I was lucky to have my Dad and husband close by because they built actual walls, laid down floring, but up baseboards, molding and hung pictures. It was so fun to see it all come together. I will definately be doing the Kansas City Quilt Market next May, but because that is so far away from where I live my booth won't be quite so great!
I met an awesome store owner from Monument, Colorado named Angie. The store is called Crafty Laine. I have never been to her store but it sounds and looks awesome. She carries all of the best fabrics, patterns and quilting needs. It is a little boutique where you can go get what you need and also learn how to sew. Here is the blog to her awesome store: craftylaine.com/blog.
Now for my title...Saving Precious Time...
Whenever I sew my little friends together I always take the time to change the thread in my machine to match the fabric that I'm sewing. You can see the stitches because you aren't tucking in the seams. I thought it was important that the thread match.
Well, Angie bought some patterns from me and told me that she would make her own store samples. She explained that she would only use one neutral color of thread to save time and for some contrast in the finished project. I didn't know what to think or how it would look. A couple of weeks ago I gave it a shot. Let me tell you - I can't believe the time I have wasted by changing the thread for every fabric change. Hours upon hours! I love the neutral color and the way my finished projects look with the contrast. If you have bought one of my patterns in the past, try choosing a neutral color of thread to sew the project together. I have been going for alot of cream - it seems to work well with most fabrics. I have still been using black for the pupils and cream or white for the white of eyes. I am changing all of my pattern instructions to include this suggestion.
Try it. You will thank me as I think Angie for the time saved!