Cutest Acorns Ever!

acorntools - CopyWe pause in our cactus stitching for some well deserved rest. And to admire the newest addition to my sewing tools: an acorn tape measure! A lovely student in Australia gave me this sweet little tape measure. I was thrilled because it matched a wooden thimble holder I acquired years ago. The top screws off the little acorn to hold the thimble and the stem rewinds the tape measure acorn. So clever. Now I have two nuts!

Name That Scissors?

imageHere’s one last photo from Melbourne, Australia. The Australasian Quilt Convention that I attended was held at this beautiful building, the Royal Exhibition Building (built in 1880).

scissoroosAnd here is an image of a fun pair of scissors given to me by a lovely student at the show. Can you guess what type of scissors these are? Why, scissoroos, of course!

What is the Best Needle Threader?

Usually when I thread my embroidery needles I use the old fashioned method. You know how it’s done. You pop the end of the thread in your mouth, chew on it, and get it good and wet. Then you flatten the end of the thread out with your fingers and slide it through the eye of the needle. Messy but effective.

needlethreader1But lately I’ve been looking for a more refined method of threading my needles. Something that makes me look lady like and less like a horse with a straw poking out of his mouth. So I’ve done a survey of needle threaders. You’re probably familiar with these two above.

needlethreader2Those types of needle threaders are OK but the best needle threader I’ve found is made by Clover and it is called an Embroidery Threader. It’s a little pricey (about $10) but works great for my sizes 5 – 1 embroidery needles. No more thread chewing for me!

A Cute Minder

hedgehogneedleminderHere is my newest stitching tool. Isn’t it cute? This needle minder was a gift from a sweet guy and came from Tangerine Designs on Etsy. You may want to check out their other delightful needle minders too. Suddenly, I can not sew without this little fellow. He has a strong magnet and holds my needle until I’m ready to stitch. I love fun sewing tools!

How to Clean Your Iron

ironcleaning1Do you find gunk on your pristine fabric after you press it with your iron? Do you have a filthy iron that is leaving marks on your quilt top? Do not fret! Here’s a simple way to clean that disgusting iron.ironcleaning2

  • Place an unused dryer sheet into the fold of a square of fabric.
  • Put the fabric square on the edge of the ironing board.
  • Scrape the hot iron across the fabric. The dryer sheet “juice” embeds itself into the fabric and removes the gunk, depositing it on the fabric.
  • Repeat until the iron is clean and you have stopped fretting.

ironcleaning3A word of caution: Do not do this with a smoke detector overhead. The juice in the dryer sheet tends to smoke. This smoke may trigger the smoke detector and the fire department will arrive at your doorstep. (Ask me how I know.)