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

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Make Your Own Fun

Where do you think the featured photo of the grandfather and his grandchildren was taken? On the monkey bars in a park? On the playground equipment at a school?

Tips And Tools Tuesday – How Many Strips Could a Strip Cutter Cut if A Strip Cutter Could Cut Strips?

Most pieced quilt blocks are made by cutting a strip, or two, or many, and then cutting those strips into segments which are sewn to other segments to form units which eventually become blocks. How do you usually cut strips? For most of us, it goes something like this…. (I’m right-handed, so this example describes Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Some Breaking of Bread, Some Breaking of Thread

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with a dear friend who is going through some health issues. We ate lunch, and chatted a while. She is not able to work in her sewing room right now, and wanted to work on hand-piecing quilt blocks. So, I had brought something with me to work on. We pieced, Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – An “Oh, NO!” Moment

One of the quilting blogs I follow is called Farmhouse Quilts. On it, Monique shares fun projects to make, photos, and stories about her family. It’s like sitting across the table from a dear friend, sipping a cup of tea, and catching up on what’s happening in her life. I highly recommend checking out her Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Quilts For Kids

As quilters, we make quilts for a variety of reasons. Perhaps a friend or relative is awaiting the arrival of a new baby. A couple you know is getting married. A friend or relative is ill or infirmed and a quilt would bring them comfort. A quilt is going to be raffled to raise money Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – A Coyote, An Opossum, and A Bat, Oh My!

My tip post today has absolutely nothing to do with quilting, but, I feel that it is important and perhaps there are some of you, your children, or grandchildren out there who might need to know this. Several years ago, one of our grown daughters and I went shopping at a mall. We had just Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Get Plugged In!

In my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be…. Those are some lyrics from Roger’s and Hammerstein’s  “Cinderella”.  They may have worked for Cindi in her imagination, but her dreams didn’t come true until she ventured out of that corner! I think it’s the same with Read More

Tips and Tools – Creating Quilting Designs Yourself

  What do you do when you read the words, “Quilt as desired.”? Panic? Feel overwhelmed? Stick the top in the closet for “another day”? Or, just not sure of where to start? How do I quilt it? By hand? By machine? Pay someone to do it? When I was first learning to quilt, that’s Read More