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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Power of Words

Everyone that is a quilter has seen some pretty fun (and most of the times) useful, notions, gadgets, thingys and doohickies associated with quilting. Sometimes these items can be pretty expensive... and you simply can not justify the usefulness-to-expense ratio...

So.

Today I share with you ONE item... THREE different sources.... and ONE unbelievable price that will for sure be the new benchmark for the usefulness-to-expense ratio! :-)

What is the item? It's the latest quilter's craze called the handy dandy MAGNETIC PIN BOWL!!!

Source one....

A local quilt shop... this is a 6" version... for $12.99...


Source two...

A VERY large and well known online retailer that is offering a "designer" (painted) 4" version...  for $17.99...


And source three...

A local "manly man" store... HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS... this is the 4" variety... for FREE!!!!


Yes. That's right... I'm sure we can all get some good use for FREE!!! But, if it would REALLY make you feel better to actually part with some money... they also offer the 6" version for $3.99. lol! You do need the coupon to get the  FREE 4" version... so click HERE to visit their website to print one out!

P.S. I have no affiliation with Harbor Freight Tools, nor do I receive monetary reimbursements for promoting them. I just simply always find it amusing that as soon as as item is associated with QUILTING, the price triples (or more).  AND... I feel that it is my duty as a happy quilter to share superior savings with my fellow quilters... so that we may continue to enjoy this wonderful hobby, without having to second mortgage our homes... :-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling (and saving)!

~Sharon

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Some Progress

Remember that big pile of miscellaneous fabric? Well... while I was pressing all of it... I was trying to figure what would be one of those easy "mindless sewing" type projects... that would make good use of these misfits... and the one that came to mind was a rail fence type traditional quilt. So. Out came the rulers and rotary cutter... and this began a few hours (spread out over a few days) of slicing and dicing it all into stacks of 2" x 5" bars...


Once the cutting was done... the piecing began... starting with stitching 3 strips together.... then those little blocks were stitched into a 9-patch block that finished up at 14" square...


And now that I've stared at that 9-patch block for a week (or so)... I think I still like it... so, during the week ahead, I'll try to get at least one 9-patch block together each night after work... we'll see how long it takes to get this to a good lap or twin sized quilt! :-)

And, just in case you are following along on the "peach rose saga"... this year's Spring bloom is showing off it's glory...


They never seem to last too long... even when the deer doesn't snack on it! lol! ;-)

Also... if you were wondering what that "radio guy" has been up to... here's a video from the Spring Kutztown Radio Show... I tagged along (for comic relief and video skills)... lol!



Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

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