Category: Quilting sewing things for the home

How to create a deconstructed table runner

Remember my post on how to deconstruct a Kansas Star block? No? Go read it now then, I shall wait. Memory refreshed? Great! Now you are thinking, “What do we do with these 7 blocks?” And today, I have the answer for you! I am going to explain how to create a deconstructed table runner.... Read more »

Green all over Table Runner is complete - Happy St. Patrick's day to me!

A finish is always good even if it’s a bit later than you had hoped. When I began this table runner, I did blog post part one thinking that part two would immediately follow. Life intervened in the way of my grandson getting sick on ending up in the hospital. I couldn’t even think about... Read more »

DIY How to make a metal pan Handle Cover tutorial

My husband has slowly started cooking more now that he is mainly retired. As you can imagine, I am thrilled beyond belief with this new development and encourage it whenever possible. When he wanted a Wok, I made sure he got one for his Father’s Day present. He has been experimenting mainly with grilling recipes... Read more »

DIY How to Cover Rocking Chair Cushions Tutorial

See the yellow rocker with the grey patterned cushion? That rocker was from Craig's List and fell apart.  But the cushions are still good, perfect in fact. So let's change them up!
In November of 2012, I created cushions for Zara’s nursery. I had wanted to start from scratch but the foam was more expensive than buying cheap, nondescript cushions and changing them with new fabrics. You can read that post here, but believe me, I did it. Now there is a new baby, a new nursery... Read more »

Quick and easy DIY Table runner from pre cuts

I live in a condo building of four units and I am good buds with two women who live in two other units. They are both single gals who do a lot for our building. We bring in each other’s garbage cans or newspapers plus pull together for meetings or repairs. We don’t hang out... Read more »

Child Proofing a Spiral Staircase

My sewing studio is a loft above our great room, 400 square feet of gloriousness all for me. The ceiling does follow the roof line so upon occasion I have smacked my head at the ends. I have arranged the furniture so this doesn’t happen very often but I really have never thought about the... Read more »

12 ways to decorate with quilts

A quilt on a bed, what an idea! I also have one on the wall and two on the bedframe. And yes, I did look for other ways to have more quilts in our bedroom.
Yep, I decorate with quilts! Quilts are made to be used and enjoyed and not just on a bed. I mean how many beds do you even have in your place?  Or some of your quilts might not even fit your bed. I don’t think quilts should be folded up and stored in a closet. ... Read more »

DIY Round Chevron Table Topper

We just finished a major redecorating project which we started shortly before the youngest child left for college.  She graduated two years ago so you can tell this was a long project and there are still a few little details we haven’t taken care of.  When we had younger kids in the house, we had... Read more »

April kitchen sewing inspiration

April is an odd month here in the Chicago area, particularly this year.  Easter is but a distant memory and Mother’s day not that close, plus the weather is basically awful.  We do have moments, an hour here or there of sunshine which rescues us from sticking our heads in the oven.  April kitchen sewing... Read more »

Green quilts and March go together

I love green in general but even more in March.  Not all of my green quilts are Irish but they are all still my favorites.  Yesterday I wrote about how if you fold up a quilt and keep it away, it’s still perfect in twenty years but quilts are made to be loved and used. ... Read more »