Tip Tuesday: What in the Galumphing Elephants is a Zirkle?

April 26, 2016

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!

The 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.

The Zirkle Magnetic Pin Dish Adheres to my LongArm Bar

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.


The 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Program is being sponsored by an awesome selection of companies, and we are excited to be partnered with:
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Hawthorne Threads

Meadowmist Designs

Quilting Jetgirl Pattern Shop Ad

Mini Barn Quilts

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2017 Quilters Planner

*This post contains an affiliate link. I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase via these links (at no additional cost to you), and it helps me contribute as a working mom in our family.  Thank you for your support!

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  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts April 26, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I like this pin holder!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jayne Willis April 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Nothing better than a new gadget or having a littls splurge! I wish I was eligible to partcipate in the New Quilt Blog event this year too! I’ll just lurk now and again!

  • Reply Wendy April 27, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Possibly the best blog post title ever!

  • Reply Amista May 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Those are so cool!!

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