So, I have been looking for a travel sewing machine. I hate taking my expensive Bernina machines when I go to sew ins etc…
Can you believe that I bought this for $11.99 at Goodwill. Works perfectly. Looks like it was not used much. Needs a bit of oil, but I cold not be happier. This weekend Lynn and I are going to a Sew in sponsored by our guild. Yeah!
Nothing fancy, but perfect for a traveling machine.
I think things may be looking up.
I feel like it has been forever since I have done a blog post. Way too much going on. My daughter has had some crazy virus. SHe is getting better, but we are still doing breathing treatments three times a day. Kevin has also been sick. Amazingly, the person with the compromised immune system (me) has managed to stay healthy.
I managed to completed my One Monthly Goal amidst the insanity. I really love this quilt. I have names it Hugs and Kisses. I quilted circles on this quilt (hugs). They don’t look to bad. I used freezer paper. basically, I used a protractor (showing my age) to draw circles on freezer paper and then sewed on the lines. The freezer paper was good but I did learn a few things. First being, don’t iron all the pattens on at once. Just iron on a few at a time. I initially ironed them all on and manipulating them under the machine caused them to loosen. I eventually, pulled them off and only put them on one row at a time. Then I had no more issues. I will use the freezer paper method again. I ended up using a sulky thread that was sort of an Ombre orange. It went from dark orange to light orange.
I got to make this quilted wall hanging for free. My local quilt shop Red Rooster Quilts gives a free quilt block every two weeks. I am already collecting my next set, which is a lovely christmas wall hanging.
I really like this wall hanging and plan on hanging it in my family room. I think it is because I really like orange fabric.
So the local quilt shop to me, Red Rooster Quilts, is having a tent sale today and tomorrow. They are selling all their quilt and quilt tops tops and had them displayed along the fence. It is just a beautiful site.
I bought nothing. How crazy is that? I am trying very hard not to buy things I don’t specifically need to complete something. Although that rarely stops me. Since I am in the shop a lot because it is about two miles form what I work, I had already seen most of the stuff they were selling at the tent sale in the store. It had been discounted for a while. Nothing called to me, so I just picked up my free bi-weekly quilt block and wandered up and down viewing the quilts/quilt tops.
Just wanted to share the beautiful photos and make sure any of my local Columbus friends were aware that there was a Quilting Tent Sale. Have a great weekend!
I started investigating quilt storage, becsaue I have several quilts that I plan on keeping for my daughter. Then, I have a couple laying around that have not yet told me their purpose.
I am also the crazy dog lady, so there are also three dogs running around at all times, so finding a way to store them seemed like a good idea and less work than cleaning dog hair from them several times. I found someone selling muslin drawstring bags for about $25.00 each. Hmmmm. So, I dug up some muslin in one of my many boxes of fabric and went to work. I decided to take a scrap from one of my projects and use it so I would easily know which quilt was in the bag without opening it. I am pretty sure these bags will stop my quilts from constantly getting “Dogged Up” as I tell my dogs, as if they know what it means when I tell them to stop dogging up my quilts (crazy dog lady for many reasons). I have one of my little dogs, Snibble, that wants to test them before I am done binding. If I sit down with a quilt on my lap to do binding, she is immedialty underneath it making sure it is adequately warm. So, my quilts are totally dog approved before I do anything with them. When I am done, there is a lot of de-dogging that goes on. I am hoping this stops me from having to do it multiple times.
Pretty simple to make. Could also be dual purpose, ecspecially with the baby quilt. The bag could be stuffed into the diaper bag to hold dirty clothes or anything. I would like to get my sizing a little better. I actually did better on the first one (baby quilt) that the bigger one. I have a couple of others to do and will hopefully get the hang of the sizing. It is really not exaclty one size fits all. They still work, even though the one for the black quilt is a bit large.
I put a pocket on the front. I did this mostly, becasue I wante to write my daughter notes about the quilts I made for her, but that would certainly work for all of my quilts. Once I have it down, I will write some simple intructions.
So, at my house when socks and things go missing, we say that the Underpants Gnome took them. This was my late husband Derrick’s version of comedy that stuck. Gosh I miss him. He was hilarious. So, we don’t have the Sock Fairy stealing socks, but the Underpants Gnome. Let me tell you, he is hungry because I have an enormous bag of un-mated socks and underwear with holes (They couldn’t be because they are 10 years old).
So, when I felt slightly guilty about the Fabric package in the mail, I decided that I would blame the Fabric Gnome. I like him way better than the underpants Gnome. He left me this fabulous pile of batiks from Hancock’s of Paducah.
So, the folded pile is a sample pack. There are 40 pieces at least 14×18 (most nearly fat quarters). It was $19.99. Holy Cow. They are very lovely and luxurious. There a few duplicates, but I won’t complain. Such a steal. I am having a difficult time not going and buying more, especially since they sent me a 15% off coupon after that order. The other pieces are one yards that were $3.99.
Odd thing, I love batiks, but have only made a couple of small baby quilts. I got these with the plan of making myself a quilt. How weird is that? I already have a jelly Roll and was looking for a few others. This will be perfect.
Beware of the Underpants Gnome
Invite the Fabric Gnome in
In my challenge to get better at the actual quilting, I am constantly reading advice etc, on how to do it better. The truth is, practice makes you better. However, I am always looking for products that might help me get better. So, quilting gloves helped a bit, but it was only a $10 investment. One of the things that I had been looking at was a Supreme Slider. This is supposed to make the quilt slide more easily as you quilt along. I had asked people and got mixed reviews as to whether it was a help or not, but I was still curious, however, not willing to spend $60.00 to see if it worked.
I had purchased 2 grill liners for the grilling season for $4.99 each. After one use, I found it to be the pain in the but and the unopened grill liner sat on the counter, til today. As I was making dinner a light bulb went off in my head. The grill liner was silicone and super slippery. So, after dinner I took it downstairs and cut a tiny hole in where the needle came down. I took some masking tape and taped it down to my machine table (the original one sticks on it’s own). Well, it worked like a charm. It did make things slide easier and cost less than $5.00. I know we don’t all have an unlimited money supply, so every little bit helps. If you don’t have a supreme slider, give it a try.
We also had a sad weekend. We had to say goodbye to our beautiful Clover Puppy. Clover was a dog we were supposed to be fostering. I knew the minute she walked into our house, she would never leave. That was more than 10 years ago. She was the kindest, sweetest dog that did not have a mean bone in her body. She never let the fact that she was missing a front leg slow her down. I know now that she is pain free and running with My Koko on all four legs. We will as miss her dearly.
Treasure Your Family, including the furry ones
Rescue, whenever possible
So, a while back I had a blog post about more money for quilting. It was using a couple of grocery store apps called Ibotta and Checkout51. They let you earn money back on everyday things you buy at the grocery store. It really is stuff you already buy. Bread, bacon, potatoes etc…
I am not usually a big proponent of apps or shopping apps. However, when I saw this on the nightly news I had to look. I decided I would give it a try. Just my nature to try something at least once.
This brings me to my point. I needed some fusible web, and a couple of pieces of Kona, and a couple of other miscellaneous items. I spent about 90$, then with my coupons got it down to $61.00. I used 3-$20.00 gift cards I got instantly form the Ibotta shopping app (because I had been using it at the grocery store) when I cashed in and paid $1.01 for my bag of goodies. Then scanned my Joann’s receipt into the same Ibotta app and earned an additional $6.00 back for next time. I love a great deal, especially when it involves my favorite stuff.
I try not to take money out of the regular budget to feed my quilting addiction, so it makes me really happy when I can get a bag of goodies and pay nothing for it (or at least very little) and no one is the wiser. Just thought I would mention it for those who have to eat and quilt and sometimes hide their quilting purchases. Sort of free money. I would love to send you a link as I can earn points, but that is not why I am telling you. It is just so us quilters/crafters can feed our habit without feeling too guilty. If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link.
Even if you don’t like to buy fabrics @ Joanns, they sell plenty of other supplies we all need. In the words of my daughter, “just sayin”. Have a great Day.
Treasure your family
I am a big skeptic of anything that is essentially, “free money”. However, since I am always looking for ways to keep up my fabric hoarding without taking money from our “living” budget, I looked into something I saw on the news and was pleasantly surprised. There are many apps available that say you earn money back by shopping. This usually involves online shopping. While I do some of that, I never was that interested. But, there are a couple of apps that give you money back for grocery shopping which is a necessary evil. In about 10 days, I have earned about $40.00. I didn’t buy anything that I would not have normally bought. It didn’t take a huge amount of time. Since I was already buying these things, why not let someone give me some money back to buy fabric? Free money in my opinion. I believe these companies are really collecting consumer data. They are interested in what all you buy, not just the things they are offering money back on. I am not sure I care if they know I have an addiction to Diet Pepsi. These sites are Ibotta and Checkout51. Each week, they add to the list of products that they are offering money back on. Some are brand specific, while others are not. You can use the same receipt for both sites. For example, they may offer you money back on a gallon of milk, any brand. Last week, there was an offer for $10.00 back if you purchased a 12 pack of bud light, a twelve pack of Pepsi and a bag of Tostitos. I needed all of these items for Super Bowl Sunday. You have to have at least $20 in your account to get your money. They offer multiple ways to get your money. Cash, PayPal and gift cards (Jo Ann was on the gift card list). There is also cash back options for Jo Ann Fabrics on Ibotta. Even if you don’t buy fabric there, everyone needs batting thread and other notions. Just want my quilting friends to have more money for quilt supplies. In the words of my daughter “Just Sayin”.
Treasure your family
If you are anything like me, you have purchased tons of quilting magazines and books. For me, I will pick up a magazine just to look at how others coordinate colors and just to get ideas. As a norm they cost form $5.99 to $9.99, which can get quite expensive. I have a graveyard of quilt magazines. Recently, I found Block Magazine. It is quarterly and costs $5.99 each issue. The thing is, it is as beautiful, or more so, that many quilt books I have purchased for 20-40$. Block Magazine is published by The Missouri Start Quilt Company. It has no ads. Imagine that. There are at least 10 projects with very complete instructions. Many use Fabric packs, but we all know that is just a suggestion you can really do anything you want. Honestly, I have not seen a more beautiful magazine for such a small price. No, they did not ask me to write this. I wanted to, just in case fellow quilters/sewers did not know about this magazine. This one is money well spent. I am working on collecting past issues also. As my daughter say “Just sayin”.
There are quite a few Aldi’s store around these days. If you haven’t visited one, you should. I first became familiar with Aldi’s in Germany. It was the grocery store I went to with my mother when we were in Germany. It is not quite the same as in the US, but they have some really awesome savings and great German products if you’re into that. I am, but I also love saving money.
Here in the US, Aldo’s is known as a discount store. But if you are thinking that it is cheap, it’s just not true. It may be less expensive, but nearly all of it is really good. Besides, milk comes from cows. Eggs come from chickens. Not much that can change with that. Why pay more?
Last week, I bought eggs for $.89 and a gallon of milk for $1.79. It costs way more in the regular Kroger, Super Walmart etc…
Besides regular staples you will find a wide array of other items. It is not all Aldi’s brand, but some is. If you like Sauerkraut, theirs is really good. Reminds me of what Mom used to make. Also, at the holidays, they have all kinds of German candy and cookies (and some regular USA varieties also).
Yesterday we had some German Frankfurters from Aldi’s. Sooo Good. So if you are looking to save money or year round Oktoberfest items, you should check out Aldi’s. It is worth the trip. Remember to bring your own bags.