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 – 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

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

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

Tips and Tools Wednesday Edition – A Portable Design Board/Easel

Well, remodeling is officially underway! As our granddaughter, Little Miss B, would say, “Grandma, your room is naked!” Except for my computer and desk, it certainly is! The internet cable hanging from the ceiling has to be rerouted to a different room, so my wonderful husband is getting things ready so that I have as little down Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Make your Own Portable Pressing Board

Many people have asked me where I got the pressing board I use for quilting. Well, I made it. And you can make one, too! In just a couple of hours you can have one of the best quilting tools around. It has a handle so you can easily take it to quilting class. And, it’s TWO-SIDED! 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

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Thread Storage

Now, I know it’s Wednesday and I’m posting a “Tips and Tools Tuesday” a day late. But, our grandchildren were here for 5 days and I was just having so much fun playing with them, that I didn’t want to take time away to write this post. Plus, “Tips and Tools Wednesday” just doesn’t sound Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Be Careful With the Blue. It May Make You See RED!

One of our sons-in-law  is a huge University of Alabama fan. HUGE fan. So, I decided to make a quilt for him using Alabama themed fabrics. I made sawtooth star blocks alternating the flying geese fabric. Half of the  blocks had grey (like their mascot, an elephant) and the other had white with Alabama emblems on Read More