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 – Backwards is Better

Tips and Tools – Backwards is Better Posted on October 31, 2017 by lookoutmountainquilter Let’s face it, cutting fabric is a time consuming, tedious, and yet necessary job. Now, I know that there are numerous precuts on the market in various shapes and sizes, but, sometimes those just won’t work for the pattern I’ve chosen. Read More

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Tips And Tools Tuesday – Make It An Autograph

Is there a special person that you would like to honor? Or an occasion that you would like to commemorate? Perhaps you have a family reunion coming up. Maybe it’s a gift for a baby shower or a new bride. An autograph quilt is a great way to record family history, genealogy, or special memories for the Read More

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Tips and Tools Tuesday – A Different Kind of “Batting”

Thirty-nine years ago, I married a wonderful man, Rick. Becoming part of another family meant that I was introduced to many things I’d not known growing up. New traditions. New recipes. My siblings were all girls. Rick’s siblings were all boys.  I now had brothers!  Among all of the “new” things I was learning about my new family, was the tradition of Read More

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Tips And Tools Tuesday – I HATE MAKING THIS BLOCK!!!!!

So, it was about 19 years ago, I’d successfully made two quilts and now I wanted to make a special one for my husband, Rick. I bought several books, searching the pages for just the right one. At last, I found the perfect pattern!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Mystery Quilt Entry #2

  This quilt is the second entry I’ve submitted to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival organized by Amy Ellis. Visit Amy’s website amyscreativeside.com for details on how you can submit a photo of your quilt and enter to win prizes. You will be delightfully amazed at all of the beautiful quilts that have been entered in Read More

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Tribute to my Husband Entry #1

I’ve discovered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at amyscreativeside.com by Amy Ellis. So much inspiration to be found there! And it’s a great way to meet other bloggers, see their work, and get your creative juices flowing! Thank you, Amy, for organizing this adventure and thank you to your sponsors for the prizes to be given away. Read More

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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

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Tips And Tools Tuesday – Balking At Bulk?

Does your sewing machine BALK at a bulky seam?  Mine does.     Sometimes I need to sew over an intersection where many seams converge as in this eight-pointed star. When the presser foot reaches the bulkiness, it “balks”.  It just sits and sews in place. I used to have to tug a bit on Read More

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Tips And Tools Tuesday – Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone!

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone Comfort  zones.  We all have them. In restaurants, we tend to order the same things we know we like. Shopping for clothes, we lean toward our favorite color. We sit in the same pew in church. Gravitate toward our favorite spot in the break room at work. Routines are Read More