Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Scrap your way to wonderful "Trivets"

A big thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me back again. I have survived the holidays and am looking forward to a new year of "quilty" surprises. I hope, you all are too.

My name is Joan from MooseStashQuilting, and I have a fun little project to share with you. I, like many of you, have made and loved those wonderful monthly themed projects. There is nothing better than having a new "quilty" every month to decorate with. So lets step it up a bit, and make something that is not only decorative, but functional and can be used daily. How about a new set of clothes every month for it????

Sound interesting?????? Here you have it. Ceramic tile trivets!!
A plain old "cheap" ceramic tile, in a Velcro closed pocket. Did I mention cheap? How does about 50 cents grab you? Yep, that is the cost of these 6" tiles. A few scraps and some velcro and you have all you need. For this one, a 5" quilt block bordered with a 1 1/2" strip will make it large enough to fit the tile nicely. Those leftover pieces of quilt batting are perfect for this project too. I have batted both the front and back, although it really isn't necessary for the back.
So lets get started:

For Valentines day, I have chosen an applique heart motif. My favorite method, is fusible applique, but if you are a needle turn kind of girl, go for it, there are no rules. :-)

I am going to start with a 5" square for the front background. Since I want my heart to pop a little, I have chosen to place a secondary 3 1/2" background square behind my heart. We can all cut out hearts, so let your scissors do the walking and cut something that speaks to you! Once I am all fused into place, I am going to attach my 1 1/2" border strips.

Now lets measure the block, which is 7" square, and cut 3 more pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of batting with that measurement. We are also going to cut a 3 1/2" x 7" piece for the flap. You will note that my lining is a different fabric.

Fold the flap strip in half, so it measures 1 3/4" x 7" and stitch ends. I have marked 1/4" and 1/2" in from each end with chalk. Stitch from the folded edge up, at an angle. It is a little difficult to see the sample, so I have added a drawing to help with this step. Turn right side out and press.

Stack your batting, front fabric (right side up), flap, and lining fabric (right side down) with top edges even. Stitch, flip your lining over, and press.

You can do some random quilting if you like at this point. I have decided that I need a few more hearts on mine. We now have the opportunity to stitch a 6" LOOP piece of Velcro to the back side of the flap towards the folded edge. Please note if you have chosen a fusible applique method, you need to seal the edges with some kind of sealer like Fray Check or Fray Block, to protect from fraying with repeated washings.

Now stack your 2 remaining 7" pieces of fabric, right sides together, on top of the last piece of batting and stitch across the top flipping and pressing just like the front. Stitch a 6" piece of HOOK Velcro to the back, about 1/4"down from the top edge.

Lay the back piece over the front piece, right sides together and stitch down the 2 sides and across the bottom. Trim your bottom corners and turn right side out. Your ready to dress you tile!

Could it really be any easier? Best yet, when it gets dirty, it comes off an goes right into the washer and dryer.

Now changing these out for different seasons, months or holidays will be a snap. What do you think? Better start stitchin and planning for Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, spring, summer, fall... Whew, so many ideas! You can follow me over at MooseStashQuilting for a year of new tile clothes. I will have at least one new "tuxedo" posted by the 5th of each month, for the next year.  I hope to see you there, because we are going to have some fun!  Now head on out, to your favorite home improvement store, and pick up a tile or two. I wonder how a 12" trivet would be?? What a great size for larger pans, and a terrific way to use those orphan quilt blocks. I am off to my Home Depot and as I remember, they have some great deals on orphan tiles, too. See you soon.

Oh yeah, before I forget, I am sending this trivet to one lucky person who wants to start on this adventure with me. If you want to follow along and make your own trivet wardrobe, leave us a comment, and Madame Samm will happily select a winner!

Happy Stitchin!

#37 Kim you are the winner..Joan will connect with you...
neat idea wasn't it? lol. 
we all win!

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 ....?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Banner Winner for January, End of Month giveaway...ohhh grab a cuppa of something, we will be here awhile!

I am sew turned around....
( and I know it is SUNDAY, day of rest, but tomorrow
is  the end of the month and the new Banner will be revealed..
 ....just saying....

I would love to thank all those who contributed
to our January Banner..
( their stories are here)
Behind the Seams, 

Sew from Left to right...Pauline, Anne Marie,
Melissa, Susan and Frances...
Thanks for making our January anything but BLUE...

As there is always ONE that I blend all others with
January's winner is Anne Marie.. ( she was the snowflake, not
personally, but what she created lol) 
and this is what you win from 
Shabby Fabrics.( take a peak at Jen's Valentine Runner)
Some great collection buttons and a charm pack
( ahhh to make some mug rugs) 
Congrats to you...in my books you were all winners...!
( please connect with me, Anne Marie..need your addy) 

And Now for our...

Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure..

I received 3,218 red, burgundy, pink quilts...
and these 5 quilts make up our banner this month. 
I chose these as they blended perfectly.
And let me tell you this is no easy task....
I take all the names off them, sew when I am blending
 I have no idea who's quilt is YOURS...lol
( this often takes me about a week to create) 

Sew thank you, thank you, thank you..
for all who entered...I would enter all of you on our 
blog banner, except it might look like one pixel size..
and take me ohhhh 3 months to do that ......
and I would have to supply magnifiers..
Suffice to say, we have a few months left to this calendar year..
sew keep sending..need GREEN for March..any colors of GREEN
and size...

May I continue....?

There is always one in the collection that I match all
those with. You will know who- at the end of this month  when
the winner will be announced. That winner will win a special
package from Michael Miller!
They are our sponsor for the Banner winner for February. 

Behind the Seams...
their stories will be shared on Monday
( that is tomorrow)

For now, let me just say their first names...
you may know some of them already...
Now  let's look at  Laura's

Laura 's  quilt was just beautiful and the right shades
to fit in perfectly with the others... sew congrats
on such a beautiful share...
This lady does not have a blog, but did enter
our contest...Sew be assured you don't need
a blog to enter your quilts....

And then Cori's

Cori, hers was sew befitting for this month
of February and I can't imagine overlooking
it for it's magic. I am still in awe of the depth..
aren't you? 
Yes, look Rae Ann is here..

It reminded me of a raspberry sorbet
the colors sew rich and her pinwheels
being such a signature trademark. 
I thought this was a perfect addition.

Alette joins us from way over there...lol

This reminded me of a shooting star
aiming for our hearts.. her choices
of fabrics  = perfection!

And now  Carroll's.... 

Well the heart is such a recognized
symbol for February, I was pleased
to have a few to choose from..
hers had my heart beating a little faster.

Sew please  come back tomorrow to read
 and view our new Banner &
the story behind their quilts with links to some
of their blogs/ for more photos.


And what do we have here?????
Well it is END of the month..and we just have
to have a giveaway...SEW this month
compliments of Carrie Nelson
 for wearing   "the niceness award" 
has sent me this collection from 
Kate Spain, and since the colors
went sew well with this new addition copy
I received from 
Martingale &Co.
This brand new book
of Scrap Basket Sensations...

I thought...ohhh why not....?
Let's do a double giveaway..!
( book and 20 fat quarters)
Looks like you could make the book..
they blend sew well...lol

Sew with all of your HEARTFELT warmth and sincere
wishes for our New Banner Winners...
Share with us, 

"What will you be pouring
your heart into this month?"

Oh and be a follower, that is certainly felt in our hearts
and does make our sponsors stand up and take notice..

DRAW tomorrow....!

Wow, that was a 3 cuppa, maybe that is why
I can  hear my  heart pounding out of my chest...lol


#97 Patty is the winner..
.of  the bundle and the book ...
Congratulations...and for all those who participated
thank you....You can count on more 
coming real soon...

Patty drop me a line with your info...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Humble Rail Fence Quilt

The Rail Fence is not just for beginner's, it's fast, it's versatile, and it looks great in scraps. You can choose any number of rails and the strip width to give you the size block you want or even use your strings which is another version on my to do list.

Hi, I'm Mary Johnson and I blog and quilt over at Mary Quilts - Making Scrap Quilts from Stash. As today's guest blogger I'd like to share some of my Rail Fence quilts and a brief tutorial... brief because they're so simple to make there's not much you need to know before heading to your stash to whip one up yourself.

For me strip size is often dictated by leftover strips from another project. Rail Fence quilts are perfect leftover projects and because I make scrap quilts, I rarely pull all those fabrics out for just one quilt.

Here's a two rail fence made with leftover 2.5 inch strips. Even though the colors of the rails are controlled...green, black, and white... many fabrics were used.

Here's another variation. Three rails, with a larger middle rail. A little more controlled with a single brown fabric but lots of greens. The middle rail would be great for fabrics you want to showcase, perhaps an I Spy quilt for a child.

How about a three rail fence dressed up with some stars? These rails are 2.5 inches and in these colors it makes an excellent Quilt of Valor.

Or this very scrappy three rail fence with leaves scattered throughout. Again, three rails but this time using 2 inch strips. See what I mean about lots of variations?

I've even made a wonky version as another Quilt of Valor

So now that you've seen some of my previous Rail Fence quilts, let's make a quick gift or donation top. This quilt will measure 45x60 inches and be set 6 x 8 blocks.

I just finished another kiddie quilt in green and purple so while I have those fabrics out I'll make a five rail fence using 2 inch strips. That will give me a 7.5 inch finished block.

Step one cut a bunch of 2 inch strips - I use everything from short strips that will make one block to WOF strips that will make five blocks.

We're going to sew strip sets alternating three purples and two greens, starting and ending with a purple.

Now we'll sub cut those into 8 inch blocks but first measure the width of your strip sets...if you're like me, yours may not measure exactly 8 inches. This is a good time to adjust the size of your blocks to your measurement so the blocks will go together easily and not need trimming or squaring up.
I pressed all my seams to the purple but since you'll be alternating the direction of the blocks there won't be seams to match up until you're sewing the blocks into rows. Throw the blocks up on the design wall, alternating the direction of the rails every other block starting with a block with the rails in the vertical position.

Once your blocks are arranged like you want them, assemble the top, add some allover quilting and you'll have a quick gift or donation quilt from stash!

How easy is that? Click on the links under each of the quilts to go to the page on my website with brief instructions. To see my latest Rail Fence idea check this blog post.

Thank you for having me as a guest today, I enjoyed sharing with you. Hope to see you again!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dot Dot Dash Quilt Tutorial

Hi, I'm Karen Maxwell from Lisnaweary Quilts and I am thrilled that Madame Samm has asked me to be a guest on Stash Manicure, Sew We Quilt.

I'm from Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where I live with my husband who is a farmer and our four children (a boy and 3 girls).

I love patchwork: modern, traditional, folk art....it doesn't matter..I love it all!

Anyway, I thought I would show you a little wall hanging I made last year from Irish Linen, that just about sums me up!

Enough about me, here is the tutorial for the Dot Dot Dash Quilt, which I made for the Moda Bakeshop! (Its made using Moda's Hoopla fabric range)

This quilt could just as easily be made with scraps from your fabric stash, just add some solid background fabric.

Finished size 66" x 90"


1 Hoopla Jelly Roll

2yds Moda Solid White Bleached

1 1/2yds green floral fabric

1yd green check fabric

backing: 5yds dot fabric

Instructions:From the jelly roll, pick out 15 strips - 5 sets of 3 strips. Trim off selvages. (strips should measure 42 1/2")

Sew together in groups of threes, along the length of the strips.From remaining 25 strips: cut two 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from 11 strips and one 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square from the remaining 14 strips - 36 squares in total.

From the background cut:

twelve 2 1/2" x 42 1/2" strips

six 2 1/2" x 13 3/4" strips

three 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips

thirty three 2 1/2" x 3" strips

Sew a 2 1/2" x 3" white piece and 2 1/2" coloured square together, then alternate white and coloured again until there are four coloured squares. Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" white piece to the final coloured square. Sew a coloured square to this, and again alternate between white and coloured until there are four coloured squares, finish the strip with a 2 1/2" x 3" white piece. Press well. Strip should measure 42 1/2". Make 3 strips.

Sew a 2 1/2" x 13 3/4" white strip to a coloured square, then alternate between 2 1/2" x 3" white pieces and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" coloured squares until there are four coloured squares. Sew a 2 1/2" x 13 3/4" white piece to the end. Press well. Strip should measure 42 1/2". Make 3 strips.

For each of the six strips: sew a 2 1/2" x 42 1/2" strip to either side of the length of the strip.

Each strip should measure 6 1/2" x 42 1/2".

Starting with a white background strip with 8 coloured squares, arrange the eleven strips as shown in the photo, alternating between coloured and white strips.

Sew strips together and press well.

1st border: from green floral fabric, cut six 6 1/2" x Width of Fabric.

First sew on top and bottom borders, piece together and sew on side borders.

2nd border: from white solid fabric, cut seven 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric.

Piece together and sew on quilt.

Sew remaining 25 strips from jelly roll together along the length of the strips, press well. (Some will be different lengths)

Fold over, right sides together, sew first and last strips together. This makes a sort of tube.

Place tube flat on the cutting board, trim off selvages, and cut tube into 2 1/2" strips.

You should end up with lots of hoops.

Unpick one of the seams anywhere in the hoop.

Sew on 4 more squares (from one of the other hoops); this gives a strip of 29 squares. Make 4 of these strips.

Make four more strips in a similar way, this time make sure you have 45 squares in each strip! Make 4 of these strips.

For top and bottom chequered border, sew two stips of the 29 square strips together along the length of the strip.

Repeat for side borders using 45 square strips. Press well.

Pin top and bottom borders to the quilt top.

Sew in place. Nearly finished...

Pin and sew chequered border to sides of quilt top.Layer backing, wadding and quilt top, quilt as desired. Sew on binding. Remember the quilt label!

My quilt was long arm quilted by Yvonne McKee with beautiful butterflies.

In Ireland we don't normally have this much snow! Usually, it disappears very quickly, this year it stayed around for weeks! I was lucky - it gave me a perfect backdrop for my photos.

My eldest daughter isn't usually this camera shy!

..and our dog isn't usually this obedient!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, pop over to my blog or website for more tutorials, chat and photos of sewing and Ireland!