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Saturday, May 12, 2012

That Mary, SO ((SEW)) SMART!

Do you remember my run-in with Mary at MQX in Providence, and how she gifted us with her wonderful stilettos, and then gifted us ALL with the tutorial to make them?!

The woman is a wealth of inspiration and knowledge.

Yesterday when I was bemoaning the exorbitant cost of that package of 5 strips of purple stuff “for marking seam allowance” ---she emailed me right away to tell me what she uses!

Scotch Reusable Mounting Strips. Yep! She uses these to stick to her machine bed to mark her 1/4" for patchwork!

She writes:

Hi Bonnie,
I didn't know how to send the picture by facebook or the comment section, so here it is.

I use these reusable mounting strips for my seam guides. They leave no residue. I can move them when I need to. They don't mush in like the foam mounting strips, or leave that awful residue.

And I can cut one in half lengthwise and double stack them. Just make sure you get the strips, not the tabs.

How's the stiletto?
Enjoy you time home.
Mary

I checked.

I can get these at Staples for $3.49 for a pack.

Someone tell me WHY things triple in price as soon as you market it for quilters? Do we look THAT DUMB!? Like a bunch of chickens that will buy anything at double to triple the price just because it is quilt related?

I just added these to my list the next time I go to town. Dunno if Walmart or Target or anywhere else has them, but if Staples does, I’m sure other office stores do to.

And while I’m there ---I’m apt to find myself in the storage bin aisle ---my other favorite place in the world.

Thanks for the hint, Mary!

32 comments:

  1. i still have turkey lacers on my list. don't know why i make a list, cause i never look at it while at the grocery.... happy mother's day :>)

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    1. Mary, I've not been able to find them at any of the grocery stores around here or even Walmart! I think its the time of year. But I did find them at Bed, Bath & Beyond for a whopping $.99!!! And they had a gazillion of them!!!

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    2. Cool! I keep forgetting to look for them...will check out BBB. It's near one of my client's offices!

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    3. I'm curious about the turkey lacers. What are you using them for?

      Thanks for the tip about the strips!

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    4. I just got the connection between the turkey lacers and the stilettos - great idea! I'm off to raid the kitchen!

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  2. Great idea! Heading to Staples!

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  3. Anonymous6:35 PM EDT

    Those are a great idea. I use painter's blue tape. I stack several layers on my faceplate at the 1/4 mark and sew forever. If I need to work on something other than 1/4 inch, it lifts off, no residue and I can replace it as needed.
    Have a great Mother's Day Bonnie. Enjoy your time home.
    Faye in Maine

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  4. Dang, I looked at the 3M products last night @ Hobby Lobby as a possibility, ended up using a stack of sticky notes & painters tape to make guides for the machines we used today at a Girl Scout quilting program. I pooped.

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  5. I will definitely check these out next time I am at the store. I bet that Home Depot has them, they carry a pretty good selection of the 3M Command stuff.

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  6. What a great idea--thanks, Mary! And Bonnie for passing it from Mary to us! Walgreens had them for $2.99.

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  7. It seem to obvious after someone else points it out - of course. Love the idea of this - and double stacking. Can't go wrong with office supplies and the hardware store (where a set square is so much cheaper!)

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    1. Anonymous8:12 PM EDT

      What's a set square?
      Susan in ct

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  8. Great info!! I'll be going there to get them!!

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  9. My walmart has them in the isle with mounting brackets, just a few isles away from painting supplies. However they are $3.50 so Bed Bath &Beyond is a much better price. These are easier to find in August when the stores are pushing college supplies..

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    1. I think the commenter above (Pati) was meaning the turkey lacers for 99 cents at Bed Bath & Beyond, not the reusable strips.

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  10. Walmart and Target have them also, not sure of the price though. Great idea. Just made my stilettos yesterday - love them

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  11. Not sure why...maybe the same reason they triple the price for something when they rename it with wedding or bridal in the name. Too many brides and quilters will pay it without batting an eyelash!

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  12. Anonymous8:45 PM EDT

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing Mary and Bonnie. And a happy Mothers Day to everyone.
    Maryella

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  13. Anonymous9:01 PM EDT

    I am from Michigan, but visiting my daughter in NY found the turkey lacers at Walmart on sale for .75 on sale. Thanks.

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  14. I just followed your link to the stiletto tutorial...great idea. And that little box is right...it is the tool that I never knew I needed! I usually use a straight pin, but these are much prettier! Thanks for passing this along.

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  15. You might be able to get them at a dollar store......our local Dollar General carries a lot of the Command products. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm there. Sounds like a good idea. I have also used the blue painters tape and it works well too. Thanks for all the great information you pass on to us Bonnie!

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  16. Not been able to find turkey lacers here in the UK, but found short bamboo skewers. I stuck beads to the end and find that they are just perfect! Also good for turned applique! Thanks for the idea.

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  17. Ok, it must be my flu-disabled brain, but I'm not seeing what these strips are used for. Please explain Miss Bonnie :o)
    Thanks
    Nancy

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  18. it is like buying quilters rotary blades! I go to our local building store and suy thiers for $1.49 for a two pack!!!!

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  19. found the turkey lacers at Dollar Tree this weekend at 6 for $1.

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  20. I go back to rotary cutters! I buy mine at Harbor Freight! a 2 pack is $1.49 (they are 'carpet' cutters)!!! I just cannot see paying TRIPPLE for the ones that are marked 'quilter' !! Gal on a tight budget here!!!

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  21. I found some at Michaels. I use them to hold a hand embroidry pattern to a light box. They work great and don't tear the paper. Now I can try them on my sewing machine!

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  22. I found some at Michaels. I use them to hold a hand embroidry pattern to a light box. They work great and don't tear the paper. Now I can try them on my sewing machine!

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  23. I use the tape for holding hand embroidery patterns to a light box. I found them at Michaels.

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  24. Anonymous2:07 PM EDT

    Try JoAnn's. The 3M products are never on sale. So guess what - you can use a coupon!!!!!

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