Good Links for HSTs!

Good Links for HSTs!

If you ever want to get people riled up at a guild meeting, ask what the best method is for making half-square triangles. Then ask them how to trim them! I’ve compiled a list of HST tutorials and methods below, which work well for small or big batches. Really big batches. Like 40 at a time… Continue Reading

Quilting Resources: Your Public Library

Quilting Resources: Your Public Library

If you haven’t checked out your local library for all things sewing and crafting, you really should.  With the rise in the DIY movement over more than a decade, the sheer number of books published on a huge variety of topics from quilting to garment sewing, canning and chicken raising to upholstery is staggering. Recently,… Continue Reading

Quilting Funk, and How to Work Past It

Quilting Funk, and How to Work Past It

It happens to all of us: sewing along on a project, feeling good, then suddenly, BAM! nothing. No desire to keep on with the project, not really interested in doing something new, a funk of epic proportions and the glow is off the quilted rose. I admit that I myself don’t usually have the best… Continue Reading

Favorite little things: Apps for Quilting and Stitching

I am old school in many things, and have a huge number of books on quilting, stitching, and making stuff of all sorts (Never enough books.  Never.). Sometimes, though, having a tool on a smartphone or tablet can be incredibly useful and fun to play with when you’re waiting in some line somewhere.  Here are… Continue Reading

Favorite little thing: Story Patches

Favorite little thing: Story Patches

Now that I’ve decided what we are going to do for teacher gifts this year (a Tessa Basket filled with supplies and gift cards), I am turning my thoughts to having my son write something to go with it.  As I was thinking about how to label this project, it occurred to me that I… Continue Reading

Hide and Seek, Fabric edition

Hide and Seek, Fabric edition

Sometimes you have stuff in your stash and you’d like more of it.  Or perhaps, you have a specific fabric and would like to find something close enough to make no never mind. As one does, I waited until three weeks before school ends to consider my teacher gifts.  Normally I don’t make things because… Continue Reading

Quilts of Valor and Modern Quilts

Quilts of Valor and Modern Quilts

Over the long weekend, Quilts of Valor held an auction of quilts donated by known quilters to raise funds to continue the mission of the organization, which is to “… to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor”.  While the auction is over, I wanted to highlight something that… Continue Reading

Lines by Design, a New Book by Debbie Grifka

Lines by Design, a New Book by Debbie Grifka

Debbie Grifka, owner of Esch House Quilts has been a designer of minimalist, modern quilts for a long time now, and her aesthetic is clean and lovely and well-developed. It was a delight, then, to see her new book with a number of designs that so reflect her work and sense of style. Lines by… Continue Reading