Remember this picture from yesterday?
Malinda left me a comment telling me about the Clover Soft Touch Tread Pic. You can get one from Amazon for less than $5. It looks like a really tiny crochet hook. I found my smallest crochet hook and gave it a try.
I had to do 2 different spots to get all the thread out from underneath the quilting. I inserted the hook in the sashing (yes, right in the middle where that hook is sitting) and pulled out the blue thread. I cut it and moved over to the next section and did it again. This time I gave the thread a good tug and it pulled away from the block and came out.
I know you are supposed to hide it under the batting or move it, but I couldn't. The thread was way too long. I am so excited that you can't see the holes in this closeup photo! Just for size reference the white sashing is 1.5 inches.
I think the Clover pic is smaller than my hook and definitely worth getting. You can even find them at Joann's for $9.50. Just wanted to share that wonderful tip. Thanks Malinda!