The unicorn is not a real animal, but rather a story. Unicorn means ‘one horn’, and there have been some goats and gazelles born with only one horn, and so stories about magical horses got started. I’m not going to go into some of the legends and myths, but I just had to include the unicorn in my list of ‘animals’ because they’ve always fascinated me.
U is also for Useful items – all those little things that are helpful for quilting, that can be found around the house, or in a kitchen or hardware store, and that serve the same purpose as those quilting tools found in quilt stores. Here’s a list of some that I have on hand:
- Painter’s masking tape – to mark rulers for easy measurement, to mark the sewing machine plate for an accurate 1/4 inch seam, to secure backing fabric when making the quilt sandwich
- Gardening gloves, with little ‘nubs’ on the fingers – for guiding your quilt when machine quilting
- Pants hanger – to hang your pattern in clear view
- Hair clips or clothes pins – to secure binding for hand-sewing
- Rubber door stops – to tilt your machine for easier view
- Chop stick – to push out corners and flatten seams when turning right-side-out
- Ziploc bags to gather little pieces for quilt blocks, to keep them together in one place
- Various size bins to keep quilt projects that are on the go
- Binders – to keep all those patterns and ideas that are collected from the internet, etc.
- Freezer paper – for applique templates, and for fabric printing
- Shaving brush - to brush lint out of sewing machine
- Toothbrush – use dry to remove chalk marking, wet to remove washable marking
- Wooden clothes pin, taken apart – perfect for ‘finger’ pressing (and you can share one half with a friend!)
Happy uses for all those things just sitting around the house! Blessings, Peg