Monday, May 7, 2012

Sewing With Glue

I thought I would show you how I'm doing my rick-rack handles on my Sand Pails.  I'm really having fun using my glue stick!

The first thing I do is pick a color of rick-rack for the pail.

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Then, with a washable marker, I draw an approximate line of where I want the handle to go - I'm not stressing over it, I'm just quickly drawing and it doesn't have to be perfect.  This is a WONKY quilt.

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Measure how much rick-rack I'll need.

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Then holding the glue stick between my knees, I run the rick-rack over the top, sliding it around so it doesn't make a deep rut [did that the first time, what a mess].

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Lay it on the line I've drawn on the fabric - the glue keeps it in place and stops it from twisting.

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Then I find some matching floss, and stitch it down.

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These are going really fast.  I just need to find the motivation to sit for a few hours, this is what I have left to do...

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Walmart had these glue sticks, 2 in a pack, for .25 last year during the back to school sale.  That's when I STOCK UP.  They're great for sewing because they stick right away, and wash out completely.

I was also going to show you my two indispensible tools.  One is a small, adhesive leather thimble, available from Kelly at I Have A Notion here - and the other is a rubber finger cot from any office supply store.

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The finger cot helps me pull the needle through anything, and saves my hand.  The leather thimbles last and last, and I can't stitch without them anymore.

I was downloading the pics for this post, and a gorgeous bird flew into my apple tree out front and started showing off.  I just knew the minute I put the card back in the camera and got up, he'd fly away, but I did it anyway.  He stayed put, I couldn't believe it!  Anybody know what kind of bird he is?

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Not too bad of a pic for going through four layers of glass, lol....gosh he's pretty, I'm so glad he enjoyed the photo shoot!

Have a great week!


39 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a wonderful glue idea! I wouldn't have thought of that. Love the yellow bird...wow.

Hope you are having a great day Allie!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a wonderful glue idea! I wouldn't have thought of that. Love the yellow bird...wow.

Hope you are having a great day Allie!

Fiona said...

great tip for the office glue - I like the leather pads too but not used a rubber thimble....
Awesome bird.... I hope you find out what it is....
Hugz

Carol said...

I love the little leather dots...can't stitch without it...I've never tried the finger cot...going to have to try that when I do my bindings...great idea. Love your handles...

Val Laird said...

Love that bird photo, Allie. Would love to know what it is too! And what a great idea with the ric rac. Have a great week.
Hugs
Val

Sheila said...

I can't tell how large this bird is but if it is a smaller bird then it is an American Gold Finch ,if larger it would be an Evening Grosbeak but it looks a little too yellow for that one . Beautiful ! I also love to use glue for things like that sure saves a lot of headaches .Your pails will be sweet!

Sue said...

I do believe the bird is a Goldfinch. Sure looks like it to me.

Anyway, I do love those little leather thimble pads too. Lately though, I have been getting used to wearing one of those leather nimble thimbles. Those are nice too.

I love Elmer's glue and glue sticks. I use them for all my crafting. I remember back in the days, like waaaaay back in the days when the kids in kindergarten and first grade used to eat it! hahaha

I love the rick-rack for your handles and really love the way you stitched the rick-rack on. Very clever.

Sue said...

I just checked my bird book and that is the male gold finch. He wears that black cap ;)

Too many eggs said...

Hi Allie loving your buckets, can't wait to see the finished project. what a sweet little bird. might try one of those little leather thimble pads, i have a great thimble but only seem to use it when i quilt i have tried other times but it just feels cumbersome.

Anne said...

LOL, you obviously have very clean windows. :0) The buckets look great - so that's how you put ricrac on things (light bulb moment).

Beautiful bird - no idea what it is, but you already have the info. :0)

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your baskets and the tute for putting on those handles. Great tips! Love those leather dots too, but have only used those rubber finger tips in the office. I'll have to try that. Love the bird pictures!

Cheryll said...

Just look at the striking colour of the bird. Mother Nature has the best eye doesn't she! Lovely block too! :)

paulette said...

Thanks for sharing your glue idea!! Your pics are out of this world gorgeous!!! A professional couldn't have captured that shot any better!! Wow!! Quilter and Photographer...!!
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sunny said...

beautiful bird! They don't usually sit still for that long.

shez said...

What a beautiful bird Allie,i think he is a showoff ,lol,those blocks are looking great.xx

Susan said...

I love my glue sticks. They are awesome sewing tools. Your sand pails look adorable!

Mary said...

American Goldfinch. Growing up in Michigan we called them wild Canaries! They are fun to watch. Great info on placing rickrack.

Terry said...

Love your pails! The bird is indeed a goldfinch. We have them year round and have two feeders out back for them.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Allie, great idea!! I have the fabric glue sticks but I never thought to use it this way. Great going girl. And your beautiful bird is a delight to see. We don't have yellow birds in Florida unless they are in a cage :-S

Mama Pea said...

I'm going to guess he's a goldfinch. We have them in our yard now and then, too. They are my dad's favorite bird. Love your pails. How cute and what a great strategy!

Sandra :) said...

I think he's a goldfin ... oh wait, I see that's the general consensus - I was late to the party, lol!

I love using gluesticks for sewing - it's like having an extra pair of hands (except when you're using it for ric rac, and then you NEED an extra pair of hands to apply it, LOL!) :D

Dandelion Quilts said...

God tips! Thanks...

Brenda said...

I was going to tell you that the bird is a goldfinch but as I was scrolling down I see you know that already. lol Love the glue stick idea. Can I use that on wool felt before stitching. Am thinking of following along on a penny rug SAL but the first part which was months ago has little tiny wool leaves stitched onto a tree. Do you think this would work?

Elisa said...

Great tip but the bird is fabulous!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Glue sticks are great ...gorgeous bird..

Patricia said...

You are so creative, Allie!!!

That's a goldfinch. Isn't he gorgeous? They winter down here, but their winter plummage is drab and not nearly as stunning as it is up north. Love you bunches, my good friend Allie. xox

Mickie said...

That's a finch! Our favorite bird here in our little household!!! He looks dandy!! Love your tutorial on the rickrack, I have soooo much trouble keeping rick rack down and never thought of the glue idea, thanks!!!! Hugs to you, gal pal! Mickie

Barb said...

Love the way you are doing the handles...I would have never thought to use rick rack...

Verna G said...

Looks like a gold finch! LOve your sandbox pattern

em's scrapbag said...

Your windows must be cleaner than mine. Pretty picture of the bird.
Love your ric rac trick. This is going to be a fun quilt.

Carrie P. said...

looks like a great way to keep that rick rack in place. and it looks like you are having fun making those sand buckets.
Yep, that little birdie is a male Goldfinch. I have them here. I love to hear them cheep.

VivJM said...

Great tip on the rickrack handles! It makes me want to make a wonky pail quilt next ;-)

I have no idea what sort of bird that is, but he's a stunner!

Cathy said...

Love your pail blocks. The gold finch is so beautiful. I really miss seeing them. BTW..I just found out that Powers Diner closed. I was so hoping to try it sometime. Hugs

Michelle May said...

Oh how I do love glue and fusible web. I also can't live without my thimble dots. Those things rock!
That is the most gorgeous little birdie in your tree. Fantastic photo sweets.
xx

cq4fun said...

Love your glue stick idea. I may try that with a few things on cq. That bird is fabulous! I can't believe you got such great pictures through the window!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am a new follower. Great blog! Yes, I do believe it is a Goldfinch. They are beautiful, aren't they? They are the state bird here in Iowa.

Talin's Corner said...

Is that a yellow Finch? She is a beauty.

Tanya said...

Beautiful birdie there! And I've learned something after reading all the comments. A Goldfinch huh!?

Linda in Calif. said...

What happened to me? I missed coming to your blog all last week and missed these great stories and photos! I love these bird ones. God really blessed you to have such a pretty visitor. I hope your foot feels better. And the spider,Yikes! I'm not afraid of spiders, however, in this case even I would have been weirded out. yick.

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