I've already digressed before telling you what this post is all about, sorry. This post is about a teensy tiny needle that may or may not change your life. The Gold Eye self threading needle. I love them. The ones I use are made by Fons & Porter (they don't seem to be on the F&P website but Amazon has them?). They have a nifty notch in the end so you can snap your threads into the eye without having to get your reading glasses on. You can also thread tails that are only an inch long this way!
Why would you want to thread short tails into a needle? Well, to bury them into your quilt, of course. I've had a few people ask how I start and finish quilting lines without back-stitching. This is my not-so-secret secret. I will avoid any malocchio by being totally honest and admitting that I learned this tip from Melody Crust many years ago when she visited my guild.
I have made another Pictorial Tutorial that explains how to neatly begin a line of quilting and neatly end a line of quilting without having to back stitch, or risk a bird's nest on the back of your work. Simply click here and read through the photo descriptions for the how-to's!