Wednesday, December 9, 2015

thread stashing!

When I first learned to sew in fashion college, I'd stitch up homework at my mother-in-law's if I ran out of time in the sewing lab.  I remember opening a drawer to find a delightful surprise, a gorgeous array of colored thread, arranged just so in perfect order.  All those variant shades seemed luxurious to a student working in white thread on boring muslin day after day.  I found the empty bobbin I needed and went back to work never imagining my day would come.

thread stashing!

I've been sewing now for five years, really sewing for fun.  (My stint in fashion college was just six months long, by the way.  I never completed that first sewing class!)  Project by project I've picked up colored thread as needed from the local store, just grabbing whatever brand was on sale with the right shade at the time.  Turns out having the ideal color can be absolutely essential for a nice top-stitch on small projects.  And... turns out a quilter can enjoy a little colored thread too!

thread stashing!

Since getting to be a fan of Connecting Threads' thread I've had my eye on their colored spools.  I've been doing all my quilting with big neutral thread cones from Connecting Threads for a few years now.  The thread works well in my Juki.  No breaks or tangles or troubles.  And best of all, Connecting Thread thread is SO affordable!

thread stashing!

This year I decided to take advantage of the holiday sales to totally indulge that colored thread itch!  I bought the Saltwater Taffy set for a variety of soft shades and bought others a la cart to fill in my favorite colors.  And, of course, I restocked my go-to cones in white, natural and silver.

Lots of quilting in my future!  Here's to cheap rainbows and reliable thread!!

some Fibs & Fables

p.s. I picked up some Fibs and Fables, Anna Maria's newest collection.  I'm thinking one might make the cut for Eleni's next photo shoot.  Only three photo shoots left until I've finished out her first year! What do you think?  Any of these a favorite?

19 comments:

  1. I do a lot of garment sewing, so I always had a lot more colored thread than a pure quilter might. But it was made even better when my mom got me this giant variety pack of threads (Robison Anton thread=good thread, and *lots* of yardage) for Christmas one year. My thread collection probably half fills three one-gallon jars. Since then I haven't even been keeping my eye on the JoAnn's 50% off thread sales!

    Also, I love the AMH print with the little flowers on mint!

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  2. I bought one of CT's collections last year when they were on sale. It is so much fun to have just the color I need and I really like their thread.

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  3. Mmmmmm, pretty thread! I have only just discovered I can use a cone!!! Oh joy!!! Pretty fabrics too...I was immediately drawn to the minty flower in the middle :)

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  4. Oooh I love your new header :-)
    I am so thread illiterate -- and I am not busting my brains to learn either. Gosh!! But I do love these colors and I am so glad that CT has good thread. That is what I like to hear. Perhaps I should step in and make some changes in the new year.
    I love the fabric choices. What fantastic designs.
    Have a decent rest of the week. All of you continue to be in my daily prayers.

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  5. I inherited my grandmother's thread box when she passed away. I was only 18 at the time and not a quilter then, but now I am so thankful to have spools (some of them wooden spools!) to color match my thread. I didn't realize what a treasure I received then. I wonder why my mom, aunt and sisters passed on it, but I'm glad that they did!

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    1. My mom gave me her thread collection, because she never really liked sewing. I've used it up, mostly, but saved some threads on wooden bobbins for decorations around the house!

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  6. I love the cottage in mustard, it's such a pretty print! And I love that a blogger admits that money matters when it comes to thread after all the aurifil peer pressure.

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  7. I use Connecting Thread thread all the time and love it. I'd choose either of the front 2 fabrics for Eleni's photo shoot (I wait for her updates!).

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  8. My fabric choice is the turquoise.
    But hey--Fashion College! I would love to hear why you went; where you went; what you learned; and why you didn't complete it. That's a whole side to you I don't believe you've mentioned before on this blog. I hope you decide to share this sometime. Thanks.

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  9. I adore the threads from CT. You might even say I have turned into a "threadaholic". I would choose the peachy fabric for the photo shoot.

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  10. Lovely thread colours. My favourite of those fabrics would be the top or the bottom!

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  11. I must be the only person in the world who is not a fan of this thread. I straight line quilted three quilts with this brand and all three have had extensive thread breakage issues upon use, one with extremely minor use.

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  12. I like the fabric on the far right best. It has a lot of pop! Aurifil is my favorite thread hands down, but the price is too high for people on a budget. I've used tons of Connecting Threads thread and still use it. Plus I kind of like the look of the minimalist spools. You can't beat the color or price. Another good brand is Omni by superior threads. It only comes in cones but 6000 yards for around $15! There's a color card with tufts of thread too, so you can match your project perfectly (kind of like a Kona card!).

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  13. You have given me new hope for the thread from Connecting Threads. I only bought one spool and had dismal luck using it with my Brother machine. I could use it for bobbins with my Juki but since then I have had my Juki somewhat overhauled by the Juki company itself. So maybe this time, my machine would be happy with Connecting Threads. The prices are certainly much better! I joke that my machines are thread snobs but it isn't much fun paying for Aurifil...

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    1. I hope you have good luck if you try it again! I've had bad luck with some threads in my machine, so I wouldn't say anything works. But, in general, I've found most threads work just fine. At least, with my Juki and Kenmore, I haven't had to be picky. I seem to remember my Pfaff had more trouble, but that could have been the machine...

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  14. Thread - a necessity for sewers but a really pretty one!
    The flower print in...is that light peach or cream?

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  15. I have to say I too was a bit disappointed in the threads from CT. I had high hopes and an open mind but found the snags came when I tried to do some finishing touches on a blouse I was sewing for somebody. By that I am referring to all the handsewing. I kept hitting little rough patches and slubs that kept the thread from gliding through without lots of tugging and pulling and frustration. When I called customer service they pretty much agreed it was not the best for smooth handiwork. So heads up...maybe Okay for machine but not too nice an experience for pulling that needle through with your own hands.

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  16. I made the mistake of buying several spools of CT threads when on sale a while back. I find it creates way more lint in the bobbin area of my Bernina. I was cleaning after every bobbin used. Not fun.

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  17. So many beautiful thread colours, Rachel! I've been using Connecting Threads 100% polyester cone thread and I really like that. I've heard not so great reviews of the cotton thread, so I've kind of steered clear, but maybe I should give it a try for myself.

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