From the Mountain

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Coolest Sewing Caddy Ever!

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of watching my mom sew. My mom could make anything from fabric!   Anything! She had a machine that was housed in a cabinet. When not in use, the machine would be folded down inside the cabinet and the table extension folded over the top. You couldn’t tell that inside Read More

New, Free Patterns! Check Them Out!

I’m so excited to share some new patterns with you!  They are quick to make and so very handy to use! I’ve made several of each, and I’m sure you won’t want to stop at just one either! The pretty, little drawstring pouch is self-lined, and has a contrasting fabric for a surprise pop of color! The Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Secrets For Making Micro-Mini Quilts

I’ve designed a tea cozy with an appliqued scene of what, I think, a gnome’s homeplace might look like.  (I will have the pattern for this tea cozy available in PDF form soon.) Here’ a glimpse of my imaginary gnome’s front yard on laundry day  with quilts hanging on the line to dry. These quilts Read More

How Would You Quilt this?

Many years ago, I hand-pieced this HUGE quilt. It’s pictured on a queen-size bed and hangs over the sides about 18″. I am hand-quilting the entire thing myself, so it is a work-in-progress, for sure. I like using a hoop because it’s totally portable. I am stitching-in-the-ditch around each of the units that make up Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Easy 1-2-3 No-Sew Ornament

Well, now, you may have seen ornaments made like these before, but, you haven’t had instructions like these. With my method, you’ll be making beautiful ornaments faster than ever before! My simple, easy to follow instructions show you how to complete an ornament in less time and you’ll use less fabric! Win, win! I know it’s August, Read More

Easy 1 2 3 No-Sew Ornament

Hi Everyone! As I promised yesterday, here is my new tutorial for making beautiful ornaments like the one above. I’ve titled it “Easy 1 2 3 No-Sew Ornament” for a few reasons. 1. My instructions are easy to follow, and I’ve included LOTS of photos so you don’t have to wonder, “Is this what it’s supposed to look Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Only 147 Days Until Christmas!

Perhaps you’re thinking, “Christmas? Diane, why are you talking about Christmas? It’s only July. JULY! I know, but hear me out.  Well, I mean, keep reading. 🙂 I love, love, love making and giving homemade gifts. It might be a quilt, a household item, or handmade ornaments. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying gifts, too. Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Monofilament Thread – It’s Not So Scary

I’m making a multi-colored baby quilt and was wanting to practice my machine quilting skills. Well, the fabrics vary widely in both color and value (light, medium, and dark, compared to the background fabric.) Choosing just one color of thread for the entire quilt just didn’t seem like an option. There were just too many Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Thread Storage

Now, I know it’s Wednesday and I’m posting a “Tips and Tools Tuesday” a day late. But, our grandchildren were here for 5 days and I was just having so much fun playing with them, that I didn’t want to take time away to write this post. Plus, “Tips and Tools Wednesday” just doesn’t sound Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Be Careful With the Blue. It May Make You See RED!

One of our sons-in-law  is a huge University of Alabama fan. HUGE fan. So, I decided to make a quilt for him using Alabama themed fabrics. I made sawtooth star blocks alternating the flying geese fabric. Half of the  blocks had grey (like their mascot, an elephant) and the other had white with Alabama emblems on Read More