Saturday, October 25, 2014

1000 Awesome Quilting things: #998 Finding a hidden quilt pattern

Do you know that moment that you find the perfect handquilting design somewhere you do not expect it? In a building like the Antwerp station in Belgium. 

Or an old wooden floor, with the greatest designs?

Or an adult color book....

Have fun quilting!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1000 Awesome Quilting Things: #999 Finding the right needle (again)

For years I quilted with Piecemakers needles. Great needle, and size 11 or 12 did the trick. But somebody changed something and it wasn't me. The needles started to bend, to break, and weren't as sharp as I thought them to be.

Time for a new needle brand.

And then the Goldilocks syndrome popped up.

This bends too much. This one's too stiff.
This eye is too small. This eye is too big.
These are too short. These are WAAAAYYYY too long.

It took me ages. Until I found on quilt show a new needle, the ideal needle for me.

Just right. Not too stiff. Not too flexible.
Eye of the needle exactly the right size.
Not too long, not too short....

And here they are, the right quilting needle for me:

Clover Black Gold Needles size 12.


Have fun quilting!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quilting again!

This weekend I started quilting again. Tiny steps, just simple hexies, nothing intricate. Working with Cherrywoods, working with what I already have. And I love it! Started with readymade hexies and a pattern of a bag I already made a few times.  It's my standard sewing bag in all sizes.

This one is just big enough for a spool of thread, a thread cutter, a thimble and some needles.

See the tiny one with roses next to it? Half inch hexies make a bag for my T.J.Lane thimbles. 

And now I started a 1 inch bag to take all my stuff to work, to quilt during commute and in hotels during training and courses. Love to be back on the wagon!

Have fun quilting,