I think my machine quilting is finally improving. I have never liked the way I started and stopped. I had tried taking a few stitches in place, and I have tried back tacking, both looked horrible. I have always knewn that pulling the thread to the back, tying in a knot and then burying the tails was the best lookin method. But just the thought of threading the needle that many times made me kringe.
Recently I read a blog post by Bingo Bonnie. She too was machine quilting a Downy Quilt for Kids, and was talking about some machine quilting tips. One of them was this cheater needle (self threading needle by Clover). I had to try them. Wow, how did I not know about these? What a terrific idea. Yes, it may take a little longer to bury every tail end, but can you tell where I stopped and started?
There is only one thing left to try out and that's a pair of quilting gloves. There is a quilt show here in Ft Lauderdale next weekend and I think I know what I will be on the lookout for.