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

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

My House is a Wreck! Yay! Sewing Room Remodel Update.

Ooh, I’m so excited! Everything is topsy turvy! In case you didn’t know, my Sweetheart is remodeling my sewing room. Yep, everything has been removed and the room has been gutted. Stripped down to the bare walls. This is a view from the doorway BEFORE. By the way, what looks like a huge dirt smudge 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

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

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Easy 1-2-3 No-Sew Ornament

Well, now, you may have seen ornaments made like these before, but, you haven’t had instructions like these. With my method, you’ll be making beautiful ornaments faster than ever before! My simple, easy to follow instructions show you how to complete an ornament in less time and you’ll use less fabric! Win, win! I know it’s August, Read More