Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bargains, bugs, etc........

Wednesday I was at the quilt shop in Morris, IL for a meeting and picked up a couple bargains.  There is enough of the one on the left for a backing, and yes, that is a Kaffe dot, both on sale for $4 a yard.  I got all 2.75 yards of the dot.
A friend called yesterday and gave me the name of the sticky traps for spiders and crickets.  I hope it will trap centipedes too.  There are 4 in the package so one went under the steps coming down to the basement and the other 3 went under shelf units.  As large as my basement is, I think I'll go back and get one more package.
I invested in one of the new rulers with diamond dust on one edge.  It is supposed to sharpen your blade as you cut.  I got the big one, 6.5" x 24.5".  It has a gritty sound when you are cutting but not as bad as I had heard it described by some others.  I'm anxious to do some cutting now after several days of reorganizing.
The first buds on the Christmas cactus are almost ready to open.  This photo shows 2 plants and I think they may be 2 different shades of pink.  A third one that has buds looks like it might be white.  I have 4 out of 8 plants getting ready to bloom.

20 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

Let us know how the ruler works. I have thought about investing i one. The main ruler I use the measurements are wearing off of it so I need to replace it. Still say you could sell some of the starts of off the cactus. Chris

Gene Black said...

I won one of those rulers on a blog hop. It hasn't arrived yet, but I am looking forward to trying it.

LynCC said...

I'll be interested to hear about your experience with the ruler - the cynic in me is reluctant to believe the angle of the ruler edge actually sharpens rather than dulls the blade. I hope that part of me is wrong, because it sure would be awesome to have a ruler that extends the life of those expensive blades!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I would love to hear what you think of the ruler. It almost sounds too good to be true. Hope it works well! Spider traps...who knew!

sewfrench.com said...

I've never heard of that ruler. I'm due to replace my large one, soon, I'll be curious how you like it, in real life.

Vicki W said...

I've been reading a lot about those rulers. I can't wait to hear about your experience with it.

karenfae said...

I have wondered if those rulers worked for sharpening your blades - please let us know what you think of it after you have used it for awhile. I have been tempted to get one.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jean said...

Love your bargains! I am also interested in how that ruler works, have heard of it but don't know anyone who has tried it yet. It's ag great idea, for sure!

Impera_Magna said...

Incredible bargains on that gorgeous fabric!

I think I need some of those spider traps... I have spiders in the garage and occasionally one gets into the house where I have a heart attack before I whack it with the broom. I can do with a few less heart attacks... *lol*

Judith said...

Nice fabric and on sale too, lucky you. Not sure about the glue traps, they sell them here for mice and rats abit gruesome I think. Let us know what you think of the new ruler, does it really sharpen your blade good? Your christmas cactii are looking good too. I used to have one in England but not got one here.

Janet said...

My Christmas cactus is blooming too. So pretty!

Anonymous said...

Your buy at the Morris quilt shop is so pretty, another wonderful combination to add to your collection on those shelves.

That ruler is NEW to me... I love to collect the latest tools ... whether for the kitchen or my workroom. Thanks for showing the packaging, I will know exactly what to look for.

Your plants always looks so lush, looking forward to seeing them in bloom.

J~MT

christijowinter933@yahoo.com said...

I see most commenters are interested in the ruler, but what I'M interested in is the spider/cricket glue trap! My sewing room is in the basement, too, and one day I heard an ominous rustling in my bags of scraps (have them all sorted by color in separate bags). I was getting ready to pack my bags and move out of state because I thought sure only a rat could make that much noise, when out popped the biggest spider I have ever seen. He must have been the size of a saucer! So I will definitely be looking for the glue traps the next time I go to the store.

Oh, by the way, LOVE the bargain fabric, too! :)

Renée's Country Quilts said...

I don't have to go to the fabric store, I will just come shopping at your house. You have a much better selection. I love your fabric, your taste is exquisite!
Renee

Taos Sunflower said...

Good find on the fabrics! I've been using that size Edge ruler since last spring, I think, and love it.

GerryART said...

Looks like you got a nice KF dottie deal.

Thanks for the spider strip idea. Have just re-purposed my darkroom downstairs to a craft roomette.
Since it's dark most of the time it might be nice to have a strip or two along the floor/wall area.

I bought the sharping edged ruler and am not pleased. Not certain whether I am holding the rotary cutter at an odd angle or what, however, using the ruler has dulled my blade. ????Help?????

Bought a couple of African Violet plants yesterday to keep us company this winter.

hugs
Gerry

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Did you summer your Christmas cactus outdoors? My plant (indoors all summer) looks good but no buds yet.

Great bargain fabric find!

Not sure I would like that ruler if it sounds like scraping ice off a car window ... sends shivers up my spine!

Vicky F

Muddling Through said...

Great fabric bargains, and I like them both. I did not there were spider traps, so good info, and I've wondered about the cutting edge rulers. I'll be watching along with everyone else to see how you like this one.

Cathi said...

What great fabrics! And on sale? How can you possibly go wrong!
I'll be curious to hear what you think how well the ruler sharpens the rotary blades.

Lynne said...

Can't wait to hear your opinion on sharpening blades on the edge of your ruler!