Quilting With My Embroidery Machine


I’m quilting Rainbow Insomnia right now and I wanted to add some fancier stitches in the corners and the triangles surrounding the center star. So last night I thought, “Well it’s now or never.”, made a quilt sandwich and sat down and started playing. Quilting in the hoop is a bit different. You don’t actually hoop your quilt sandwich – it sits on top of the hoop and is held in place by clips. I only had 4 clips that {Read More}

Free Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial


I needed a sewing machine mat in a hurry since I’m taking a workshop on Sunday and I’m tired of losing stuff all the time!  I found a good tutorial a few weeks ago but just didn’t have the time to quilt my own piece of fabric.  Then I remembered that a certain big fabric store sells pre-quilted fabric and the lightbulb went off.   I made this in a few hours (it took longer because of the photos and {Read More}

Winner Announced – Kimberly Einmo Book and Ruler


Pulling up Random.org yesterday morning to draw a comment number resulted in: That comment belongs to: Congrats to Ellie! She’s won the Kimberly Einmo book Jelly Roll Magic and the EZ Jelly Roll Ruler.  If you didn’t win this contest I highly recommend checking Kimberly’s books out at your library or ordering them for yourself! If you use precuts they are invaluable for great quilt patterns that don’t look like they are made from precuts. Her awesome rulers: EZ Star and {Read More}

Those Darned Labels


I was sort of clueless about labeling quilts until I listened to Quilting for The Rest of us – Episode 27 “In Which We Document Our Quilts“. I hadn’t labeled any of my projects and really didn’t see the importance of doing it. Listen to the episode if you haven’t – Sandy has some great suggestions on labeling and keeping quilt diaries.  I wanted to expand on this a bit and do a blog post on quilt labeling especially after {Read More}

A Quilty Catchup (some embroidery too!)


Some project progress updates: Rainbow Lone Star – I finished piecing the outer border, made the label on my embroidery machine and pin basted the quilt sandwich. The lettering on the label isn’t perfect but it works I guess.  It’s only a wallhanging so I don’t know why I care so much.  I need a better embroidery lettering program. The one I’m using now doesn’t stitch out very well once you create a font in the program and stitch it out {Read More}

Free Pattern Friday – Printing on Fabrics

Gloria Hansen has provided a wonderful explanation on printing on fabrics and how to make your photo look the best and last the longest.  I highly recommend reading it if you’re thinking of printing on fabrics in the future.

37 – Behind the Scenes of Ep 36, WIP, Basil Update, Reorganization, Curtains


A little bit behind the scenes of the interview with Kimberly Einmo! Some of my works in progress: Rainbow Lonestar Black Floral Wallhanging UFO Test blocks for twin size commission Testing embroidery files from Big Dreams Embroidery Block design for Seamed Up Basil saw the surgeon for his 8 week checkup after his CCL surgery repair Work drama I reorganize my sewing studio a bit I made my first set of curtains!! Comment catchup – thanks to everyone for the {Read More}

A Quilter Makes Curtains & A Finish


In the middle of my rearranging I did to my sewing studio I kept looking at the window and thought that I really needed curtains. Then I looked for my window coverings book and couldn’t find it.  The thought kept nagging at me anyway so I decided to see if I could find a simple tutorial online for curtain making.  I found a good one! Design Sponge – Curtain Making 101 – Photo Tutorial I don’t know why making curtains {Read More}

Tool Organization Tip of the Day


My studio setup has been bothering me for a few months now and I’ve been thinking about how to rearrange things to make it better.  I have several issues in the room that limit how I can set up my areas but I think I’m off to a decent start. I moved my small cutting table to another part of the room and swapped it with my ironing board.  I removed the quilt rack that was in one corner and {Read More}

36 – Interview with Kimberly Einmo, Author, Teacher and Creator of several rulers; plus a Giveaway!!


FULL TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE HERE Download the podcast in iTunes On a lovely Wednesday in February I took the day off from work to accomplish two things: travel to the other side of the county for Basil’s vet appointment and interview Kimberly Einmo! She was kind enough to let me have a few hours of her afternoon for an interview and we spent some time sewing and chatting together afterwards. You can follow Kimberly on her blog, order her books and {Read More}