The Wooden Tailors Clapper: A New Thing???

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 Over Steam a Seam 2?

.  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 the need to sew over Steam a Seam 2 here as well. The answer…

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…

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…

A Slower Paced Easter

No masks in this post!   I did make myself one and a couple for friends, but have laser, will move on.  Another need that is out there is “ear savers.”  Nurses and other medical personnel are covering their masks with fabric masks.  The elastic us home sewists are using hurts the back of their ears,…

Masks, Masks, and More Masks!

Thank you every single one of you who are working on this mask project! No matter which pattern you are using, or what you are doing, this is all adding up! 

Help Where You Are Able

Yesterday my RN granddaughter’s hospital system issued a plea for people to make face mask COVERS.  These will be used the over the R95 masks…

I Knew the Answer Would Come

I knew that if I just prayed and kept moving forward, an answer would come, and it did!  But there were obstacles…

Frolic Blocks Completed!

I took the “Straits of Mackinac” class the end of February and I have been spinning my wheels on my quilts ever since.  I have worked on “Straits of Mackinac”, the whole time feeling guilty because “Frolic” pieces are spread out all over my work area.  I finally decided that I needed to concentrate on…