When we moved to Montana 13 years ago, I thought it was cute when the locals would say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.” Well… I don’t think it’s so cute anymore because it is extremely true. The weather here changes so fast that even the national weather service can’t keep up. One moment the forecast says it is going to be sunny and the next moment you look outside and there is a blizzard wreaking it’s vengeance.
Because of this, it has been extremely difficult to get out and about lately. Even if the sky is sunny, the road conditions are treacherous. So consequently I am stuck here in the house day after day. I can’t even get out to get sewing supplies, I have to rely on mail order.
Yesterday morning I awoke to find the sun shining bright, so I immediately fed myself and the dogs and set my sites on heading to the nearest big town to get some much needed quilting thread. Before I left the house though, I checked weather.com and discovered that there were a few minor snow storms heading my way. I was nervous about them because I know how quickly they can turn into white-out conditions, but my determination to get out of the house overrode my fear. Then that little voice in my head said, “Check the road conditions.”
(Enter the sound effect: Wha, wha, wha, whaaa)
All the highways were solid sheets of ice! We had rain Tuesday afternoon and it froze on all the road surfaces overnight. I was going nowhere. I really needed quilting thread though, because quilting is the only thing I can do, (other then cleaning, which I already did), while being stuck in the house. Being desperate has always sent my mind into the creative mode and I quickly found a solution: 100% all-purpose cotton thread. It’s not the best, but it does work, especially if you double it up. The Coats Cotton thread I have is labeled as a 30 wt., although to me it’s more like a 40 or 50 because it breaks really easily and it not as thick as my 30 wt. Superior threads. I usually use this thread for piecing my quilts, not quilting them, but when in need…
To achieve the color that I desired, I took one stand of the light pink and one strand of the hot pink…
… and threaded it through my quilting needle.
The block that I am currently working on already had a tan colored quilting thread running through the center of the block and light pint on either side of that. What I wanted to do was to have the color gradually get darker as I worked outward, ending with a hot pink on the outer lines.
Doubling up the thread gave the quilting a nice effect.
My, use it up – make do – do without upbringing has proven useful once again. Now if I could just get out of the house for a few hours.