Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – Jeni Baker’s Lined Drawstring Bag

linedpouchbagI enjoyed making Jeni Baker’s lined drawstring bag. Her tutorial was easy to follow and quick to execute, so this is my Tips and Tutorials Tuesday. I’ve posted a picture of my bag. I thought about posting step by step pictures of what I did, but I don’t see any reason to reinvent the wheel; when everything’s been laid out for you. I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the picture below for the tutorial.


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – 3 Methods for Boxing the Corners on a Bag

Lately, I’ve been making tote bags, purses, and even Ipad/Tablet cases; which sometimes requires you to box the corners. A nice even corner makes your bag look great. I know and use two of the methods for boxing corners, but I found a video by Deby Coles from So Sew Easy ( that shows a third method. You may have seen the third method on a market bag or a large beach bag. Anyway check out the video!

3 Ways to Box Corners in a Bag:

1. Cut the cornerboxcorner2a

2. Sew the cornerboxcorner2

3. Sew into seamboxcorner3bc3

Wow! I always wondered how the third method this was done.

I’m sure you all know how to box the corners of your bag, but it’s always good to have a refresher.

Click on the video and check out all 3 methods.

Sewing Strips – Quick Tip

As always, my STITCH this! newsletter had another great tip article. Sewing strips so they don’t bend like an archer’s bow. Well Amy Smart has a tip for that. In fact she has several tips on sewing and working with strips in her book Fabulously Fast Quilts. I’m not endorsing her book nor do I get anything for mentioning it. I just enjoy sharing tips, techniques and shortcuts for quilting. So click the STITCH this! link above and check out the quick tip for straighter strips. Alternating the sewing directions will prevent strips from bending. See sewing direction below.


One Word Challenge

As I browsed the internet. I came across a blog ( Polka Dot Chair) that piqued my curiosity, so I started following it. The blogger of this site is Melissa Mortenson. Her January 22, 2015 blog post was about a One Word Challenge that she tried in 2013; and has continued since.  The challenge is simple; instead of making a list of things you want to do or change for the year choose one word. As I read Melissa’s blog she shared how she started in 2013 and chose the word DO . She chose that word because she had a hard time with “stuck-to-it-ness.” That made me think about all that I did; yet I haven’t completed many of my projects. I’m all over the place. There is no consistency in my life, so I’ve decided to select my word for this year and stick to it. My daily one  word goal for 2015 is COMPLETE. My goal is to complete what I’ve started; especially my WIPs (works in progress). What will your one word be for 2015? Think about it!

“Is what you are doing today getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?” ~Melissa Mortenson

Check out Melissa’s blog –

“Sometimes there is only one reason to complete a task, but thousands of excuses to avoid it.” ~ Kazeronnie Mak


Looking Back . . .

I read Melintheattic’s blog tonight. She was blogging about her quilting life in 2014, and her growth. I found her post to be so refreshing. It made me think about my growth,  what I have learned, and how my quilting skills have improved. I thought about the people I’ve met. The friendships I’ve built over the years, and experiences I’ve encountered because of quilting. Looking back is an important part of growth. We tend to look back on the previous year to set goals, make resolutions, and think about our growth for the new year. So take a good look back; it will help you move forward.  Think about what you have accomplished or gained? If you don’t see any growth. Then what changes will you make in 2015? Think about it! What will you do differently? . . . maybe nothing!

Susie’s Magic Binding

Have you ever added a flange to your quilt before you added the binding? Well, one of my quilt buddies told me about magic binding. She said, she would show me on Tuesday, but I couldn’t wait. I went home and Googled it; only to find out how GREAT this magic binding technique is. I’m the shortcut Queen, so I’m always looking for a new technique or method that would make my quilting quick and easy. And to my SURPRISE this technique is so easy to do. Poof! you have a flange and binding all in one and it’s machine sewn.
Click on the Susie’s Magic Binding Tutorial below to find  written instructions, but you may want to watch the video first. Additional tutorial Quilts and a Mug.


Susie’s Magic Binding Tutorial – 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks

 Quilts and a Mug

My first magic binding quilt.

Stitch and Flip Tutorial

Once again, I’m adding a technique to my blog that will make your quilting life easy. I’m always looking for methods that make piecing quilt blocks quick, easy, and effortless. I came across a stitch and flip tutorial demonstrated by Diane Harris (Quilter) from National Quilters’ Circle. She explains why you should add stitch and flip to your quilting skills, so check out the video. Remember no matter how skilled you are. You can always learn something new. Enjoy!

The Liebster Award

My blog, Pieces to Patch, was nominated for the Liebster Award. When I started blogging Pieces to Patch; I wanted to share shortcut techniques that made piecing traditional blocks easier, and post the links or tutorials for these techniques. I received my nomination from a blog called Craft Eccentrics. Thank you Craft Eccentrics, and I am so grateful that you thought my blog was worthy of this award.
I’ve read the rules, and I’m ready to share my blog and promote other bloggers and their blogs.


When I read the nomination. I felt the same way  Craft Eccentrics felt; I knew nothing about this award, so I went to The Pea Green Boat , and I also Goggled it to find more information. I wanted to know what I was agreeing to. Basically the Liebster award is a chance to learn about other bloggers and find new and interesting blogs. It also helps to show appreciation of other blogs. The rules vary over time but the basic Idea is to answer the questions chosen by the person who has nominated you, then ask your own set of 10 questions to your 10 nominated bloggers.

The rules that go with this nomination are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
2. Display the pink Liebster Award in your post
3. Answer the questions I posted
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers with up to 200 followers and inform them by commenting on their blog or contacting them.
5. Write ten questions for the bloggers you nominate

Here are my answers to Craft Eccentrics’ Questions:
1. What is your favorite sport? I’ve never been into sports. Therefore, I don’t have a favorite sport. I will occasionally watch football, basketball or even baseball, but it’s not a necessity.

2. Do you play it or are you a spectator/official/supporter? I don’t play any sports, so I would be a spectator.

3. What type of house do you live in? I live in a Multi- family house; that has three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and two and a half bathrooms. I have been blessed with two wonderful neighbors and their dog.

4. If you drink wine do you like red, white or sparkling?  If not, what is your favourite drink? I am an occasional drinker, so when I do drink I prefer a white wine.

5.What is your favorite program on TV? Masterpiece Mystery! My favorite mysteries come on this television program (Channel Thirteen, PBS). I really love watching Miss Marple, Inspector Lewis, Peirot, Midsomer Murders, and many more . . .

6. Have you ever lived in a country other than the one where you live now?  If so, which one? No, I’ve never lived I another country.

7. Who is the most important person in your life and why? As I grow and mature there are so many important people in my life. As a child my mom’s oldest sister (my aunt Babe) and my grandma Grace were most important because they taught me to love crafting; sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. I feel that in each season of my life someone else becomes the most important to me. At this time my family, especially my grandchildren are the most important people in my life because they are so impressionable and loving.

8. What is your favourite flower? I never thought of a favorite flower, because I love flowers and their wonderful fragrances. I do like lillies.

9. Would you ever sell up everything and go back-packing around the world? It’s never too late to try something new, so I guess I would do it. This would be a time for me to stop just existing and begin living life.

10. Is there a craft you haven’t tried but would love to?  If not, what is your favourite craft? I would love to learn how to silk screen.

 Here are my questions:
1. How did you choose the title of your blog?
2. How long have you been blogging?
3. How much time do you dedicate to your blog?
4. Who or what inspires you?
5. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
6. Of all the blog posts you have written which do you like best?
7. What type of books do you enjoy reading?
8. What’s your favorite quote?
9. What’s your happiest memory as a child?
10. What was the last song you listened to?
My Nominations are:

Hanging By A Thread


Late Night Quilter

Gourmet Quilter Blog

laugh yourself into stitches*

Because I say sew😉

Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

My Fabric Obsession 


 Esch House Quilts

Of course participation is optional but it would be awesome if you give it a go!

Quick Trip – Around the World Quilt

If you’ve read any of my blog entries up to now. You know I’m always looking for shortcuts and quick techniques to make traditional blocks. I’m sure many of you may have used Eleanor Burns’ Quick Trip Quilts tutorial before, but I haven’t and I was amazed at how easy it was to follow, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Her technique is so easy that you can make it in a day; sewn from strips this quilt is simplified with unmatched seams. It’s great for all skill levels. You can find this pattern and instructions in her Quick Trip Quilts book too.