Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Get on Board Blog Hop


September is National Sewing Month, which you can read all about here:

and Melva from Melva Loves Scraps and Brenda from Songbird Designs have been hosting the Get on Board Blog Hop to celebrate!  They are also sponsoring a giveaway which you can read about at the end of the post.

I have been sewing since I was in middle school.  My mom taught me how to use the machine and I made a few clothing items at home and in my home economics class in high school, but I didn't really get into till after I got married and started making clothes and costumes for my kids.  I don't make very much clothing anymore, instead I spend most of my time making quilts!  I am addicted to them, but every now and then I throw in a fun small project, such as this fun sea turtle!

The theme for this hop was anything tropical that inspired sewing so I went with this fun sea turtle pincushion and thread catcher.  I love seas turtles and get super excited whenever I see one. I was lucky enough to see one just this Saturday! 

It was a big one swimming a few yards away from the end of the pier and it came up several times for us to get a good look at it!

The pattern is by Jennifer Jangles and this hop was the perfect time to put this project at the top of my to do list.

The pattern has nice color photos and gives instructions to either attach the thread catcher permanently or make it removable. I hand stitched mine down. I have been needing a thread catcher to sit on my longarm and this cute little sea turtle will be the perfect thread catcher guardian.

The pattern calls for 1/4 yard of two different prints, but if you do some creative cutting you can get every piece from two Island Batik Stash Builder strips. Stash Builder strips are are 5 inches tall by 42 ish inches long.

I used a blue and green five inch strip I had on hand and they worked out perfectly.

The outer shell pattern piece says to place on the fold, but to make it fit on the 5 inch strip I cut two separate pieces and added a 1/4 seam allowance on the end. Then sewed it together to make one piece. 
I pressed the seams open so it wouldn't be bulky and you can barely see the seam in the finished turtle.

Two tiny black buttons make perfect eyes.

Below is the list of other Blog hoppers. Make sure to check them all out!

And make sure to enter the raffle copter giveaway hosted by Brenda and Melva. They are giving away lots of goodies to one lucky winner!

Thursday, September 1

Anorina – Samelia’s Mum
Cheree – The Morning Latte
Brenda – Songbird Designs (that’s me!!)

Friday, September 2

Karen – Karen’s Korner 
Sharon & Susan – Ms P Designs USA

Monday, September 5

Linda – Texas Quilt Gal
Yvonne – Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, September 6

Gail – Quilting Gail
Carol – Quilt Schmilt     

Wednesday, September 7

Melva – Melva Loves Scraps
Tammy – Tamarinis
Leah – Quilted Delights (me)

Happy Sewing!



  1. Leah what a darling turtle pincushion/thread catcher! It is just perfect in batiks of course! I could make any little stuffed toy into a pincushion and add a thread catcher basket like that too. You got me thinking, lol!!!! I have made lots of similar thread catchers over the years, mins the turtle part, but the turtle is so cute!

  2. Leah what a darling little turtle! You did a really neat job with it - should help with those pesky threads, right? :D

  3. Leah, this is just adorable! And so very handy!! I love the fabrics you chose-perfect! Thank you so much for joining us on this hop commemorating National Sewing Month!

  4. I love getting the opportunity to see sea turtles as well. What a perfect project for the hop. I hope you enjoy getting to use your sea turtle pin cushion and thread catcher and it reminds you of all the wonderful times you've seen them in real life.

  5. That's a great thread catcher, or muse for your longarm. Definitely a fun project to keep in mind when we need the tropics in our studios!

  6. Cute sea turtle and nice sewing companion.

  7. The turtle thread catcher is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. oh my this little guy is so adorable. thanks for sharing.

  9. Cute sea turtle!!! Perfect opportunity to make it, with thread catcher!!! Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting Dot Com

  10. Such a sweet project and oh so useful. Happy quilting

  11. That is sooooo cute. Love the chosen fabrics.

  12. I was reading this and thought - why don't I make cutesy things like this! This turtle is totally adorable!