Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Notion for Notions

I was inspired by this thread cabinet that my dad made for me. Thread can be almost as pretty as fabric.
So I sorted and made piles of selvages.
So I could make these.
Which turned into these. My interpretation of the traditional spool block. Just a tish of skewing make them me. I still have a few more to make, but I've been playing with some settings.
All bunched together.
More like they're sitting in my cabinet.
Can thread dance? Maybe?
I could do them in clusters...any thoughts?

102 comments:

Tina said...

I like the thread dance...very fun!

Anna said...

i like them all! I like them all bunched together though, I think it makes them more abstract?

corinnea said...

I thought I liked the on a shelf version until I kept scrolling and saw the Thread Dance version. I like them all but that one made me smile!

Kristin L said...

I'm loving the use of selvedges for spool blocks. You are very clever and the blocks are fun. I think that the shelf one tells the story best, but the dancing one is exciting too. :-)

Mama Mel said...

I love them all! The spools are so cute! What a great idea to use up those pretty selvedges! :)

Lynne said...

Oh dear, I'm very A type so I'd have them lined up in rainbow order! One a shelf of course - they are so fabulous - I love it when someone comes up with something new and original and different - bet you there are loads of copies by the end of the year...perhaps starting with me!

Elizabeth said...

The off kilter ones in the last photo are definitely my favorite! What a great idea - I really need to make a selvage quilt!

NOTyourrunofthemill.typepad.com said...

A really great idea! Go with the cabinet shelf, that is what inspired you is it not:)

lulubloom said...

This use of selvages is absolutely perfect. I LOVE it. And I love the look of them sitting on your shelf for the block placement. It makes the blocks even better. Well done, very well done.

Allabitrandom said...

This is so delicious on so many levels that it is almost painful!!!

Marit said...

This is a lovely twist of the spool block - both fun and pretty. I think there are many ways to arrange them. How about making them into vertical rows (columns)?

Have fun testing out the different layouts!

; )

Contented Caroline said...

What a great idea as always Jacquie - fantastic. I always berate myself with why I never came up with the idea!!!! I think they look good as wonky spools in the arrangement - can't wait to see it completed.

Ethne said...

I like the thread dance best but would do it a little more hap-hazard, like the spools have been thrown down or rolled around a table top or have rolled around in a bowl

Annie said...

Oh I definatly love the dancing spools. They look so happy

Paula said...

Love the dancing thread! How creative..........my vote goes for thread as it is in your cabinet. Both are great!

Shari said...

I love all of your spools of thread! You are such an interesting person!

Rebecca Johnson said...

Thread Dancing....Looks Amazing!...would make a fantastic quilt! So clever..and Your thread cabinet...well lets just say im green with envy!!

Barb said...

I adore your spools - how creative and original = hats off to you!!
I like anyway, but the tumbling ones at the are my favorite.
have fun!

Debbie said...

I am in awe! You amaze me. I love the spools and all the layouts look great but I'd go for the dancing. That one speaks loudly! To me, anyway!!

Stephanie said...

Clever. I really do love this shape spool and what a perfect use of your selvedges.

Jackie said...

They are perfect little thread spools. I like how they look all kind of wonky!

The Calico Cat said...

I love the "sitting in the cabinet" layout.

Suzanne said...

What a fantastic idea! I like the version where they are lined up as in the cabinet but no matter what you do, it will have flair.

MarthaVA said...

Cute cute cute! And sew creative! I love the dancing one...it just seems....appropriate. Since you made the blocks out of salvages, and you made them yours instead of the "traditional" pattern, I just think the dancing makes it even more....yours! :-)

Jenna said...

What a great use of selvage! I love it! The dancing layout is my favorite.

Miri said...

LOL! My kind spool block! I just love these and I love the dancing layout.

EmileeHope said...

Love it! You are so creative!! I think the thread dance is my fav....although I also love how you had a couple on their sides in the one where they are in a row!! Whatever you decide I am sure it will be fabulous!!

grendelskin said...

Love it. Definitely dancing layout: when you line them up the tops and bottoms of the "spools" get lost and look like borders, the dancing lets them shine individually I think.

Beth said...

Dancing!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

that is so clever! i like the dance!!

QuiltyGoodness said...

Well, being that I teach dance, I am a little biased (no pun intended). I love the spools dancing.

Peaceful Piecer said...

love these spools! I think the cabinet setting is my favorite.

Vicki W said...

Those blocks are fabulous!

kelly lautenbach said...

HEE! :) AdOrAbLe! :)

Lynn said...

I love these blocks! Thanks for sharing your inspiration too.

angela said...

Holy Cow! That's awesome! I love them lined up like they are in the cabinet - some stacked, some sideways. All different sizes.

MichelleB said...

They're darling! I like them in your cabinet, but all of the layouts are wonderful.

live a colorful life said...

First of all, I want that thread cabinet! and I've been anxiously waiting to see what you would do with those selvages. Awesome. I like the dancing spools setting too!

laurenaphelps said...

Thread CAN dance!! I love your design! I'm always amazed at improv quilters. I'm such a pattern follower. I'd love to see the technique you use to sew together the dancing thread. (if you choose that design)

Megan said...

I love the dancing spools!

Anna said...

ACK! I have a picture of a thread holder very similar to that that I've torn out of a magazine and have been trying to find someone (Etsy maybe) that can make it for me... how cool to see yours!!

Lynn said...

Wonderful blocks! What a great use for selvedges/scraps.

Sequana said...

I see I'm not the only one who hears music when she sees the dancing spools. *S*

KateKwiltz said...

Big sigh over those Kaffe Dots! That last one is too cute!

P.S. My word verification for this comment is "angly," so I think that answers your question. :)

Megan said...

Lovely! I like them all but the dancing ones really do it for me - so much movement and energy! This probably means I'm going to have to start saving my selveges now!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

The bottom picture, for sure!

Agnes said...
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Agnes said...

I love it! especially the bottom dancing spools of thread. Very fun indeed :)

Lee said...

Oh they have to be dancing, they really get shown off this way.

Crystal Hendrix said...

That is such a GREAT idea!!! LOVE IT! I just might have to copy your idea!!! I like the setting of them sitting in your cuboard...and then if you got some ruler fabric for the binding or more selvage...would be WONDERFUL!

Jennifer Lewis said...

Very clever. I think they have a greater presence when then are lined up, rather than dancing. You can tell they are spools when the are all sitting the same direction. Super cute. Love your blog and your quilts!

Jennifer Lewis said...

Wait--dancing is good too, what I mean to say is that when a spool is on it's side, it blends and then they lose their impact. I like dancing if they are all upright. But who am I?? :)

Rhonda said...

This is a great way to use every bit of your stash. I really like the Thread Dance or Spool Tango names. I'm thinking tango because the spools are tilted and different heights.

a little bit biased said...

Ooh how fun! Love those blocks! What a fun quilt they will make!

P. Mookie said...

Dancing. Absolutely dancing. Makes me smile.

Miss White Wall said...

Soooo creative! I love it, yes they dance!

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Awesome! You are so clever - they look amazing.

Nikki said...

Very nice, Jacquie! I like the last choice the best. Loving the background, too!

mngirl said...

Love the dancing threads! Makes the colors stand out more. Great idea.

Poppyprint said...

59 comments! Another winning design, Jacquie!! They are beautiful blocks.

Deb said...

Those are so cool. I hope that one day I can find as many selvages as you have. What a great idea

Deirdre said...

dancing spools FOR SURE!!! So excitable and fun!

Missy said...

Dancing spools. Oh Yeah. Give it a nice background solid, wonk the spools like you show and you are good to go.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I'm partial to the cabinet inspired layout. There is energy in the blocks, and calm in the layout.

What a great idea!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Make the spools dance Jacquie!

Meghan said...

Those blocks are precious! I really like the cabinet layout, but maybe turn a couple more "spools" over or have them leaning? Or maybe they just need varying spaces between them. To me they lose their spool-ness when they're right up next to each other like that. But I really love that idea! It reminds me of those bookshelf quilts.

Can't wait to see how it turns out!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the spool dance. What a way to unwind. hee hee. Your spool case is fabulous. Love the yardsticks trimming it.

{BrianaArlene} said...

Such a pretty use of selvages! I think I like the dancing layout best.

{BrianaArlene} said...

Such a pretty use of selvages! I think I like the dancing layout best.

monique said...

Take me to the dance. I love the dancing one!

Trisha said...

How fun! I like them dancing. I think they look their best in that setting.

Alice R. said...

Love, love, love the dancing ones! They are so nice that any version would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Alice R. said...

Love, love, love the dancing ones! They are so nice that any version would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Kristine said...

Dancing all the way!!! :)

Gail :) said...

They are beautiful! What a great way to make a spool!

tif said...

gorgeous! i love reading about your process!

Sarah Craig said...

I like them all, but the dancing ones take my breath away! I love it when something makes me go "ooooooohhhh"!!

Arita said...

The dancing ones are my favorite. Another great post.

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

Brilliant!!!
Love it...

Kate said...

Great interview over at fat quarterly. You're such an inspiration! I like them lined up, but the others are nice too.

Vicki said...

Two thumbs up for a very unique and creative way to use selvages. I love the dancing spools. They rock!!

Doris said...

I like the dancing spools, but I could see them in clusters of four as well, like "spinning spools". Very clever blocks!

Sandy said...

Your spools are so unique. I love the inspiration from designers like yourself...great interview at Fat Quarterly!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

They are wonderful. Using up every single bit of fabric makes me happy.

Team NE said...

OMG so creative!!! These are wonderful!!!!!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

You have so much talent! It blows me away!! Amazing!

Qubie said...

All that thread and no Aurifil. We have got to remedy that.

Your quilt is looking great. Keep up the awesome work.

Valerie said...

I love the dancing spools, they smile!

Alice R. said...

I just realized what was calling the dancing spools was the clustered ones - dork! Anyway, the last one! So lively, just love it! And the tan, linen, greyish (can't quite tell on my computer) background really helps make it.

PrincessOrangePants said...

I love these blocks. Like, I LOVE, love them! My personal favourite is the layout where it looks like they're in your cabinet. I may need to copy this one day.

Sandi said...

Oh, these are so totally cool! This is an awesome way to use selvages.....so clever to make them into spools! They are so fun that no matter how you set them they will look great!

momto2wasd said...

That is wonderful!! What a great way to turn the selvedges into spools!

Bry said...

I love love love the dancing thread layout! Too adorable!

Darcie said...

How cool is that! Love the modern spool shape. You're genius, Jacquie!

I think the dancing, off-kilter ones are fun. Like you're looking down into a drawer or a work surface. Very fun!

Happy progress to you.

Liz said...

Oh how fun. I like them dancing as well.

MightyMom said...

Love the thread dance!!

This is a wonderful use of the selvages!!

Darci said...

who knew that people save selvages, and then actually use them. So cute and clever.
I like the Dancing Spools

Summer :) said...

What a wonderful idea! :) I love it. I have a shelf in my sewing nook that has antique wooden spools arranged by color!! :) I LOVE it! :)

Mary Keasler said...

thread dance, most certainly.

Anonymous said...

love it! i've got a mini quilt that i need to make by next week, and i think you've just given me the inspiration i needed to finish it!!

PioneerValleyGirl said...

Perfect block for those selvages!

amandajean said...

i LOVE the last setting. this is a genius idea!