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(Most of ) What You Need to Know About Sewing Machine Needles

Sooo…. The topic this week is needles.  I realize we’ve talked about needles in one very specific capacity (hand sewing needles), and in a very general way when we have talked about sewing machines.  This week I want to really highlight how important it is to use the correct sewing machine needle for the fabric […]

What Makes A Really Great Quilt Pattern

As one of the first “official” blogs of 2021, I want to talk about quilt patterns.  We’ve approached this subject before, kind of in a round-about way – we’ve talked about understanding what level of quilter you are and that you need to read the directions through before you make the first cut on your […]

Goals…How to Set Them, How to Reach Them

Last week I announced the 2021 theme – Quilting Survival.  I chose this idea on the backdrop of COVID.  At the time I’m writing this blog, two vaccines have been approved and are rolling out.  However, even with that, most us know it will be months before any of us receive it.  Masks will continue […]

The 2020 State of the Quilt

I am writing this blog on December 2, 2020.  It will be published December 30  — near to New Year’s but not quite 2021 yet.  But close enough for me to give my quilty yearly predictions and announce our theme for the next year. Overall, this is how I feel about the year 2020. Yep.  […]

Merry Chris-demic

It.  Has.  Been. A. Year. If someone, anyone would have told me during Christmas 2019, that  I would be spending most of 2020 wearing a mask, washing my hands, and standing 6-feet away from people… well, I wouldn’t have believed them.  If you remember last Christmas, we were excitedly planning to surprise the grand darlings […]

My Space…the Sequel

We’re still discussing quilt studios today. I promised storage ideas, lighting and electrical solutions, and the ultimate quilt studio sanity saver. Let’s just dive right in by dealing with rulers. Ruler storage requires an entirely different mind-set.  Quilters use small rulers such as this: And larger ones like this: And falling between the two are […]

My Space

We all have two sewing spaces in our head.  The first is our dream quilt studio – spacious, well-lit, organized, full of wonderful fabric, and state of the art machines.  Lots of storage.  Lots of electrical outlets.  A huge design wall.  My dream studio looks kind of like this: Unfortunately, in my real-life, it doesn’t […]

A Love/Hate Relationship at its Best (and Worst)

I want to talk about relationship issues today. Before we start, you need to know something about me.  I’m pretty much a black-and-white person.  And by that, I mean I either like something or I don’t.  I don’t do “maybe” very well.  I like yes or no answers.  Numbers are my friends (because the raw […]

How to Handle Your Curves

Today I want to talk about how to handle your curves. And no, I’m not talking about these curves. I’m talking about these curves. That’s right.  Quilt blocks with curved units.  Several quilt block units claim curvy fame – Clam Shells, Orange Peels, and Drunkard’s Path to name a few.  And if you toss in […]


A few blogs back when I wrote about hand sewing needles, I promised in the future I’d write one about thimbles.  I must confess I’ve had a love/hate relationship with thimbles for a long time, and it wasn’t until the last few years I made peace with using  one.  Now I generally reach for  it […]