Do you ever feel like you just need a little pick me up some weeks? A little reward to yourself for your hard work?
I hold firmly to the belief that it’s important to treat ourselves every so often, even when budgets are tight and it seems trivial. Sometimes one little pat on the back, can give you the energy to keep going.
This week I made a little shopping splurge to celebrate how intensely I’ve been working. I’ve been quilting up a storm, working on developing the 2017 Quilter’s Planner (lots of exciting improvements there), preparing new longarm quilting classes to teach, practicing my domestic, sit-down quilting skills every day, and still finding room to make a little something beautiful each day. I’m proud of these tiny accomplishments, because let’s be honest with ourselves…. it’s hard to keep up with all the responsibilities that clutter our calendars.
So, when I stopped by my local quilt shop, the Cotton Cupboard last week to pick up some fabric, I let myself splurge on this cute Zirkle magnetic pin dish!
Look what it does to my giant, heavy longarm pins! It fans them out neatly, making them easy to grab (and less likely to poke) when I’m loading my quilts onto the frame.
And the best part about this little miracle? It sticks to the bar of my longarm, so it doesn’t fall to the floor while I’m pinning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped my pincushion and had to crawl around on my hands and knees hoping I didn’t miss a pin that would later find it’s way into the soft skin of my toddler’s foot.
This is a splurge I can get behind. You might be able to find it at your LQS, like I did. Or if you don’t live close to a quilt shop, you can get it on Amazon in turquoise, black, green, purple or red.
By the way, I’m loving this gorgeous Park Bench quilt I’ve been working on a little at a time, pieced by my friend Judy. I’m hoping to finish it up tomorrow, and I’ll share the full reveal as soon as I can!
Link Up Your Own Tips and Tutorials:
If you’ve written a tip or tutorial that you’d like to link up this week, you can go to my new Community Quilting Archives at the top of my blog and add your link up there. It’s not just on Tuesdays anymore! Your tutorial will remain there so others can search and enjoy it anytime.
One More Thing:
You still have a few days left to sign up for the 5th annual 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Mentoring Program, which I will co-host again this year with my talented and lovely quilting friends Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl. The goal of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is to provide advice, tech help, and introduce new quilt bloggers to the online community.
You can sign up to participate HERE. Sign-ups close on Saturday.
Email me if you have questions!
2016 New Quilt Bloggers Participation / Sign Up Criteria
The technical criteria to participate in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is as follows:
- If you have been blogging mainly about quilting (any kind of quilting!)
- for about 2 years,
- writing approximately 4 posts a month,
- are willing to agree to be actively involved in the blog hop through visiting and commenting on the other blogger’s hop posts,
- and have or are willing to open a Facebook account to participate in the group discussions.
In case you missed it, please indicate your interest in joining by filling out the registration form.
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