Friday, July 1, 2011

Behind the Seams with our July Banner Winners

Many countries will be celebrating INDEPENDENCE day
this July, United States, Canada, Burundi, Rwanda, Algeria,
Cape Verde, Solomon, Bahamas, France, Liberia, Madagascar,
Maldives, Peru, Vanuatu...Sew it gives me great pleasure
to share our JULY celebration banner with all of these countries...

And I am very excited to share our JULY Banner WINNERS...

Their  Behind the Seams stories begins with.....
left to right...

Here is Sharon's behind the Seams..

 Imagine my surprise to get an email from Madame Samm telling me that my quilt has been chosen for the July banner!  Can you see me doing my happy dance? In January, I was cleaning out my closets in my sewing room...which is quite full of UFO's.  When I pulled out my Buggy Barn Heart Crazies quilt, it was begging to be finished.  Quilts of Valor had been on my mind, and I decided that this quilt needed to be finished and donated.  For those of you that have been in the quilting world for awhile, you know that this is one of the original Buggy Barn designs from about 10 years ago.  Red, white and blue never goes out of style!  nor do hearts! This has been my first donation to QOV.  I hope that you will visit the QOV website to learn more about this worthy cause. If you don't mind,  take the time to visit the following will make your heart happy.
And if you would like to visit my blog, you can find me at and here is my story on my blog.   Thanks so much for making me a banner girl, Samm!

 And next is Michelle

NO WAY!!!! This is soooo cool!
ANYHOO, what an amazing banner and to be picked for July is just very AWESOME!!!  So, about here's my paragraph...

I am just so amazed & honored that my quilt was picked for the July banner.  It just makes me giggle with delight.  The pattern is called 'Charming Stars'  by Stef of Little Lady Patchwork.  I knew as soon as I saw it on the Moda Bake Shop Blog, I knew I had to make it.  I love everything about this pattern.  Because of the stars, I knew I would want to use the red, white & blue.  It's an amazing pattern.  It's an amazing quilt.

Editors note....wait till you see the pics of the truck
here is the story about that.. ( I noted Michelle does not have a truck here it is..
perhaps she will add them on her blog later)

Okay, the
I knew I wanted to take a picture that showed a patriotic feeling.  And what could be more Americana than an ol' pick up truck? lol!  I drove by this truck everyday to/from work.  It sits in a small field, with tall grass around it and all you can see is the back side.  After asking around, I found the owner of the truck and asked for permission.  Once I crossed over the cable and started to get a better view of the front...I knew this was going to be one exciting photoshoot!  It really is a cool GMC truck, when you look at it it makes you think - they don't make um' like they used too.  I'm real proud of how the pictures turned out but the only thing that would have made it sweeter is if the truck was a!

And now Jane's Story...

Here you go..
First and foremost thank you to Madame Samm for this amazing privilege. I am honored to be picked for the July banner and to be included with the other very talented ladies.
My name is Jane and my blog is Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts. I have been quilting for 25+ years but have learned more in the past three years of blogging than all the other years combined. To be picked for the July banner has a very special meaning for me; most people cannot wait for Christmas or Thanksgiving or Easter, BUT my favorite Holiday above all the rest is the Fourth of July.
This Holiday means family, friends, picnics, swimming, laughing, talking, eating and ending with a fireworks show.  I just love this day.
Oh yes, the quilt!!!
This quilt was one of my first attempts at paper piecing. Once I started I could not stop. Paper piecing is such a joy for me. All you have to do is follow the numbers. If you can count you can paper piece. I do not have very good eye site so this works for me! No points cut off, seams match. If you have not done this technique, try it!!

Oh the quilt!
My quilt was made using just my scraps. It is a log cabin. I only hand quilt, just never was able to get the hang of machine quilting. I love the feeling of a quilt on my lap, no hoop, just the quilt and I.  When I was done quilting I added some fused stars.I would love to tell you what the pattern was, but I do not usually use patterns.This wall-hanging hangs in my home as a constant reminder of freedom and family.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story and feelings for this quilt.
Thank you Madame Samm for including me, I am tickled pink!!

And next is our Twin Young Ladies from Hungary
Krisztina and Zsusanna

Dear Madame Samm,

Finally we managed to put together our little story of the heart-mugrugs. Hopefully my English knowledge was good enough for it and if not, please feel entitled to correct it where necessary.
Thanks again for the chance,

Behind the seams: heart in blue-white-red

Hello everybody, we are Kriszti and Zsuzsi (Christie and Susie in your language) from Hungary.
We are twin-sisters and both addicted to sewing. It comes from our family. Our grandmother, althought she wasn't a seamstress, sewed a lot for her family and then for the neighborhood as well. Our mother - also not a seamstress - didn't sew that much but made lovely clothes for us and for our older brother when we were children. So we started to sew also. We tried to convert old clothes for something new and stylish. These things didn't turned out well every time but we improved slowly. Our first quilt was a bed cover for wedding-present for our brother. We were sixteen then and just put it together from at least 30x30 centimeter (around 12") squares of sewing waste, donated by a sewing cousin. It was a simple diagonal pattern, here and there with not matching pieces as it came out of the waste. Honestly we can say sew that it wasn't the prettiest quilt you've ever seen but they liked it and used it until fell apart. It was almost (oh my) twenty years ago and we sewed much better ones since. Kriszti was on the patchwork-line and I learned fashion-designing and sewing clothes meanwhile but nowadays we both making patchy things and clothes also. We make quilts and bags for custom order and sew many lovely little dresses, hoses, skirts etc. for Kriszti's six little god-children (both girls, five of them in the same family).
Little bit more than a year ago we started to show our things on our blog and made our little shop on Meska (what is the smaller, Hungarian sister of Etsy). Since besides writing ours we read a lot of quilting-world's blogs, we had the influence of the mugrug-fever this winter. Our first mugrugs were the blue-white-red ones with the lovely heart-pattern. The pattern of the easy-to-make little heart is from a blog too but unfortunately we don't remember where we saw it first. After all we decided to try them in small pieces for example on mugrugs and use some of our scraps for it. We selected some vibrant reds and put some white and blue for the smooth contrast. It turned out nice and we made a pair of it for Valentine to our shop because it seemed to be a good present for anyone.
Then one fine day we recognized that Madamme Samm needs red-white-blue pictures for July banner... and planned to send the picture of the quilt - a bed cover again - that Kriszti just finished in the mentioned color-scheme. Just for fun we collected some other blue-white-red items from our gallery like a glasses-pouch and... yes, the hearty mugrugs and look at that what's in the banner? :o)
Thank you Madamme Samm for choosing us and let us introduce ourselves. And all of you... you should know now that here are two curious colleagues of you admiring your beauties and You're very welcome to drop by on our blog at A Matula ikrek blogja to visit us any time. :o)

Kriszti and Zsuzsi

and this from Shanna
I had misplace Shanna's story...have it now

The design for the Quilt came from the fact that my friend's baby 
 was to be born in July last year, I wanted to use colors that would work
 for both genders, and I wanted to try something more modern with my
 arrangement and prints.  I love the deep blue colored fabric and it
 reminds me of the blue colored used quite a bit in Texas where we 
 live.  I started this quite last year in June thinking that it was
 simple design so I should get it done quickly.  I found out how
 everything must be straight and orderly because the White showed 
 every wrinkle; every mistake.  My machine has a speed setting so for this
 quilt I turn it down to focus on keeping the lines in order.  I also
 discovered spray basting and the meander stitch during the making of
 this project.  I finished the quilt in February of this year.

 Thank you again for choosing my quilt picture.

Thank you all ladies...I LOVED reading your Behind the SEAMS favorite part of beginning a new month... I feel sew much part of the whole process...I feel connected to you all...There is something sew heart felt about seeing your vision come to life...I celebrate you, today, tomorrow, always. 

To all of you....I just know they will love to hear your comments...
sew all those who do will be in our draw too for this...
( double the chances)

Later this evening draw will take place..

WINNER has been CHOSEN and already sent her a note
as soon as she acknowledges her win.. I will post it here...
It is Karen in Australia..( is sew excited
Thank YOU all for participating...
in the weeks ahead..there will be many many many giveaways..
YOU will all have your chance...YOU bet on that!


  1. Love the stories, as usual! Thanks for designing such beautiful quilts, ladies! The hearts are my favorite :)

  2. I love that one of the sections of the new banner is from two quilters in Hungary. When we were in Budapest last October, there was a quilt show going on. Quilting is definitely international.

  3. Lovely stories and representations of July for the month's banner - well done ladies.

  4. I'm just glad that I didn't have to choose the best quilts for the banner. I would hate to make the final cut. Congratulations to the banner winners.

  5. What wonderful stories behind the seams! Sharon ... Buggy Barn is one of my favorites and totally on my "must do" list!! Michelle, I'm just going to have to visit your blog now to see all your must-be-beautiful pictures!! Oh, and Jane ... the picture you put in my mind of the Fourth of July! What a wonderful quilt to bring such memories to mind!! Kriszti and Zsuzsi, what a neat story you bring with you and I can't wait to visit your blog, ladies!! Shanna, wonderful job on your beautiful quilt!! Thank you Madame Samm for the awesome banner and what a giveaway! Wow!!

  6. Awesome new banner. Great stories too :) Congrats to you all!

  7. Wonderful quilts once again!! And they are, oh, so patriotic! Happy Independence Day to everyone who is celebrating!

  8. Congrats to the proud banner winners!!!!

  9. Lovely new banner! Looks again great! Thanks for sharing, it is always interesting to read the storis behind!

  10. Such great stories. And beautiful quilts!

  11. Nice to read - thanks for sharing.

  12. Beautiful quilts and I loved hearing from the international quilters, too. Love red, white and blue (but it would have to be a red & white quilt for this proud Canadian). Happy 144th birthday, Canada!

  13. I have just made a small wall hanging using "charming Stars" it's such an easy pattern to do and looks lovely. Linda

  14. Looking forward to reading Michelle's complete story when she up-dates her blog! The other stories are wonderful as ever!

  15. I love seeing the new banner each month because the quilts are always inspirational. But I also love it because I get to discover a whole lot of new blogs. Love it!

  16. Congrats to the winners! The quilt banner looks awesome! Beautiful quilts, all of them!
    Happy weekend,

  17. Congratulations to all the featured artists! I love reading the stories about your lives and quilts!

  18. Congrats to all! Amazing as always to see such talent! thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  19. Gorgeous quilts and wonderful behind the seams stories! Thanks for sharing and a great giveaway!

  20. Congrats to the featured quilters I love the stories behind the quilts! Great job!

  21. Wow..those are all just beautiful!! I couldn't pick a favorite if my life depended on it. I have yet to make a red, white and blue quilt, but after seeing these, it is high on my to do list!

  22. Great job to all the winners on the July banner. Awesome stories, but my favorite, since my husband and I are into old vehicles, restoring and putting them back on the road, I love Michelle's picture of the GMC and her beautiful quilt is so Americana!! Love it, love it. This would make an awesome postcard or print!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  23. Love the banners, I had a pattern all ready to do a patriotic quilt and never enough time. The quilt you selected are wonderful and the owners are so proud.

  24. I just love, love, love red, white and blue. I'm working on a RWB quilt right now. My guest room is all patriotic--quilt, a flag on the antique trunk, and even a red, a white and a blue bear nestled together. So I think the banner is wonderful - Congrats to all. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. So honored to be a "Banner Girl"...thanks for picking my quilt, Madame Samm! The banner looks awesome!

  26. Congrats Ladies, beautiful quilts! and stories.

  27. I love all of them! Isn't it funny how we are inspired to make red, white, and blue quilts (for the hot summertime?). Maybe we are all descended from Betsy Ross.

  28. What a beautiful banner! & stories! Thank you for picking my quilt.

  29. Love the banner quilts and the stories behind the seams. Red, white, and blue quilts are a favorite.

  30. I love all of the quilts! Beautiful!

  31. Great "Quilt Banner" for July! The stories of the quilts is what makes it extra special! Thanks for the chance to win the wonderful fabric!

  32. I love all the wonderful stories about the banner quilts. So inspiring - I have never met a red, white and blue quilt that did not tug at my heart. Freedom - patriotic - thankfulness. Judy C in NC will be looking for fireworks this weekend.

  33. All of the quilts are just so pretty! Thanks for sharing the stories behind the quilts :)

  34. I loved all of the stories behind the quilts. The one about the truck had me laughing and the one with the twins is just precious. Congratulations ladies on sharing your quilts with us this month. They are a pleasure to see and read about.

  35. Madame Samm,
    The backround on the blog this month has my heart all a flutter. Love that rooster peaking out. The whole picture just says July. You do wonderful work.

  36. I love the picture with the quilt on the truck. It looks so summery!

  37. I am glad you picked a mug rug for one of the quilts. Some of them are amazing works of art and all in a cute little package. Though it is hard to snuggle under one. Ha

  38. I loved reading all the stories - no matter where you are when you see a red, white & blue quilt it makes you smile and these certainly do that for me! blessings, marlene

  39. Love the stories and the quilts in the banner. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  40. love reading about the banners each month,they are all beautiful

  41. Such great stories behind each quilt.
    My heart just swells at the sight on anything red, white & blue. Lots of festivities this weekend to make us feel very patriotic, bring on the parade & fireworks.
    hadacres at

  42. Best banner ever! Love the quilts, and the stories just draw me in and capture me! Oh, there must be time to make a couple of these....I'll put them on my list! LOL Thanks ladies for a lovely July banner! And thanks, to the sponsors, who make a nice giveaway possible!
    Jacque in SC

  43. Great stories and beautiful quilts. Thanks for the chance.

  44. I love all the banner choices. I love RWB-it always looks so crisp and cool. I have the fabric to make a log cabin runner from APQ but since I haven't started it yet I don't think I will have it for Monday! I think I will make four blocks instead of three and make a wall hanging out of it instead. Congrats to all of July's banner!

  45. Thank you again for picking my quilt for this amazing banner. Your work blows me away!

  46. I love the beginning of a new month and your new banners. These are lovely! Congratulations to those chosen!

  47. I really LOVE the July banner! How could you not be inspired by such uplifting colors, patterns and stories!
    Long live the red, white, and blue!!!!

  48. Love the quilts and the stories! The banner looks GREAT, you do such a wonderful job each month!

  49. I love the new quilts every month and meeting the people and stories behind them. Thank you M.Samm for doing this so well.

  50. The quilts are lovely and the stories are wonderful. Congratulations to all of you on being banner worthy.

  51. I love this months quilts! It is such fun to see new ones each month.

  52. Those quilts all look fabulous and together as they are is a beautiful banner for July. It's always fun to read someone's behind the seams story. Congrats ladies! Happy 4th to everyone!

  53. Wow, what great red, white, and blue quilts!!

  54. Congratulations to the banner quilters and thank you for your delightful behind the seams stories. Now, I want to do a red, white, and blue quilt! Happy Fourth of July to the Americans who are celebrating our independence. Happy July to all nations Madame Samm listed who are celebrating their national holiday this month.

  55. Thanks for featuring red white and blue! I think these three colors are my favorite in a quilt, and everyone uses the colors in such wonderful ways that inspiration abounds!
    prjule at gmail dot com

  56. What a wonderful banner! As a Leo, this is my birthday month. My gift to myself will have to be making a red, white and blue quilt.

  57. I want to do a Red White and Blue quilt ASAP contrats to all the Banner Quilters!!

  58. these are wonderful choices. I'm sure it is a difficult job to pick just a small sampling from all of the submissions. thanks for taking on the job. Selina

  59. What a great team we were so lucky to drop in by the Fortune /called Madame Samm :o) /. Girls you did a great job with your RWB quilts!

  60. I love to read the stories behind the quilts. Now I'm off to visit the blogs. Byeee.


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