I always have mixed emotions when I finish a spool of thread. Bummer it’s gone and Wow! I’ve done a lot of sewing. I know it’s silly but I take the spool and toot a little song of celebrations through it before I toss it in the garbage. I have similar feeling when I finish a cut of fabric. Though this is harder to tell. Since I don’t throw away any piece of fabric unless it is less than an 1″ big.
I do however know when I’m running low on a solid. I use a lot of solids for backgrounds
I like to use colors rather than white or cream.
Gray is my favorite background.
I use them for sashing.
I give the eye and easy place to rest among all my scraps.
Sometimes I use them for a whole quilt.
Do you use a lot of solids? Do you buy in bulk or just what you need when you need it? Would love to hear your methods.