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just for fun

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Yesterday I finished up the quilting and binding on my corona quilt. I was a bit worried–I did not have enough of any of the fabrics in the quilt or its FQ bundle to make the binding. Fortunately I have a small stash (cough, cough) and found something close with just a bit more than I needed. Finding thread to match the binding (I sew the entire binding process by machine) was a challenge. I found a partial spool that was perfect but had a concern that I’d run out before I finished top-stitching the binding. But hey-nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I set out on what I’ve heard called a game of thread spool chicken. And guess what, I won! Not by much but it doesn’t matter by how much–I got the whole binding done with just a bit to spare! That’s the most excitement I’ve had since we’ve been on lockdown!


  1. Jean Nicholson says:

    Congratulations! Good to hear something’s going right.

  2. Theresa utz says:

    This is the. First I’ve heard about spool thread chicken, but it seems like I play that game more often that I intend. So glad ,there is a name for it!

  3. Mary says:

    Ha ha this is so funny. So glad to hear you haven’t lost your sense of humor. Spool thread chicken hmmm. I’m glad too that it has an official name. I’m pretty sure my response would be more in line with !*#%!* (expletive redacted).

  4. Linda Hunter says:

    Congratulations! I have played that game plenty. I also play binding chicken with my small (ahem) binding stash. It has become smaller since making masks with ties, which some like better than elastic.

  5. Janice Farrell says:

    Too funny Mary Ellen! Glad it worked out. Now let’s see the finished quilt!

  6. Sharon M Militello says:

    Congratulations! I’m just starting my quilt I know I have lots and lots of time to complete it 😂
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  7. Jackie Groszkowski says:

    Good for you! I was playing thread spool chicken and did even know it. The quilt I was binding was not the Corona quilt but my grandson’s graduation quilt. Matt’s was done with no problem. It was done. Zachary’s on the other hand was my problem. As I was sewing I ran out of bobbin thread so I wound a new bobbin with what I thought would be enough thread to finish. Then I was pretty sure I was going to run out of top thread. Wrong. I did not put enough on the bobbin. There wasn’t enough to put more on the bobbin so I switched to black. The back was navy blue so black was okay. When I finished the quilt I measured the remaining thread. Would you believe 13″?

  8. Katherine Tomasulo says:

    I’ve heard of bobbin roulette but not spool thread chicken. Amazing what we still learn! Congratulations on your finish.

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