Okay, let's cover commonly asked questions first:
Where can I find the cheater needles and Pin Place?
Click here to find them in my online quilt shop!
(Scroll down for a great deal on both)
Why do I want to hide the threads in my quilt?
Whenever you stop and start quilting on your quilt, you end up with 2 threads (bobbin thread and top thread).
The OLD way of anchoring these threads is by stitching several times in the same place and then clipping them off.
Not only does this look nasty (like a big knot of thread on the top and back of your quilt) it also produces a noticeable bump that is very easy to feel, especially if you're a quilting judge.
No, not everyone reading this blog is quilting for show, but even if your quilt is only ever going to be loved and slobbered on by your family, friends, or pets, it still pays to hide your threads.
The old way of anchoring, let's call it the Thread Nest Anchor, can often work itself out over time, especially if you're using a slick thread like polyester or rayon.
When you take the time to tie a knot and pull the threads inside your quilt, particularly if you pull the threads into an area that you're about to quilt into, that sucker is never coming out!
If you're going to take the time to quilt your quilts yourself, take a bit of extra time to pull those threads inside and secure them so they never, ever come out.
It might take some getting used to, particularly if you've been using the nasty Thread Nest Anchor all your life, but if you keep the cheater needle and pin place close by, you will get into the habit of hiding your threads in no time.
Now let's go quilt (AND hide our threads)!