Happy Birthday to Oliver! He is one year old today, and weighs a dense and muscular 12#! His official announcement photo, above, done by photo shop expert Sandi Leichner. We are so blessed to have him in our lives.
As our 7th cat, he is the only one whose birthday is known. We guessed at the others, but it's nice to be able to imagine a litter of little Olivers coming into the world a year ago today.
All the comments and discussion on quilts in shows, quilts in general at this time, that you contributed were terrific. More thoughts on this in the future, and on design and quilting in general. We need to work on technique, always, but on design too.
I also quilted a bit with the Jersey needle with some various metallic threads. Now, with that said, metallics are not my forte. I rarely use them, just a touch here and there once every ten years, so I never had to find the answer to how to use them. I think every machine, every situation, every brand takes a bit of fussing to get things to work properly.
The #80 Jersey needle did a good job with some Superior metallic and even better with a flat very shiny metallic with no label so I have no memory of what it is. But it looked very nice quilted. I only quilted a few minutes with each, not a good enough workout to see if the needle would not cause problems.
It did, however, work great with the YLI Sparkle thread, a strand of silk and one of metallic in one thread. I quilted 30 minutes straight and it had no problems.
With all these samples I did use #100 silk in the bobbin. It was in the machine...:-)
Meanwhile, thanks for the ideas, the good wishes, and the thoughts on quilting. We are taking today to celebrate Oliver, and relax. Tomorrow it's back to work.
Keep quilting; your work gets better every day.