Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday #36

Hello everybody!! 

Wow...thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my latest Moda Bake Shop goodie!! Every one I make I keep saying it's my favourite. Until I make my next one. Then that is my favourite.  I think this one will be my favourite for some time though. Central Park is just sooo...sooo....sooo pretty! 

So thank you. Again. You all rock and you all make me smile! =)

Today's tidbit comes from Charlene from Musings of a Modern Mormon Mom.  She has a lot of neat stuff on her blog and a couple of really cute kids!! =)

Here are her tidbit's that she wanted to share with everyone...

"If you make a block with many pieces, and when you iron it, it won't lay flat, put it on a folded bath towel, then iron it. It always lays flat after that.

To make straight lines for quilting, instead of drawing with pencil or disappearing ink, I use blue painter's tape. It doesn't leave the fabric sticky so I don't have to wash it out afterward

Use a potholder to make a case for scissors or rotary cutter. For a rotary cutter, fold pot holder in half and stitch the side and bottom edges together. For scissors, bring 2 corners together and stitch edges. The loops can be used to hang cases in your sewing room.

I love this one!  Use 2 door stops to raise the back of your machine so that the machine is tilted toward you.  Makes it easier to see what you’re sewing, gives you a better angle to see where your needle is going.

To keep bobbins neat, I went to the dollar store and bought some of those soft elastic hair bands – the ones that look like the fuzzy side of Velcro.  They slip perfectly over the bobbin, holding the thread tight – no more snarls!"

Wow....great tips Charlene!! Thank you! I really want to try that towel one AND the door stop one!! Fantastic!! 

In other news....

Miss Kelly from Thinking Out Loud has put up a challenge. Her challenge is to do something, anything, crafty, everyday for the month of February! Ack!! I don't know if I can do this every day, but I am sure going to give it a go! If you want to join in, go read her FIRST POST on her blog, go make something, and then go join and upload your photos to her Flickr Group! I think it's a great idea, actually and I think it will be fun too! 

So my craftiness today (Day 1) was to work on my Block-A-Palooza blocks! I had block one from Quilt Dad done already from last week...

Today I worked on block two from Oh Fransson ...
...and block three from Sasikirana Handmade...

I'm really loving these blocks so far!! I am using the same line, Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda, but I am changing up my colors cuz I like to be different. =)

Are any of you participating in Block-A-Palooza too? 

Much Love!!!


  1. Great tips! I particularly like the one about using the hair scrunchies to keep your bobbins tamed - gotta get me some of those! All those little threads drive me nuts....

    And your blocks are beautiful! I'm particularly loving the flying geese blocks. I'm not doing this quilt along right now, but I hope I can pick it up sometime soon! (That is, if my favorite quilt designer will quit designing quilts I MUST make!)

  2. Yes, I am doing blockapalooza, too! So far each block has been awesome - love putting them together. I'm using an older fat eighth pack of Park Avenue by 3 Sisters for Moda...I think I'll be finding it more challenging as I run low on fabrics....

  3. I am! I'm doing all Kona solids and I just started block #3.

  4. Love your new pattern on MODA Bakeshop! I already had one of your patterns that was going to be 'next', but I might change my mind & do this latest one!
    And I, too, am stitching along with block-a-palooza! My very first quilt-along. Yay!

  5. OMG KarrieLyne!! Can you hear me shaking my pom poms for YOU?? ***YOU GO GIRL***!!! Thank you for the tidbits and yet another awesome tutorial! And, yes, I'm also doing the Block-A-Palooza.

  6. I am going to have to try that towel tip. Anything to make those blocks lie flat!

  7. Jessie CruickshankFebruary 2, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    I am doing the block-a-palooza as well, though I am going through my stash of batiks :)
    Check them out I am Cruikid Stitch :)

  8. Your blocks look awesome. And I loved your Bake Shop quilt!! Seriously, Central Park rocks!!! I am also having a blast with Block-A-Palooza :)

  9. I love your MBS pattern! Perfect for that fabric. Also I like the way you are doing the Block A Palooza blocks. I bought the fabric and I'm following but not sewing yet because I'm not totally sure LOL but I like the colors you are using a ton! ALSO, I really wanted to let you know that I made a pillow with the tutorial you posted last week! It was my very first ever pillow and it turned out great! THANK YOU for the wonderful tutorial - it was so easy to follow and turned out great! I uploaded it to flickr, and put it in your Flickr pool, but I don't know how to link to it. LOL - Thanks again! I love your blog!


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