On the Road Again & Super Glue Thimble



I feel like I come home to turn around and grab another suitcase to leave again lately. I have had a lot of “other” travel engagements besides the teaching trips and I am racking up some decent frequent flyer miles.

I am off to Canada to play with the lovely Marigolds Applique group in beautiful British Columbia. I am just about prepped and ready to go.

The picture you see is a taste of a project created for another article in Machine quilting Unlimited Magazine (always the tease aren’t I?). It has to do with a quilting design I am always asked about. The article will be in one of the fall issues. I think.

Due to the serious lack of time, it is also fused and machine appliqued–<gasp>. However, I think it turned out very well for an article on machine quilting. I also got to play with a variety of new threads for the hand embroidery. I am loving that silk pearl. I have had some but never used it and I don’t know why.

Jason is now working with me to help me get ahead and is doing a lot of the packing, stuffing and packaging that has taken all of my time in the last six months. It gives him a paying job and I am now on the cusp of getting caught up so I can actually stitch again. It has been literally months.

His keen observation of pattern (the Autism) is amazing since he can spot a mistake instantly that I may have overlooked several times. He also makes it a point to look harder because I pay him a bonus if he finds a biggy!

When I return, for the first time in a long time, I will be able to accomplish some serious stitching!



Oh, that reminds me….When it has been a long time since I have used a needle and my finger becomes raw and very, very sore from lack of use, I put a light coat of super glue on the area.

The dried glue creates a tough exterior that the needle never gets through and creates a pain proof Band-Aid (plaster) for the finger. The last but most important benefit? I don’t feel like my finger is covered by anything artificial and the touch feels natural.

I can’t tolerate any artificial implement like a thimble, pad, etc., on my applique finger(s).

Also, if you are on blood thinners like me and you find a simple little needle prick makes you bleed all over your work, super glue seals that and you don’t keep bleeding! The glue covering wears within a couple of days for me. Or remove with nail polish remover (acetone).




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I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

6 thoughts on “On the Road Again & Super Glue Thimble

  1. Love the idea of using a super glue thimble and bandaid! I often find wood glue on my hands but never in the right place to find out if it works as a thimble … perhaps next time I use it I will try to spill it in the right place!

  2. Great idea about the super glue, Sandra! Can’t wait to see your article in MQU-I’m a subscriber. 🙂

    Nice to hear you’re stitching again. Take care.

  3. Congratulations Jason!!! You are doing a big job for your Mom and I know she is happy to pay you for your expertise in finding what she didn’t see! Sometimes being too close to your own work is blinding!

  4. It’s so nice that you have Jason to help you out. I just hung an appliqué quilt that I finished quilting and noticed that there is one spot that I should have embroidered. I’m going to attempt to do that – it’s just a couple of short lines. Wish Jason had been around to catch that before I did the quilting!

  5. Have a wonderful time in British Columbia, and safe travels!
    thanks for the tip on the super glue! I can’t use a thimble when I hand piece or do the binding, is it safe to use if you already have a raw place on your finger?

  6. Wow. Thank you so much for the Super Glue tip. I detest thimbles–I’ve tried them all–but I hate finger pokes too. Great idea!

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