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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Pillow top and hexie progress

Here is my pillow top, ready for me to sandwich and quilt. I used the fabrics from The Morris Apprentice collection, chopped into 2½ inch squares, totally random arrangement. I finished putting the squares together yesterday, and I will probably work on quilting it on Tuesday.

Today I have been working on my Over the Rainbow project some more, in between loads of laundry and the normal weekend chores. I finished putting together the seventh purple hexie block, and feel a nice sense of accomplishment along with just a little sadness that the purple hexies are done. I still have a few purple hexies left over, and I know they will go into some other project in the future (or maybe I'll just pull them out and look at them every now and then). :)

As I've mentioned previously, I started making pink hexies to go in my next set of blocks, and though I don't have quite enough basted yet to make a complete block, I had enough to start. I will continue to baste my stack of hexagons, and put together one or two as I finish a stack of basting.

Here is my little project box - a floss box perfectly holds the basted 1-inch hexies plus extra papers, a spool of my favorite Aurifil thread, a few binding clips, and a pair of scissors (not shown). It doesn't hold my purple Clover needle threader, but I always have it close at hand. I LOVE my needle threader. I use it with sharps, and it works perfectly. I read lots of reviews before I decided to try it, and it seems that people either love it or hate it. And their hating it has a lot to do with the type of needle that it threads (or doesn't, as the case may be). It does not thread needles with elongated eyes (tapestry or embroidery), but it does thread needles with oval eyes, so sharps and quilting work well for me (and the needles don't have to be Clover brand). I haven't tried other needles, but will probably check milliner's needles in the future to see if they work. Also, when using it, you don't hold the thread really tight, just lightly, as you push the side lever. Can't believe I waited so long to get one! :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

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