May 27 10

Tying Up Loose Ends, Rejoining the Human Race and a Thread Give-Away!

First, I really had planned on at least one more blog post last week, but I misplaced my camera at Quilt Market so I had no photos to share. Bummer! Quilt Market was wonderful and overwhelming all at the same time, but I am sure glad it’s over! This weekend, I am re-joining the human race (now that all my deadlines are behind me) and I will actually be sewing for the pure fun of it! I cannot wait!

Terry White, who is quite well known for her lovely thread painting and her wonderful books and DVDs about thread painting, dropped by our booth to share that she has just developed loads of beautiful new variegated colors for Star Cotton machine quilting thread. This thread has just been reformulated and is now made from extra long staple Egyptian cotton, so say goodbye to fuzzy thread and lint build-up! Her colors are scrumptious! She was kind enough to give me some samples of the newly reformulated thread (I don’t think these are the new colors, though):

…and because I don’t really ever quilt with cotton thread anymore, I am passing these threads along to you! All you need to do to enter this giveaway is to post a comment to this post by midnight eastern time on 6/8/10, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway! Two names will be chosen to receive this thread!

A couple of months ago, Jean had written and asked that I post an updated photo of the “Making a Splash” quilt, as I had not quilted the area around the fish when I first posted that quilt. Here it is:

My dilemma with that quilt was that any quilting done near those swirls on the asymmetric feather needed to be “understated quilting” so it would not take away from the delicacy of that cool feather with the delicate swirl work. Since then, I had another similar dilemma with my donation quilt for the Alliance for the American Quilt. I had the same issue here because I didn’t want busy quilting to interfere with the swirls on the inside of this feathered wreath, but I was stuck because the wreath was trapuntoed and if I did not carry my background quilting to the inside of the wreath, the center kind of poofed out in a not-so-nice kind of way:

I also ended up adding hot-fix crystals to the ends of some of the swirls and I really like the way that came out:

Note that you can OWN this quilt once it goes up for auction to raise money for the Alliance for American Quilts!

I have all kinds of ideas spinning in my head for new quilts and projects to begin, so look out world, my machine will be smokin’ this weekend!


  1. Lori Platt Says:

    Thanks for all your efforts! I LOVE thread, and giveaways are totally fun! 🙂

  2. Claudia Wade Says:

    Hi Patsy –
    I love both your and Terry White’s work…I would love to be entered for the thread giveaway. I’m so glad that your immediate deadlines are past so that you can relax a little bit. claudia w

  3. Erika Rutten Says:

    I’d love to win those beautiful threads!
    Good to hear that Star is less linty now.

  4. Suzanne Says:

    I love to try new threads, and I love quilting with cotton! Thanks for the chance to learn more about Star threads

  5. jackie Says:

    Those threads are so beautiful and un common to be used only for a speacial project.

  6. Linda Pink Says:

    Those threads look beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win.

  7. Diana Says:

    Those colors on the threads look wonderful and without the lint, they should be nice to quilt with.

  8. Deb Says:

    I have not tried Star threads, and would like a chance to play with these new colors.

  9. Betsey Ryan Says:

    Dear Patsy,
    Could you please add my name into the draw for the cotton thread. Thanks so much.
    Sincerely Betsey Ryan

  10. Deb G. Says:

    LOVE the thread colors … I would love to try some Star thread!

  11. Jude Says:

    I have not used Star threads in years as they were so fuzzy and linty. Would love to try some of the new thread as there are some quilts that just *need* cotton thread! :o)

  12. Robbi Imhoff Says:

    Thanks for this giveaway. I love the thread colors in the giveaway. But I especially love the crystals on your wreath. They add just the right touch.

    Keep on the the great ideas. Robbi

  13. Janice McLaren Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love checking in on your blog. You do such gorgeous work!

  14. Jackie Says:

    I would love to win some of that thread. I have some of your videos and have learned alot.

  15. Frances Moore Says:

    I love the colors and can not wait to try them

  16. Laura Says:

    Colors are fantastic! Now that the thread has been reformatted with the long egyptian cotton…WOW…. no more lint build up!! Will be looking for this ‘new’ thread in the stores…thanks for the opportunity for some ‘freebies’!!!

  17. Vicki S Says:

    Love those thread colors! Glad to hear that Star thread is improved! Gotta try it out on my Tin Lizzie LS!

  18. Ada Says:

    Your fish quilt is a total work of art. I’ve really enjoyed perusing your website and I vote your videos the best…period.

    Mark Lipinski’s blog has a great picture of you at market.

  19. Dianne Giles Says:

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I have most of your DVD’s and am finally mastering the art of machine quilting due to your excellent teaching skills. Like you, I quilt on a domestic machine. The thread giveaway would be great to win. Thank you, Dianne

  20. Barbara Says:

    Just love your work and the chance to win!

  21. patty Says:

    I use cotton thread all the time for the baby quilts I make. I have used Star thread and would be interested in trying the new reformulated thread to compare to the old.

  22. Jill Rumble Says:

    Love the colours of the threads and would like the opportunity to give them a try. Love your work.

    Jill R

  23. Anne Marie Says:

    Glad you can relax now and have some fun! Would really like to win some thread. Love your quilting.

  24. Kathy Nutley Says:

    Your techniques have opened a whole new world of machine quilting for me. Would love to try your designs with this new thread.

  25. donna adams Says:

    I am always looking for great threads! I love your quilting style and find it so inspiring! Please enter me in the give-away!

  26. Cory Says:

    Patsy, I would love to win these threads. I quilt with cotton and love the look of variegated threads. Thank you for sharing with us. Take care and God bless, Cory

  27. Mercy Says:

    Hi Patsy – Your quilting is gorgeous! Thanks for generously sharing with your blog followers. I applique and embroidery by hand and machine quilt all my pieces. I love to use machine quilting weight thread to hand embroider as well as machine quilt.

    Now I have a new brand I can try. Thanks!

    Best stitches!

  28. Doniadham Says:

    Hi Patsy, I keep hoping to get some of those thread giveaway, because they r sooooo expensive to buy, I love quilting , but sometimes it is too expensive to carry on with my limited pension, thanks. I wish I can reach half way ur professional expertise. U r sooooooooooooooooo perfect