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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Basics

by Audrey Easter 
I'm a simple quilter with basic needs. Mostly, I never want to stab the eye of a needle backwards into my finger ever again. These leather thimbles by 'Elaine Considine' of Considine Creations have been one of the most wonderful finds ever. I apologize for the rough look, but these thimbles have both been through the wars for me. One thing I really like about these particular thimbles is the fact that although I don't have dainty fingers, I can buy a size small thimble and after a few days wear, they stretch to fit my finger perfectly without any slippage. I have tried other assorted thimbles (both impulse purchases and recommendations) and I always come back to these. I do not use a pad over the finger underneath my quilt as it gets in the way of my 'feel' for the needle. As for scissors, after my aunt bought me a pair of snippers years ago, I've never went back. It's such a simple, quick little motion to pick up a pair of snippers and SNIP! goes the thread without me having to worry about accidentally cutting into my fabric. Really, it's happened to me before. Because I mainly do my hand quilting late in the evening, this often coincides with the time my older children want to sit and chat for awhile. When they start talking, my hand quilting goes on auto pilot. That's just the way it is for me.  :)

2 comments:

  1. I used leather thimbles when I was first learning to quilt, but I wore them out so fast that I kept searching. I also love your snips, I use a snips when I piece at the sewing machine.

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  2. I have tried the leather thimbles as well only the ones I tried must not have been as good as yours as I would wear holes in them!

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