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

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Freezer Paper Applique

I love, love, love doing hand applique! Why?  Well, for one thing, it’s totally portable.  I try to keep a hand applique project in my “Go Bag” so that I always have something to work on in case I’m sitting somewhere in  a waiting room. Like a doctor’s office, auto mechanic’s garage, or just any place Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Quilting or Cleaning, Which Would You Rather Do?

When I saw this sign, I just HAD to have it! It still makes me smile every time I read it. Raise your hand if you like a clean house. (Mine is raised.) Now, keep it raised, if you like to be the one who cleans it. (Mine went down, FAST!) I hate cleaning the Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Monofilament Thread To The Rescue!

I’d pieced the Christmas Table Runner top, layered it with the batting and backing. The next thing to do was… Quilt it.   (Cue the crickets.) Have you been there? Are you there now? I had an image in my mind of how I wanted to machine quilt my little table runner. But, I was stuck on which Read More

Hello, Again! The Sewing Room Remodeling is Complete! Woohoo!

I know it’s been awhile since my last post, but, we were in the final stages of our sewing room remodeling project and I was helping my husband with some of it. Then, it was moving day! We moved and placed most of the furniture. Next, I had to fill all of the shelves, arrange Read More

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

Thanksgiving is next week! Have I got some helpful tips to make your holidays less stressful!

Thanksgiving Day here in the USA is one week from tomorrow! Did it sneak up on you as it did me? Well, just in case you needed a friendly reminder….. I have some tips and tricks for making any holiday meal less stressful. Make Your Holiday Meal Less Stressful – Prepare The Leftovers First! is a 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 – 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