Two years ago, I made Carli an apron and potholders for Christmas. This project consisted of several firsts for me. I’d never attempted an apron. I’d never made potholders. I certainly had never used bias tape!
Using a sweet little heart shaped pattern by Martha Stewart, I created the following potholders. Being my first, they weren't perfect, ...read more
If you are creating a Reversible Table Runner, thank you for joining me in part 2 where I show you how to create your binding and finish your table runner. If you are making a quilted project and want to use the backing as your binding, you will want to follow this Simply Basics Binding a Quilt tutorial instead.
I encourage you to create a custom ...read more
Have your tried out our Scrappy Mug Rug pattern yet? If so, I challenge you to make a larger version into a reversible table runner. This table runner is no more difficult than the mug rugs. By making it reversible, you will be able to use the same table runner for several months a year. I made a Fall/Halloween version but you could easily make one ...read more
You know those cute little drawstring or Velcro fabric bags that sheets come in? You know - the ones that will never ever hold the sheets again because you have to be a magician to be able to fold them that precisely again? I have scoured Pinterest for clever uses for my small stock pile but I came up empty handed.
Since I consistently have ...read more
You may have read my Top 12 Tools for the Beginner Quilter post from earlier this year. Since then, I have really thought about other tools that I use that make sewing so much easier. Some of these tools I have used for several years, and others I have just recently discovered. There are so many rulers and notions available now, so determining which ...read more
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As many of our long time readers know, my 12 year old, Jaci has type 1 diabetes. She started using an insulin pump about 5 months ago. An insulin pump is fantastic because instead of giving herself 6 injections a day, she only has to get one injection every 3 days.
Because she doesn't make her own insulin, this pump gives her a constant drip of insulin. ...read more
My husband and I bought some pricey sunglasses before we left for our honeymoon two years ago. I was hoping that a higher price would equal quality and I've found that to be true. However, since my over-sized sunglasses do not fit into the protective sunglass cases sold in stores, mine are often tossed into my purse without protection, resulting in ...read more
One good thing about my son being in year round schooling is that I have more time than most parents to think about what I can do for a teacher appreciation gift. Connor’s year of Kindergarten is coming to an end this week so it was time for me to get the gears turning. I wanted to make his teacher something that she could actually use, and something ...read more
It never fails - 9:00 pm and my kids tell me they have run out of ziplock bags for tomorrow's lunch. Same at your house? Enough is enough - I decided to try my hand at making reusable snack bags. Today is the day I free myself from throwaway plastic bags and join the reusable snack bag revolution! <grin>
Materials you need for ...read more
I’m often asked how to finish quilts and mug rugs. There are actually several methods for binding, and it is really up to the seamstress to decide the best method to use for their project. Available methods are:
Machine stitch binding to the front of the quilt/mug rug and then finish by hand stitching it to the back.
Machine stitch ...read more