For a while now I have only been using Superior Titanium topstitch needles. I tend to continue to use the same needle or needles until I come across issues suggesting that the needle needs replacing. That tends to be when I start to skip stitches or the thread starts to break while I'm sewing. Because Superior's needles are titanium tipped, the point of the needle stays sharper much much longer which means I replace my needles much much less often.
Superior's own tests show that the tips of their needles stay sharper almost fives times as long as needles which are not titanium tipped. Although these needles cost approximately twice as much as other brands of needle, they last nearly five times longer so definitely make economic sense. Clicking on the image below will take you to the page on the Superior website which explains this in more detail.
You can order them for worldwide delivery direct from Superior Threads. If you are a stockist or know of other stockists in your country, please leave a comment for me below so that I can update the post. And if your local quilt shop doesn't stock them, go in and demand that they do!
Today it is my spot on the Beyond Neutral blog hop. Beyond Neutral is written by JohnAdams who you may also know as Quiltdad. One of the founder members of Fat Quarterly, I worked with John both on the magazine and at the first two Fat Quarterly retreats and he really is one of the nicest, kindest and funniest men.
I've also been a big fan of his work right from the start of my quilting a few years ago. He tends to use very interesting palettes, steering clear of boring old black and white for his backgrounds and combines a strength in improve piecing and placement with innovative use of empty space in his quilts and the quilts in the book reflect all of those.
The quilts all use natural neutrals, inspired by nature, as the background colour, rather than black or white. The quilt designs steer away from traditional quilt block patterns and are much bolder and more striking as a result.
The quilts are also beautiful photographed out in the fresh air which really brings the palettes to life. (Photographs by Brent Kane and courtesy of Marintgale).
If you would like to win an e-copy of the book, leave a comment below and a winner will be picked a week from today.
Fat Quarter Shop have made some big changes to their shipping rates so that quilters around the world can now shop happier. Below are their new LOW shipping rates and they still offer UPS express options for super pronto orders. As always, orders will be shipped as fast as they can, which typically means the same day. If you want more details, check out our shipping information page.
Shabby Fabrics is turning 9, and they’re having a HUGE birthday party this year. They have over $300 of giveaways planned on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and their blog. Curious to know how they got to this point? Watch their new YouTube video! You can read all the details of their birthday celebration and giveaways in their latest blog post. For their birthday they want to give back to their customers, so they've launched a brand-new Birthday Club. Sign up for free and get a 20% off everything coupon on your birthday!
Would you like to win a giveaway of 21 Oakshott FQs? Today we are giving away this stunning autumn bundle.
And if you would like to buy yourself more Oakshott, now is the time to do it as there is a great big sale going on until 8 September - you can find sale fabrics here and sale quilting packs here together with free shipping:
for UK orders over £50 using code OXFORD
for Europe orders over €100 using code MUNICH
for USA / Canada orders over US$200 using code VANCOUVER
for Australia and New Zealand orders over UK£200 using code SYDNEY
Or these colourshotts at half price from £15 a metre down to £7.50 a metre (NB: these colourshotts are 54"wide so 20+% more fabric than 44" wide).
So if you want to be in with a chance of winning the Autumn FQ bundle, please comment on this post and make sure you leave an email address if your email address is not linked to your blogger profile or I will not be able to contact you: