Tips and Tools Wednesday Edition – A Portable Design Board/Easel

Well, remodeling is officially underway! As our granddaughter, Little Miss B, would say, “Grandma, your room is naked!” Except for my computer and desk, it certainly is! The internet cable hanging from the ceiling has to be rerouted to a different room, so my wonderful husband is getting things ready so that I have as little down Read More

Apparently there’s been a HUGE snafu!

Yep. That’s me with no make-up, hair in a clip because I had to get up at 3:30am and work at my day job, and horrified to discover the blog subscription mess. (Hey, just keeping it real.) I looked up the synonyms for the word “snafu”, and what I found describes what has happened perfectly! Here Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Make your Own Portable Pressing Board

Many people have asked me where I got the pressing board I use for quilting. Well, I made it. And you can make one, too! In just a couple of hours you can have one of the best quilting tools around. It has a handle so you can easily take it to quilting class. And, it’s TWO-SIDED! Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – My Sewing Room is Getting Remodeled! Woohoo!

Of all of the sewing tools I have available to me, my sewing room is by far the most important one and the most in need of an upgrade! I used to sew at the dining room table. Since my husband and I are now “empty nesters”, I have a room of my own for Read More

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