mine isn’t for a show, just for me to put junk in and practice machine quilting. I’m just starting to develop a thread stash. It’s meager and everytime I want to quilt, I never have the right color thread, so the project gets put on hold. This would be a wonderful addition to my stash. Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Janet Says:

    I’ve just started collecting threads. Yes I could use a better variety of threads.

  37. Anna Says:

    Oh, I’d love to win those lovely threads! I just have a few colours at home and I could really use more. I cross my fingers and hope to win!

  38. G Britten Says:

    I would love the thread, since I sew a lot for a prayer quilt ministry.

  39. Heather Says:

    I would love some thread. I always enjoy seeing what is new on your blog. Just love your quilting.

  40. Cory Says:

    Patsy, I would love to get these threads. I will give them to my church’s Hugs Ministry. We make quilts, pair them with stuffies, and give them to the local fire department for kids in crisis situations. We are totally donation funded and appreciate all the help we get. Thank you for considering this cause. Take care and God bless, Cory.

  41. Lori Says:

    I could give your thread a great new home! I love trying different things and I’m sure it I could use it in the comfort quilts I quilt for our local guild. I quilt on a DSM and find your work inspiring for someone who doesn’t own a longarm.

  42. Cory Says:

    Oh, I forgot to add, What if you sewed deeper box corners making the bag shorter and fatter? Would that work? Just a thought. I would love to see how you resolve this tote bag issue. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

  43. Jeanne Says:

    I’d love to win some of the variegated thread!
    Thanks ~ Jeanne

  44. Linda Erickson Says:

    I am also a “thread-aholic” and would love to have the threads!
    Cheers, Linda E.

  45. Mary-Kay Colman Says:

    I could always use a few more spools of thread.

  46. Elaine Adair Says:

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to give those threads a good home, but they will be USED by me, my local town group of quilters, my area Quilt Guild or my STATE Quilt Guild. Thanks for the giveaway for whoever wins!

    The colors are your totes are LOVELY. 8-))) Looking forward to seeing the end result.

  47. Elsie Montgomery Says:

    I’d love to take your thread off your hands. I can use it!

    Also, why not take the too high bag and turn the top down? I did that with one I made and it was a big hit. The handles are attached a tad differently. There is a small photo here:

  48. Cherie Moore Says:

    I love the variegated threads and those are lovely colors. I am so inspired by your blog. Thank you!

  49. LuAnn in Oregon Says:

    Hi Patsy,
    I teach a FREE journal quilt class every month to cancer diagnosed patients. These threads would go a long, long way in supplying our class with threads! All of our class supplies are donated, the quilt shop donates their classroom space, and my fellow instructors and I donate our time to teach. The students come to class, learn art quilting techniques and leave with a completed journal quilt. They don’t walk out the door…….they float on a cloud of joy! It is wonderful to see the healing benefits of creating textile arts.
    You can see the students and their quilts on my blog:

    LuAnn in Oregon

  50. Juliana Teixeira Says:

    Gosh, would I love to re-home those threads. As a relative beginner yet an avid quilter, I am always building on my stash. An addition like this, especially variegated threads (my favorite), would be well loved.

    Patsy, as always your blog is lovely to read and become inspired. Thank you.

  51. Maria Oquendo Says:

    Patsy, where do you live? I would have been right on Freecycle checking it out for the thread. I love thread almost as much as you do and could certainly use your give away. It is very generous of you to do this. I just hope I am the lucky one.


  52. Kim Schweinberg Says:

    I can’t tell you how glad I am I found you ! I have been quilting for years.. got out of it for a bit and have come back to it recently. I had no idea so much had changed in just 18 months or so !! There are so many new threads,gadgets and techniques ! Not to mention fabulous teachers on line no less !!!
    Thank you so very much for sharing your art and teachings with us like this. What a fabulous format for those of us who are unemployed and can’t afford a quilt shop for classes and updates !!
    Sure would love to get my hands on some of those threads to start my rebirth into the quilting world !

    Thanks !
    Kim Schweinberg

  53. Linda Says:

    I’m a beginning quilter and this THREAD GIFT
    would be so nice! Love,Linda

  54. Colene Says:

    Yippee! I love a giveaway, please enter me for a chance at the beautiful threads. :)

  55. Michele Says:

    Kudos to you for cleaning your studio! I’d love to win the bundle of threads. Happy Spring!

  56. jackie W. Says:

    I am just learning about thread and would love to use it… would it help that my birthday is friday for real… i turn 41! And am trying hard to make it in the art quilting world.

  57. Terrie Says:

    In order to improve my free motion machine quilting, I’ve been volunteering to machine quilt several raffle quilts each year for local charities using my domestic home machine and would love to win your assorted threads!!
    Thanks for the chance to win. I’m hoping to be the lucky winner!

  58. Linda Pink Says:

    Would love to have some of those threads. Can’t buy much here is this small town and really can’t afford them, especially the variegated ones.

  59. Julie Luca Says:

    Love new thread to play with. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Kerry Says:

    Oh, Yes please!! I just love variegated threads, and let’s face it, who can possibly sew without it! I would be honoured to help you out with somewhere to send them.

  61. Maureen Anderson Says:

    Hi Patsy

    My sister and I are going to Festival in Houston this year (we are from Scotland and sooooo excited). We both want to make a tote for this and after seeing your work and buying 4 of your DVD’s, we have decided to practice, practice, practice free motion and hopefully make a bag to show off our beautiful stitching :0). As I don’t have much thread at the moment, I would love to receive some from you.

    Love your series of workshops on The Quilt Show. You have really inspired me.


  62. Yvonne Morgan Says:

    Just as I was admiring all your threads, the next paragraph mentions a giveaway! I’d love to play with them, and would give them a loving home.

  63. Deb G Says:

    I would love to win your thread giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  64. Nancy B from Many LA Says:

    I love buying fabric, but don’t buy much thread. I think it’s because I don’t know much about the different types and brands. I really want to start trying them out, so I’d love to win this!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. Helen in the UK Says:

    Gosh – I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to be in with a chance of winning those threads!!!! I do a lot of quilting for charity and it’s amazing how quickly a gal goes through thread :)

  66. Kathy Says:

    It would be so cool to win, Now that I am trying out free motion the first thing that I have learned is that it takes lots of thread. It has taken many emergency trips to the store to complete my last project. It just shows you can never have too much tread.

  67. annie Says:

    Thank you for this generous offer. I would love to be put in the drawing.

  68. Anna Says:

    I’d love the opportunity to be in the draw. I am signed up for a free motion quilting class next Tuesday, so it sure would come in handy. It is very generous of you, thanks.

  69. Mimi Says:

    I thought you could never have too much thread.Put me in!

  70. Dianna Says:

    I would love the opportunity to give the threads a good home – I make project linus quilts and quilt them on my mid-arm. I picked up one of your DVDs and am taking baby steps using my DSM for free motion

  71. Joan Says:

    Patsy: I kid you not — I go absolutely nuts over colored (any color) spools of thread. I’m new to free motion quilting and already have a pretty good collection of beautiful threads, but honestly I want more.

  72. Susan Shaw Says:

    Hi Patsy,
    What a very generous offer. Count me in for the thread draw and I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Our Quilt Guild’s library offers your “feathers” video, so I borrowed it and watched it last night. You make them look so easy, and I’m going to practice sewing them in borders and squares this weekend. I’m looking forward to watching more of your videos, as they are so clear, straight-forward, and have lots of good humour. Thanks!

  73. Charlotte Says:

    Would really love to have some beautiful thread. Still working on mastering the art of free-motion quilting!

  74. Janice McLaren Says:

    Oooohh! I loved love to have some new thread colors to play with. Having lots of thread is almost as addicting as buying fabric. :)

  75. Belinda Says:

    You are so generous already with sharing your designs and teaching us to hyperquilt. Of course I need more thread! Belinda

  76. Bev Snyder Says:

    Looking forward to your visit to our Spinning Spools guild meeting June 2010 – Auburn IN. Would love to thank you in person for the gift of thread won on your site. Thanks Bev

  77. Faiza Elmayergi Says:

    Hi Patsy, I am new in quilting , but i love it, love every minute I spend on my machine quilting, I enjoyed and learned a lot from ur free motion tutorials, I would really appreciate getting those threads, or even part of them, I really need them. hopefully I will be the lucky one, … thanks for ur generousity

  78. Karen S Says:

    Oooh — oooh — oooh — I love thread! Like fabric — you can never have too much! I’d love to give these a home!

  79. Helen Newton Says:

    I am a senior who lives in rural Ontatio. The closest quilt shop is about 60 miles away so I would love your extra thread. I just got high speed in January and immediately joined “the Quilt show” Your videos are so inspiring – found your web site – now want to learn EVERYTHING!!!!. Your extra thread would come in handy. Keep up the good work as you sure have inspired me yo learn more.

  80. Helen Newton Says:

    I am a senior who lives in rural Ontatio. The closest quilt shop is about 60 miles away so I would love your extra thread. I just got high speed in January and immediately joined “the Quilt show” Your videos are so inspiring – found your web site – now want to learn EVERYTHING!!!!. Your extra thread would come in handy. Keep up the good work as you sure have inspired me to learn more.

  81. Karen R Says:

    Would love to have this thread! My girls, 7 and 12, are just getting into sewing and quilting and they would love the variegated threads!

  82. LINDA ADAMS Says:

    Who wouldn’t love free thread. I don’t drive so this would sure come in handy. I am just getting into the quilting and can use anything I can get to make quilts for the 9 grandchildren we have.It keeps these hands and mind ( what ever I left ) busy.

  83. LizM Says:

    Wow, and I thought I had a lot of thread… (that *doesn’t* mean I couldn’t still use more!)

  84. patti Says:

    the variegated threads are wonderful for the type of quilting i do. our guild makes charity quilts and my part is to do the quilting. it keeps me practiced and i can try new things without worrying too much about the outcome. since we have alot of scrap quilts, the variegated thread helps to tie in all of the colors.

  85. Kathy Says:

    I would love to win the drawing for these threads. I am just learning to machine quilt and am doing quilts for charity. I am also working on quilts right now for a young lady in our neighborhood, who has ewings sarcoma, which is a bone cancer, and we are doing a silent auction. Winning these threads will really help me with these projects. Thanks so much for cleaning your sewing room.

  86. Jackie Says:

    I would love to have your threads.

  87. Joan Says: Says:

    How very nice to share. i would love some thread. I sew a lot for charity and it would come in handy. thank you.

  88. Pam Burns Says:

    I was just introduced to your site today by a friend. We’re interested in learning how to become at feather quilting. I just love your website. Thank you for sharing your free downloads. I can’t wait to try them and would LOVE to receive some free thread to try the varigated feathers and designs. Thank you for the opportunity.

  89. Kathy Haywood Says:

    I am one of the students in the Permission 2 Play cancer patients journal quilt group. I’ve been in treatment for breast cancer since May 28th 2008. That is when I had a bilateral mastectomy, the first of 11 surgeries to date. My chemo and meds are very expensive so to receive this gift of thread would certainly be a blessing.
    Thanks for all you do