Do you all do the spider thing?
If so, skip over this... but if you don't it's just a neat little trick I learned about a year or so ago and I've been meaning to share it with ya. Spiders are little scraps of fabric that you'd normally throw away (though not me, of course) that you can use again and again for continuous sewing of patchwork without having to pull your threads over the cutter, tossing out 5 or so inches of thread each and every time. Very wasteful. I hate waste. Or maybe I'm just really cheap. But you know how it is... say... when you're making granny squares, and your trash bucket gets filled with long white threads... well, no more. At any point when you would normally pull on the threads to cut them, sew over a spider instead. Snip the threads connecting the spider to your sewn pieces and leave the spider in your machine until you're ready to sew some more. Never pull long strands of wasted thread again! (Do I sound like an annoyingly excited commercial?)
You will need to keep a small pair of scissors handy and please be careful not to cut into your sewn patchwork when snipping it free from the spider. Also, just for reference, I've found the perfect size for a spider to be 5/8" wide.
See that blue spider up there? It used to be blue, it's fairly covered in white thread now because I've been using it for months. I love it so.
Now ooh, ooh, ooh, look at what just arrived at Sew Deerly Loved, my fave fabric shop...
Finally, the new Old New 30's collection from Lecien has arrived, yay! Remember the pocket pillow I made recently with that fabric? I've been waiting to get my hands on more and it's here at last.
I'm still "in progress" on a lot of projects but here's a sneak peak of one that's finished...
I'll show you more soon, it's just that right now I'm falling asleeeeeeep... zzz...
1. Raspberry, yogurt and chocolate sponge layer cake, 2. Monogram detail, 3. Molly's Sketchbook: Lavender Sachets, 4. IMG_0856, 5. Quilt market sample: simpatico table runner, 6. local strawberries are in season..., 7. Untitled, 8. Stars On Pink-3, 9. cups & saucers, 10. Dream On - Inside Out, 11. natalie and eloise, 12. No Star Like Thee, 13. Crostata-crumble dolce-salata con caprino e mirtilli marinati nel balsamico e cassis
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