All whites are not created equal. I discovered that this weekend. But let me make this clear that this is not a criticism of the white fabrics used in my Stitch Tease quilt top. It is to do with how different whites make hand stitching a completely different experience.
I am not sure if you can see the difference in the weave in the two white cottons above. The one on the right is similar to the quilting cottons. The one on the left is more like a high thread count sheet. I have some white like this in my stash and I have used it in projects successfully and happily.
What I discovered over the weekend is that it is very difficult to hand quilt with perle cotton with this fabric. The weave is so tight that it is a real struggle to pull the thread through, especially where there are several layers around the seams. It took me about three times as long to stitch the three stars in this white than it did the other stars.
I have learned, if I use some of this white in my future projects, that I do not plan on hand stitching with it. I already know that it machine stitches beautifully. I'll stick to that in the future for such fine weaves.
Meanwhile, Helen went through a bag of hand-me-down clothes and found a summer dress that had a small hole in it so she asked if she could make something with it. I said yes. Before I knew it she had used the lining to make a top for Emily, and the dress fabric to make a top for herself. I was very impressed as she just did it by trial and error - though very little error by the looks of things.
Finally, if you are looking for a new muffin recipe to try then I highly recommend this one I baked at the end of last week. These lemon raspberry muffins are super tasty, stay nice and moist for a number of days, have a yummy crumble top and replace half the butter with apple sauce so you can feel vaguely virtuous when you eat them. Oh, and they use frozen raspberries which are easier to have on hand and cheaper. Win/win!
|The recipe can be found here.|