Friday, September 1, 2023

Refreshing Thread Weight when Poly vs Cotton

Embroidery Polyester 40WT Thread...... vs ..... Cotton 50WT Thread

Hello Quilt Friends.....   A bit of re-learning for me today.

I rummaged --- or Estate Sale shopped at a quilter's closeout of all her stuff this AM.

Isacord Embroidery Thread, 5000M, 40W Polyester Thread.  abt $9.00

my cost.... $2.00

A smaller weight number indicates a heavier thread

ISACORD is a polyester continuous thread that has a comparable shine to a rayon embroidery thread

Polyester thread is nearly twice the strength of rayon thread

Can I use Isacord 40 for quilting?

Polyester embroidery thread

 This 40 wt. thread is very thin, making it an excellent choice for free motion quilting designs that require a lot of travel stitching. Isacord is also very strong and able to take the high speed and intensity of machine quilting and embroidery.

What weight thread is best for quilting?
Quilt piecing

The gold standard for piecing quilt tops is a 50-weight cotton thread. A few excellent choices for piecing are Aurifil Mako 50 weight cotton thread and our exclusive Bluprint Pima Thread . Both threads are smooth and fine, while at the same time being strong and durable

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Pushing Thru Depression via Quiltin

 Yes   The cutting, sewing and forming a BOLD BEAUTIFUL ROSE BLOCK     Bit by bit into a quilt!

Rose’s 90 Birthday TX

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Black Pioneer: Bass Reeves

 The Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West exhibit opened at the California Museum in Sacramento, CA on June 10, 2023 

GoodDay Sacramento morning show had a segment on the exhibit.  The two reporters close out —-standing next to my Bass Reeves quilted art @ the end of the segment):

Monday, June 26, 2023

Reunion Quiltin

 AM progress!  I intend to vertically appliqué LUCINDA on left border   And on right side…. Fisher/Huggins wording!

And no:   Not Gonna raffle nor give it away! 💥💥

Our family history says that at abt the age of 15-20 years old ... Lucinda was a slave, and the daughter of a slave master.  She was sold from an auction block in Memphis, Tn in about 1860.  She was bought primarily because she was a good cook.  

Nothing is mentioned of Lucinda before the sale, except it is believed that she was in a shipment of slaves from North Carolina.  (Seems thereafter… she was bought by a Civil War Captain from McGehee, Arkansas.  She never mentioned his first name: only Cap’n Anderson. Captain shipped her back to McGehee by train to his plantation.  Lucinda had a beautiful brown-reddish complexion and soft brown hair.   Cap’n Anderson fathered and raised two separate families in the same yard….one by his wife, and the other by Lucinda, my great-grandmother.   

The two sets of children played together, but Lucinda said her children hated their father. Whenever they saw him coming on his big fine horse with a fancy saddle, they would hide under the house and in the bushes.  Lucinda was a virgin when Cap’n Anderson acquired her as a teenager.  Our family historians state two important facts: (1)  it is not surprising that she grew to love him…. He was the only man she knew during her entire life.  

(2) The oldest son Frank, born …….. was born near the beginning of the Civil War.  When he was a very young man, he built a modest house near Herds, AR and moved his mother and younger siblings away. 

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Thursday Triumphant

 Hell dear world of quilters

Ready and finishing borders on my friends DRESSED TO THE NINES   A very traditional-vintage feel!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Pieced, Batting, Backing—-REPEAT

Bits n’ Pieces of the 

Quilt  piecing process is my favorite part of making a quilt. Of course, I love the look of my finished quilt once I have gone through with all of the other steps, but quilt piecing techniques are my favorite!

What is a pieced block?

Piecing is done on the top layer of the quilt. It is assembling and stitching all of the smaller pieces of the fabric together to form a block, which will be joined with other blocks to form the top layer of the quilt.


The Quilt backing is the backside fabrics layer of a quilt sandwich. They can be made from large cuts of coordinating fabric (such as 44″-wide quilting cotton ) that are stitched together to fit your quilt, or they can be cut down from 90″ or 108″ cuts of quilting cotton that are specially designed for backing large projects. They can be simple and solid, or you can add strips and blocks.  For me-it’s a coordinated scrappy but classy look!


Batting type #1: Cotton – Cotton batting has long been a personal favorite of mine. Quilts made with cotton batting are warm, soft, and have a crinkly look after washing that is reminiscent of antique quilts—and that’s exactly why I love it!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Dressed to The Nines 🥰

 This beautiful DRESSED TO THE NINES !! Completed just in time for Show n Tell at our monthly ScisyYales Quilt Guild Meeting!

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Quiltin Thankfully

I always have to remind the inner cray woman inside of me….. got keep doing what I do. Not for fame- or bigger and better…….  My corner of the world is what God meant it to be!


Wednesday, April 26, 2023

They Told Us: Lymphoma 8-31-2009

They Told Us:  Lymphoma 8-31-2009

Zippers How-to