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Show and Tell…

Okay, this week is really wellness check week.  How is everyone doing out there?  As I’m writing this blog it’s actually August 13, 2020.  In North Carolina, we’re still wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands.  Our schools and most of our university systems will open their academic year with remote learning.  There is no […]

One Quilt…So Many Different Sizes of Blocks

Way back in January, I announced this year’s blog theme was “Level Up Your Quilting.”  We’re well past the half-way mark for 2020 and I wanted to refresh your memory about not only what the theme is but also what it means. For 2020, I wanted to take what you knew and what we had […]

Your Machine Needs a Spa Day

With everyone in “hunker down” mode due to COVID, a lot more sewing has been happening. That means more time spent on your sewing machine. Which means that thing has probably been humming away for hours/days/weeks at a time.  The quilters I’ve talked to have either been whittling away at their UFOs or making masks […]

The Last Word

I know it feels like I’ve beat the topic of drafting quilt blocks to death, but trust me, I do have a purpose in mind.  Bear with me as we give this topic one more week and then I promise we will move on.  It’s simply important to me that I give you every tool […]

Simplifying Difficult Quilt Blocks

See this block? This is a block from the Dear Jane Quilt (if you don’t know what that is go here  Admittedly Dear Jane is not a beginner quilt.  While there are some pretty simple blocks in the quilt (thank goodness), most of the blocks are challenging.  And then there are few like the […]

Drafting Complicated Blocks

Today I’d like to address a top which isn’t discussed among quilters much any longer.  It’s kind of like the blog on graphing I did a few weeks ago  —  it’s one not heard much today, but once you know how to do it, it can really free up your creativity on so many levels.  […]

Give Me an Inch….

In a previous blog, I mentioned I have been receiving email from my readers at a pretty good pace this year.  Most of the time I do try to respond to each person who takes the time to write me, or follow up on the comments left at the bottom of my blog.  However, there […]

How to Sew An Almost-Perfect Quilt Block

Writing this year’s blog has been so much fun!  I’ve gotten emails from readers who are asking questions about topics and that just thrills my soul!  Keep them coming!  If you have a question, please feel free to email me at, but be sure to send me a message in the comment section of […]

Gridding Quilt Blocks

In several of my past blogs, I’ve thrown out the phrase “grid out the block,” or something similar.  I honestly had not thought anything else about the term, and assumed (wrongly, as I soon learned), that most every quilter out there in my blogging universe knew what I was talking about. Well, not everyone did.  […]

Let’s Get Small (with Apologies to Steve Martin)

Those of us of a certain age remember an awesome comedian, Steve Martin. Nowadays he’s known more for his music – primarily bluegrass, emphasizing the banjo.  But years ago – you may remember —  when Saturday Night Live was really new and really funny – he was a comedian.  And he had a catch phrase […]