Monday, April 10, 2017

Leah, thread, and a WIP

machine quilting design | free motion quiltingA couple of weeks ago I loaded a WIP that's been sitting for a while on the "to be quilted" pile. I had a fab time learning and practicing new motifs. Leah Day's quilting design gallery is my go-to inspiration site. She has 500 designs--imagine! 

free motion quilting | Leah DayI've written about motifs from her website here on "Crazy X" and here for "Math Is an Expletive."  Looking through the motifs and choosing the ones I want to try is a great pasttime when sitting in waiting rooms. In the past I'd draw the motifs on paper or a white board to get some muscle memory going, but now I just stitch. 

Sometimes I end up with a crazy mess, but those seem to disappear once I have lots of other quilting around them. I'm not much of a detail nut, so I tend to see the whole picture. Quite often one of her designs will inspire something new and different from me. That is pretty awesome!

Anyhoo, (sorry Leah's website is definitely a squirrel) I was almost finished and ran out of thread. I didn't even see that coming. Really, I was rolling along and suddenly I was not. I found another cone that was really close in color and decided to use that. But that did not work for long--I ran out again! Nothing in the entire studio would work after the second cone. Believe me, I tried.

That meant ordering thread online, and it came in today! 
If all goes well I'll have a finish in a day or two. Thanks to Superior Threads (not an affiliate) for their excellent service and prices. 
I love the thread.

I've purchased from Superior Threads at quilt shows, but this is the first time I've ordered online. Their website is user-friendly and talk about convenient since it just appeared at my door. That means I didn't have to haul thread around with me. 

As computer savvy as I think I am, I'm not much for shopping online. Are you an online shopper? If so, which companies do you use for quilting supplies?

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