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 – Have I Got a Treat For You!

School has started back and with it comes sporting events and tailgating. Before we know it, we’ll be celebrating all of our favorite holidays. Sporting events, family gatherings, and holidays mean great food and great snacks. I thought I’d share a recipe that I got about forty years ago. We were going on vacation to 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

Printed Versions of My Patterns are Now Available! Plus, now you can make Just Buzzing Through in more sizes! Woohoo!

After several requests for printed versions of my patterns, I’m excited to announce that all of my patterns available for purchase, can now be yours in printed form! (Free patterns are still PDF only.) In The Garden (Click here to purchase a PDF.) (Click here to purchase a printed copy.) Gnome Place Like Home (Click Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting, Part Two, Where to Start.

Quilt as desired. What an ambiguous statement! Yet, most patterns, whether they are in books or magazines, say exactly that. When I was first attempting to do my own machine quilting, I was at a loss for how to start. What to start! Where to start! I’d look at quilts in magazines or books, see 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

Just Buzzing Through Quilt Along – Week Three – Piecing The Units

It’s hard to believe it’s already Week Three of this Quilt Along! It’s not too late to join in the fun!  It’s easy. You can purchase the PDF Just Buzzing Through Quilt pattern here.  Each week’s Quilt Along post will stay on my website indefinitely. Just click the Quilt Along heading on the menu.  The Read More

Just Buzzing Through Quilt Along – Week Two – Cutting

Hi there! It’s Week Two of the Just Buzzing Through Quilt Along, so, that means it’s time to start cutting! If you are just joining us, it’s not too late to get started. In fact, it’s never too late! After each week’s post is published, it will remain on my website indefinitely, so you can 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