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 – 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 – 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

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

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

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

Tips And Tools Tuesday – 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 good. The “same old, same old” Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – What Color Are Your Pins?

What color, you say? What difference does it make? Let me tell you a story and you can decide. I bought the pins on the right several years ago because I thought they were pretty. I still do. And, they work just great at holding fabrics together to be sewn. They have a nice size Read More

Tips And Tools Tuesday – Let’s Talk Tweezers

Tweezers? Really? But, seriously. Let’s talk.I know, tweezers may not be a well publicized quilting/sewing tool, but, I believe that once you use a pair, you’ll see how invaluable they are, too!First, let’s talk types. No matter which brand you chose, you’ll find that there are basically two shapes. Straight or bent.I guess, for me, one of 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