A Tip of Sorts

I’ve gone to retreats and someone will say…”Oh thanks, that’s a great tip.”  I didn’t know I was offering one.  I was just busy sewing and they were apparently watching me and caught on to something I was doing.  It was something I do everyday and didn’t even realize it was something other people don’t do.

This is one of those “tips”.

Here I am busy ironing the pieces for my Tulip Fields quilt.  I leave them all together in a chain as I do it.

Then I go along with the scissor and cut them all apart cutting off the dog ear (hang piece) as I go.

Then my ironing surface.  Ends up looking like this….

…all those little clipped off pieces are there cluttering up my ironing mat.  I don’t want them on the floor.  I don’t want them stuck to my pieces so I take my scissor, close it, turn it on the side and scrape.

I corral them all on one corner of my mat.

I keep them all in one corner until I’m finished pressing all of my pieces then I scrape them into my hand.  It saves on mess and is quick.

My pieces are done…now I need to move them onto the next step.

I know someone will ask…

This is my pressing mat.  I ADORE IT!

Here’s an Amazon link for them if you want to check them out.  They come is several sizes.  Mine is 17″ x 24″.  I put it on the island in the kitchen and iron there.  The smaller 9 X 9 size with a small iron can be kept near your sewing machines.  I’m not a gimic/gadget girl but this I LOVE.

I don’t know if my tip was something you already do or something you might try….let me know.



12 thoughts on “A Tip of Sorts”

  1. I put those bits and other scraps in a pillow “case.” When full it’s sewn closed & taken to an animal shelter by another guild member. I store mine in an empty litter bucket lined with the case. We run over large pieces with rotary cutting until they about 1” or less. No threads or pins please! I have less guilt about tossing scraps.

  2. Is it OK to use “vodka spray” when ironing on these? I can’t seem to find the answer on line. Considering getting one, but don’t want to find out too late that I made a mistake. Suzanne

  3. I was more intrigued with the “tip” of cutting off the dog ears as you cut them apart!! What a timesaver!! You have more “tips” than you can imagine. Thank you!

  4. I learned that clipping trick from Bonnie Hunter in one of workshops. I think she also scraped the ears up with her scissors. I’ve been using her technique ever since the workshop and love it’s speed.

  5. I have seen those wool mats and wondered if they were worth the cost. I may have to invest in the small one to sit by my machine.

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