Travel Cups and Quilting

Welcome is SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. I’d like to share with you two stories. Those stories will turn into a thought or, better still, a tip. Both the stories have the same type of setting. We’re at a quilting party where everyone is sitting together, quilting, chatting, and having a great time. If you’ve ever been to a quilting retreat, you know how we start talking and eating and drinking and have a great time. We can have coffee, tea, pop, water, juice— there’s always something to eat or something to drink while we’re at these retreats So there are two ladies sitting beside each other. The one on the left-hand side was sewing away having a great time. She was picking up her fabric from the right-hand side and putting it under the machine and sewing. She picked up one long strip and that long strip decided it was going to dunk itself into the lady’s cup of tea sitting beside her. If you’ve ever tried to tea-stain fabric, you know how well it works. It’s a good thing she had extra fabric. The next story: Same type of setting. Two women sitting beside each other, both of them sewing away, chatting and having a great time. The woman on the right-hand side picked up a piece of fabric to put under the machine. Little did she know it was sitting underneath her coffee cup. She picked up that fabric, it tipped her coffee cup over. That coffee flew into the machine beside her. There are vents on the sides of the machine. The coffee went into that machine and because the machine was running, it threw the coffee up into the top of the machine. That was a computerized machine and let’s say the machine did not like the coffee. So that was a very expensive class for that lady. The story turned out well. She was able to get the machine fixed because the lady sitting beside her didn’t have cream or sugar in the coffee. So that story turned out good, but it could have been a terrible turn out. These stories come to my mind whenever I’m looking to buy new travel mugs. When I buy a travel mug I make sure that the lids are very safe and they will not spill. There are some lids that you can get where the spout is always open. As much as I like them, if that was to tip over, you can still get whatever liquid is in there out. You can get coffee cups that have a little spout that you pull back and forth so it stays open. Something like that works out great as long as you’ve remembered always to close that. You can also get ones that turn and will leave it open and then close it as you want. Now any of these lids you really need to test because they can pop off or they’re just not tight enough to keep the liquid in. They’re just kind of there so that they don’t splash. I do have two that I really like. I have a very old Contigo. This has a screw-on lid and it has a little push button at the side. In order for me to get anything out of there, I have to hold that down at the same time in order for me to drink. Once I let go, that seals tight. I’ve carried this in my purse and it’s been safe. There’s also another one that they make. Same idea: It has the button that you need to push in order for the liquid to come out, but it also has a lock on top of that so you really can throw this one in your purse. There are a lot of great travel mugs out there. So if you’re thinking of taking a retreat or a quilting class or just getting together with some friends sewing, keep in mind that fabric and sewing machines do not like liquids. It’s always handy if you bring a really safe travel mug. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced this in sewing and quilting spaces. If you have a story to share, be sure to leave it in the comments below. It would be great to hear other people’s stories. My travel cup always comes with me in my sewing space. I’d rather be safe than sorry. Besides, they keep my beverages either hot or cold. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing or talking about next time in the sewing room. Bye for now!