Apr 04 14

Lost and Found…and a Give Away!

I am going through what seems to be a never-ending purge in my sewing room.   It is so gratifying to get rid of stuff that’s not being used and I think I’ve given away at least 75 yards of fabric and all kinds of crafting supplies in the last 2 months.  I came upon a bunch of light blue and white print fabrics that I’d totally forgotten about and they must be at least 15 years old.  This is just some of them:
I have given away so much on Freecycle that I was starting to feel guilty, like I should MAKE something out of some of this stuff!  (I mean, I bought all this at one time with a specific vision in my head for how I’d use it, so shouldn’t I hold myself accountable to use some of it for SOMETHING?!)  Anyway, I somehow felt I should make at least 1 quilt from this blue/white fabric grouping.  I did something that was a first for me.  I got our my trusty Sizzix Big Shot Pro and used it to cut 9 1/2 inch fabric blocks.  (Sizzix had a big sale last year and I lucked out and got a 9 1/2 inch square fabric die for only $10!  Can you beat that price?!!)  In no time at all, I had a stack of blocks that were all identical in size:
…and then I cut some white square blocks in the same size:
It’s funny because I use my small Sizzix Big Shot all the time to cut applique shapes but I’ve never cut fabric for piecing before.  I have to say that this is a really fast and convenient way to get your quilt pieces cut FAST!  Anyway, I wanted to make a quilt I could whip up pretty quickly because I’m really only making this quilt because I’ve guilted myself into it, and on top of that, I’m really not into pastel colors at all.  So, I decided to make a quick chevron quilt.  This is really easy to make if you start with squares.  You place right sides together and then stitch all along the 4 sides using a 1/4 inch seam like this:
Then, lay the stitched block on your cutting table and carefully cut along the diagonal twice, as below:
In as quick as a wink, you’ve got lots of these blocks ready to use:
…so just press them open and you have (4) quarter square triangle blocks for each pair of squares that you started with.  Pretty darn cool and pretty darn quick!  Here’s a mock up of my Chevron quilt on the design wall.  I may still add 1-2 more rows vertically and I will likely add a small border as well:
I’m psyched because I’ve always wanted to quilt a chevron quilt top and now I’ll have the chance.  I still have many of those quarter square triangle blocks left over and there are all kinds of things I can do with them.  Here are a couple of giant – sized stars:
Now I’ve gone from having all this fabric I didn’t want to having all these etra blocks I need to do something with…I can’t win!  And did I forget to mention that there’s a give-away?!  I am unearthing so much stuff that I just won’t ever use so I thought maybe I should give some stuff away on my blog.  Here’s today’s offering: many, many of spools of variegated rayon thread, great for machine quilting and/or machine embroidery:
That’s a lot of thread!  I remember buying the lot of thread on ebay but I’ve never touched it so perhaps you might be able to use it!  All you need to do to enter the give away is to leave a comment to this post, telling me what kinds of things you’d like to learn about threads, any type of thread.  Post your comment by midnight, eastern daylight savings time, on Fri 4/18/14, and you’ll be entered into the drawing.  Winner pays for shipping but the thread is free!


  1. Marsha Says:

    One thing I’d like to know about thread….why does my thread curl up after it comes off the spool? I found this with higher priced thread (Aurifil) and lower priced thread. There must be a reason why it does it. Your thread is beautiful and would be great for my landscape quilting. thanks.

  2. Teresa in Music City Says:

    Oh they are lovely!!! I’d love to learn how to use these gorgeous threads to make beautiful quilting designs like you do! I am just beginning to learn embroidery so I don’t have many threads yet. This would be like a huge Christmas present for me!!!

  3. Leeanne Says:

    It great you are using up some of that fabric, I guess it all takes time.
    Loving the thread! I am a threadaholic!

  4. Nancy Says:

    I quilt on a domestic machine, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to use a cone of thread without having serious tension issues. Even using a thread stand, it’s always a problem, yet I see others use it just fine. I must be doing something wrong!
    Looks like a beautiful set of threads. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  5. ida lively Says:

    I love the options that HST’s give you. Beautiful chevron quilt! 🙂

    Thread question: Wrapped thread …. what does it mean?

  6. Celia Says:

    What a great giveaway! What size needle goes with rayon thread?

  7. Jean Overmeyer Says:

    What’s the best way to store lots of thread, but still have it easily visible to choose the right color for a project? (and is there really such a thing as too much thread???)
    The chevron quilt looks like it would have great potential for machine quilting with the rulers!

  8. SewCalGal Says:

    Please don’t enter me in your giveaway, as I’m truly just commenting to share that I enjoyed you post. And I’m looking forward to seeing how you quilt your Chevron. This design has always called out to me for FMQ feathers, but again I’d like to see what you create with it. While blues no longer work in my household, they are still beautiful. And I’m sure your blue/white quilts will be spectacular when you are finished.


  9. Hannele Says:

    Do you recommend using rayon thread for quilts that will be washed a lot? I think a quilting girl can never have too much thread… 😉

  10. gloria l Says:

    I also purchased several dies on the Sizzix sale. I didn’t know what to purchase, only that it was a great sale. Since I am on such a very limited budget, I would love to have some suggestions on which dies would be a good basic to start a collection with.
    As for thread, I have a lot of rayon and polyester thread I use for machine embroidery. Can they be used for quilting?

  11. Sandra Visser Says:

    Is it okay to store rayon thread on a wall rack in a room that does not get direct sunlight?

  12. Peggy Says:

    Love the quit, sign me for the drawing.
    80 degrees Thursday.

  13. Bonnie Williams Says:

    I love to embroidery and my sister-in-law gifted me a Janome 11000 embroidery machine with all the toys to go with! Now I need more thread. 🙂 Love the embroidery you come up with.

  14. Alice Ronne Says:

    I’ve not used many different threads since I’m just beginning to dabble with free-motion quilting. The spools that you show sure are pretty!

  15. Sally Says:

    Am doing the same thing in my sewing room. Very difficult to get rid of fabrics you loved once but will never use, as well as those you look at and think “why did I ever buy that”. And the colors of your rayon threads are gorgeous.

  16. Pauline Sawatsky Says:

    I quilt on my domestic machine and would like to learn how to use metallic threads in my quilting.

  17. Barb Blincow Says:

    I want to learn to use more thread than just cotton for free motion and especially hyper quilting! Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Carole Doyle Says:

    Wow! That embroidery thread looks great. I just purchased a slightly used Bernina 630E and want to find out what threads work best with her embroidery unit. I’ve done some machine embroidery on a Bernina 440, but I’m really not very experienced yet. I need to learn about thread tension, bobbin threads, and how it all works together for embroidery. Stabilizers have me stumped, too. There are SO MANY choices!

  19. Linda Mcneely Says:

    Would love to learn what each different thread is for” I have yet to find a good description of all the different threads out there. Would be great to have some kind of a chart that you could refer to each time you decide you want to make something.

  20. Laurel Says:

    How do you decide what TYPE of thread to use for quilting? Here’s my dilemma: I made a Ricky Timms convergence quilt top that love…I think it’s stunning, if I say so myself! 😉 My free-motion quilting skills aren’t that great and I think that’s part of the reason I hesitate to quilt it. But the other is the thread. I’ve decided I want to use a variegated thread but don’t know whether to go with cotton or rayon thread.

    BTW, I absolutely love this method of making HST and I love the star layout you created with your HST pieces! I definitely have to try it!

  21. Jackie Says:

    I love all thread colours available now, but still struggle with metallic at times. I’d love to learn to machine quilt with them.

  22. Sarah Says:

    I would love to know more about using thread in machine quilting, especially free motion.

  23. Beverly Young Says:

    Your chevron baby quilt is so cute, cannot wait to see it finished. This gives me an idea of what to do with some of my stash fabric.
    I could use this thread for appliqué, but is it safe to use thread other than cotton to quilt a cotton quilt? Or would it ‘cut’ the fabric?

  24. jean Says:

    I haven’t used rayon in quilting and am curious as to how it would work on my machine. Do you use it on a longarm machine?

  25. Pat Says:


    Thank you. I have the same die, and didn’t know I could do this.


  26. Judy Says:

    Hi Patsy
    Thread is addictive like fabric and paper. The colors, the texture and the possibilities are mind boggling. I have a mid arm and surprisingly a lot of threads work if you adjust the tension correctly. I have dabbled with thread art on both the domestic and mid arm. All those thread colors that you are showing would go a long way to making a few wall hangings, table coverings and quilts. Well I don’t have to tell you as you are an expert at stretching the limits. I have sat at your table (ie blog) and absorbed and learned. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Linda Erickson Says:

    I confess to being a “threadaholic” but I’d like to hear more about your decisions to use variegated vs solid threads in a quilt. It often seems that variegated threads sort of get lost in busy-patterned quilts.


    p.s. I understand your angst about getting rid of stuff from your stash. A friend bequeathed me her [large] fabric stash just when I almost had mine under control, so I’ve been frantically making “community quilts” for our guild in an effort to get back to having only 2 floor-to-ceiling fabric cabinets (and not extra bins sitting around)….

  28. Duane Wiley Says:

    Im just starting to collect threads now that I am working on art quilts! Thanks for the opportunity to have those lovely babies!

  29. Cory Says:

    Hi Patsy, I love to learn how the thread looks on different colors of fabric. I am currently learning to do ruler work with DSM to expand my FMQ skills. Thank you for the chance to win. Take care and God bless, Cory

  30. Carol W Says:

    I’d be interested in knowing why rayon thread behaves differently when you sew than a similarly shiny polyester thread.

  31. Matilda Says:

    Hi—must say that your website is a real treat to read and “drool” over the gorgeous designs you come up with. I keep trying new things and sure can use more thread—can a girl have too much??? Thanks Matilda

  32. Nanette Fleischman Says:

    Love the quick chevron quilt.

  33. Regina DeCapite Says:

    Just found your site and YOU are SEW inspiring! Thanks for the quick tips and pictures of your gorgeous quilting!

  34. Julie Says:

    Wow, I am just learning how to quilt. I can barely sew a straight line. Until recently I thought every thread was the right one. I’ve recently learned just enough to scare myself to death and am afraid because now I think they are all the wrong ones. Either way I love the color and would love to learn more about it all! By the way, I adore chevron and blue – you did a beautiful job. I’m in awe.

  35. Na Na Says:

    I would love to play around with those threads to do some thread painting.

  36. Fran Says:

    I would love to win this. Thread is awesome and I would love to “play” with it on my quilts.

  37. Barbara D. Says:

    The threads are so luscious! I also would like to learn about thread painting. I also enjoy your machine embroidery discussions about technique.

  38. Pamelyn Says:

    Hi Patsy! I love checking your site and today I find a fabulous tip for stash control AND a giveaway! WOW!

    5 months ago, I got an embroidery machine and am curious as to what threads are best suited for it. I haven’t had much time to play with it but hope to start diving into it soon.

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter week!
    Pamelyn from pamelynspostings.blogspot.com

  39. Ann Says:

    I’d like to know which threads work best for which applications.