From the Mountain

Tips and Tools – Creating Quilting Designs Yourself

  What do you do when you read the words, “Quilt as desired.”? Panic? Feel overwhelmed? Stick the top in the closet for “another day”? Or, just not sure of where to start? How do I quilt it? By hand? By machine? Pay someone to do it? When I was first learning to quilt, that’s Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Freezer Paper Applique

I love, love, love doing hand applique! Why?  Well, for one thing, it’s totally portable.  I try to keep a hand applique project in my “Go Bag” so that I always have something to work on in case I’m sitting somewhere in  a waiting room. Like a doctor’s office, auto mechanic’s garage, or just any place Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Quilting or Cleaning, Which Would You Rather Do?

When I saw this sign, I just HAD to have it! It still makes me smile every time I read it. Raise your hand if you like a clean house. (Mine is raised.) Now, keep it raised, if you like to be the one who cleans it. (Mine went down, FAST!) I hate cleaning the Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Monofilament Thread To The Rescue!

I’d pieced the Christmas Table Runner top, layered it with the batting and backing. The next thing to do was… Quilt it.   (Cue the crickets.) Have you been there? Are you there now? I had an image in my mind of how I wanted to machine quilt my little table runner. But, I was stuck on which Read More

Hello, Again! The Sewing Room Remodeling is Complete! Woohoo!

I know it’s been awhile since my last post, but, we were in the final stages of our sewing room remodeling project and I was helping my husband with some of it. Then, it was moving day! We moved and placed most of the furniture. Next, I had to fill all of the shelves, arrange Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Simplifying Those Dreaded “Y” Seams

“Y” seams. The mere thought of making a quilt block that has them can cause some people to turn the page and skip right over a beautiful quilt design. Maybe you’ve done this.     I have.     Honestly, I was intimidated by the assumed complexity of the process. Key word here, “assumed”.  But, that was BEFORE I learned Read More

Thanksgiving is next week! Have I got some helpful tips to make your holidays less stressful!

Thanksgiving Day here in the USA is one week from tomorrow! Did it sneak up on you as it did me? Well, just in case you needed a friendly reminder….. I have some tips and tricks for making any holiday meal less stressful. Make Your Holiday Meal Less Stressful – Prepare The Leftovers First! is a Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Easy 1-2-3 “Frame” Ornament

It’s November, now, and I’m really getting in the Christmas spirit! Why so soon? Well, my day job is at a local home improvement warehouse, and we are in full swing of Christmas merchandise. I love it! I wouldn’t mind if they started playing Christmas carols, too! In an earlier post, I shared my method Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – A Movable Cutting Table You Can Make!

Quilting and sewing tools come in all shapes and sizes. Some are large. Like a sewing machine. Some are small. Some are teeny tiny, like the pin holding the plastic hexagon to the fabric. And, some are HUGE! Let’s face it, tools help us get the job done faster. I used to cut fabric and sew Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Bye-Bye Bobbin Bird Nests!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know how I love to reuse and repurpose things. I have been blessed with several sewing machines.  Four Singers and a Brother. Each serves a different purpose. Each have tasks that they do well. Three, only do a straight stitch. Two can do a Read More