Thrifty Thursday….Cottage Grove

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is this Cottage Grove quilt pattern set by Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris for The Quilt Company.

This cute quilt features quaint cottages with floral applique blocks and border, ladybugs and checkerboard border. Finishes at 73″ x 63″. This set of 6 patterns is now out of print so this is a chance to get your hands on one.

Our regular price is $59.98.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $29.99. Click Here to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Tuesday Tip: Re-Using Batting Scraps

Do you have various pieces of batting left over from projects and/or strips you’ve collected after trimming up your finished quilt? Well, don’t throw out those scraps because there are ways to join them together and make use of them.

Take those smaller pieces of batting and sew them together to make a useable piece. I have used joined up batting in several quilts. It may take some time, but if you get sick of throwing away quilt trimmings, this is the use for you! There are a few ways to make this, but here’s my favorite:

  1. Start by gathering your odd pieces of batting. Get them out of those cupboards and drawers and use them for your next quilt project!
  2. Trim down the largest edges so they are straight. This is SUPER important to make sure that your batting doesn’t get wonky and bumpy later. It does not matter much if your batting pieces are the same length (or width). Just work with what you have and build it up to be big enough for your current quilt needs.
  3. Sew two pieces together using a wide zig zag stitch. You do not want to overlap the batting. Just butt the pieces up next to each other and sew. Keep following this process until you have built up enough batting for project.

I have never had any issues with any quilts in which I have used pieces of batting cobbled together to make a usable piece. You cannot tell once it’s quilted. It’s a great way to use up something that otherwise would be trash and save yourself a few bucks.

Bonus Tip:  Even skinny pieces of batting are also usable if you trim them to a 2 1/2″ width and join pieces up end to end. I am currently joining up pieces to make a length of batting approx. 50 yards in length to become the filling for a Jelly Roll Rug.

If this all seems a little too tedious for you, then join up your batting scraps using Marti Michell’s fusible batting tape. It comes on a roll and makes quick work of joining up batting pieces. You can’t even feel where the join is later once your quilt is sandwiched.

Happy stitching!

Thrifty Thursday….Garden Friends

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is “Garden Friends” pattern by Arlene Neely for Rabbits Haven.

Decorate for Spring with this charming garden friend. This quilt finishes at 41″ x 54″. This pattern has been out of print for a number of years so this is a chance to get your hands on one.

Our regular price is $14.98.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $7.49 Click Here to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Thrifty Thursday…A Walk in the Woods

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is a set of 5 patterns to make A Walk In The Woods quilt.

This outdoor themed quilt is designed by Vicki Andrews for Rocky Mountain designs. Approximate finished size 88″ x 98″.

Our regular price is $9.98.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $4.99. Click Here to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Tuesday Tip: Organizing Unruly Thread and Bobbins

Is organizing your space in your plans for the New Year? Here is a great product to get you started.

Have you ever had thread become unruly and tangled? Do you have a drawer or a basket in your sewing room with a jumble? Here are two of our favourite things to help you out. These really work well and make a great gift for yourself or to give to friends who sew.

A company called Gypsy Quilter has developed “thread peels” to keep your thread spools from unwinding. Thread peels adjust to any spool diameter. They really are great for all sorts of threads and fit around any spool and even most cone threads. They come in four different colours (if that matters to you), but any colour will suit! Look at this video to see what we mean:

The other little invention that we are really enjoying from Gypsy Quilter is the “Bobbini”. This gizmo keeps your bobbins and matching thread together; saving you time looking for the matching bobbin. These also come in four colours.

So for a toonie a piece you can purchase either of these items to keep your threads and bobbins organized better!