Sunday, February 12, 2017

More antique polyester thread bites the dust...


More recycling...I used up the rest of 3+ spools (and one white bobbin!) of my Mom's old polyester thread to baste my "Contentment" quilt. 

She used to keep her spools of thread in a clear, large pickle jar on a sunny window shelf...over time, all the spools were naturally variegated! 

I think this is the most I have ever basted any quilt top of any size...I don't want this sucker to shift while I am hand-quilting with a hoop!  

There is a lot of turning that hoop while outline quilting around all these shapes!


I watched my new Season One DVD of PBS's "Victoria" and re-watched Seasons Two and Three of "The Big Bang Theory" while doing all this basting.

As I start hand quilting, I am enjoying a "Harry Potter" home film festival!

Basting threads are pink, orange, teal and white...


I have started to quilt the center, largest block.  I am outlining, then I am doing a close echo/fill.  It is the first time I have quilted like this, and I am a little nervous about it, but the applique is so busy that it makes any kind of gridding or straight parallel lines indistinguishable. Even the outlining is extremely hard.  Oy!  What was I thinking!

Steve saw my close basting and thought I had already quilted it, LOL!


In stitches,
Teresa   :o)

16 comments:

  1. great way to use up old thread!! that quilt looks so great Teresa such a great job on it

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  2. I'm so glad you brought your mom into this project. You'll think of her every time you sit down to stitch. I used my mother's old thread to satin stitch around applique flowers, leaves, and stems on a quilt I gave to my daughter. It makes me happy whenever I see it,

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  3. Umm... No!! I'm pretty sure there's not a snowball's chance that I would EVER baste that closely. Happy quilting!!

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  4. That's a lot of basting! You will take this gorgeous quilt to a whole new level with your marvellous handquilting :0)

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  5. No, you definitely do not want that thing to shift. You have put countless hours into that beautiful applique' not to mention the hand quilting hours ahead. It is so lovely!

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  6. I have been using up odds and ends of thread also. Feels good to get rid of it. I even use it in bobbins when piecing on the machine. I use to garment sew for hire so I have tons of poly thread around. Might as well put it to a good use. Chris. Yes the Quilt. I think it is one of the best I have seen you do.

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  7. Yay on good use of old poly thread. Your basting is superb. Too funny on Steve's comment, yet I can understand where he is coming from as you hunkered down on stitching while watching quality shows. It would not be fun to grid quilt. We must keep hand quilting relaxing. I note binding on your basted quilt?

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  8. Yippee the hand quilting is starting! What a fun project to quilt through the winter... enjoy!

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  9. Great use for old thread... I have a large collection of my mothers and MIL's... will put it to good use!

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  10. Oh mY!!! What a gorgeous quilt. I haven't stopped by for a while. You've made a LOT of progress. ;)

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  11. Doesn't it feel good to use up thread that would not go anywhere. You were thinking that you have to quilt this marvelous quilt and you will one stitch at a time and it will be more wonderful that as a topper.... sew on....

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  12. I do this exact same thing!! My full shoe box of old thread is now about 1/2 full -- I am sad I am almost out of the old polyester thread. I finished basting a quilt this weekend, and one spool was marked 35 cents, the other 60 cents! Your quilt is beautiful!!

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  13. Now that is a LOT of basting! I am no judge since I don't bast at all, but this is amazing. If it shifts it will be because of an earthquake! Funny comment by your husband. Mine loves to joke about "toe catcher" stitches! Have fun with this one.

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  14. Good use for all that old thread we don't let anywhere near our quilts. Your husband's comment reminds me of a story. Husbands are so funny! What are they thinking when they look at the world!

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  15. Looks great! I am looking forward to following your quilting progress.

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