WIDE seams Tip

I was making a pillow with Wyndham’s new fabric collection by Kim Andersson, called Tidal Lace. It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to show you; but wait you must, sorry. Kim and Wyndham are doing a blog hop in September, so I should be able to unveil the pillow then.

For this pillow, I wanted to stitch 2″ from the outer edge, to create a flange. I taped my Add a Quarter ruler to the bed of my sewing machine, 2″ to the right of the needle  –  and voila, instant seam guide! See how easy it was to sew exactly 2″ from the edge? It was like having a 2″ presser foot.

Add a Quarter ruler as a seam guide

Add a Quarter ruler as a seam guide

As you can see in this second photo, I also drew a mark 2″ in front of the needle, so I would know when to pivot. (The mark is on the masking tape which holds the ruler to the machine bed.)

Cool, huh?

Close up of ruler, showing the 2" mark in front of the needle.

Close up of ruler, showing the 2″ mark in front of the needle


Anti-perfectionism creations

Lately I’ve been into what I think of as “instant gratification creations”. I just do whatever is quick and easy, rather than obsessing about doing it “right”.

So I needed a quick label for my skyline quilt. I used a pencil to sketch a skyline and added my name and contact info, then copied it onto fabric. I touched up the fabric copy with an ultra-fine Sharpie pen. That’s it!

You know what? I like it more than any quilt label I’ve ever done.

An easy way to create a custom label for your quilt

An easy way to create a custom label for your quilt

Holidays craziness vs creative passions

Every year I struggle during the holidays to find a peaceful balance between all the things I want to do to celebrate the joys of Christmas with all the things I must do in my everyday life.

This year I did 2 smart things. First of all, I asked for help with a project. My friend Nancy came through in a big way. The added bonus was how much fun we had doing it together. 🙂 🙂

The second thing I did was to admit defeat with one of the big items on my every day TO DO list. I have two Tibetan Terriers. One has fabulous, easy-to-care-for hair. (I know it’s technically “fur” but it’s so long and gorgeous that it’s difficult to think of it as dog hair.) the other dog’s fur gets badly matted if I don’t brush it every day. Seriously, who has time for that?? So I took her to the groomer so they could shave it off. Here is her ‘before’ picture. I’ll post the ‘after’ picture shortly.


Work gets messy

I am a freelance editor of sewing, quilting and craft books and I work from home. Most of the work is done electronically, but at times I have to organize reams of text, photos, samples and illustrations. I have a system to track it all, but I work on more than one book at once so the volume can be daunting. It’s important to know where everything is so I keep as much of it in files as I can.

I know what’s in the pile in this photo, but I need to work with it again today, so it isn’t filed yet.

I like to embrace my messy side and don’t “get” other people’s obsession with organization. However, I admit that ‘Messy’ becomes ‘Stressy’ if I can’t find something I need.