Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Are you labeling your quilts?

Of course you are!  Quilters know how important it is to pass along the information about a quilt as well as the quilt itself!

Here are some quick ideas on QUILT LABEL CONTENT and why it's important: 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Threadmongers' 15th Anniversary!

Today, July 1, is the 15th anniversary of Threadmongers! I started this micro-business in 2005 to give quilters an opportunity to use better quality threads in their quilts than they could usually find locally. 

My very first customer was Alene Kempton-Gragg and I remind her of this every year!

It has been so much fun to be a vendor at the regional quilt shows and to speak to quilt guilds and groups. I treasure all the friends I have made and the great fiber art I have seen. There have been changes and advances in the industry in the past 15 years. Quilting and quilters just get better and better! 

In a Washington Post article published today, they recognize the important role that sewing and mask-making has played during the pandemic.  It looks like we will have a new group if not a new generation of quilters from this experience!

Thanks to the creative community for including me and let's hope that 2021 is a return to our normal, frenetic, quilt show schedule!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

#QQ2020 - a new normal for quilters!

Yes, the hashtag stands for Quarantine Quilting 2020 and you'll see it pop up all over Facebook.  Now that we are trying to comply with the "all stop" government orders, it is surely time to use up our stash! 

I hope you are staying healthy, isolated, warm, and happy to be home with family and pets.

You are probably aware that the quilt shows scheduled in this region have been cancelled for the next couple of months, at least. 

Quilters Anonymous - cancelled
Tri City Quilters - cancelled
Clark County Quilters - rescheduled to November 12-13-14
Fidalgo Island Quilters - cancelled
Everett Quilt Show - cancelled
Chewelah Quilt Show - cancelled
Woolley Fiber Quilters quilt show - cancelled
Sunbonnet Sue quilt show - cancelled

These are the shows I was scheduled for.  There are a few more shows around the region that have been cancelled - check with the sponsoring guild to see what they plan to do.  And show some love to these guilds who have lost money as well as lost a source of income for the year. 

Here in Sedro-Woolley, the Woolley Fiber Quilters, Quilters by the River, Bethlehem Lutheran Quilters, and some individual contributors are making quilt fabric face masks for local medical facilities. The first clinic contacted us and we were happy to work with them to identify the style, fiber content, construction method, laundering method, and the number of masks that they needed. Then we went to work!  About 35 quilters made 600 colorful face masks for that clinic and their two partner clinics in just one week!  Now we are continuing to make masks for other local clinics and we will keep doing it for the foreseeable future.  

The most important thing is to work with the medical facility to see if they accept homemade masks, what style and fiber content they need, and how they'll be laundered and sanitized.  

I'm assuming that you're quilting!  Finishing UFOs, making quilts to remember this time, getting graduation gifts done early, and enjoying shopping your stash.  

Hey, USE UP ALL YOUR THREAD SO YOU'LL NEED MORE!  That will be good for me!

The masks are fun to make.  Too bad it is for such a dire circumstance.  But quilters always rise to the task.  We are helpers by nature and very task-oriented.  So this is a great way to contribute and to bring some color into the lives of many.  Thanks for all you do, in every way.  

Judy J. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Quilters Anonymous show is cancelled

Sadly, the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Western Washington is causing a lot of events to be cancelled and the Quilters Anonymous guild made the very tough decision to cancel their 2020 show for March 13-15 in Monroe.

Full sympathies and respect to QA for taking this proactive stance.  Please support them for their 2021 show and watch their web site for any news later this year. 

For my customers who were planning to see me at the QA show, I can still fill orders!  Just let me know. 

Here's the QA link:

Monday, February 17, 2020

Quilters Anonymous brings you Beauty, Blossoms, and Bugs! March 13-15, 2020

Quilters Anonymous members work all year to get ready for their BIG, FUN, and AMAZING quilt show in March!  Once again at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe this is the destination for quilters on a weekend to celebrate quilting!

This show is easy access for you from all over the region - Straight up Highway 2 to Monroe and follow the signs to the east end of the fairgrounds.  Great parking, 500+ quilts, demos, vendors, and inspiration!

     Threadmongers will be there and 
     this is your opportunity to stock up 
     on your favorites for your next beautiful projects. 


     You are wondering where to find Aurifil in neutral shades and great colors?  
     Threadmongers has 500 spools! 

     You are wondering where to find the popular 12-weight threads for bold quilting 
     and embellishment?  Threadmongers has three brands to choose from!

     You are wondering where to find beautiful variegated threads in cotton and 
     tri-lobal poly?  Bring your fabric to find a great match!

     You are wondering where to find the 60, 80, and 100-weight poly threads 
     for fine piecing, quilting, and English Paper Piecing projects?  
     Threadmongers has it all!

     You are wondering where to find M size prewound bobbins?  
     You know that Threadmongers has them!  In both poly and cotton!
     (And Class 15 and L style, too!  Bring your bobbin size!)

Oh, there is so much more.  Valdani pearl cottons in #8 and #12 weights, two-and three-ply piecing cottons, and metallics with great performance on domestic and longarm machines!

So plan a trip, with friends, to Monroe on the March 13-15 weekend and gather your inspiration and THREADS at this great annual show.  Plan your trip now!  Bring a tote bag and be sure to have your list handy!  And it's OK to go off-list...

Here's the link: 


Friday, February 7, 2020

Kitsap Quilters show off Quilted Gems Feb. 14-15, 2020!

Cooped up?  Need color and inspiration?  Out of thread?

Come to the Kitsap Quilters' annual fabulous quilt show, "Quilted Gems", February 14-15, 2020!

Always at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, with good parking and access to the building, those Kitsap Quilters know that they are the FIRST guild quilt show of the year in this region and they pull out all the stops!

A beautiful show is pending, and the very talented Terry Loy will be the featured quilter!

So put some QUILT LOVE on your schedule for Valentine's Day weekend and come see the Kitsap Quilters!  

Threadmongers will be there, and after this long winter, you need thread!

Here's the link: https://kitsapquilters.com/quilt-show/

Also, look for their events page on Facebook!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Threadmongers schedule for Feb. - June 2020!

Let's get ready to THIMBLE!!

Ok, we have been cooped up in the SNOW and RAIN for a couple of months (since the Block Party Quilters show in November) and we have been quilting but it's time for some quilt shows!!

Here are the great Pacific Northwest quilt shows where Threadmongers will be a vendor through June - the schedule for the rest of the year I'll post later. 

Get out your 2020 calendar and get these on it!

Are you putting them in your phone?  
Reminder:  Also start a list/memo in your phone of the THREADS you need, so you'll have it when you visit the THREADMONGER!!

February 14-15  Kitsap Quilters, Kitsap County Fairgrounds

March 13-14-15  Quilters Anonymous, Washington State Fairgrounds at Monroe

March 20-21  Tri-City Quilters, Three Rivers Convention Center Kennewick

April 9-10-11  Clark County Quilters/Quiltfest Northwest, Clark County Event Center, Ridgefield

April 17-18  Fidalgo Island Quilters, Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center, Mount Vernon

May 1-2  The Everett Quilt Show, Hansen Conference Center, Everett

May 23-24  Chewelah Arts Guild, Jenkins High School, Chewelah, WA

And here's a bonus listing: 

July 10-11-12  Woolley Fiber Quilters, Cascade Middle School, Sedro-Woolley

Another great quilt show year is coming up!  Plan to visit them all!!

You need thread!