HandQuilting

Colonial Betweens 12

Colonial Betweens 12

These size 12 betweens are sold in a classical paper card that is covered with a plastic lid containing 12 needles... (19 February 2011)

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Mary Arden Of England

Mary Arden Of England

These size 12 betweens are sold in a classical paper card that is covered with a plastic lid containing 12 needles... (19 February 2011)

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John James Quilting Betweens

John James Quilting Betweens

These size 12 betweens are sold in a small paper and plastic envelope containing 6 needles... (19 February 2011)

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Clover Black Gold Needles

Clover Black Gold Needles

These size 12 betweens are sold in a small paper envelope containing 6 needles... (18 February 2011)

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Bohin

Bohin

These size 12 betweens are sold in a small paper envelope containing 20 needles... (18 February 2011)

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Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage

Joanna Kimball

These size 12 betweens are sold in small glass tubes containing 16 needles... (18 February 2011)

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Betweens (Hand Quilting Needles) - Summary

Betweens

Finding your ideal brand of any quilting tool can be quite a challenge. So diverse has the market for quilting tools become that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of a particular brand.

This is especially true for betweens, the short, sturdy needles used for hand quilting. It is one of the reasons why we selected this tool for our first comparative product review here at Quilt around the World.

In this and the future comparative reviews, different brands of the same tool will be compared and contrasted. The brands are compared to each other in the same “test environment”. As always, we will state the facts and our findings as objectively as possible and give our opinion at the end of each review.... (18 February 2011; updated: 27 February 2011; updated: 6 March 2011)

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Harlekin

Harlekin

The design process for the Harlekin quilt started with the multicoloured striped fabric we used in the four patch blocks. We had only a very limited quantity of each fabric which had been sitting in our stash for quite some time. Moreover, before this project, we had not found working with striped fabrics very easy.

We complemented the striped fabrics, which by the way are Kaffe Fassett fabrics, with cotton fabrics which have a different coloured warp and weft threads. The effect is stunning: The colour seems to change when you look at the fabrics from different angles... (27 January 2011)

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Old fashioned?

Old fashioned?

Nowadays handquilting could be seen as a little outdated. With so many affordable longarm quilting services around and even home sewing machines are given wider and wider throats with each new model, it could seem logical to go with the flow and arrive in the 21st century. Why bother to put stitch after laboured stitch into a quilt by hand? Struggling over thick seams, developing calluses on several fingers at the same time and still pricking them painfully every now and then... (21 January 2011)

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Aquarium Quilting Motifs

Rabbit Fish

For a quilt called Ocean Waves, fish are an obligatory ingredient. In the patchwork part, we had already included a fair share of sea creatures by way of an almost photo-realistic fabric depicting all kinds of tropical fish. Still, this was not enough! We decided to populate the wide dark-blue border with a lot of different hand quilted fish, sea shells, crabs, starfish, and even a sea horse... (18 January 2011)

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