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Aqua Do-Doo

You know those blue pens that are handy for marking your fabric?

Kind of like this one.

And they leave a blue mark? Because they are supposed to. Which is great because I marked it for a reason.

But I don’t always want to ‘wash’ what I have marked to remove it. And I don’t have a sink nearby in my basement.

Aqua Do-Doo to the Rescoooo! (max calls it do-doo and I see no reason to correct him).

Aqua Doodle (for those without young one’s and therefore no idea what I am talking about) is a kid activity thingie where you fill this ‘pen’ with water and the write on their special (read: pricey) surface and it changes color when wet and goes back to blank when it dries. Hours of entertainment. Or heartache when they try non do-doo pens…

but I digress.

This little toy is GREAT for removing the blue pen marks without washing the item you marked! I am so pleased with myself about this one – I really am. Never mind hours of entertainment for them, I now have minutes of sheer pleasure for me:)

(ps – I have seen these pens sold separately from the kid activity thingie at stores like target and wal-mart)


How to make cute shelves …

So I had a little ‘dry wall stuff?’ leftover from the reno last year and some cute fabric and a couple of shelf brackets and of course, the requisite need for some new shelves…

Step 1:

wrap fabric tightly around yucky bit of ‘dry wall suff’ and use you staple gun.

Step 2: Use some gel medium to glue fabric bits (scraps, it you will) to hide those unsightly staples.

Step3: fear not – because it will dry clear.

Step 4: Hang as desired. (kind of like Quilt as desired).  I did it myself with my own power drill and wall plugs and screws and even managed to find the studs in the wall.  Only the middle shelf is a little, um, let’s say, rickety.Yes, it’s the one with a chair on it.

Come in for my close up, please.

Does isn’t look just SO cute!! Well, I thought so, so I took some pictures – and I realized what a colossal waste of space this delicious display was and ended up doing this:

Still cute(ish) but those Neutrals had to go somewhere!

Free motion quilting with Freezer Paper!

On episode 49 I talked about 1 of my newest uses for Freezer Paper. I absolutely love this! It makes me look like I can actually free motion quilt:)

Here is the quilt sandwich, prepared for quilting and tucking into the machine. Please note – I DID start from the center and worked my way out to the sides. I simply ironed the freezer paper shapes onto the quilt top and FMQ’d around them… so easy.

The ‘Why I need this’ Tip!

As I said on the latest  show Episode 49 – I wish I had started doing this with all of the doodads and gadgets that I HAD to have and then forgot to use and then forgot HOW to use them.

Just takes a second to jot down a note or two and then the forgotten doodads and whatchamacallits become the very gem you knew they would be when you purchased them…

Have a lot of old clothes you would like to upcycle?

I found this gigantic paper clip at Walgreens (It had to be a joke, right) but the joke’s on them because I have found a great use for it!

I attached outgrown (in record time, I may add) baby clothes to the table and attack um, ever go gently rip out the seams to reconstruct the garment in usable pieces for quilting and sewing projects!

This is one of my FAVORITE Sarah shirts!

This is what I was talking about.. Command Strips to the rescue!

Can you believe these were hung…

With these??!!

And they STILL haven’t fallen off the fall?  Have to admit, I had my doubts.

These are also GREAT for hanging quilts on the wall! I heart command strips.

How to ‘really’ know if your rotary cutting blade needs replacement

A tip from Moi. (me)

I realized a little while ago that no matter how hard I tried I could never remember when I’d last changed the blade in my copious ridiculous number of rotary cutters.  So – I just kept on changing the blades.  Nothing worse than an old blade in my book!

Then – I came up with this:

I just write the date I change the blade with a permanent marker right onto the blade itself!  I can remember guess how much cutting I’ve done since August 23 because I just have to look around me!

Shownotes for Episode 17

OK – here is the infamous (?) block with the tiny tiny square in a square center… It is from the Civil War Book page 86/87 and the block is titled ‘Gardening’


The top photo shows my ‘tip off the old podcast’ for this week – using a small water spritzer and a wooden iron on your foundation paper piecing. With Carol Doak’s paper – the printing bleeds when spritzed – not too bad, but it does. With some non-descript paper that I must have purchases from J. Hittle; no bleeding. Go figure.

Also – do use the add an eighth ruler! It really cuts down on bulk!

If you are interested in EQ6 – then this is the best price I found.… You need to add it to your basket for the discounted price to show up…

Book-e-Pod A Great Japanese embroidery book. You can find it at this ETSY shop .


Shownotes for Episode 15 – NOTIONS!

Here is a photo of majority of the notions I spoke of during the podcast…

please note that the picture above includes the tip off the old podcast – the homemade bias tape wrapped around a tp roll!

Below: The blue ‘scalpel’ like object – yes – awesome! (link is for a metal one, even better!)  The clover glue stick (green cap) – yes – not awesome!  And a photo of the wooden pencil without a led?? Wow, I really need to work on my descriptive abilities! As well as the sandpaper paddle.
The tweezers from EK Success.


The chalk mechanical pencil set that I like a lot…  Curious about this though…

She (Lily Boot) is an extremely talented crafter and also has a wonderful sense of humor!  There is much to ooh and aah over, and enjoy:)

BOOK-E-POD:  Cute Stuff
By Aronzi Aronzo!  Very cute stuff to sew, embroider, create, and applique!

: See photo above (the first one) for the TP roll with homemade bias tape wrapped around it!

Oh my, I nearly forgot – here is the link to J. Hittle Sewing – do sign up for the newsletter, the prices are great!

Oh and here is a couple shots of the lecien fabric in all it’s glory!

Shownotes for Episode 13

Well well well – wonders do exist – posting the shownotes on the SAME day as I posted the episode?!  Impressing myself over here…

The fabric boxes that I use are sold by the gross – at firstchoicepackaging.com

The Dear Baby Jane blog that is a great gathering of woman (are there any men?) working together to keep motivated and create this mega quilt!  Here are the two squares I have done:
A2 is the gold and awesome background fabric (Same as seen here but in brown)

A1 is the green and background fabric – after I made that one I decided that my blocks would be 5" finished (easier to keep it straight in my head) so I added a border to it.  I do that A LOT – because I never really seem to get to the right size!

Blog of the pod:

That Silly Lil Doe – She has a great sense of humor that really comes through in her postings AND she is one crafty lady – my kind of combination! 

Tip off the old podcast:  (really, if anyone has a better working title for this bit of the episodes, I’m all ears!)

This is really last weeks Tip – creating your own one of these – with a little cup, fabric scraps and a seam ripper you have a great tool for cutting apart any chain piecing you do – try it, it really works well!

This week’s tip is to use your pins diagonally rather than horizontally – this way, it is much easier to remove the pins when sewing AND you have less pin distortion on the fabrics as well – it is not my original idea but for the life of me, I don’t remember where I heard about this… If you know, let me know so that I can give proper credit:)


And now for some of the websites I mentioned during the episode…

Quilters TV

Sew on TV

Twiddle Tails (the lady behind the dear baby jane site)

Big Slider Close Bags in Bulk

Hhhmmmm – I think that’s it folks!