I haven’t been on my blog for a bit, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing away. I have four blocks appliqued for my Stars and Sprigs quilt…
…and three more prepped. My way of prepping things may not be “the way” but it works for me. Prepping is my least favorite part of the job…I like to get it all set and ready quickly so I can sit down with needle and thread. And I work it out from there. Kind of impatient that way.
I first learned to applique right after I was married…about 35 years ago… and loved it right away. Since then I have learned a lot…especially from fellow bloggers the past few years. There are some awesome ideas out there. I’m thankful for them all.
A while ago I found this little bag, a make-up bag or something like that. It was ideal for what I needed. It also had advertising so I sewed the sunflower ribbon on to hide it.
Perfect portable size for keeping my applique stuff handy-dandy in one spot.
Inside I keep…
-My Clover Quilt Dome. In the past I used a homemade felt booklet to hold needles and threads…it was always tangled no matter how careful I was. This little device is awesome…it holds 10 threaded needles…nice and neat and no tangles!!
-Travel soap containers are perfect for threads. I keep my favorite ones on bobbins and refill them when needed. Then I always have a wide assortment with me. And I use the plastic tubing pieces idea to keep them from unraveling. Thanks again blog ladies!
-My little house needle book was also a blogger’s idea that I fell in love with and holds used needles…I like straw needles size 10 and sometimes 11.
-I only need a little pincushion for those teeny tiny pins and also keep a tin with more pins and stick on thimble pads.
-I use a white charcoal pencil for outlining and a lead pencil for light fabrics.
-I love my sharp little scissors
-and my very comfortable thimble.
-Last, but not least, a used film canister (can’t find those anymore can you?) to hold threads and clippings and keeps everything neat and tidy. A miniature waste can!
These Stars and Sprigs blocks fit just right in my case with all my supplies and I’m ready to take it anywhere with me.
And that way…I just might finish them.