Talk about a getaway! Here's the view we enjoy outside the wall of windows as we sew.

Forgive my brevity; I’m in the midst of packing for an annual week-long  getaway to the Sierra foothills with two of my very best quilting buddies. We do it every year–this is our 10th!–and I’ll be devoting my next post to our adventure. Believe me, we’ve got the organization down to a science. 😉

Along with (tons of) fabric, our rotary equipment, and sewing machines, a key ingredient for a week of sewing bliss is thread.  Here’s a great (that is, easy and inexpensive) solution for storing–and transporting–your thread collection.

The notions give you an idea of the size of my carrier.

I purchased my trusty carrier years ago in the toy department of a large discount store. It’s original purpose was to house miniature (e.g., Matchbox) cars; the multiple “cubbies” are perfect for sorting and storing a variety of spool sizes. It’s see-through, so I can spot what I need quickly. It’s two-sided, so I can store twice as many spools and separate my cotton and silk threads from my rayons and metallics. Best of all, even when full, it’s relatively lightweight, low-profile, and has a sturdy handle for carrying. No more laboring over exactly which threads to bring to a quilting class, seminar, or retreat. I just pop the whole case in the car and I’m off.

Nowadays, you can find a variety of dedicated thread organizers/carriers through sewing and needlework resources (both “brick-and-mortar” and online); crafters’ and hobbyists’ suppliers; and organizing outlets. If you prefer to “think outside the box,” try the toy department as I did; the hardware or sporting goods store; your favorite stop for office supplies; or the housewares section of your local variety store. Carriers intended for different uses will have cubbies of varying sizes, so look around for the one that best suits your “inventory.”

Time to go.

As you can see by the size of the suitcase, fashion is not a priority on this getaway!

‘Til next time, happy stitching!


12 thoughts on “Quilter-a-Go-Go

  1. Darra, Good to find you again! Jean and I used to do this and really loved our ‘sister vacation’. But life, grandkids and surgeries seem to have gotten in the way. Hope you have a great time sewing and relaxing. Judy. SC


    1. Judy, I was tickled to see your name pop up on my screen this morning. I have thought about you and Jean SO many times over the past years. So many good times, so many wonderful memories! Are you still making those terrific scrap quilts?


      1. Darra, It was really weird. I had been thinking about you for several days when I found this blog. Yes, I am still into my scrap quilts – more fabric in a quilt the better I like it. Working very hard to finish 4 bindings for the show. They have to be delivered Tues. a.m. One is even hand quilted. I know it is a miniature but it is stil hand quilted & hand redwork. One has a border that , believe it or not, I made up
        didn’t want any scraps left. Still say fabric and fabric scraps breed in the closet. Do you still enjoy baseball? Oldest grandson’s allstar team just won their championship game. Hope you are enjoying your get away.


  2. Have a wonderful time, wish I were going. I assume you are high in the Sierra’s. It would be so nice since it is 92 degrees here. You can leave the clothes at home and take your pj’s. That is about all you need. Filll up the suitcase with fabric.


  3. What a great idea for carrying threads to workshops, I will be picking one up the next time I’m in a toy department. Have lots of fun on your weekend quilting retreat.


  4. i agree to your organizing containers. makes “moving” so easy. i have a little zip-up container that holds all my feet, extra needles, rotary blades, and everything i could possibly need for a class. all i have to do is grab my machine and the zip-up and go. i also have sewing thread boxes: embroidery thread, sewing thread, quilting thread, and “glitz” thread. i write on the outside of my containers using a vis-a-vis marker so i can easily change the wording when needed. i’m envious to your getaway with friends! have fun.


    1. Thanks, Chris. We started off the day with massages today, which has been huge help in changing gears for total relaxation. We probably won’t leave the house again for days! Darra


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