Do you have bobbins like this?
I think of them as scraps of thread.
I use these like I do scraps of fabric. Most of my sewing is scrappy and I don't worry too much about thread colour. I use bright thread scraps for my bright fabrics and dark thread scraps for my dark fabrics.
But it's not practical to use them as the bobbin - they run out too quickly. Instead I pop them on the thread holder on the top of my machine. I get to use them right to the end. Thread scraps are also good for little hand-sewing repairs, which thankfully I don't have a lot of.
As news of our devastating bush fires fades from your headlines in the US, it is still very much a reality here. Aside from the terrible human cost in terms of lives and property, there is a huge cost to the bush animals and the environment. The region destroyed is a major water catchment for the Melbourne area, and already tough water restrictions are bound to get worse. There are just so many implications long term that the mind cannot get around it.
The amazing generosity of the Australian public, both private sector and public sector, has been enormous with over $40 million donated to date and more coming. Coles supermarkets (one of two major chains here) are donating 100% of all profits from tomorrow (Friday 13 Feb) to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, so all you good Aussies do your shopping tomorrow at Coles.
A really big thank you to all those who are doing something to raise money or who are working to make quilts.