So lately I've been obsessed with gloves. Lotion and then gloves. Mittens work better to keep me warm and I have two pair that I drive to school with before the heat starts working in the car. Then there's the walking-the-dog gloves that grasp dog leashes and hold poopy bags. Of course, there's the fancy gloves from Coach that I got as a holiday gift and my cute red gloves, just because. Gloves are important. They protect my hands.
I sometimes have trouble pulling my needle with the heavier weight cotton through the fabric. And as I get better at stitching and can load up my needle with more than just one stitch, it is really hard for me to pull the needle and thread through.
As a good student of all things creative, I watched hours of videos on free motion quilting (before deciding that hand stitching was really my thing) and of course bought the gloves they told me to buy for this purpose. The gloves have rubber finger tips that grip the fabric as you move it around under the needle of the sewing machine.
So I grabbed my unused machine quilting gloves the other day and tried them with this hand quilting project. They worked brilliantly!! Not only did the rubbery tips of the gloves grasp the needle better for pulling the cotton through the fabric, but the tip of my middle finger had just enough thickness to act as thimble, pushing the needle through!
Now we just have to invent a pair of quilting gloves with lotion! Coconut oil gloves? Hmmm... Aloe vera gloves!