Open Line Friday-Thread and Other Questions

Heart, Valentine's Day, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Today is Open Line Friday…Any Questions?  Remember, EVERYONE ANSWERS!  We have a lot of knowledge out there.  Let’s all put our heads together…

First…about yesterday…I promised a post on tension…but I decided to postpone it.  The article just isn’t ready for “Prime Time”…I hope to have it ready by next Thursday…

This week, I received a few questions…

Mail, Free Motion quilting, flowers and lettersEMAIL ISSUES

We continue to have some e-mail subscription issues.  I have it on good authority that this is a problem with the subscribers e-mail service.  Some e-mail servers block WordPress as SPAM..of all the nerve!!!… Please try to solve this with your email company as there is nothing I can do on my end.  Or add The Inbox Jaunt to your bookmark list and click over to us every morning.  I really don’t know what else to do?  Anybody???


Several of you have suggested that I add a “search” function to the Motif Page–DONE!–You’ll find it on the right side bar over my mugshot portrait.


Even with the new search button, you will not be able to find the “stipple” tutorial…


Because I can’t stipple!  

My brain simply can’t make sense out of it…besides, who wants to quilt a worm when one can quilt a flower!  AND flowers and leaves are easier…Do you know WHY flowers are easier?  Because there are places to stop…with a worm, there’s no place to stop–it’s all smooth curves.  I  think it’s too bad that beginner quilters are told to “just stipple”.  There are easier patterns to stitch, like The Easiest Flower Ever and Straight Lines Variations.

What other motifs have YOU found to be easy for beginners?  We’d love to hear!

Free Motion Quilting, HeartsHOW TO STITCH CORNERS

Did you ever buy a border stencil?  Did you notice that you have to buy a separate stencil for the corner?

Corners can be tricky.  I often use the corner as a “design opportunity”.  First, see if you can doodle on paper a way to turn the corner easily.  If not, stop at the corners and add a complementary design element.  For example, if you are stitching a heart border, add Cupid’s arrows in the corners.    Alternatively, stitch your signature and date in the corners.  The border will be just as beautiful and no one will be the wiser.


This week in the Mystery Quilt-a-Long, we began looking more closely at Cotton thread labels.  It seems that each manufacturer has it’s own language.  I would like to compile a list of thread label terms and abbreviations to define.

Here’s the list I have so far:

Tex, ELS, Mako, Ne, 60/2, GR30, MT1000, Long Staple Cotton, Mercerized cotton, Art 104, Col No., Extra Long Staple Egyptian Cotton, Ply, Silk Finish

Do you have any other terms or abbreviations for me to research?  Please include the manufacture’s name as well.


What can we help YOU with this week?

Happy Stitching,


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.





Searching for Clues in The Thread Box

Cotton ThreadGood Morning, Sleuths, Seamstresses and Spies!

We have a few first class detectives on this case:     Janice and Judy were the first to comment that C-50 and P-50 stand for threads.

Way to go, ladies!


Today, your mission (should you chose to accept it…):


Pull out every cotton thread in your sewing box.

Search out every brand, weight, ply…just one sample-not every color.   If you have Aurifil thread in three different weights, pull all three.  If you have King Tut in 5 colors, just include one spool.

I found 13 different cotton thread types from six different manufacturers in my sewing box.

Thread.LKennedy005THE SECRET CODES

Your next assignment:  List every word and marking on all of the spools:  ELS, Mercerized, 50/2, MT 1000…

Do you know what they all mean? (we will soon….)  For now, just make a list.

Each thread brand seems to have it’s own language…We need a de-coder!  (Does anyone have their cereal box de-coder ring?  Can we use it?)


Finally, separate the threads into groups by weight. 

I found five different weight categories:  60wt, 50wt, 40wt, 28wt, 12wt in my sewing box.

Thread.LKennedy008Spend a little time comparing the threads.

  • How do threads with the same weight, but different manufacturers compare?
  • Do all the cottons have the same amount of sheen?
  • Is there a difference between two ply and three-ply threads?
  • Do some threads seem smoother?
  • What other differences do you notice?

Thread.LKennedy009STITCH A SPOOL

Finally, if you have a cotton thread, 50 wt, use it to stitch The Spool onto your grid in the center box…(the square marked C-50).


  • Collect all cotton thread types in your sewing box.
  • List every “secret code” on the labels.
  • Group thread by weight and do some comparative investigating.
  • Stitch a Cotton 50 wt Spool (Tutorial HERE) into the center grid box.
  • Doodle...doodling helps improve creative thinking.  Doodle the spools on every scrap of paper, envelope and napkin that comes your way this week!

NOTE–If you have a small collection of threads, perhaps you could work on this with a quilting friend or run to your local quilt store and do a little investigating…(It’s okay to bring a few pretty ones home, too!)


This week on Open Line Friday, we will make a Master List of Secret Thread Codes…then we will work on decoding!


Tension Troubleshooting Checklist…You won’t want to miss this–unless of course, you NEVER have tension troubles!  (Which probably means you don’t sew…?)


Dr. Watson

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