Sunday, December 9, 2012

Slow Sunday Stitching and Stash Enhancement

I'm planning some nice slow stitching today while watching Sunday football with my sweetie :*)

This is how far I have gotten on my current Blue Collection block....

I have got to figure out why all my pictures end up crooked LOL!!!!
.......not very far!  These are the pieces that still need to be appliqued down.....

I just haven't had a lot of time for handwork the past couple of weeks.  But I'm hoping to get this block well on its way to being done today.

Did you notice the tin I keep my pieces in for this project?  At the top you can see a hinge where the lid is connected to the container.  Perfect for small stitchery projects!  It's hard to find hinged tins and even harder to find these particular ones.  This is a collectible Whitman's Sampler tin that I got several years ago from a good friend.

She actually gave me two different designed tins, but one (my favorite of course!) ended up at Goodwill inadvertently.  I had filled it with all the pieces for a couple of my Dear Jane applique blocks and kept it in the trunk of my car for those times when I might end up somewhere wishing I had hand work with me.  When I took a couple boxes of stuff to Goodwill, the tin somehow ended up in the things that were donated - ugh!!!!  I also had a favorite pair of scissors with a gifted hand-made initialed fob in there too.  So take a lesson from me.... be careful what you leave lying near your donation boxes LOL!!!

So, I found this new hinged Sampler tin this past week in Goodwill - it's Karma!!!  Isn't this a pretty Christmas design?  So vibrant and colorful, and those deer are so gracefully poised, ready to jump and run at any moment! This will hold my applique through the holiday season and make me smile every time I pick it up.  (Now if I can just find my scissors and fob at Goodwill too I will be a really happy camper :*D)

I also picked up another tin - this is the one I was specifically searching for....

It is not hinged, but it is the perfect size to hold my applique iron!  And notice that price .... 99 cents!!!

I wanted to be able to take my iron to sit-n-sews but it stays hot a really long time, so I needed a way to put it away quickly but not risk burning anything with it.  A tin seemed the perfect solution, and I couldn't believe it when I found the exact size I needed.  I originally thought I would spray paint it, but I really like that bright red, and since the design is raised, there's no hiding that Christmas look :*)  I'll remove the bow and use Goo-Gone to remove some sticky tape residue, but I think I'll keep it "as is" other than that.

I also made a cover for the tip out of ironing board material - I wanted to be sure the hot tip didn't burn into the cord.  It took me all of about 5 minutes to make it, and it's not gorgeous, but I am pretty happy with the result.

I put the shiny side inside to hold the heat in.

I did have a few stash enhancements that I forgot to share last week from my recent travels.  I picked up these black-on-whites for Easy Street.  I bought one yard of each and then split them in thirds to share with a couple of friends who are also working on it.

I can't decide whether my favorite is the scissors or the butterflies :*)

Then I also uncovered these that I forgot to share....

I thought these were TOO CUTE!!!  I can't wait to find the perfect project to use them in!  The black and gray are from the Wordplay line by Michele D'Amore for Benartex.  I knew you'd want to see them :*D

Be sure to come back tomorrow for my contribution to Michelle's 5th Birthday Party Bash - it's another edition of the Blog Hop Party with Giveaways!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I'll be giving away a nice "seasonal" package of fabrics and even a spool of Aurifil thread - so be sure to come back folks, ya hear! 

 Linking up today with:
Patchwork Times
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Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Well, aren't you the clever one!

  2. I LOVED seeing your collector tins today!
    What a great idea you had for your mini iron case!
    What a fun post...enjoy your stitching, sweetie and sports today!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  3. I love the fabric you are using for your bowl! What are you using to mark for the applique?

  4. I love the fabric you are using for your bowl! What are you using to mark for the applique?

  5. Thanks for sharing your tins. I have looked for hinged tins but they are so hard to find, guess I am not the only one looking for them.

    Your white with black fabrics are fun.

    Enjoy your day of stitching.

  6. Teresa, so glad you posted about your tins and the iron tip you made. That will be a big help for me. Love your enhancements - come Jan 1 I will be doing that too - after 3 years of destashing I'm running out of certain colors.

  7. Love all the black on white prints. I added a few to my stash this week, too. I first thought,"Oh, that tin will get hot." But, of course you knew how to remedy that. It occurred to me that my curling iron travel case would work, too. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cute tins! Funny, I just shopped for black & white prints this morning. Enjoy football & your sweetie.

  9. I think your black/white enhancements are perfect! I went with what I had, but love yours more. You are too clever with the tin for your tiny iron. That is a great idea. I know now that all the Goodwill stores will be out of hinged tins in a matter of minutes after this post. I have a tin collection of sorts, but none that are hinged - at least I don't remember any. Guess I'd better check it out!
    Have fun slow stitching. I'm working on Easy Street, loading the long arm, and ironing some fabric -- all at the same time. Can you say Adult ADS. :) :)

  10. Gorgeous tins and black and white fabrics.

  11. What a fun collection of tins. It is nice to have some handwork handy, but not so handy it gets given away! The scissor fabric is adorable. Enjoy your applique. Sounds like the perfect way to enjoy a football game.

  12. So I'm curious ... do you really like the mini-iron? I love the idea of putting it away in a tin! Glad you were able to find a suitable replacement for the one that got inadvertently got misplaced! :)

  13. What a great idea to use the tin for your little iron, I have one of those and what a perfect way to reuse a ironing board fabric for a cover. Neat fabrics for your Easy Street too!

  14. Great tins. I don't have any hinged ones but I do have some pretty ones that I keep some of my supplies in.

  15. Blue & white bowl - love it!! And your fruit fabrics look so life-like! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project!

  16. I was just thinking about moving some stuff in my car BEFORE I put my donations in there, so that my GPS bag doesn't get donated by accident. Love the fabric with the scissors the best. Fun!

  17. Beautiful blue bowl!
    Love the repurposed tins, Teresa. DH collects Christmas tins--maybe I need to go raid his "stash"! *LOL*
    Woman, you know how to enhance a stash!! : )

  18. I *love* Whitman's tins! I've collected them for years and years. This year, I scored 3 different ones - the 100th anniversary, a Gold Christmas one and a Silver Christmas one. The best year ever was the year of the Baltimore Album tins. I probably gained 20 pounds that year!

  19. OOooo..... I love that blue bowl! :) Can't wait to see the full block.


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