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 – 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 – Monofilament Thread – It’s Not So Scary

I’m making a multi-colored baby quilt and was wanting to practice my machine quilting skills. Well, the fabrics vary widely in both color and value (light, medium, and dark, compared to the background fabric.) Choosing just one color of thread for the entire quilt just didn’t seem like an option. There were just too many Read More

Snow and Quilting – Can this day get any better?

The last weather report I’d heard said we might get some snow flurries Friday night into Saturday.  I thought, “Yay! I love to see any snow falling! Maybe we’ll get at least a dusting.” Well, when this South Florida born and raised gal woke up this morning, and looked out the window, this is what Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – A Stitch Regulator

I hope that the initial photo here has made you curious. As you know, I’ve been really enjoying learning to machine quilt using my domestic sewing machine.  I’ve watched many videos on YouTube and learned a great deal from watching professional long-arm machine quilters. One thing I’ve noticed is that many, if not most, of Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Machine Quilting: Go For It!

Well, I just had to tell you, I am really loving machine quilting! I wanted to share that with you just in case, like me, you’ve been on the fence about trying it. Without a doubt, I say GO FOR IT! Don’t expect perfection right away.  Know from the beginning that some of the quilting will Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Get A Grip

As I shared last week, I am machine-quilting once again. I began with a small baby quilt and have moved on to a queen-size for my dear friend, Monica. Her mother-in-law, Bea, an avid quilter, passed away several months ago at the age of 99. She had hand-appliqued twenty Southern Belle blocks, but died before completing the quilt.  Yep, Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Don’t buy C.H.E.A.P.

Today, I want to share with you an important lesson that I learned the hard way. Lesson :     DON’T  BUY  CHEAP! If it is at all possible, always buy the best product that you can afford. It will actually save you money (not to mention time, aggravation,  and discouragement) in the long run. Yes, I speak from experience. I’ve come up with Read More