Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wee, Wee all the way home

You know that feeling when you haven't been able to speak but your brain was bursting to say something.  That's how I feel now.  There is so much territory to cover, so many loose thoughts to corral.

While I was on holidays (vacation) I derived enormous pleasure from reading all your blogs.  Even though I was away from home I felt connected.  So thanks to all you bloggers who give me quilting satisfaction. As you can see, my "must read blogs" list has expanded  as I  discovered more and more fabulous quilters/artists/personalities. 

Of course I couldn't take all my quilting supplies with me.  I was reduced to just a few tools.  What I missed most was, surprisingly, my threads!

Don't you just love the colours!

Of course, I had to tidy them up for their photo op.

So then they had to come out for a play.  Some of them are practically empty, some unused, waiting for their moment in the sun.  A few have been chewed by the dog, but still they get pressed into service.
And there is no relationship between the colours of thread and the colours of my quilts.  For instance, I don't seem to do many blue quilts, but look at my stash!

Particularly when I applique, I enjoy having a lot of colours to choose from.  I mainly use one brand, probably because that is what I used when I started.  Everyone has their own favourite and I have come across "thread snobbery", but it  really is a case of using what works for you.  Recently I discovered that these threads are not  suitable for machine quilting, otherwise, I use them all the time.

Waiting for me when I arrived home was a wonderful gift from Em, the happiest blogger in the world.
Em's blog never fails to give me a boost.  And it's her birthday.  So please, when you've finished with me, pop on over to Em and wish her a happy birthday.  (I've just discovered she is having a temporary malblog issue).   From all the way over here to all the way over there, a big thank you for your cheery reminder of enjoying every day.  It is energising!

As for quilterie's law.  It still holds.  I took 3 projects with away me (small but intense) and don't have much to show for one month.  However, I did spend quality time with my family.  Good as quilts are, they don't match that.


Julie Fukuda said...

Welcome home! I'm glad you had a safe and fun trip. I need to get some pointers from you about thread. I have been using Coats and Clarks hand quilting thread all my life but lately I have had spools that were wrinkly wound and one that came apart if I used a long piece. The black is particularly bad. I use rather long pieces for piecing and quilting so thread that knots or frays is a bother. Thing is, I don't know what to try next.

Sharon said...

Glad you got home safe and sound, it was a big trip you were on. I too, have lots of threads, more than I'll ever use in my lifetime. I actually talk myself out of buying more, Oh goodness, it's all too much some days. So how much fabric went home in your suitcase?

Crispy said...

No such thing as too much thread and your collection is lovely. What brand do you usually use, it looks like Gutterman spools. It's wonderful having you home :0)


Annie said...

Love the threads and their photo shoot

Kathie said...

welcome home, hope you had a wonderful vacation and enjoyed our country?
threads, ah yes personal preferences for sure, I love having the variety to work with too
never enough colors for me! great photos!