Monday, January 31, 2011

Behind the Seams with our new Banner Winners!

(and yes the reason we have to have it up
today, is one, I can do that lol
and second, we have a guest on the Feb 1st
 and you are gonna love her post...) 

Now for the
story behind their quilts...

Yesterday I shared with you who they were...
( a name and a photo)
 Today a bit more...

Let's begin with Laura...
( reminder here Laura has no blog
this is what she sent to me...and if you look closely
at our Sew We Quilt banner..I used her square
for the textured background) 

The red and white quilt I submitted was designed by Susan Emory of Quilter's Corner in Midlothian Virginia. This quilt was featured on the cover of Quilt Sampler Magazine, Fall/Winter 2008. The pattern is called 'Making History' and combines two old blocks:  Martha Washington star and sawtooth star.  I first saw this quilt in Quilter's Corner the summer of 2008.  It was made  in blue and white (Alex Anderson's Never Enough Romance fabric).  The quilt was striking, but I had no need for a blue and white quilt. The ladies in the quilt shop were very excited because this pattern was 
going to be featured on the cover of Quilt Sampler Magazine. 
I usually design my own quilts and pick my own colors, but when I saw the magazine cover,  I knew the red and white quilt would be perfect for my mother-in-law.  Her bedroom has red carpet and white walls.  She has everything she needs and is very difficult to buy gifts for, so I decided to make this quilt for her for Christmas.  This quilt is the first quilt I made using Eleanor Burn's Quilt In a Day flying geese ruler and triangle square up ruler.  I think these rulers helped me to match my points up and also made the piecing go fast. I was afraid that I would be bored making a two-color quilt, but learning to use these new rulers and having a variety of red prints helped keep the piecing interesting.    I had it professionally quilted by Valerie Schlake of A Needle Runs Through It in Maidens, Virginia and chose wool batting.  I also  made pillow cases and quilted pillow shams (with zippers in the back) to match the quilt. 
My mother-in-law loves the quilt.  She put it on her bed the day she got it, and she went out and got new curtains to match the it.  I try to give handmade gifts only to those people who I think will appreciate the time and work I put into them, and I know my mother-in-law truly loved her gift. 
Sorry I can't give you a link to my blog as I don't have one.  I found you site when I followed Bonnie Hunter when she was guest hosting yours.   I had no idea you would get so many red and white quilt entries!  I am quite honored that you chose my quilt to be part of your banner.
Thanks Laura...!

Next is Cori's story...

Thank you for including me in the banner! I am just over the moon to be chosen again! The link to that post of my quilt is over here Wow... that is a long  link... Anyway, the reason I created this quilt is, that I was inspired by my favorite artist, Ethel Hays. I saw a comic she created about the way we kiss in different seasons. When I saw the winter kiss scene, I could think of nothing else but Valentines day. I altered her version to include a dress, and coats, and ended up with this cute wallhanging. Just perfect for Valentines. I love red and white, they are my favorite colors to combine on a quilt. I think they are so striking, and just perfect for the month of February! 
Hugs, -Cori
Thanks Cori...

Next is Rae Ann.
* the lady who chose me to take over this blog...
( and that is not the reason she was chosen...lol
when I look at all the quilts that come in...
I certainly don't remember every design and who owns it) 
just saying lol

What an awesome privilege it is for me to be chosen by Madame Samm to showcase one of my quilts in her February banner here on "Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure". I must say... Samm has done a "TREMENDOUS JOB" in taking over Stash Manicure and making it what it is today... "One of the best blogs on the block"! She is quite amazing as you all know and this idea of a new banner each month is "SIMPLY FABULOUS"!
My quilt... Raspberry Parfait... is all about what I love and adore... pinwheels and raspberry fabrics! Like Samm said... pinwheels are a signature trademark of mine... Cutiepinwheel.blogspot.com. For those of you who know me... you know that I think that pinwheels are the cutest thing ever... so when I first saw this quilt... I knew I had to make it.
One thing I just love about this quilt is the different size of pinwheels that the simple blocks make when put together. I also adore the way they seem to dance across the quilt and look so different when looking at them from different angles. Plus... it was such a fun quilt to make! 
This quilt is very special to me because while making it I actually came up with a "new" technique that takes one step out of the process and leaves one less seam which requires less cutting. Yeah... anything to cut my time down! Now... you are not going to believe it but... this idea came to me at a rather strange time. I don't know about you but I always do my best thinking while soaking in the tub. Well... one day while soaking away... I began to ponder about it... and WALLA... there it was! It all came flooding into my mind just what I needed to do and the best part was... it worked!  For a closer look... be sure to stop on by.
Thank you Samm for letting me share and thanks again ...ever so much... for choosing my quilt.!  
Thanks Rae Ann!

And now for Alette's turn...
I'm so excited that my quilt was chosen for the February banner! What an honor! Thank you so much Madame Samm. The banner looks so lovely with all the reds and the hearts. 

The story behind this quilt:
In 2008 I just moved to a new town and I was looking for a new hobby. In the local newspaper I found an article about this place where they started quilting courses. I didn't think that I could make a quilt but I signed up in Januari 2010 anyway and seven months later I finished my first sampler quilt! I didn't just find a new hobby in a new town, but I also met some wonderful and creative people. 

I didn't know that quilting was going to be so much fun! To collect fabrics... match different colors together....choose a pattern (or just start sewing!)...discover how everything looks together... and to watch others and talk with other quilters to get inspired. I just started two years ago and I hope that many years and many quilts will follow!

Here is the link to the blogpost to find some more pictures:
Thank you again!
No, thank you Aletta!

And last but not least
 favorite by any means..
Thank you Madame Samm for featuring my heart on the  Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure banner.  I am thrilled and honored at being selected from such a wide group of talented people.  

You can visit my blog here   come and visit me here. and read how I made this heart table runner, but I’ll tell you a little about it now .I love using scraps and making something out of nothing.  These hearts are made of tiny little pieces, odd shapes and sizes of fabrics that I tend to hang on to just in case I need them for appliqué.  I am not much into piecing because my seams never match and my blocks are never square.  Therefore, I tend to stick to appliqué. One day while playing around in my sewing room, I decided to try something new.   I started sewing my red scraps together and came up with my first heart.  I really did not know what I was doing.  Was I supposed to use a foundation (I didn’t)?  Then, I wondered what I would do with this heart.  I liked it.  I had red scraps left, so I started on another heart.  That’s when I decided on a table runner.  I appliquéd these hearts on a white background and then made the sashings and border out of scraps too.   This table runner will always be in my heart because I love making beautiful things without spending any money! 
And thank you Carroll..

A Heartfelt appreciation to all those
who submitted their quilts..YOU- the
visitors who drop by  every day ( assuming you do) lol
with your cuppa brew...
to those who leave comments
for our banner winners..
Thank you from their hearts to yours
and back....

Ohhh the draw I haven't forgotten..
will do that at say....mmm
(9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time)
sew keep adding your names....
You sew Matter..

What color of quilts have YOU made more of ....?


  1. What a lovely new banner of pretty valentines!

  2. I love it all the quilts and their stories. Going now to visit their blogs. :-) Looking forward to Tuesday's post and guest blogger. :-)

  3. Ohh, the Feb Banner is so sharp and RED! Really stands out....love the designs and stories..Congrats to all the banner winners!

  4. Great banner for February & Valentines in general! Thank you for all the fabulous & fun posts!

  5. Lovely banner and even prettier quilts to be included in said banner! Very inspiring Ladies!! Thanks, again, Samm for the work you've done putting them all together :)

  6. You sure chose wonderful quilts for this month's banner. I love the back stories.

  7. What a lovely cheery, warm banner this month, the reds make you glow

  8. I'll be following to see what quilts you spotlight all month. I love the red and white quilts in the Banner too. Sew perfect for V-day.

  9. Thanks Ms. Samm. This site has become one of the first places I visit in the morning. You're work is really appreciated.

  10. Wonderful stories of how these quilts came to be. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  11. Definitely makes me want to pull out my reds!

  12. Thanks for the beautiful banner everyone! Love it!

  13. Love the new banner. It always startles me when you put the new one up, am I in the right place? Just like everyone else, I'm trying to use up some stash, so I'm doing a lot of blues right now with shades of green mixed in. I find them very soothing, which is not my usual "bright is best".

  14. Love the new banner, the quilts are beautiful and inspiring. Makes me want to get started on making a red quilt now. Thank you!

  15. Sew many talented people willing to share their beautiful quilt to make this blog look ready for the Holiday love. Really fabulous.

  16. Congratulations to all the banner quilters. Inspires me to make a red and white quilt, being as red is one of my favorite colors. I work mostly scrappy, but red and black usually end up in some way, shape or form in my quilts.

  17. The banner is fabulous....just love the vibrant reds! Loved reading the stories behind the quilts too!!

  18. Love the banner quilts and I do love red.
    I love darker reds with tan and green.


  19. Love reading about all the quilts and the people who created them in the banner. I have to confess that I couldn't figure out the people kissing until I saw some other views.lol. Not gonna say what I thought it was. I have tended toward making purple and teal quilts.

  20. Congrats to the banner winners. The banner is lovely...yet again...great job Samm!

  21. I loved hearing all the stories - and seeing all the quilts! The banner is amazing, just so striking. Congratulations to all! blessings, marlene

  22. I look forward to seeing the new banner every month, and this one is especially fitting! The featured quilts are gorgeous!

  23. I do so love all the quilts in the new banner and it was great to hear all the different tales of how they came about - good job, Ladies.

  24. Red quilts, doesn't get any better. My quilts frequently have red, yellow, orange -- you know, those quiet colors -- LOL! I recently made a green one, which is unusual for me, so I'll have to send a picture for the March banner. Always look forward to my coffee and reading the blog first thing in the morning.

  25. Samm, you did it again...the red header with all the red quilts is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the stories too.

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  27. ...love is definitely in the air. I luv red....wear a lot of red and quilt with lots of red.....even had red hair in my younger days. Congratulations to the banner winners and thank you Madame Samm....great job on the banner:)

  28. I learn so much and get so much inspiration from reading this blog! ...never enough hours in the day, but I thoroughly enjoy the motivation.

  29. Oh! These FAB-U-Loso pictures of quilts and pieces of quilts.........It for my eyes, like what Godiva chocolates are for my mouth! This is just one of the reasons visiting this GREAT blog is....well, just one of the very best places to visit!


  30. I love these red quilts! I dont really make more of one color quilt over another. I just make what I love!

  31. They are all so lovely - thank you for sharing them w us!

  32. My favorite color for quilts is SCRAPPY! And then I like Red and Black and White.

    However right now I am working on monochromatic GREEN for a scrap strip quilt. Maybe I'll be ready for St. Patrick's Day?

  33. Love the new banner :D
    ***.............Love is in the air.............***

  34. The new banner looks great!! What a wonderful collection of quilts. Congratulations to all the banner winners. Hugs Ariane

  35. Congratulations to the banner winners! Such a talented group of ladies, and I love how you set up this months banner.

  36. I love the banner quilts, and red is just stunning. I just became a follower. It is a lovely blog.

  37. What a wonderful bunch of quilters. Thier quilts just make my heart skip a beat.

  38. Congratulations to the banner quilt winners. Their work is lovely. The banner quilts are so cheerful - red is a great color for February. Most of my quilts include a shade of blue. I follow as MarciaW

  39. All of the Banner winners are SEW inspiring!! I don't use the color red very much but I think I just might have to go stitch me a little something up in RED!!! I especially love the way you, Madame Samm, used Laura's quilt for the textural background. I hadn't noticed till you brought it to our attention. It is the attention to details that make YOU,my Dear Samm, special.
    Congrats to all of you ladies and your beautiful creations. I will be stopping by each of your blogs, oh dear, Laura you MUST create a blog and join us here at Sew WE Quilt @ Stash Manicure.
    Gmama Jane
    P.S. I find that I gravitate to shades of green..do I Dare send in something for March???

  40. Really enjoyed the banner stories this month and the beautiful red quilts. Red has always been a color I am drawn to but I guess I supress the attraction because most of my fabrics and quilts have been mostly blue. LOL.

    Gail :)

  41. Great stories to go with great quilts!

  42. Pretty quilts and I love the stories!

  43. Wow. Am I in the mood for February. Beautiful new banner and background image & color. Great post too. Such quilty fun and excitement.


  44. Love the "Show" & The "Tell". Fun to hear what inspired them. "What color have I made the most of"...scrappy, but right now I'm loving pinks.

  45. Thank you ladies for submitting your quilts.
    I think I've made more pink than any other color.

  46. Thanks Samm for including my quilt in this month's banner. I always love your designs and seeing all of the wonderful quilts you put together. Your talent is amazing and the quilts so inspiring! What a fabulous world of quilters we have out there.

  47. I'v never made a quilt but I'm loving red and white so pretty.

  48. I think my quilts tend to be multicolor. I don't have any 2 color quilts. Maybe that's what I need to focus on this year.

  49. what a nice little blurb about each person's piece to your banner - love this idea :)
    Thanks everyone for submitting such great photos :)
    Chestermere, Alberta, Canada


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