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#24 Needle & Thread Struggles

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

I spent the last ten days on the East coast. Dennis and I traveled around Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire before we vended at the MQX show in Manchester, New Hampshire. It's such a beautiful part of the country and so different than Minnesota. Here in Minnesota, you have to travel hours to get to another state while out there thirty minutes can bring you to one or two states. We were not disappointed that we missed the Minnesota blizzard.

The MQX Show features longarm quilts and they were stunning. Lots of leather quilts. Makes me want to try my hand at something. I had quite a few followers drop by to say hello during the show. I am always surprised when I find a follower. Thank you all.


I had the most lovely thing happen today! As a child in the 50's I lived with my grandmother quite a bit. She had a clock that I loved to watch while she was listening to her "soaps". It was a little house with a grandmother rocking in front of a fireplace. I know that I had mentioned the clock to my daughter but she never saw it. My daughter lives in North Dakota and I live in Minnesota so we don't see each other often enough. My son-in-law dropped a box off at my house while I was gone. Today I opened the box. Yes, it is the same clock as my grandmother's! This clock is about 73 years old and it still works! That little old grandma is rocking and the fireplace is burning. It is now sitting beside me ticking away as I work. This brings back so many wonderful memories. Thank you Jesse.


On to tips:

A few years back I had an occurrence that changed my vision greatly for the worse. Threading a needle has become a challenge. I thought I would share these hints that work for me when threading my sewing machine needle.

  • Check to make sure you have the correct needle size for your thread. Remove the needle from your machine. Thread the needle. Now let the needle hang from the thread. If it moves back and forth on the thread you have a match.

  • Use a needle threader.

  • Put a white piece of paper behind the needle and it threads much easier. Keep an index card near your sewing area or put a dab of white-out on your foot behind where the needle is threaded. It will help greatly.

  • Moisten the back of the needle and the thread seems to be attracted to the needle.

  • A good sewing tweezers helps when threading.

  • Cut the thread at an angle

  • Use a sharp scissors for cutting the thread

Next week finds me in Paducah for the Spring Quilt Show. If you are attending drop by my booth. We are in the main building downstairs. It's always nice to see a follower.

I give you my Irish goodbye.



Recipe of the Week:

I love making these because they are so easy and tasty. Just remember to let the wings marinate overnight.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings

1/3 c. soy sauce 1/2 tsp ginger

3 T vinegar 1 /2 tsp garlic salt

3 T sugar 3 lbs frozen chicken wings

3T brown sugar

Mix first six ingredients. Pour over chicken wings and marinate overnight. Bake in sauce 1 1/2 hours at 350° uncovered until the marinade becomes sticky.


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the memory becomes a treasure.

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