Friday, January 4, 2013

Spools Used in 2012


Can it be that I only finished off 19 spools in 2012? And that's cheating a little because I see one of the spools in the back row still has a few yards on it. 

Patty the Quilt Lady in Ohio counts her empties at year end too. Last year we tied, but this year she beat me with a total of 63 spools! She must have some pile of quilts, that's for sure! 

Okay, time to toss out this collection and start new for 2013. 
I bet Patty has all new spools, and I have a bunch of partially used spools. Heh, heh, heh. 

Report your results for 2013 in the sidebar link.

18 comments:

Pamela said...

Love this idea! I have a nice big mason jar to save them in, so we'll see how many I use up this year - I have no clue how many I use in 2012, but I'm sure it was a lot.

Susan said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one still using Dual Duty. :)

Pepe Patchwork said...

No, I don't, but last month i decidet to keep them for next year for a recycle. With a wood sphere tehy will be little cute hanging for Christmast tree... and what about this?
http://sew-whats-new.com/photo/decorated-wooden-spool?xg_source=activity

and this?
http://replayground.blogspot.it/2012/01/diy-wine-cork-stoppers.html

Desiree said...

This is a great idea! I hope its ok that I share this with the rest of my quilting friends :-)

Shirley said...

I have seen some great ideas that use spools so that they can be recycled. One year we went on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship that had the most amazing piece of art using thousands of reels of cotton threaded onto steel rods to make almost a pixellated picture. It was fantastic and enormous.

Di said...

What fun! And I thought I was obsessive! Great idea I really ought to try :-)

stufenzumgericht said...

Dear Karen,
I remember your last year collection of empty spools and started my own collection of used spools. Your idea is so funny, I loved to see all my used spools at the end of the year, so let's start a new collection in 2013 ;-) Have a nive weekend,Martina

FabricFascination said...

I always want to DO something with my empty spools, but haven't figured out what yet.

Cindy said...

What a cool idea! LOL Never would have thought about this.

shirley said...

I, too, counted spools in 2012. i beat you....LOL....160 spools used. yep....lots and lots of sewing. you can see the spools on my blog. www.brunerwoman.blogspot.com about 2 or 3 posts down. wonder if i can beat that this year?

Linda H. said...

What a great idea! I'll give that a go in 2013, but the quantity surely won't be high when compared to yours. Maybe one? I piece and quilt off 6,452-yard cones of Aurifil!

cottonreel said...

I tossed my empty spools out , gone now , dustbin men been ,then literally minutes ago I saw some super christmas tree decorations made from empty spools . I could cry

patty a. said...

Karen, Thanks for the shout out about my 63 empty spools. But Shirley emptied 160! WOW! Now that is a lot of sewing!

Patty the quilt lady.

Heather said...

I have definitely got to get sewing more! I don't know if I finished off more that a couple. Way to go. :)

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

This is so weird - I counted mine the other day and was thinking of doing a blog post abot it! I had 13 spools completed in 2012 but one was a large Aurifil and I have three neary done :)

minervashand said...

I love saving my thread spools...with a little one in the house, I've been posting her annual Christmas wishlist on them and hanging them on the tree. My next plan is to make some poetry rolls. Put together a board with some ideas a couple months ago...thought I'd share. :-) http://pinterest.com/minervashand/uses-for-plastic-thread-spools/

Staci said...

I used 9 spools of Aurifil thread. 1 orange, 1 black, 2 white, 1 cream and 4 silver.

DH Stitches said...

Hi Karen, I started counting spools after seeing you mention it last year. My 2012 total was 37. Some were very large spools but some didn't have much thread left on them, so I guess it all evened out! I love this project. Thanks for getting me started.