by toogie 10 Jan 2018

Hello Cuties, I just made two things this afternoon.

First a checkbook finally, to match my purse I made back in November. Anyway, I did remember to put my name on the checkbook even though I forgot on my purse:(
(uploading purse that matches)
Secondly, I embroidered another dish towel. I may just give it like it is, no boa, no topper. What do you think? I would like to know this. If you make a topper, do you only use half the kitchen towel?
Thanks for any info-Toogie


by Bounty 11 Jan 2018

In Germany its about 20-30 years that nobody uses checks. It really took a time till I understood what you had sewn. :-) I had just forgotten, that we also had used checks for many years long time ago. I think our children don't even know what a check is for.
I love your purse and the checkbook.
And in Germany towel toppers are unknown. I saw them first on this website.

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

I have not had a towel topper before, until this Christmas Secret Santa exchange. My SS sent me one. I never knew of them either, until I saw it here on the web.
I'm glad you find my set pleasing, thank you.
You say in Germany, are you near Stuttgart? We lived in Schwebisch Gmund, Germany about 50 kilometers east of Sttugart in 1968-70. I loved our German landlady, Frau Kiessier (may be mispelled). She was very kind to me and sometime included me in outings with her, when she knew my husband was away for days and sometimes weeks. Her home is still there, but she and her husband have passed away now. I know this because one of our friend's daughter went back to our home when visiting Germany. The daughter was just a year old when we all were there. It was nice to see a picture of her and her family standing on the street, in front of the place we used to live, when first married. Memories.....

by worthy 11 Jan 2018

Lovely purse and checkbook holder. We still use cks so include me in the oldes;-)
I am curious, is the headliner lighter or about the same weight as the batting?
I prefer the whole towel.. like you have only the oven door to hang it on. Our refrigerator has no handle so I got a magnetic curtain hanger and put on it.. Works fine until I forgot and pull on it. ;-( to open door.

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

I would think there is no difference in the weight. Seems about the same to me. I can't remember but I may have used my walking foot, not sure though.
Lol-Curious...what was the reason for the magnetic curtain hanger, for a towel hanger or handle?

worthy by worthy 12 Jan 2018

We purchased a ref without a handle. it has an indention on the top of the door to open. My solution for a place to hang my towel was a magnetic curtain rod (sorry I said hanger). Of course it will not open the ref.. just come off in your hand when you pull on it. No great surprise there, just crazy weird when one forgets. ;-)

toogie by toogie 13 Jan 2018

Now I see, thanks for coming back to explain.

by clintonmiss22 11 Jan 2018

Love your purse and checkbook cover. I still have a checkbook, but don't write many checks. I pay my daughter for the phone bill and vitamins, and I write my tithe to the church. Actually I could automatic draft my church offering, but don't like that idea. My husband has been paying the bills for the last couple of years (after I paid them for over 40!!) and he has everything drafted. Makes it easy when we leave home for two months, like we did last summer.

I don't have anywhere that a towel topper would hang, so I like your towel as it is. It looks nice.

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

The only place I can hang one is on my oven door. My cabinets have no hardware. Makes them easier to clean the doors and drawer fronts.
Well, I may make some covers. Like I said they can slip their clipped coupons in them. Thanks-Toogie

by sandralochran 11 Jan 2018

Love the bag Do you have a pattern?

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Sandra, if you go to Sewing I have it posted there, with a link to the pattern for the bag. I think I also put up directions one time, for the checkbook, too. I'm not sure, though. It may be in one of my wallet post. Hope you find it.

sandralochran by sandralochran 12 Jan 2018

Thank you Toogie I found it --Sandra

by sonjapotgieter 11 Jan 2018

Beautiful!!!Well done

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thank you Sonja

by pennyhal2 11 Jan 2018

Just when I thought I knew everything...another stupid question...what is meant by a towel topper? Where does it go on the towel? And what is "car head?"

I'd keep the bag and the checkbook cover. I love how meticulous the bag is made and the ajustable strap gives you lots of options. They certainly make a nice set.

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Car headliner is the covered foam in the top inside of your car roof. It is wide and sold by the yard at fabric shops like Joanne's
Look in community at spendlove/Sues SS post and scroll down to the gift I received. It was a towel topper towel.

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 12 Jan 2018


by dailylaundry 11 Jan 2018

Oh, my, I don't know which is my favorite - I love them all!!

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

I didn't know if I wanted to keep this purse for myself or not. As I had tried something different inside it (sewed in car head liner, instead of quilting batting to pieces) I wanted to test it out, to see how it holds up. I have been using it for about 2 months and so far so good.
It has taken me this long to make my checkbook-lol because the only time I thought about it was when I wrote a check. I was either at the store, or here sending off utility or doctor bills, so when that headache is over, I had forgotten about making the cover. Well now I have one. Thanks Laura

by kustomkuddle 11 Jan 2018

Beautiful Toogie. I like the towel the way it is. Great work!

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thank you

by dragonflyer 11 Jan 2018

Beautiful job, Toogie...I would leave the towel as topper~

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

I think I will. Thanks

by jenne 11 Jan 2018

I think the checkbook cover with the purse looks great, love it, and the towel just call for a topper.

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thank you. I think I may make some checkbooks for the trip gifts. I was hoping to get more input from Cuties if they still use a checkbook.

queenofhearts by queenofhearts 11 Jan 2018

I have a few monthly bills that still require me to send a check in the mail so those are the only checks that I write. But I still have my checkbook in a cover and carry it in my purse "just in case". For example I go to a craft show and they don't take credit cards and I don't have enough cash on hand.

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thanks queen

by basketkase 11 Jan 2018

Beautifully done, Toogie.......exquisite fabric!

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thanks, I brought a friend a piece when I went to Alabama....or was it the other black and white. I don't know now.....

by michemb 11 Jan 2018

love the purse and check book, nicely done. As for the towel, leave it as is.

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thanks Michelle, I think I will, as my time is ticking down.

by pennifold 11 Jan 2018

S T U N N I N G!!!! I love the matching wallet/cheque book cover.

I only use half a tea towel Toogie when making them, otherwise they can become too bulky. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Thank you Chris and for the info. I thought they were halved but the only one I have ever seen/held is the one from my SS this year. I was always planning to get around to making one, but never did. I have the topper in a pattern to sew on a regular machine, so no excuse in not trying one. It just won't be this one-lol
BTY, do you still write checks?

by mops Moderator 11 Jan 2018

I would like the teatowel as it is, I don't like them with a topper - DH refuses to use those and he does the dishes.
Lovely matching check book. Do you still use checks in the USA? I have not seen one since the 90s.

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Yes, we do or I do, for sure. I know it will come a time when we will all have to use plastic (credit debit cards) but my husband still thinks cash or checks. So far, I have not had a problem.
I keep a towel hanging on my oven door, handy to dry hands. I think your husband is right. It would be hard to dry with a topper on. I think I will leave it as is, less work for me and they can use it either way. Thanks mops.

graceandham by graceandham 11 Jan 2018

Toogie and I will probably be the last two ladies in the South using checks. They look me up and down when I produce a check at Hobby Lobby - it has to have a manager's approval! The other shocker for me was when I tried to buy gas with cash at a Wal-mart pump and discovered they don't trust their employees to handle cash - credit card or Walmart gift card! So, I don't buy their gas!

awesome1 by awesome1 11 Jan 2018

They do take cash at our Walmart store gas stations (we have 2 within 3 miles of each other!). Many people just take a 5 or 10$ to the window in advance of pumping gas. I, myself, only use debit card or cash now...and bill pay thru my bank, so I don't need checks. I've tried to get most of our recurring bills (elect., tel., etc) paid by auto draft. My parents would roll their eyes at that!!

Kathie55 by Kathie55 11 Jan 2018

We use checks when we pay medical bills through the mail and also at garage sales if we don't have enough cash on us.

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Betsey, I do get money put on a Walmart GIFT card to buy gas, but our Walmart here still let you pay cash at the window. However, you save so much a gallon, by using their gift card. The card is free and to put any money on it you just tell the cashier how much you want to load and pay then.
Awesome1, now you sound like my kids and one of my nephews. THEY roll their eyes at me. Suppose you owe someone, say a friend or relative? You can't send them money by plastic card....I don't know... Sometimes I tell my husband we must have lived too long, to not change with the times.Our belief, or what we live by is, you pay by check or cash. You don't buy things you can't pay for right then. If you want it save, until you get enough for it..Now I know I am sounding just like your rolling eyed parents!-lol
Kathie55, thanks for letting me know you use checks, occasionally. I think I will be making some of these checkbooks for our upcoming trip gifts like graceandham suggested earlier. If they don't use checks they can slip coupons in the slip pockets, IF they use coupons!-lol

toogie by toogie 11 Jan 2018

Also Cuties, if you go back and check out my post in Sewing I have added the info about the rolling pin I used for the red towel boa.

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 11 Jan 2018

Ha! I thought I was the only one left who saved their money to buy something before buying it!

toogie by toogie edited 11 Jan 2018

Good to hear there are of few who of us left, not living on borrowed time-lol

awesome1 by awesome1 12 Jan 2018 sending money gifts to friends, kids, etc. I can do that thru my bank's bill pay. I love it! I just go on line to bank site, enter info, and the company (associated) mails the check and I don't have any postage or anything. I love my bank--they must love me too. LOL