I think the ladies at the post office are beginning to know my face, as it seems that visiting the post office seems to make it onto my to do list on Saturdays more times than not. They are even beginning to know that there is fabric in my packages before asking the standard "are there liquids or perishables in here?" to which I always answer, "No, its fabric."
I had a few things to ship out this Saturday, including my Scrappy Mug Rug package. Along with my hexagon mug rug, I sent along some fat quarters of Meadowsweet, and a cute little hexagon needle case I made using this tutorial from My Three Sons.
These are so super simple to put together, I just had to make one for myself as well. Now my needles aren't poking out of the outer fabric covering of my sewing case, which served as my "needle holder". Needless to say I would poke myself at least once per sewing session.
Here are my needles all snuggled in thier new home. Hope my partner likes her package!!
In other swapping news, I have finished my quilt top for DQS 10!
The top measures about 22 inches square and features fabrics from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley on a background of various neutral greys and tans pulled from my stash.
I am really pleased with how this turned out. I ended up cutting each circle block to 6 inches square, so that when finished, each circle with background measures 5 1/2 inches square.
I have it proudly displayed on my design wall for now, as I am at a loss for how to quilt it. I am thinking of hand quilting it using size 8 pearl cotton thread, but am not 100% sold on the idea...any suggestions?? I really think I want to echo the circle design somehow, whether hand quilting or machine quilting as opposed to an all over free motion design, but I just don't have a solid idea yet.
While I'm asking questions, does anyone have any recommendations for a good disappearing fabric marking pen? I've never really had to mark my quilting lines before, and I am really looking for something that does not require washing to remove it (if such a think exists)...any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!!