I'm back home, after a good visit with grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law. Two year olds have lots to say, and lots of opinions, as we all know!
I made a quick stop at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. Such a wonderful place! It almost makes me wish I were still doing garment sewing. But I bought only thread, and just gave the fabric a quick walk through. Interesting shoppers there, always very multi-cultural; this time there was a group of women in full veils, one in what I think was a burkha. They were admiring the gorgeous silks and taffetas, so someone is going to wear something that isn't black.
Across the street at 10,000 Villages I couldn't resist a bag of tagua nut beads. Aren't they wonderful? They're very lightweight, and I thought they'd make great embellishments. Of course, I usually don't embellish, but who knows...
Now I'm busily quilting my challenge quilt, having some difficulty. The combination of 12 wt thread, batiks, and a dense batting has been causing skipped stitches and breaking thread, but after some experiment with needles, I think I've got it licked. I started with a #14 quilting needle, switched to a #14 metallic needle, but it seems to be the #14 topstitching needle that does the trick. Back to work.