I talked with the quilters of the Yo-Yo Club of Paducah who were hand quilting on a frame next to the admissions desk. They showed me some of the pincushions and needle & thread holders they make. The proceeds are used to help fund charity quilts they make.
I put a piece of batting under the needles, so I could see them. All the needles are threaded. I take one needle out of the batting along with a length of thread. Cut it and the rest of the needles are threaded and ready when needed. Below you can see the elastic that closes the needle & thread holder when storing it.
The next stop I could not miss. I was on a mission to buy some 1/2 yard precuts of Island Batik greens at Hancock's of Paducah. I checked out their website the night before, so I knew what I wanted. But, that is never the case at this fabric store! Once I saw the beautiful packages of Island Batik fabrics, I grabbed a yellow and a purple package as well. They were on sale, so I did not hesitate. Aren't these just gorgeous?
I have two projects planned for the greens. One is a pattern I am working on (to be revealed at a later date). The second is the President's Challenge for our quilt guild, due in May. I want to get both of these done SOON!
Don't forget to visit the Island Batik Ambassadors at their websites for the March Mini Madness. See my post HERE with all the links. Island Batik also has, in progress, The Wendy Sheppard Blog Hop. Check out all the beautiful quilts that have been made with Wendy's patterns--using Island Batiks.