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. 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

  2. Nancy Says:

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

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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

  6. Suzie Says:

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

  7. 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!


  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Coralie C Says:

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

  11. Susan Says:

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Ann Says:

    I NEED variegated thread! lol…please pick me!

  15. Barb Says:

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

  16. 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!

  17. Janice Says:

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

  18. 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 🙂

  19. Lynn Arend Says:

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

  20. Carolyn T. Says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to have that beautiful thread.

  21. joan Says:

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

  22. 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

  23. Barbara Says:

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