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

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

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