Monday, January 16, 2012

Holiday Party goodies!

One of my quilt guilds (I belong to 2 guilds) has their Holiday party in January.  Sew much easier than trying to find a date and a place in December.  It's much more relaxed this way.  Well, the party was last night.  At my place at the table was my first 'goodie' of the evening.  A thread catcher one of the bee's made.
Thread catcher loaded with candies

top view of thread catcher
 The thread catcher is collapsible. I can put it with my 'to go' bag and it just squishes down, then pops back up when I need it.  It was full of yummy treats, too.

There was a Christmas block exchange (I didn't enter this one) and drawings for fat quarters.  You could bring a FQ in batiks, novelties and/or Civil War reproductions.  I haven't used many batiks yet and all my Civil War fabrics are in yardage, not FQ's, so I only entered the novelties.  Didn't win, didn't expect to.

There was also a pin cushion exchange.  I made the 'candy' pin cushions in the last post for this exchange.  I got a cute, tiny pin cushion.  It's just the right size to fit in the accessory box area of my Singer Spartan hand crank.  AND it's reversible.  I can decide which side to use.
pin cushion I received

back of pin cushion
I also won a $10 gift certificate to a local quilt store.  Yipee!  They have cute fabrics and great notions there.

On the tables, at our places, were also some Tootsie Pops with a tag that lists 8 uses for a Tootsie Pop.
Tootsie Pop Tool list

The Tootsie Tool

1.  Stiletto
2.  Water soluble adhesive
3.  Emergency freezer paper
4.  Thread spindle replacement for sewing machine
5.  Pressing tool
6.  Template for two 3 1/2" finished half square triangles
7.  Safety pin closing tool
8.  A special treat!

There was another use for this Tootsie Pop last night.  When the coffee was finally served, we didn't have any spoons, so, we all used our Tootsie Pop sticks to stir the sugar in our coffee.

Marilyn and I are thinking about making some of the cute thread catchers for the Valentine's party at our other guild.  We are supposed to be getting the pattern later this week.

PS:  Val found this link to the directions.  Thanks Val!



  1. I would love to know how to make those thread catchers. Let me know where I can get the pattern when you find out, ok? Thanks!

  2. Hi! Really like that thread catcher! If you get a chance and know the source, can you share the pattern?

  3. What a cute thread catcher pattern. It never ceases to amaze me what great ideas keep popping up. The pincushion is lovely. I like the button on the back best. Sounds like a great party.

  4. I immediately did a search for the thread catcher pattern and found this tutorial:

  5. That sounds like a fun party! :o) What a cool thread catcher and I love the pin cushion. Soo cute!

  6. That tootsie roll thing is such a cute idea!

  7. I am going to make some of those thread catchers tomorrow. They are sew cute! I LOVE the tootsie pop and all the quilting uses. I just might have to use that idea. So neat!!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi, Cheryl. This is Barb with the Singer sewing machine top. I like these party ideas. I will share them with my friend Karla as she and I often work together on things in our guild.
    Have you ever thought of having your blog made into a book? I did that with Blog2Print and was really happy with the result, although the book cost me $55 which I wish wasn't so much. I have three granddaughters and someday, I will give them each a book or two, as it's sure more fun than keeping a diary for them. The first book was two + years worth of blog.

  9. I'm so glad you linked your post up to the directions on my blog! Enjoy your thread catcher!


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