Welcome to one of my favorite weeks of the Hands2Help season! This week is designed for us to share those things that make our lives easier - the sewing room tips, the great tutorials we've written or found on-line, and the wonderful food or snacks that we like to make to help keeping our home lives running smoothly (or to pacify us when we make a major sewing boo-boo and have to do some "frog-stitching" (i.e. ripping out - rippit rippit!). I hope you'll share your favorites - you can do this by linking to a new post, an old post, even someone else's post (for example, a tutorial or recipe you love)! So let's get started!!
This is a Hera marker, for those of you who don't have one yet. And it may be the greatest tool in my quilt-y workbox! It has made it so much easier to mark straight-line quilting lines on t-shirt quilts, which was always a problem before because chalk doesn't stay on very well, and what color do you use when your shirts are all different colors? But I recently saw a very smart idea on Instagram, posted by Christa Watson...
She used hers to mark the center line of her squares before stitching her HSTs! That. is. brilliant!!
And speaking of HSTs, here's a link to a great tutorial - Blossom Heart Quilts has charts that say how big to cut your fabric for different HST sizes, and there are two different methods for making HSTs - one that makes two at a time, and one that makes them four at a time. And just for fun, here's a link to another of her tutorials that shows how to make HSTs eight at a time! I have both of these posts bookmarked so I don't have to calculate my own measurements every time - very useful!
And now for the tasty thing! This year for Christmas, I received an Instant Pot, and it has opened up a whole new world of cooking! Look at all that yumminess - super simple and healthy too! I found this recipe on the No. 2 Pencil blog, and it's amazing! It's called Instant Pot ChickenNoodle Soup. Definitely easy and a great way to cook a fabulous pot of soup totally from scratch (I mean, you start with a whole chicken!) It's easy to cook the chicken ahead of time, then pull it together as soup shortly before dinner time. I highly recommend it. You can find the recipe by clicking here.
So now you have MY tips, tutes and tasty things for this year - what are yours? Link up below and share them with us! Anything that can make our lives easier as we make our H2H quilts is fair game - so let's see 'em!
And be sure to come back next Sunday, when we'll find out who our fabulous sponsors are this year! You won't want to miss it!
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