Tips And Tools Tuesday – The Perfect Place to Find Practice Fabric!

Have you ever wanted to try making a block using an unfamiliar technique, but, didn’t because you were afraid you’d mess up and waste fabric? Been there.     Done that.    I don’t like to waste fabric! When designing a new pattern, or trying out a new block or technique, I don’t use the fabric that I designated Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Work Smarter, Not Harder

The older I get, the more I have to find ways to work smarter instead of harder. Our sewing room remodel has made progress. The wall between the sewing room and hallway now has a relocated door and sheet rock. Yay! Notice the red contraption in the left side of the photo? It is for Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – I Have a Pattern, Now What?

Of all the aspects of quilt making I struggled with as a beginner, I’d have to say, for me, choosing fabric was the hardest. I just didn’t know where to start, or how to build. A stash? I had none. Nothing. I’d made clothing for my family, household items, and recovered furniture. But, those things only required Read More

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

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