Friday, September 9, 2016

Quilting Spree

It's been longer since my last post than I thought! I've since pin-basted all three baby quilts, and my niece's wedding quilt. I'm quilting on the wedding quilt now, and by the time I go to bed tonight, I'm hoping to be at the halfway point! Her bridal shower is in just over a week, so I'm cutting it close!

I've been so busy sewing, I haven't been working on the house at all.  DH is on a trip this week, so it's the perfect time for long sewing days.

Did you ever find a deal that you just couldn't pass up, because you knew you'd regret it later if you did? I had one of those come up. I was at a thrift store, looking for some linens for the extra beds we are getting. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find something else.

I saw bags and bags of thread cones bundled by color, for $6.99 a bag. I noticed them immediately, but wasn't that close to them, and assumed it was serger thread. After a bit of looking around, I went back and looked more closely at the thread. It wasn't serger thread after all. It was Madiera 40 wt poly on 5,500 yd cones, suitable for embroidery and quilting. Now, I always piece with cotton thread, but for quilting, I've fudged it when I had a more suitable color in poly. Those quilts have lasted just fine. I know a lot of longarm quilters prefer poly, because it has less lint, and sometimes less thread breakage. Madiera is a good German thread, and here it was, at $6.99 for a bag of cones, instead of $8-12 per cone. Would you have left it? I didn't, I bought it all!

I ended up with 84 cones of thread, some full, most at least 2/3 full, and about 5 that were under halfway full. I paid $70 total, for several hundred dollars worth of thread. I knew if I left it, I'd be kicking myself later. You know what? I'm already using some of that new thread, quilting my niece's wedding quilt. I'll be using it to quilt my granddaughter's star quilt too, because that bit of shine poly has is perfect for that quilt!

Of course, now I need to find someplace to store the thread too, my thread cabinet is full already. No regrets on buying it though, I go through miles of thread per year, and now I'm set for a long time!

1 comment:

phxquilt said...

What a wonderful find! You know that you'll use it.