Tips and Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Six, Hot on the Trail

Years ago, our daughter and son-in-law had a couple of hound dogs named Jake and Jessie. They were a mix of Redbone Hound, and Black and Tan Hound. Hounds have a well-deserved, great reputation for being good hunting dogs. They can follow the trail left by critters with uncanny accuracy. A rabbit, for instance, usually Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting Part Five, Odds or Evens?

In my last machine quilting post, Machine Quilting Part Four, Creating a Design, I promised that this post would show you how I traveled from one quilting design to the next in my Sawtooth Star quilt. Well, before I explain HOW I travel from one design to the next, I thought I should share with Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Four, Creating A Design

When I was in Elementary School, I loved art class! We got to color, and draw, and paint, and make things. It was fun! I wasn’t thinking that someday I might use the things I was learning. It was just fun! Do you remember some of the things you did in art class? (I’m not Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Three, Deciding on a Design

If you’re just venturing into the realm of machine quilting, deciding on a quilting design can be a stumbling block. It doesn’t have to be.  Before I began making quilts, I admired them. Their beauty. The piecing. Their overall design. I wished, oh, how I wished I could make something so lovely! But, I knew, Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting – Part One, The Tools

Have you been curious about machine quilting? Wanting to give it a try, but thinking, “I can’t do that”. Been there. Done that. Got tired of thinking that. Decided to just do it! Notice that I didn’t say, “Try it”. I said, “Do it.” To quote a character from one of my favorite movies, “Do, Read More

Tips And Tools – Spray Basting & Love

Well, as you’ve probably noticed, this post is a day late. Usually, it’s title is  “Tip And Tools Tuesday”, but, life has a way of, shall we say, rearranging my plans? So, it’s a Wednesday edition of Tips And Tools. I’m excited to share with you some things I’ve learned about the two topics listed Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – A Vintage Machine, Some Elbow Grease, and Some Oil

I didn’t set out to be a collector of sewing machines. It just happened. For 35 years I had one sewing machine. A Singer that my husband bought for me the first year we were married. This machine runs beautifully and it has never given me any trouble. I have, however, worn down the disc Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Get A Jump On Father’s Day and Enter For A Giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but, for me, this year is flying by! Mother’s day has come and gone, and now, it’s a time to turn our attention to the men in our lives. Father’s Day can be a time to say, “Thank you, for all of the things you do every day, and, I’m Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – A Tip For Chain Piecing, Then, Let’s Talk Lizards

While piecing the units for the Just Buzzing Through quilt, I did a lot of chain piecing. You know, where you insert pieces of fabric, one after another, sewing them, but not cutting the threads in between each addition. Usually, I just snip them pieced units apart with a small pair of scissors. Today, however, Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Pick A Peck Of Pin Cushions

How many pin cushions do you have?      One?  Maybe, two? Where do you use your pin cushion? At the sewing machine? On your cutting table? Both? Is yours a “traveling” pin cushion? Do you take it from one area to another? From one room to another? I used to have a “traveler”.  I’d keep it Read More