TODAY’S TIP: If pieced blocks turn out a little larger than needed, try to trim equal amounts from each side to square it up. This will help keep the piece more precise than if the entire amount was trimmed from one side.               

As you may have noticed, I’ve been a little lax in posting these past few days. I’ll use today to catch up, giving an abbreviated post for each day. In keeping with National Sewing Month, a sewing and/or quilting tip will also be added for each day that I missed.


Attended a one-day quilt show in Eufaula, at the North Fork Baptist Church. If the camera cooperates next week, pictures from the show will be posted.

Saturday’s Tip: When stitching a bias and straight grain piece together try putting the straight grain piece on the bottom.  This will help you avoid stretching the bias piece, as well as stabilize it.


Psalm 33:3 – Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy

Sunday is NOT for sewing at my house, so no sewing tip for today.  


Monday’s are for meandering. Sometimes I visit other bloggers, and share them. Sometimes I blog about whatever is on my mind. In the future I’ll be adding book reviews here for you. However, on this Monday, I crashed. Did absolutely, positively nothing. No sewing. No writing. No blogging. No housework. Nothing. Nada. At least Tuesday finally came.

Monday’s Tip: To help prevent a template from slipping when tracing around it, a small piece of sandpaper with adhesive back can be attached to the back of a template.


Spent the morning packing up quilts, for a presentation to the Pioneer Genealogy Society in Ponca City. Had a great time with the group. After my presentation a few members shared their quilts and stories.

Tuesday’s Tip: An old 45 RPM  makes a good template for a curved edge. Just make sure it’s an old, unusable record, you don’t want to upset someone you love by ruining their favorite record. 🙂


Returned from Ponca City. Crashed after the long drive. Took care of animals, unloaded the car, unpacked, and relaxed for the rest of the day. 

Wednesday’s Bible verse: Psalms 77:11-12 – I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will mediate also of all they work, and talk of they doings.

Wednesday’s Tip: The blunt end of a pair of baby’s nail scissors won’t poke the quilt when they are used to clip threads when quilting.


Today has been a totally sewing day, with a brief excursion to the post office. Pictures of sewing and quilting projects worked on, or finished today will be posted next week. They are gifts, and the recipients get to see them first. 🙂

Thursday’s Tip: When hand sewing, either quilting or piecing, running the thread through beeswax will  help keep the thread from fraying and breaking. If no beeswax is available a piece of soap will also work.

See you tomorrow. As has become habit recently, tomorrow will once again be Five Minute Friday, courtesy of LisaJo at The Gypsy Mama.


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