Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Queen of Gadgets

This months fun hop is all about our favorite quilting gadgets.The  hop is being coordinated by Carol from  Just Let Me Quilt     Thanks so much for another fun time.                      .

My favorite gadget is a wooden binding-winder that can be found at Sawyer Creek Artistry     

I got mine at a quilt show in Dayton Beach a couple of years ago. I actually picked up about 10 of them but at least 5 have been gifted over the years.  

I have checked the link and see that they are still making them and that you can request them in different widths to accommodate your favorite binding.

During covid I was part of a group making hundreds of masks.  I found that these wondeful binding holders were really great for holding stuff other than binding, such as miles of elastic

I know I also used them to hold yarn for color changes while making hats but can't find an example for this post but figure you can get the general idea looking at the elastic.

And then of course there is the fact that it is made to hold binding.

They are great for binding storage.  These 2 are great examples.  You can see the width and get a good guess as to the approximate length of your left overs.

I do have a few more favorite gadgets but the following 2 are in my opinion way up on my list.

2 seasons ago on Super Bowl Sunday I ended up in the emergency room because I tried to cut off my pointer finger tip with my rotary cutter.  Thankfully I failed. Several of my quilting buddies suggested the suction cup ruler holder.  I personally thought at the time it was a bit much but I have come to love mine.

And then there is this wonderful ruler that cuts in 1/2 inch increments. Makes cutting strips so easy and so much more accurate. And I know that this is a quilters hop but I have been known to use my quilting gadgets for things other than quilts.

These photos are from our Virtual Cookie Exchange   from 2015 showing just how versatile this ruler is

I used it with a pizza cutter to cut perfectly square pieces of fudge.

I hope you have enjoyed your stop here and all of the previous stops.  I know I have already started an Amazon list for this coming weekends order of goodies. 

Here is a complete list of all of the hoppers who are participating this week.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

UFO Blog Hop


I just knew that when Joan announced this hop I would have a great time. Where to begin?  UFO can mean a few things to quilters, Unfinished Objects and we all have them which makes this such an inclusive hop.

I only needed to find my UFO bin to have something that would work for me and the hop.

I found this one and thought that I had pulled it a couple of years ago to finish, apparently not.

It was full of the original pins and its half quilted.
I tried to find a blog from the past where I posted about it or should I say them.  I made several as Christmas gifts one year and this one was supposed to be mine. The best I could do was find a note about one hanging at my sisters for so long we didn't remember when I made them.  The note was dated 1/1/12 which makes it more than 10 years in the making.

Well it is now a done deal.   OOPS, I think I forgot the eye balls, tee hee.

Ok fixed that. It is NOW a done deal. Ya Hoo
Thank you Joan, it's a wonderful feeling to see it completed.

The other UFO, Unidentified Flying Object is right up my alley.  Back in June of 2021 Joan hoasted the Fairy Tales Blog Hop

At that time I made and posted about The Tardis which  stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space.  Its the Police Public Call Box that  Doctor Who travels in. Its a Type 40 time and space machine from Gallifrey, his home planet but I only got as far as finishing the top.  I did get it quilted right after the Hop but never got around to the binding. Again, a project for me and those seem to be the ones left as UFO's the most often.

So I have now taken my Tardis and finished it.  It is no longer an unfinished quilt project. 

A UFO by any other name.

Joan thanks so much, I had a great time and am already looking forward to the next adventure.

Below is a list of all the participants for this event.  You'll have a great time if you take a few minutes and visit with them all and let them know how great their clean up has been.

                                            Monday July 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Lianne Makes Stuff

Karrin’s Crazy World

Ms P Designs USA




Tuesday July 26

Creatin' in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Days Filled With Joy

Kathys Kwilts and More

Food For Thought


Wednesday July 27

Stitching Farm Girl



Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Doodle Designs

Quilting Gail


Thursday July 28

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Blog

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Home Sewn by Us


Friday July 29

Homespun Hannah's Blog


Words & Stitches

Just Sew Quilter



Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Here Comes the Sun - Blog Hop

 Good morning and welcome to another Sunny day in the world of blogging quilters.  Thanks so much Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for coordinating this HOT - HOT - HOT adventure.

Later this summer I am heading to NJ to visit with some family and some friends.  I just know that the friends part will include shopping for fabric and yarn at some of my old favorite haunts.

Did you know that NJ has pretty much banned the use of paper and plastic bags at stores. Pretty much it's a bring your own bag world there now.  

That being the case I thought I'd make a shopping bag to take on my trip. Since I didn't want boring I thought I'd take the Florida sun to Jersey with me.


I pulled the stuff from various stash areas in my crafting spaces.  I didn't think I needed a pattern. I used a local food store fabric bag as my guide for sizing.  


As many of you know I have a thing for Cotton Canvas Drop cloths as a great go to cheap fabric for odd creations.  I thought it would work perfectly for  a shopping tote.  I didn't want to line it and because it does fray I thought I would just make it using French Seams.  

I also planned out, before cutting, how to use the finished edges on the original tarp for the very top of the tote to avoid fraying there.

All things considered my plan worked well.  The French seams were easy to do but because of them I mucked up the size I cut the boxed bottom by a bit. I think I did my measuring backward when adding in the additional fabric for the extra seams. 

I would have preferred it a bit wider and less deep at the bottom.  I don't think it will stop me from piling fabric into it though.

While I was knocking out the numbers for cutting the tote I knew I would have  a few good sized scraps to use and decided to make a small zip pouch for all of the diagrams, drawings, pens and maybe a pattern or 2 that I tend to take shopping with me. Bonus was that I found that cute little tassel for the zipper pull while I was looking for a yellow zipper. The yellow fabric is a lot sunnier than I could get it to show in a photo.


I can't begin to count how many zip pouches I have made over the course of my quilting life.  This little super simple cutie was a bear to make with no recent practice.  I really should not start a new project at 10PM.   I put the first side together just fine.  Second side needed me to totally rip it appart because I put the layers in the wrong order. Zipper on the bottom just does not work. Then after I fixed that problem I turned the thing inside out and closed the turn opening and was pressing the finished pouch and I realized that I never actually sewed the applique in place.  It's currently holding on with Heat and Bond Lite.  It does look great and maybe one of these days I will open it back up and sew it down before I toss it in the laundry.

Well if nothing else I am ready to have fun buying fabric on my trip. 

Thanks for stopping by for the visit and please take a minute or two or three to visit all of the other participants in this fun, sun event.  I've listed them all here for you to refer to.

June 20

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Hands 2 Help 2022 for the LInky Party

 Another year of sharing our love of quilting with people who need quilty hugs is done.  No matter what is going on in my life I feel an overwhelming need to participate in this annual event. 

This year I decided I could be a bit more productive if I brought out some of my UFO's and got them to the finished stage. It was kind of scary that I had more than enough UFO tops to send one to each group on the list and then one to a local quilt group collecting quilts for Ukraine. 

Here are the photos I took of the 6 of them.  

This one  went to the Ukraine collection. I forgot to take a picture of it completed.

I haven't labeled them by group except for the one going to Canada. This one is intentionally incomplete.

 This one I specifically made for a hop earlier this year choosing RWB because one of the groups requested some quilts for their Vets.

My intention is to get them all out in the mail this week.  
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Foodie Blog Hop - Oh Yum

This turned out to be a very productive hop for me so thank you    Carla from over at Creatinthesticks  for coming up with this great idea.  When I saw the name of this hop I thought it would be a great reason for me to route through my food based novelty fabrics.  I wasn't sure if I had any or not but I did assume I must have some somewhere.  Found these so I knew I had a jumping off point.

About the same time as I was thinking about expanding the search I went to a meeting of one of the craft based groups I belong to who do lots of work with organizations with needs.  This month one of the groups was in need of pillow cases.  Our group had pre cut fabric and instructions waiting for those of us who were machine sewers.  I took fabric for 3 cases and the instruction sheet.

Well the instruction sheet they handed us made for some very, very boring plain pillow cases. I made 2 their way and decided to go hunt down  a better version.  Over the years I have made well over a dozen of the pillow cases with the contrasting edge. In my folder of links to tutorials I found it.

Crafty Gemini's Burrito Pillow Case

Yes, most definitely FOOD

Well with the fabric I got from the group the first go round I made 2 boring pillow cases and 2 Burrito Pillow cases ( with a little help from my stash ) Then with a little more help from my stash I whipped out 2 more.  

Turned them in at the next meeting and found out the group was a bit short on their commitment so I made  2 more.  

Then celebrated the completion of 2 projects by going out with a friend for a Mexican lunch (tee hee ).  

I hope you are enjoying the hop so far and will continue to acquire more ideas over the next couple of days . Here is a list of everyone participating, remember there are no calories in these posts.