The New Thing is Actually Old

I heard on a quilting related show recently about this brand new quilting tool that Riley Blake just invented:  The Clapper.  The Clapper?   New?   Are we thinking about the same item? Yes,  Yes we were.  New?   No.   Not at all.  You see, I have a Tailor’s Clapper.  It is at least 30 years old.  But…

To Sew or Not to Sew?

To Sew or Not to Sew?   This is one of my most frequently asked questions!   A customer recently contacted me and asked this about the snowflakes.  I was happy to reply, but after doing so thought that I should address it here as well. The answer is no…  And sometimes yes. You do not have…

Organic Cotton Is a Good Thing. Right?

The New York Times has an article titled “The Cotton Tote Crisis” today that raises so many questions in my mind that I do not have answers for… According to this article, an organic cotton tote bag requires daily use for 54 (Yes! fifty-four!) years, to offset its overall impact of production. ( I had…

Can I Quilt Over a Steam a Seam Applique?

Two questions I get asked quite often are, “Can I quilt over the iron on applique?” and “Do I need to stitch the applique down, and if so, how?” The tote bag in the featured photo is my go to example to answer these questions.  I made this tote bag almost three years ago, and…

A New Item that is Perfect for Gifting

What to do if you need a gift and you happen to own a laser?   Engrave a mug that they will love, of course!  I have been making these mugs for several years for gifts, and they are a great hit. I made four new designs to be produced by Artfully Quilted Design only and…

Would You Join Me in Reaching Out?

It seems as if most of the country is experiencing some kind of upheaval in the weather.  I am so thankful for a warm house and electricity during storms like we have been experiencing!   Oh, the things we take for granted.   There are those however, who do not have a roof over their head, or…

A Block is Born

The best part about doing a Mystery Quilt is putting that first block together from all those bits and pieces that you have been cutting and piecing.  I was really anticipating the Grassy Creek block, as I had abandoned the suggested colors, which I do not normally do.  I had found a large piece of…

A Block Emerges

I knew I was late to the party, but I didn’t realize I was THAT late!  Bonnie Hunter’s last clue came out this past week for the Grassy Creek Mystery Quilt.  Oh my!  Friday morning when I opened the blog and saw that it was the reveal, I was so sad that it had taken…

Beginning the Grassy Creek Mystery!

I know I am late to the party, but I have finally begun Bonnie Hunter’s Grassy Creek Mystery Quilt.  I love doing these mysteries.  I always learn so much! I have been redoing my sewing room for the last couple of months, and have folded and sorted all of my quilt fabric by color.  This…

Piecing a Quilt is Like Living a Life

While I work, I love to listen to podcasts or audio books.  Recently I have been listening to Frances O’Roark Dowell read the book “Aunt Jane of Kentucky” on her Quiltfiction podcast.  This book was written in 1898 by Eliza Calvert Hall and is available to read for free on Project Gutenberg.  Frances is an…