Needle Noodle

When noodle is used as a verb, the Merriam-Webster definition is:  to think about something in a way that is not very serious.

BUT since attending the 2018 International Quilt Festival in Chicago, we’ve been thinking very seriously about the needles we’ve been using for piecing and quilting.  We’ve both been using a universal needle (80/12) to machine quilt because…well…that’s the needle in our machine.  Gasp!  Say it ain’t so!

In the machine quilting class taught by Cindy Walter,  Cindy said we can piece with a universal needle but we should use a stronger, sharper needle for machine quilting because we are sewing through several layers.  Cindy suggested using a denim needle, a top stitch needle (90/14) or a machine quilting needle to machine quilt.  Sandy and I now plan to use the 90/14 needle for machine quilting.


What needle do you use for machine quilting?

Speaking of machine quilting, I’d like to share a quilt with you from the Quilt Festival.  It was beautiful AND inspirational.  This photo is not the entire quilt, just a close up of one section.  Sheila, thank you for sharing this amazing work of art with us!


At the Waterhole by Sheila Finzer


More exciting news!  It’s week two of the 2018 New Quilters Blog Hop & Giveaway.   Please visit Beth at Cooking Up Quilts to register for any one of the 14 giveaways.

I’d also like to introduce you to the featured bloggers for week two.  Be sure to stop by each blog to see inspiration from fellow quilters, you won’t be disappointed!




Ann C.