As the month of April winds down, my OMG project is a done deal...the perle cotton ties have been finished to hold the layers together...ends have been trimmed...https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2019/04/one-monthly-goal-april-finish-link-up.html
Binding made and applied...and I want to share how nice some new needles are that I have tried. (A little background first...Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings has taught a few workshops for our guild - one of which I was fortunate to take a number of years ago...she is a good instructor and provides very generous kits that are well thought out. Last month, she drove up from Menasha and presented an evening trunk show for our members and an applique workshop the next day. Boy, did I do a pouty face because I could not go...stormy weather and night driving for me are not a good mix.) At any rate, she brought along a number of her newer products, one of which were these Binding Needles.
I heard many positive comments from people who tried them, so of course...count me in! (No affiliation here)
They are about the same length as a straw needle...
But so much firmer - easy to thread and very nice to use...if you have the opportunity, give them a try.
Just a couple of photos of the completed utility quilt - the colors are difficult to photograph, but happy to cross this old UFO off my list.
Also joining in with Wendy over at The Constant Quilter with a completed mini - the applique portion was done during a sweet workshop with Dawn from Collector With A Needle when she visited our guild...just thinking what super nice presenters we have!
And wrapping up - as if I don’t have enough major applique projects going on...I have fallen head over heels in love with the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt by Susan Smith of Australia Love that it is both whimsical and inspired by a Welsh quiltmaker (who just happens to have the same last name as my maiden name) circa 1840. I was craving something that just said Spring!! and this definitely answers that. It is a BOM and the first pattern has been received and begun...dipping into my supply of lights and pastels - a departure from the darker, muddy colors I usually work with.
That’s it for now...wishing you a week filled with lovely moments.
PS - are you a devoted follower of Jane Kirkpatrick? Just finished her Emma of Aurora trilogy - one of my favorite quotes -
“Women are the brooms of the world - they clean houses and clean souls. But often they get put back in the corner until the next mess needs to be cleaned up.” Alison Saar