Organizing Thread

Organizing Thread

Last week, we had a great discussion about thread–thank you to all who participated!   I am compiling a list of the recommended threads, websites and other useful information for tomorrow’s Thready Thursday...

If you have a spool that doesn’t fit on your machine–Beth at The Buzy Quilter has a very easy solution.  Read about it HERE.  Beth,  thank you for sharing!

Also, Erika at Miss Sews-it-All  shared her blog post on proper thread storage.  She offers some great advice about protecting threads from light, dust, temperature, and humidity.  Read her post, When Good Thread Goes Bad HERE.  Erika, thank you for your advice on rayon vs. polyester thread as well!

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

All of this talk of thread inspired me to do an inventory of my collection.

Until now, I have stored my thread by color in plastic or cigar boxes.  (I collect cigar boxes–read more HERE.)

However, I’ve decided to re-organize all of my thread into plastic boxes–so I can see what I have–and by thread type or fiber,  instead of by color…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Sorting by thread type–and thus function–piecing, applique, hand work, quilting…makes more sense to me right now…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

I also tossed a few spools of very old thread.  I have a few spools that the dogs chewed–do spools of thread look like moles to my dogs?  I put those spools in the hand-sewing box.

I’d love to hear how you store and organize your threads?  Any favorite boxes—I’m having trouble finding a box to hold the Isacord threads–any ideas out there?

When is the last time you took a thread inventory and tossed a few spools ( or shared them with your dogs )?  If you cull a few old spools–you’ll have room for a few new spools from tomorrow’s recommended list….

Tuesday Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

It’s Tuesday, and I have finished the dreaded, Monday paperwork and can’t wait to get started quilting!  Today, we are stitching The Heart Leaf Vine.  It is a very sweet pattern that looks great on any summer quilt.  Stitched in pink, it would make a great Valentine motif as well.  Today, we are going to start with the basic version, then add an optional “second pass”.  Next week, we will look at a The Doubled Heart Leaf Vine--one of my all time favorite borders!  So let’s get stitching…we want to have this mastered before next Tuesday!

First,  draw two lines –one inch apart– to serve as “rails”.  Begin stitching below the rail, and sew a curved line down and up again.  Stitch a few stitches above the rail and stop.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Next, stitch the left half of the heart by stitching down, to the left and curve to the top line.  Stop here.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Now stitch the right half of the heart.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

In the center of the heart leaf, add three loops, then stitch out the bottom of the heart, below the “rail” line and swoop to the right to begin the next leaf:

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

These leaves look great as is, but if you’d like to add another “pass”…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Start stitching above your previous line of stitching.  Echo quilt the vine, then “bounce” up the side of the heart–creating a scallop effect.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Stitch to a point at the top of the motif to maintain the heart shape.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Then scallop back down the right side of the motif.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Perfect!

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

This pattern looks great in a larger scale –so if your border is much wider–give it a try…(or wait to see The Double Heart Leaf Vine!)

If you like hearts, you might also like:  The Sweetheart Border

Tune in tomorrow when we’ll talk about organizing thread!  Later in the week–I will have a list of threads recommended by readers–and a few sources to share!