My current project
Needles...After much trial and error, I've discovered the betweens I like best and least. Least..the betweens that bend after just a few stitches, or are have way too much drag or have an impossibly small eye. Best.. no bend, thin enough to go through easily, little drag, and not impossible to thread.
For my current project, I've been using John James Gold n' Glide No. 11 Betweens. These betweens are thin enough to go through fabric layers easily but not so fragile that they bend easily. The eye of the needle is large enough to take a thread. (The same brand in No. 12 was not a good choice. This bent after just a few stitches.)
|John James Gold 'n Glide no 11|
Thread...Again after trial and error, I like cotton. Although many cotton threads especially made for quilting are just fine, I enjoy using Valdani 35 wt. quilting thread. It's soft and pliable and makes a fine visible stitch.
|Valdani 35 wt. variegated|
Marking..many fine markers, but I like Frixion best. It remains throughout the process, it erases easily with heat or friction and once washed, it is gone permanently.
Batting...I love wool. Currently I'm using Hobbs Heirloom Washable Wool Batting. It's a pleasure to quilt and adds a bit of loft and dimension that I love.