Well, here's my big secret. Binder dividers.
I had a package of these left over from school a couple of years ago and they make perfect template plastic. They are thick enough to trace around with a pencil, marker or disappearing pen, they are see through and they hold together really well with masking tape!
If I know I'm going to make lots and lots of a fabulous pattern, like the Buttercup Bag or Valori Wells' adorable little wallet), I'll make templates out of divider plastic and then I clip all the pieces together (with the instruction pages) with a gorilla clip and toss them in my pattern basket!
Thanks everyone for all of your well wishes for our Weekend to End Women's Cancer fundraiser last Friday. We raised just over $3500, bringing our team total to about $35,000!!!! It was so much fun. My favourite moment might have been seeing the Harley Davidson-riding guy in leather chaps carry my Buttercup Bag away from the silent auction for $30. He says he bought it for a co-worker's wife. His secret is safe with me (and all of you)! We sold lots of raffle tickets too, and the quilt I made received wonderful compliments, which is always nice.
I've got a busy week...retreat on Saturday to prepare for, and helping get the word out about a Walk for Justice for our friend Pavel.