by Haley Ping
As a beginning quilter without many tools or experience, I've always used what the LQS recommended when I first started and haven't tried anything else. In fact, I haven't bought batting in a few years because I'm such a slow stitcher but the Quilter's Dream Cotton batting packaging looks familiar. lol Soon I have to get another package for the newest quilt I've almost completed.
For hand quilting needles, Piecemakers were recommended and so that's what I use. Apparently size 9. I don't know the differences between sizes. One thing I do notice about the Piecemakers brand is that I quickly wear off the chrome coating on them! This happens with my steel crochet hooks too, where I hold them they turn black from use, rather quickly too. Is it just me?
Also, the only reason two are missing from my package is I lost one somewhere, the other is in my pincushion. Are needles ever "used up" and in need of replacement?