Jan 14 11

The Mega Clean-Out Begins…and a Give-Away!

I was going to begin this post with a “before” picture, but I just can’t. It’s just too embarrassing… WAY too embarrassing! The truth is that, over the last few years, I have been traveling so much that my sewing room, then the entire second floor of our Ohio home, has been over-run by sewing and quilting STUFF. I have a habit of emptying my suitcases of all my quilting stuff, then turning around and re-packing for the next gig, and repeating it over an over and lots of stuff has just not been put away as it needs to be. It’s so over-run now that I can’t work efficiently at all in my sewing room as it currently exists. It’s a small room to begin with and it also functions as an office, but there is now so much stuff cluttering up that room that it takes forever just to clear a tiny spot on my cutting table to work.

So, I have been plugging away this week and my goal is to get as much stuff as possible OUT OF MY HOUSE! I am giving 99.9% of it away locally, but I’m going to give away some stuff on my blog, just because it’s always fun to have a give-away! All you have to do to enter is to post a comment under the post that has something you’d like. Unless I state otherwise, I will even pay the shipping to get the item(s) to you! Keep checking this blog over the next several weeks because there’s an awful lot of stuff that I need to move!

First up is a small offering, but a nice one, nonetheless! Up for some lucky quilter are 4 never-opened spools of “Poly Quilter” variegated quilting thread by Superior Threads:

Each spool is 500 yards of a 19 wt spun poly thread with a cotton finish. Is there anything wrong with this thread? Nope! It’s just that I’ve got tons of variegated thread and I haven’t used this in all the years it’s been here so I want to make room for all the threads that I use all the time! If you’d like this thread, please make a post below and your name will be entered into the drawing. Comments are open until 11:59 PM eastern time on Saturday, 1/22/11. Good luck!


  1. robin Says:

    I’d love to give your threads a new home! Thanks for the chance! I’ve never used variegated thread before.

  2. Billie K Says:

    Me too!!! Love thread.

  3. Liz Says:

    I just love variegrated thread! I really really love to work you do, I get SOOOOOOOO Much inspiration from your work, YOU ARE AMAZING.

  4. Cheryl Korman Says:

    I love varigated thread. They would have a nice home here.

  5. Beth-Pretoria, RSA Says:

    Once again …. one mans junk…. I am doing the same thing at work, cleaning and sorting, but nothing nearly as fun as fabric and thread!!! Hope you draw my name… thread is well… different in Africa!!!

  6. Beth Brandt Says:

    I would love to give your thread a home. While I don’t have a lot of verigated threads I do have some a enjoy using them, plus I really like Superior Thread so hope you draw my name.

  7. Dee Says:

    I’ve never splurged on Superior thread but I know you use it a lot so would like to try it. Thanks for the chance!

  8. Lori S Says:

    I like thread! Pick me!! I promise to give it a good home.

  9. michele hester Says:

    I use variegated thread often – would love to put it to good use!

  10. Heather Says:

    Oh yeah, Thread!! So pretty! They will feel very safe and loved in my home! :)

  11. Carol Says:

    What beautiful thread! I think it would be delightful to use!

  12. leeanne Says:

    Please count me in, that thread looks lovely and I could use it well.

  13. Peach Rainbow Says:

    They are beautiful – Thanks for the chance :)

  14. Cathy Says:

    Sign me up for some fun thread! I have a few projects that could use some snappy varigated threads. Thanks for letting us help you clean out your sewing room!

  15. SunSpun Design Says:

    Have several projects underway that would be enhanced by this thread! Thanks!

  16. MariƩ Says:

    Hi Patsy
    I am not surprised that you are always on tour-I saw you name on many class listings. I have one of your first DVD’s on feather quilting- see that you now have lots. I have learned a lot from you especially to loosen up making feathers not equal- making an art of quilting feathers and not trying to produce perfection. South Africa is to far away for the threads- so some one else can enjoy it. Hope you get your mess sorted out! I know how it look after one teaching trip- can just imagine the chaos after a year long trips!

  17. Laura Says:

    I would love to help you out and take these off your hands. Variegated thread is wonderful to use in free motion quilting!

  18. Nanette Fleischman Says:

    Hi Patsy,

    Throw my name in the hat, I love thread.

  19. Debbie Arrington Says:

    Wow! What a lucky day to discover your website! I think I’ll follow your lead and work on cleaning up my sewing room too. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance at the beautiful threads

  20. deserae fiedler Says:

    I would love some new thread! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Linda Says:

    What a nice giveaway! I’d love to win thread. Though I might use it for myself, I know it would work fabulously in the mission quilts I make and donate through Stitchin’ Mission. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Phyllis Says:

    Hi Patsy,

    I would love to have some poly variegated thread. I love variegated but the cottons seems to give me and my machine problems.

    I just painted and cleaned my sewing room and it feels so much better. Still a couple of orphan piles but I am ready for 2011.


  23. Linda Erickson Says:

    Variegated poly is great thread, so I’d love to have some! I understand what you say about the stuff accumulating…
    thanks for sharing with us!

  24. Edith Says:

    If you also send this thread to Switzerland, I would be happy if I will be the lucky winner.

  25. Brita Says:

    I’ve never used 19 wt thread, but I know it would just be “out there”, showing off! Wouldn’t it be gorgeous when hyperquilting!!

  26. Connie Says:

    I would love to help you clean out some things! Love variegated threads and have never used 19 wt thread. Thanks!

  27. Debbie S. Says:

    OK I’m a Thread Junkie…I really had another metaphor…but decided to be a lady…LOL! Thanks Patsy!

  28. Carol Cann Says:

    My two favourites together. Varigated and Superior threads.

  29. barbara Says:

    I would love to have some!

  30. Dee Says:

    Thanks for the chance to try some Superior varigated Thread.

  31. Lynn Says:

    My husband tells me that if I hang one more spool of thread on the wall that it is going to collapse. I’m willing to try hanging four more spools just to prove him wrong!!!! LOL

  32. louisa lawson Says:

    I would love to try some of these threads. I am about to buy a new machine and am really looking forward to practising my machine quilting much more. Many thanks for the wonderful opportunity.

  33. Phyllis Says:

    Thanks for the chance to be in the drawing. I’d love to use that thread.

  34. Susan Says:

    Wow, I would love to see the before. Then I would show you mine.

  35. Michelle F Says:

    I’d really like to try Superiors Polyquilter, I’m slowly getting a collection of their thread together to try and so far love them all, haven’t tried polyquilter yet…..would love the opportunity though!

  36. Theresa Says:

    What pretty thread! I admit I am a color junkie and work that out as greedy for thread, especially variegated colors. I would LOVE to try this heavier weight thread and even have a quilt top waiting in the wings that would be just right for one of the spools. Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. Nancy Says:

    I would love the thread. I am just learning to machine quilt. I received your first DVD in the mail and ready to set up my laptop beside my sewing machine for my first lesson. Need to make a few of the fabric squares for practice as you suggest. Thanks for thinking of your cyber quilters for this free giveaway.

  38. Arizona Says:

    Oh, Oh, OH!!! Pick MEEEE! Did that just make me sound psycho? Well, who cares because I’d love the thread!

  39. Betty Green Says:

    I am addicted to thread of any color. Love these spools and would love to have them. Love your work also.

  40. Dana Says:

    Pretty thread. I’ve be real happy to use it up for you. Thanks.

  41. Suzanne Burke Says:

    I know exactly how you feel… but I can never have enough thread!!!!

  42. Sue Pratt Says:

    ooh- I love variegated thread and use lots of it, although I think it’s more difficult to find the right shade than with a solid colour!!
    Your thread would have a great time here in New Zealand and wouldn’t just sit on the shelf!
    here’s hoping :D

  43. Jeanne Says:

    This thread would be a wonderful addition to my thread collection. I love thread almost as much as fabric.

  44. Susan Gardner Says:

    Thread is so delicious! I love both free motion and embroidery designs for my quilts. I’m better at the embroidery with my hoop than free motion so far, LOL!

  45. Diana LaFaro Says:

    Gorgeous thread! I would put it to good use.

  46. Kathy Says:

    I’d love the opportunity to try some new variegated thread. I’ve mainly worked with solids and it’s time to try something new. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. ashley Says:


  48. jloussarian Says:

    Never miss reading your blog….love it.

  49. Gladys Hammond Says:

    Hi Patsy,

    I just recently found your website and I am in awe! I love what you do and that you are teaching others so willingly. I am very interested in your wall and looked at the ceiling tiles at Lowes today. How do you attach them to the wall? They are priced very reasonably and I can’t wait to get it up on my wall. Thank you so much for your help and hope you have a blessed year.

  50. Debbie Says:

    I think these threads look great, Patsy, and I’d love to add them to my collection! Thanks for counting me in.

  51. Robbie Says:

    Love your website. I love the colors of the variegated threads. Thanks for the give away…robbie

  52. Darlene Says:

    Sign me up Patsy..I have just started using different threads and find it fascinating. Your site is so helpful.

  53. Kelly Jackson Says:

    Oh Patsy….I am so glad I live locally!!! Don’t include me in the shipping giveaway….I’ll just drive right over.


  54. Julia Says:

    I would love to win the variegated threads…they might even help my quilting look half decent..when I grow up I want to be able to quilt like you..
    Thank you for the give away..

  55. Elizabeth Says:

    I’ve always wanted to try variegated thread, thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  56. Carol C Says:

    What a great way to clean out your stuff. I would love to try this thread and what better way than to win it!. By the way, if you neeed any help organizing your things I’m willing and just down the road.:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Sharmond Says:

    One of my goals is to keep plugging away until I learn your free-motion technique. I would love to win these threads to help me turn out some beautiful quilts!

  58. Cory Says:

    Oh, I would love to win these threads. I love to quilt with variegated and Superior is the best. Thank you for this gave-away and all that you do. I love reading your blog and seeing allyou do. I want to be like you when I grow up. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

  59. Yvonne Morgan Says:

    Choose me, choose me!! Thank you for the chance to win some lovely threads

  60. Joyce Mitchell Says:

    I’d love to win some beautiful thread. Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Kim Says:

    Thanks for a chance to win some superior thread….
    I’m trying to shovel out my sewing area too…….show a picture….NO WAY I won’t even take one.

    Happy sewing

  62. Joanna Price Says:

    I would love to give this thread a try. I’ve been one of those quilters who are reluctant to use anything but cotton or rayon threads. I’m not even sure what my objection is, but I’m 100% open to experimenting!
    Good luck with clearing stuff out and making more space for yourself.

  63. Frances Says:

    I love using variegated threads for my quilting….it adds an entirely different dimension to my quilt!!!

  64. Sarajane Says:

    I’d love to win the thread – have fun organizing!

  65. Belinda Says:

    Thanks for sharing your inspirations with us! Love to see the threads you use. Oh, yes, I would love to win the threads! Belinda

  66. Maria Says:

    Hi Patsy, Love your work. Please include me in your give aways. I lost my job and can use a little push to keep sewing.

    Thanks a lot for doing this and congratulations to the winners.

  67. Lynda Krake Says:


    Have a DVD player by my machine so I can watch you work, put the DVD on pause, and then practice myself… Seems to work well. Would love to have some of your “excess” thread.


  68. SewCalGal Says:

    Beautiful thread. I’ve not used thread from Superior Thread so would love to win and give it a try.

    I can also understand the historical perspective of the state of your sewing room. I too have problems when I go on a class/retreat and come back and dump everything on my sewing room floor. Shame we didn’t have sewing room butlers to help us put it all away.


  69. MJ Says:

    I love the thread! Very nice colors. I would love a chance to win it.. Thank You!!

  70. Marti M Says:

    Please put my name in the hat. The thread is beautiful.

  71. Fleurette Says:

    Love those threads, such pretty colours and love seeing your amazing work. Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Sally Says:

    I love variegated threads. But lucky for us, you’re offering them in your cleanout mode. Hope I’ll be on the receiving end.

  73. Jen Says:

    Oh, I love variegated threads! Thanks for the opportunity!

  74. Lorrie Case Says:


    I welcome the opportunity to help you out in your hour of need. BRING IT ON!


  75. Marcia W. Says:

    We recently bought a new sewing machine and can learn machine quilting. This thread would be wonderful to get us started! Maybe some of your enormous talent will rub off on us. Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. Carole Corn Says:

    There is a rule when doing a ‘clean out’ Patsy…if you haven’t used this item in 6 months and don’t need it in the next 10 min. GET RID OF IT!! I am a Queen of this type of cleaning, it is too bad you live so far away, I’d come help. But I’d also love to have the thread.

  77. Wendy Swears Says:

    Your quilts are like a sunny day – very uplifting and cheery ! Thank you !

  78. Katie Says:

    How can I resist! I would love to help you with your cleaning out. :-)

  79. Brigitte Baierl Says:

    love your blog! thanks for the chance tp win this colorful thread. Due to the fact that I plan to develop my freemachinequilting skills this thread would be perfect in my studio ;-)
    greetings from Germany
    Brigitte, who is willing to help with the postage if – I’m the lucky winner

  80. donna adams Says:

    Hi Patsy!
    Sign me up! I know how it feels to be overrun! My sewing room is also my office and if there is clutter I just can’t concentrate! Love the looks of that thread. You have great taste in colors!

  81. LouAnn Says:

    Love variegated threads! Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. Nancy Rehak Says:

    Hi Patsy -

    I just have to add my comment to your blog for the chance to win the thread. I’m a nut for bright colors!


  83. Jean Says:

    The threads are gorgeous…and I just love the variegation!


  84. MoeWest Says:

    Cleaning my sewing room was my chore to start off the year too. The process is no fun but the result is much better for being creative. And I do have room for that thread! Thanks for the giveaway.

  85. Rachel Says:

    Oh I love thread, trying to build up a stash of it.

  86. Pauline Sawatsky Says:

    I love using variegated thread in my quilting. I have also learned so much from your DVD’s on quilting feathers and totally love it!!

  87. Scott Guthrie Says:

    These beautiful threads are like quilter’s candy…Thanks.

  88. Jocelyn Says:

    I do love varigated thread. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway :-)

  89. i jerome Says:

    I’m designing a new wholecloth these threads would be fun:)

  90. i jerome Says:

    I’m designing a wholecloth variegated threads would be fun :)

  91. Mary Carter Says:

    I would love to be entered for the thread. I too have been resorting my sewing room and have decided to get rid of some books. I already thinned out some magazines but I have lots of room for thread. Good luck

  92. Marsha Says:

    Thanks for all the inspiring ideas. I’d be delighted to have this thread!

  93. Teresa Vicars Says:

    Patsy…I would love to try that thread you are giving away.


  94. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    I’m at the point in my work where I use more thread than fabric in a project, so FREE thread would be a wonderful bonus. Thanks for the opportunity!

  95. Kelly Says:

    Thanks for your generosity! I’d be happy to pay for shipping.

  96. Sandy N. Says:

    Ooh, pretty! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  97. OHSue Says:

    I love, love, love those threads.

  98. Marilyn W Says:

    Love the thread! Very generous of you!


    Marilyn W
    marilynjw1971 (at) gmail (dot) com

  99. Cindy Says:

    Just love love love varigated threads, and love those colors, what glorious colors. Will be looking forward to using these in my quilts, thanks

  100. Maureen Elkins Says:

    Was just wondering .what size and type needle would be appropriate to use? I have tried other veriegated thread that was 12 weight and had trouble with threading the needles.even large eyed needles, any suggestions?

  101. Betsey Ryan Says:

    Please include my name in the thread draw. What is your secret to sorting and storing left over fabric and scraps after a project completion? I would imagine with the use of the “sizzix”, generating scraps takes on a whole new meaning. At what point/size do you place those scraps in the “G” for garbage bin?
    Cheers Betsey

  102. Nancy Says:

    Love the threads!! Please include me in the thread draw.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  103. Sue Williams Says:

    I love your blog and have been anxious to try some of the new threads. I’m in the process of going thru magazines and fabric bins to make room for the new. I’m giving them to my quilt guild and have to get them out of the house before I start retrieving them. I’d love to receive your thread. Thank you for the chance.

    Sue Williams

  104. Jodi Says:

    I love your stuff I have seen all your tutorials and have tried some of your techniques the ekg applique and trapunto. Would love to try to help you de clutter your thread collection!!

  105. Cindy S. Says:

    Kudos to you for jumping in and tackling the sewing room. That’s the part I dislike the most. I’d love to give your threads a new home. Thanks for making the offer.
    Cindy Stahl

  106. Suzie Says:

    Thank you for sharing with your readers Patsy! It is very nice of you to think of us! Suzie

  107. Lori B. Says:

    I love varigated threads – always such a surprise when it’s finished! I would be honored to use the threads in one of my projects! Or possibly give it to the lady from Africa – I bet she is thread challenged!


  108. Kathy S Says:

    One can never have too much variegated thread and I have not used any of this kind so it would be great to give it a try. Thanks for the possiblity.

  109. Yvonne Stuchell Says:

    I love using variegated threads in my quilting…I would love to give a new home to some of this for you. I’ve never tried this make of thread, and the colors are just gorgeous!

  110. Coralie C Says:

    Would love to rescue your threads and give them a new home Down Under. Thanks for the chance. Cheers.

  111. Susan Says:

    I should be doing the same thing as you but……………………

  112. Donna Cooper Says:

    Such bright, cheerful, and gorgeous colors!! These would be great in the quilts I make for children’s charities.
    Thank You for the opportunity

  113. Jane Says:

    Would love to embellish all my children charity quilts with all those bright yards of variegated threads.

    Thank you for the chance! I always thought you are a generous person, giving us all those wonderful downloads. They work well with your

  114. Ann Says:

    I NEED variegated thread! lol…please pick me!

  115. Barb Says:

    I am addicted the thread as well as fabric, so can always use a new fix! Love your videos!

  116. Cindy Anderson Says:

    Oooh! And I just bought a thread stand from the Superior Threads booth at Road to California. Boy, would those threads look great on it! And my 34th wedding anniversary is the 22nd – hint, hint! Love your blog and thanks for making it even more fun!

  117. Janice Says:

    I’d love to have the thread live at my house!! They can meet their cousins and other shirt-tail relatives.

  118. Marika Says:

    Wonderful coloured threads :) I say thank you for the opportunity maybe fortune favours .I like it very much feather sewing dear Patsy I studied at a video that deals with us .
    My childhood until what I dreamed about coloured thread .there will be reality now maybe :)

  119. Lynn Arend Says:

    Variegated thread to a quilter, is like candy to a baby. We gotta have it! :-D Would love to give these little darlins a new home. Thanks for the opportunity, Patsy.

  120. Carolyn T. Says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to have that beautiful thread.

  121. joan Says:

    what luscious colors! i love your spray basting method on the wall! thanks for being so generous.

  122. Joanne Goranson Says:

    I am called The Thread Lady and when I teach classes I let my students use my threads because they never have the kind of thread they need for the class. These threads would be wonderful to give away to my students! I am going to be teaching a class this summer for a small quilt group in Buffalo, MN (a small town about 50 miles west of Minneapolis) and these threads would be perfect for this class. I believe that those of us who are lucky enough to be teachers should always give away some kind of prize to the students. When I teach free-motion quilting (this class is what I am teaching) I always offer your videos for sale and I always sell at least 2 or 3 to the students in my class. Since I do quite well when I teach this class, I feel that I should share not only my expertise, but also some kind of prizes. The last time I gave a demonstration to this group on metallic thread I gave away 4 spools of Bottom Line thread. I love to share my knowledge and stuff from my stash. That way I feel I am doing more for my students than just teaching. It makes me feel good that I am able to give away something to some of my students who could not afford some of the expensive thread that I have. I love the fact that you are giving your extra stash away, because that is something that I do also. Since I have now begun to use my own hand-dyed fabric, I have been going through my fabric stash and giving it away to friends in my Quilt Clubs that are on very limited budgets and can’t afford to buy much fabric. After all, it is better to give than receive!!!! JO

  123. Barbara Says:

    The fabric, thread and designs are just exquisite!!! How do you think of this stuff in your brain??? You are truly blessed.