by Mary Carolyn
My favorites have been posted already this month - Poly-Fil Cotton Classic and Quilters' Dream Cotton Request weight, both thin, 100% cotton. I love both and keep them on my shelf. Which I have more of depends on what was just on sale. To me, both are easy to needle and give me the finished look I want. I always wash my quilts when they're completed because I love and want the puckered look of an old quilt. I just tried a blend I purchased several years ago, Hobb's 80/20 cotton/poly blend and I'm not at all impressed. I followed the directions on the wrapper (which says 3% shrinkage but I didn't do a 'before' measurement) for spacing my quilting but it wasn't close enough. Perhaps if I'd done more quilting on it, I'd like it better. I'll try it again on a doll quilt as a test because I have two packages of it, both king size! Luckily, this quilt was something I machine quilted because it's intended as a play quilt for a two year old and not an heirloom. I normally applique and quilt by hand. If I'd done that on this quilt, I'd be really disappointed right now so it's back to my old stand-bys until I've done some testing.
Even though thimbles were a topic last month, I have to add I love the Clover thimble. I can grip my needle with the sides (rubber? poly? I don't know) and don't have to reach for the pliers when I'm doing a utilitarian stitch. My finger seems to be between standard sizes and this one fits. The sides give just enough to go on and be comfortable but not fall off. I have spares and I don't usually buy spares of thimbles.