12 days of Sewing Tips: Just Do 1 Thing

This might be my best sewing tip. It's short and sweet, but can have a profound impact. Some days, you just don't feel like sewing. Some days, the WIP feels too immense, too simple act of threading the machine is just a hurdle that feels insurmountable. Those days, you just have to push through the … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Just Do 1 Thing

12 days of Sewing Tips: Quilting In Contrast

Have you ever gotten your quilt sandwich all basted, your machine all threaded and then... crickets? It's like the sewing equivalent of stage fright! Maybe you even have a quilting plan, but you second guess it after doing a few lines. Now, I firmly believe that there are no Quilt Police and you should make … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Quilting In Contrast

12 days of Sewing Tips: Perfect Piecing Paper

I started a new foundation paper piecing (FPP) project tonight, and I realized that I take it for granted that I have the perfect paper to print my paper piecing patterns on (try saying that 3 times fast!) If you've ever printed and FPP pattern on your home printer, you probably know that everyday printer … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Perfect Piecing Paper

12 days of Sewing Tips: Needle me this!

Yesterday's tip was about changing your sewing machine needle more often. One of the suggestions I had was to change your needle after every quilt. But I actually use more than one needle when I'm making a quilt, and you probably should, too! Know your needles! I'll break it down by steps in the quilt making process. … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Needle me this!

12 days of Sewing Tips: Look Sharp!

No, today's tip isn't about having the best #memade wardrobe. Similar to yesterday's tip, it's a gentle reminder to do one of those periodic tasks that we all probably don't do as often as we should: Change your rotary blades and needles! Rotary cutters are awesome, and I can't imagine quilting without one (or 4!). … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Look Sharp!

12 days of Sewing Tips: Take Care of Your Sewing Machines!

For the month of December, I want to give you, dear reader, some gifts. Whether you celebrate a gift-giving holiday or not, we all know that quilters have amazing generosity! So I'm going to start the month off with a series of mini-tutorials and tips that can make your quilting a little bit merrier! Today's … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Take Care of Your Sewing Machines!

Free Quilt Patterns? Sign Me UP!

Update: thanks for all the enthusiastic responses! I'm looking forward to getting these patterns into your hands! I've had half a dozen quilt patterns in various stages of the publication process for the past year or so. With my longarm quilting business up and running, the pattern side of things is next on my list! … Continue reading Free Quilt Patterns? Sign Me UP!