Thank you all for your comments on my silk thread question. It was as I figured it would be -- a lot of choices out there. Thread, like thimbles, is personal.
My preferences are Gutermann silk (which is heavier and feels more like a cotton to me, but it slides beautifully) and Mettler 60 wt. cotton. I have probably every other brand of silk thread, and use them when it's a color I need. But I've pretty much been sticking to these two for my purchases the last couple of years. I can't find Gutermann silk locally, so I order it online. The Mettler 60 wt. is available locally, and I have a ton of it. I like YLI but it's really really fine. When I'm using it, I find out just how rough my fingers are! LOL. I remember needling one time on an airplane with YLI, and the static electricity had the end of my thread standing straight up. The stewardess thought it was a hoot -- she had to bat at it every time she passed.
About the blocks I posted - several of you have asked me which blocks on www.quilterscache.com. There's a lotto drawing for blocks at the annual retreat held by my online group. For the past three years, I have chosen the blocks. Since I've been thinking scrappy, I threw in a couple for just that purpose:
So here they are:
1. Sunny Lane Block - 12"
2. Crossroads 2 Block - 12"
3. Corner Star Block - 16"
4. Calico Spools Block - 6"
I tried to link them for you, but the links wouldn't work.
I really like the spools block. Super easy, and works out nicely from the 2.5" strip tub. I plan on making those in my spare time (ha-ha). I'd love to have a quilt of those.