Tips and Tools Tuesday – An “Oh, NO!” Moment

One of the quilting blogs I follow is called Farmhouse Quilts. On it, Monique shares fun projects to make, photos, and stories about her family. It’s like sitting across the table from a dear friend, sipping a cup of tea, and catching up on what’s happening in her life. I highly recommend checking out her 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 – 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 – Headlamp

Today’s subject is near and dear to my heart. Well, actually, to my eyes. It’s light. The older I get, the more light I need to see things clearly. Age 40 seems to be where light requirements really begin to increase rapidly! A 40 year old requires twice as much light as they did when they were 20.  Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Binding: Hand-Stitching the Back of a Mitered Corner

You may be saying to yourself, “Okay, now that I’ve sewn the binding to the quilt top and made the corners mitered, how do I secure it to the back?” And, “How do I make the corners mitered there, too?” This simple method works every time. (For complete instructions on adding binding with a mitered corner Read More

Tips and Tools Tuesday – Travel Iron

Today’s tool is a travel iron.  It’s lightweight, but does a great job! I searched the internet and found several different styles, but this is the only one with a collapsible handle. (I didn’t do an exhaustive search, so there may be another one out there.) This one is a Black and Decker Travel Pro. Read More