First things first: prompted by Stephie's post about what to do with old needles I considered my own. It was not a happy experience. I have an extensive collection of blunt, or bent or both, plus two of those John James pebble things, which turn out to be stuffed full of old rejects and another packet (new, I thought) which also contains a sad range of decidedly dodgy offerings. Turns out I have been sewing with duff needles so long I had stopped noticing.
So I have treated myself to new ones, and not just the basic cheap ones that I usually get, but pretty, slightly up market needles.
Inside you get this:
Not only does the packaging please me quite inordinately, but I am thoroughly enjoying the novel experience of sewing with a straight, sharp needle.
Right now I am busy quilting the piece I did for the Crafted Applique blog hop. It wouldn't be top of my list of priorities in the general scheme of things, but when were 5 year olds known for their patience? So I am taking the road of least resistance and getting it done. It won't take long. I am just outlining the shapes and will leave it at that.
As the picture below shows, my quilting stitches are right next to the ones I did to hold everything down; if I did this again, I would just sandwich earlier and use one set of stitches to do both jobs.