Tips and Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Six, Hot on the Trail

Years ago, our daughter and son-in-law had a couple of hound dogs named Jake and Jessie. They were a mix of Redbone Hound, and Black and Tan Hound. Hounds have a well-deserved, great reputation for being good hunting dogs. They can follow the trail left by critters with uncanny accuracy. A rabbit, for instance, usually Read More

A New Pattern Release! Just in Time for Christmas Decorating!

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to announce the release of a new pattern! Star of the Magi Tree Skirt or Table Topper PDF Version and Star of the Magi Tree Skirt or Table Topper Print Version are available now! Y-seams don’t have to be scary. My easy to follow instructions will help you every Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting Part Five, Odds or Evens?

In my last machine quilting post, Machine Quilting Part Four, Creating a Design, I promised that this post would show you how I traveled from one quilting design to the next in my Sawtooth Star quilt. Well, before I explain HOW I travel from one design to the next, I thought I should share with Read More

Here’s a Fun “Take Along” Project, Folded Hexagons

About a month ago, at our monthly quilt club meeting, two of our members shared a great hand-sewing project with us. Shirley, and Harold showed us how to make folded hexagons. We each received a zip-top bag containing seven fabric circles to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden flower. As they demonstrated the technique, we followed Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Have I Got a Treat For You!

School has started back and with it comes sporting events and tailgating. Before we know it, we’ll be celebrating all of our favorite holidays. Sporting events, family gatherings, and holidays mean great food and great snacks. I thought I’d share a recipe that I got about forty years ago. We were going on vacation to Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Four, Creating A Design

When I was in Elementary School, I loved art class! We got to color, and draw, and paint, and make things. It was fun! I wasn’t thinking that someday I might use the things I was learning. It was just fun! Do you remember some of the things you did in art class? (I’m not Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Three, Deciding on a Design

If you’re just venturing into the realm of machine quilting, deciding on a quilting design can be a stumbling block. It doesn’t have to be.  Before I began making quilts, I admired them. Their beauty. The piecing. Their overall design. I wished, oh, how I wished I could make something so lovely! But, I knew, Read More

Printed Versions of My Patterns are Now Available! Plus, now you can make Just Buzzing Through in more sizes! Woohoo!

After several requests for printed versions of my patterns, I’m excited to announce that all of my patterns available for purchase, can now be yours in printed form! (Free patterns are still PDF only.) In The Garden (Click here to purchase a PDF.) (Click here to purchase a printed copy.) Gnome Place Like Home (Click Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Two, Where to Start.

Quilt as desired. What an ambiguous statement! Yet, most patterns, whether they are in books or magazines, say exactly that. When I was first attempting to do my own machine quilting, I was at a loss for how to start. What to start! Where to start! I’d look at quilts in magazines or books, see Read More

Just Buzzing Through Quilt Along – Week Seven – Binding

Congratulations! You are about to cross the Just Buzzing Through Quilt Along finish line! It’s the seventh and final week of this Quilt Along journey. I hope you have had as much fun as I have making this graphic quilt! The binding is pretty straight forward. After you’ve cut and assembled the binding strips according Read More