Needles & I Won a Give Away

by Karen on November 27, 2012

in quilts

I am trying another kind of needle for the Bow Tie Medallion.  Now and then I have found that I have gotten a hold of a bad bunch of Roxanne Needles it seems.  I remember this happening other times in the past.  I mentioned the other day that I was having a hard time quilting through this quilt.  I was thinking it was the backing fabric but just for the heck of it yesterday I went through my box that holds all kinds of odds and ends and I found a package of Clover Betweens #12 and thought I would try them.  This needle feels much sharper and went through the fabric much easier last night.  I have used Roxannes for so long I thought they were the needle for me but I think I will continue to use the Clover needles for this quilt for awhile and see if I continue to have luck with them.


A little difference in size but not a lot.  Clover #12 on the left, Roxanne #11 on the right.


I managed to finish this section and will be ready to roll it down to start a new length across today.



Pat Sloan (quilt radio personality, quilter, author & teacher) e mailed me last night to tell me I had won one of her give aways!!  That is always such a neat surprise isn’t it. Here is a photo of what I have won – this is from her blog:  I don’t know if this is the color of the fabric that she is sending or not – but whatever it is I’m sure will be beautiful.  It is enough to make her version of the  quilt “Boulevard” that she made from this book for the Fat Quarter shop.  What a win – I’m so excited and will show another photo when it arrives.  (it looks like she even has binding included!!)  I think I will probably get started on it as soon as it arrives!  I have been putting off buying this book that I have really wanted because I had seen so many blogs having a give away of this book – I have put in for so may give aways to try to get it I was actually surprised I got one Smile  (yes I spend too much time on the computer looking at quilting blogs)

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Debbie November 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

Wow…awesome prize! I rarely enter give aways on blogs…can’t win unless you enter!
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Sue November 27, 2012 at 6:59 am

I think sometimes, no matter what needle company, there will be a batch of bad needles. I have experienced this before too. I do love those gold eye needles from Clover. I’ve had good luck with them as well.

I just love to look at your hand quoting. Your do such a nice job with it.

Congrats on your win! That’s always exciting.
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Sue November 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

Um, that should have said, “QUILTING”, not quoting. Sheesh :P
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Nedra November 27, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hurrah! congrats on your win!

Kim November 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

Congrats on your win! I normally use Roxanne needles also. I find the tube I am using right now, the finish on the needle doesn’t last very long and I am having to change needles more often.

I was notified last night I won the C & T Publishing give away. It is my first ever and I am really excited!
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Archie the wonder dog November 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see what you make with the fabric – it’s lovely and the book looks fabulous!
I’m so glad the quilting is easier with a different set of needles – phew!
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Cathi November 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

I have used Roxanne needles for years. A tube of sharps I was using all seemed to be rather dull, but when I opened another tube they were back to their normal sharpness. I think all the needle companies can have a bad run.

Congratulations on the win – those are beautiful fabrics!
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Pattieknitter November 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

I just took a hand quilting workshop with Diedre McElroy in October and she mentioned the problems with Roxanne needles. She said they are using a new manufacturer in the UK and the problems have been solved. She also said to email her and she will replace any bad needles. I don’t have her email address with me but I’m sure you can google her to get it.

audrey November 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Congrats on your win! Very exciting!

Catherine November 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love that book ‘simply fat quarter’. I purchased it a month ago when it was offered at 20% off plus autographed by the designers. Congrats on the win!
Glad you found needles that work better. It’s no fun when it’s a struggle to quilt.

Pip November 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

It all looks very exciting, bet you can’t wait for the parcel to arrive. Sometimes when my needle seems a bit blunt I use an emery board on it to sharpen it a little, otherwise I switch to a new needle.
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Doreen November 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Switching needles was what I always did….sometimes packages. Back in “the day” I always made sure I had 2 pkg of needles purchased from 2 different shops. That way if one turned out to be a problem the 2nd one probably wouldn’t have been from the same batch. Huge Congrats to you. You will put it to good use I am sure!! Blessings, D
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Billie K November 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Just love looking at your quilting!
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