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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Helllooooooooooooooooooo another hint...

Our guest blogger 
could not be reached
and it was too late
for our back up...

Sew I guess today will be spent
on the Campaign.
You have heard of it, haven't you?

Here is a hint, in 22 days 
there will be this SPONSOR giveaway for
sewing machines, rotary cutters, Go cutter,
Sizzix cutter, scissors, mats, rulers, patterns, books,
Fat Quarter bundles.... and quite a bit more....
and Wantobe Quilters AND YOU,
will be eligible too...Yes that is right?

Anyone in need of a flyer for any LQS
just ask me. This is a wonderful marketing
tool for those LQS who are seeking at getting
new quilters in their stores and highlighting workshops
for them. For YOU, you get to collect those names
and if those people win, sew do you ....




Saturday, July 9, 2011

Wantobe Quilter Campaign Updates.... countdown begins....

 Yes 24 more sleeps....YEP!
( her name btw Tobe..as in to bee a quilter) 
Wendy came up with that...

For the past couple weeks, when I came up with this
idea to bring WANTOBE QUILTERS together along
with all these Sponsors...note our sponsor  list is growing....
They are indeed the GREATEST, LATEST, BEST.....
I just knew this would spell great opportunities for sew many. 

Each SATURDAY leading up to August 1st- I will share a bit more with you...
You have read about  the gathering  of names of Wantobe Quilters,
what is all that about?

Well let me tell you...Once the campaign begins on August 1st....
All the names, emails and phone numbers you collect,
will be sent to me in a personal email. ( madamesamm@cogeco.ca)
I will in turn set up a database that will have your name along
with all those you have on your list...let's pretend you have 5 names...
your name is Betty...  you have 5 Wantobe Quilters ...
Your  name will be added to all 5 of those names..
IF any of  YOUR  people win anything, you also win something.

That name will be published the day of the DRAW,
if she or he happens to be an experienced QUILTER and not a Wantobe Quilter,
( and someone will tell me, there is no doubt about that)
they will be disqualified right there and then .....

I do believe 99% of people are very honest, and that most
people believe in karma. What goes around comes around.
Sew I am not worried about qualifying the winners. 
I just know they will be WANTOBE  Quilters...
I have very sophisticated software that matches, email
addresses with ISP's...ever since I began managing this blog,
I have never had any problem with those who won anything
as far as legitimacy...Sew please do not worry about that..
I am on it! 

Now for those of you who have blogs and you would like
to appeal to your own followers/friends. Next Saturday
I will supply you with a text that you can put on your blog
that states, they will not be able to come to this blog ( stash)  to enter
in a giveaway...They will have to locate our list of bloggers  on the side
bar.... all those who have the 
WANTOBE QUILTER button on their blog ...   I will list you here...

Any visitors who want to enter will be asked to look at the list
on the side bar..( not there yet)  and they will be asked to give you 
their name and email and phone number...
( this will all be clearer as we get closer to the launch date...)

( please let me know with a comment  who has this button already on your blog
as I will be compiling a list) and adding it this week...



Ahhh I can hear you...what if the same person, registers
their name with all the bloggers..??? No problem, their name
will only be counted once, whoever submitted that name first..
My software will tell me their name is already registered with BETTY .lol...
So if you are Helen, and you have the same name...that name will not be registered again.
How does that sound?

What else can I share with you....??????
mmmmmmm  I hear Nancy Zieman will be popping over for a guest
post, ohhhh and Eleanor Burns too I hear....and. just today I heard from Alex Anderson
she too will be joining us and I think some guy name Ty, .......oh I think that is enough 
excitement for today....Ü


See this button on the side bar...any related topics that are published
at my own personal blog- Sew I quilt.... will be found here...
I have been doing sneak peaks on my blog of some of the giveaways...



Ohhhhh yes, I understand that  BERNINA, PFAFF and a BABY LOCK
willl be giving us their GREATEST, LATEST BEST beginner machines...
to some winners....And they are very very nice...!


For anyone interested in contacting a LQS, please connect with me
I have something that you can print off and give them that will
certainly benefit both of you...They will collect names
and get an idea how many  wantobe quilters are in their area, sew they
can schedule new classes for them... and you pick up those names
to enter this campaign. 

24 more sleeps...

p.s.....as I will be compiling a top list of reasons
why someone should quilt for next SATURDAY...
I would certainly like to hear why you QUILT?
What has it done for YOU?
just added them here ok...thanks..

What constitutes someone as a WANTOBE QUILTER..?

They do not have a machine, tools, notions, stash as in fabric...
They may have made a quilt with a MOM, sister, friend, niece, aunt, grandma,
but they DO NOT HAVE THEIR OWN TOOLS!

Hope that helps?

p.s. again...the list that will be on the blog roll 
will change every day....just sew you know
I really have thought of everything...

There will be no WHINING in this CAMPAIGN.
Ü

You will have to trust me that I have a plan for all 
who participate that there will be many many many chances..
'nough said lol




Friday, July 8, 2011

Hail to the Quilting Chief!

Hi ! It's Darlene from Sew Much Beauty and I have a story about the funniest thing that has happened to me so far in my quilting journey...

I was bitten by the quilting “bug” in March 2009. I have found that the side-effects are very bearable… spontaneous sparks of creativity, loss of sleep because you’re too busy sewing, the pure JOY felt watching a loved one’s reaction to a handmade quilted gift…just to name a few! If there’s a cure for this bug, I don’t want it!

When I first started out, I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could about quilting. I read everything I could about the subject. I attended a class at my local Hobby Lobby where I made my first quilting friends. At one of those classes, they had a conversation about the local quilting guild…I say “they” because I sat there listening and nodding my head as though I knew exactly what they were talking about. I didn’t know what a guild was, but it sounded wonderful! Lots of people getting together to talk about quilting, share stories, and show the quilts they had made. So I listened intently and noted that the meetings were the fourth Thursday of each month.

I missed the next 2 meetings because I was too busy quilting and forgot about them. But when another friend invited me to go WITH her, I decided, Ok. It’s time. So in June 2009, I went to my 1st meeting. My friend called me the day of the meeting to let me know she had gone out of town unexpectedly, but didn’t want me to miss the meeting because of her. So I went anyway…by myself. I figured I could just go and sit in the back. You know, not draw too much attention to myself. I had the time wrong and showed up 30 min late…not a good start. They were having their officer elections that night. A very energetic woman with spikey bleached hair invited me to sit at her table. Her name was Pam. The hair drew me in, but her energy kept me riveted. Two times a year, the guild has a pot luck meeting...this was one of those nights. While we were eating, the ladies at my table get on the subject of how it seems nobody wants to take over as president of this group. The current pres lived over an hour away and was begging for someone else to take over for her. I asked (my mistake) why none of THEM wanted to do it? Pam says, "I'm already serving on the Board." I looked around, curious...4 out of 5 of these ladies, it turns out, is already on the Board. As I'm concentrating on my food (and trying to NOT draw too much attention to myself), Pam says, "YOU could be our president!" As I nearly snorted potato salad all over the table, she says, "Seriously, it's the EASIEST job! All you have to do is..." I tuned her out at that point.

I honestly thought I was being "punked". I was waiting for my husband or Ashton Kutcher to jump out from another room, with cameras in my face, laughing. Well, THAT didn't happen. But before I really knew WHAT was happening, Pam was standing behind me, introducing me to the room as a nominee for president. What? Is this woman serious?! I couldn't tell. Apparently, she was.

So, it turns out, being a "member" is just a technicality. Pam (and I suspect the other ladies at the table) paid my dues that night and I became the newest member of the guild...and the new president.

I had no idea that night, the direction my life would take. It has been quite an adventure. I've learned a lot about leadership and responsibility. THIS experience was actually my 1st time out of my "quilting" comfort zone. But I'm so glad I let my guard down long enough to just let it happen to me. It's so much fun to get together and be inspired by other quilters AND to get to share the projects you've been working on. We also make quilts to be donated to local charities...for children and babies who need them. I've had a lot of fun too and if you haven't checked out your local quilt guild, JUST DO IT!

I'm just curious...does stuff like this happen to anyone else? Or is it just ME?! lol  



Now, I thought I would share a couple quilts I have done since I began quilting that are dear to me..

Here is one of my fav quilts I made for a friend that I did not think would be around today..
she is and this certainly inspired me to make it for her...



 Don't you just love the backing...and I quilted it all..


This one is a mission quilt., colorful isn't it? 
I love this one..

Very summer like, don't you think? 



Thanks for listening to my story...be weary of guilt meetings with no presidents lol. or having elections coming up lol

P.S...feel free to check out my blog!

Quilty hugs to all of you!

Darlene

And oh look I almost forgot Samm is going to have this giveaway...

This great book for any Wantotbe Quilter...I heard August 1st is quickly approaching..this would tie
in well for then...thanks Samm


Giveaway will be Monday Morning... Good Luck.. Thanks FSB  Associates, they are Stash Manicure's sponsor and they are book publicists.

Be a follower at my blog and this one.!



Ann Marie won this...she has been notified...
hoping she will come on over here for a guest post...
you will know why soon enough wink...
all others..thanks for participating..
New sponsor. - LOOK, FSB associates- BOOK PUBLICIST...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Set up Google account to leave messages and no reply bloggers...





 ( you have my permission to copy
all of this and paste to your own blog
just add your own blog address) 

  GET a GOOGLE acct.( free)
 and how to correct NO REPLY BLOGGERS

( sign up with GOOGLE 
( think link will allow you to set up an acct in seconds)
 To get a Google email, you still use your own,
this just allows you to be set up to leave comments to win)

( we have had over 1000+ visitors leaving comments who are what
we call NO REPLY BLOGGERS ( which means I have no way of 
connecting with you)

Here is what you can do:

 All comments made on this BLOG and my other at Sew WE Quilt @ Stash Manicure   are automatically sent into my inbox, ( which is why you get replies from me) if you don't hear from me, I am not ignoring you, I just can't reach you).If you have the correct settings in your Blogger profile, your email address comes with it, allowing me to reply directly to you via email. If your settings aren't correct, you are a no-reply blogger, and I have no way of contacting you. 
  1. In blogger.com, click on Dashboard.
  2. Select Edit Profile.
  3. Check the box for "Show my Email Address."
  4. Save changes.

    That is all you do...
    This will take minutes, which means to YOU.
    YOU could have won some of these great  prizes this week.
    YOU didn't but you could have....


    One more thing... To REGISTER IN this Campaign

    See t the link to STASH MANICURE..the orange button that says JUST GO
    that will link  you to my BIG BLOG...lol....

    On the right hand side are a list of bloggers Link to them. leave them a comment to write you back) ...go to anyone of them , give them your name, email, phone number..*( we only call to let you know you won)

    They are all destroyed after campaign.. we do not share them with anyone!

    Tell them you are a Wantobe Quilter ( if you have no tools or experience ) or a quilter who does not have a blog... If you are a Quilter with a blog you can enter Tues and Thurs. 
    ON M-W-F...enter those days in comments to win...Wantobe quitlers..
    T-T days...this is for Quilters..you must comment to win..
    Follow STash Manicure ..that follower button where all the photos are....


    Sit back, cross your fingers and Pray...it can't hurt...Ü


    OHHH for all those BLOGGERS out there who want to participate..

    There is all kind of information HERE you can put on your blog and collect names..
    if you do that and  tell your peeps to mention your name ...if they win you win...
    ( you will have to send those names to madamesamm@cogeco.ca 
    and please not 1 at a time..put them in one email maybe every day..., this way
    you can be sure we won't miss them) 




    YES! YOU CAN WIN MORE THAN ONCE
    and we ship the lowest rate possible
    ( may take longer but we have
    everything insured)



    I think I covered everything now? NOD your head YES! 
Forgive me if I don't reply today and tomorrow..
I will be reading them all...but unless it is URGENT
put that in your subject line...
I will try to get more FABRIC CUT today and tomorrow...
But I am reading and smiling...

Is that good for YOU?
Nod your head YES? lol

Monday, July 4, 2011

Baseball, Apple Pie, and Ironing!

Happy 4th of July!  Today we are going to celebrate in a big way!  First, allow me to reintroduce myself, I'm Nan of Pots and Pins, and I'm as lit up as a firecracker to be Guest posting today - thanks Samm, it's always a holiday for me when I'm here!



In my neck of the woods the kids are busy decorating their bikes and wagons so they can "march" in the neighborhood parade...and later on, I'll be in the kitchen trying to strategically arrange raspberries and blueberries into an American flag pattern on top of my freshly baked cake...something of a tradition around here. But in the meantime, life goes on...there are beds to be made, dishes to wash and if Publisher's Clearing House doesn't come knock on my door to tell me I've won a million dollars in the next hour or so, I'm going to have to force myself into my laundry room!  And that's just what I want to talk to you about today...laundry...well, ironing...more specifically, how to make an Ironing Board Cover!

This is my pitiful OLD ironing board cover...No one should have to suffer through the pain of IRONING while having to look at something like this! 


Ironing is one of those necessary evils in life (as some of you may remember, I am not a fan of ironing as I sew - it's such a time waster in my feeble mind) and unless you're willing to walk around in wrinkled clothes or stand by your dryer to remove "NO PRESS" pants (ha!  As if!) the minute the cycle ends, then occasionally you are going to have to plug in the iron.  To help me with my ironing issues, I decided to purchase a new ironing board cover...the one shown above, which used to be nice and much brighter.  I happened to mention to a friend that I purchased an ironing board cover, she laughed - out loud - and said, "WHY?!?"  Why indeed!  My workroom could qualify as a small fabric store/garbage dump on any given day so why, with all the fabric I had at my fingertips was I buying an ironing board cover?!?  So when my red and white polka dot cover was nearly dead, my friend's words echoed in my head...I set about making me a new one...allow me to show you!



First, I removed the old red and white cover, you can see how much it had faded!  And underneath was another cover, stained and totally disgusting...I removed that, too. (There was padding underneath the 2nd old cover and I left it on.)  I then used the old cover as my pattern...genius!  What can I say, the acorn fell far, far from the tree!


I put a clean piece of batting over my ironing board (you can only have too much padding on your back side, not your ironing board), not really worrying about the overhang, because it all gets trimmed later.



I found some darling "domestic" fabric (the plaid fabric pictured above was a cover I made for a friend, she chose that fabric...not nearly as cute as mine!) that I wanted to use as my new cover, unfortunately I only had 3 fat quarters, but it was plenty - I sewed them end to end to make one long piece.  I'm not going to give measurements here because really, you don't need them and because not all ironing boards are created equal - the Constitution does not apply to them.

  
So, using your old cover as a pattern, cut yourself a new one.   If your old cover has an elastic cord running through it, just remove it and lay the fabric flat, or as flat as you can, it will have been stretched out a bit.  Cut your new ironing board cover 1 1/2-inches inches larger, all the way around.  (My ironing board is only 16-inches wide at the widest part so a fat quarter, being 18-inches wide, worked for me.)


I gave myself a generous 1-inch fold-over, which I then stitched down, all the way around, leaving a small opening so I could insert a large safety pin with a very strong string tied to it.  No need for elastic, unless you're a glutton for punishment.  And there is no need to make a proper casing, by folding the edge under a half-inch, stitching and then folding over again...no one is going to see the underside!  At least, not in my laundry room! 
Place your new cover over your ironing board and pull the strings tightly, so the fabric shrinks around the board.  Secure by tying strings into a knot; tucking strings underneath cover.  Turn the board over and trim any big pieces of batting, if you have any.  And that's it!  My ironing board is 60-inches long, requiring less than two yards of fabric and covering it took less than 30 minutes!  It almost makes me want to get in there and have myself a hot flash...oh please, doesn't everyone get hot flashes while ironing?!

Here's a shot of my laundry room...I have a nice view of the forest, through the trees and yes, that IS a "life-like" replica of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, on my dryer...I gave him to the mister years ago for Christmas as the mister loves James Brown and sometimes, after spending a few hours with his good friend Jack (Daniels) he will try to dance like James Brown did...you know, with his feet swishing every which way...so it seemed a fitting gift.  But I ended up liking James more than the mister liked him...and when I'm doing laundry I push the button on ol' James and he belts out I Feel Good....Like I knew that I would now...I feel good...like I knew that I would now...So good! (womp!  womp!) So good!  (womp!  womp!) I've got You babe! 


I wish you all had someone to sing to you while you do laundry - it's the only way to wash!  Today I hope you celebrate in style...but tomorrow, when reality rears her ugly head, make yourself a new ironing board cover - and swing your hips while you sing...So good!  (womp!  womp!)  So good!  (womp!)  I've got a new ironing board cover!  Oh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Happy Fourth and happy ironing...come visit me anytime at Pots and Pins - I serve up great recipes almost daily and you can click on my Quilting/Pins tab to find see my latest adventures with fabric...Thanks Samm!  As always, I remain your humble servant, Nan

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Can you keep a SECRET....me neither psssst..over here..

Ohhhh look at who's coming to our campaign....
shhhhhhh but it is a secret lol

Every Saturday till August 1st
( when our Wantobee Quilter Campaign will commence)
 we will be giving
you all a sneak peak at some of the very special
giveaways from our very special sponsors that will be 
featured during our
  WANTOBE  Quilter Campaign...


Do you know someone who could benefit from this lovely machine?


 A brand New BABY LOCK machine called 
MELODY?


Or  do you know someone who may  need new Mats and Rotary Cutters..

 How about a 24 x36 Mats with a non slip surface?


Or can you think of someone who needs  a rotary cutter that is ergonomically correct..?
Meaning very little effort and no more wrist pain? 
Our Sponsors from The Grace Company
would love if you could think of a few special people who would benefit
from these?




And I am sure you can think of a few people who could 
use a non slip 6 x 24 ruler


I understand the wonderful team at Creative GRID
are also including 3 other best sellers...
-just saying...

OHHHH .....

And what WANTOBE QUILTER 
would not love some of these beautiful
fabrics by Monica Lee.  made by  Timeless Treasures?.

"Now we are going places..."
her newest fabric collection

I could not have said it better...
YOU bet we are going places...
are you ready for this adventure....?

Monica's fabric collection , this here is called
"Now we are going places......"
 How about 24 FAT quarters in a Bundle
( and not 24 fat quarter bundles oops...)
Although I will have more than that to giveaway..yes you heard it here!
...surely someone can think
of a few people who would love these?

Well that is all I can share today...

Oh wait I may have forgotten that a man name "TY"  something like that..
may drop by...just saying lol

Come back next Saturday for more...
Can you think of some new WANTOBE  QUILTERS...?
Well ...start gathering some names... keep them in your pocket
YOU will know why on August 1st..!
Ohhh and our new Wantobe Quilters are not the ONLY ones
who will be winning....yes really lol

Psssst...this doesn't even scratch the surface of what else
will be showcased....

Can you think of something that I may not have mentioned...can you?

Gosh I love secrets, don't you.....?
Now pinky swear, don't you dare tell anyone about this...lol



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 links...it 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!
Sharon


 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.

http://thel7quiltco.blogspot.com/

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 picture..sew here it is..
perhaps she will add them on her blog later)






Okay, the truck....lol...
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 Ford...lol!

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
http://amatulaikrek.blogspot.com/

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 stories....my 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..( sunburstquilts.com).she 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!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yes it is that time again...New Banner winners and month end giveaway!



Congrats to our JULY Banner WINNERS, 
however before we celebrate them...
let's talk about our June Banner Winners..

I am always sad to say goodbye to our Banner Ladies
in this case Dawn and Susan, Jamie and Laila...

You filled our month with LAVENDER, we felt you,
we saw you, and I heard from many bloggers how much they loved
Lavender, lilac, purple now...YOU created a phenomenon...
a movement from pinks to Lavender...no easy accomplishment..!
Even though I have never been a big fan of this color
you inspired me..I can certainly see myself making one now...
You all spilled sew much love into our unique banner..
Thank you., we will miss you and we hope to see you again!
xxx

And NOW--

It gives me great pleasure to salute you OUR JULY BANNER WINNERS
When you see their quilt on the banner on our new blog background tomorrow.
you too will gasp...
It really is beautiful in sew many ways....
Sew to Sharon, Michelle, Jane, Kriszti and Zsuzsi and Shanna....
you are our ladies of RED, WHITE and BLUE..
  
WHY I chose THEIR quilts out of the 373 quilts that came into my inbox...???
From left to right... and may I add here, it is sewwwwwwwwww difficult
to choose...there were sew many unique ones, I could have designed a 
JULY banner many times over... Sew THANK YOU to all who submitted
your quilt photos..YOU continue to inspire me!

 Let's take Sharon's  heart shape quilt from the moment I saw it...
and  she will remember this ...
I  wrote to her  " get this to our banner selection, please"
and you did.. ( I forgot all about it until I was choosing
photos and then remembered it with fondness)
and I am glad, as many others will
be when they see it full blown...
It is heart felt for me, as anyone who
puts hearts into a quilt has ONE..
That she has !.

 Next Michelle's, well oh my...
as soon as I her  photos on the Turquoise
rusted truck...I thought..WOW! I want that truck...lol
And BOY do I love her  quilt...the colors, the pattern, the piecing,
the quilting...well OH MY OH MY OH MY...
Wait till you see her photo shoot..PERFECTION...
( I wanted sew much to show it here the truck......
but you will to wait till tomorrow) 
Next Jane's...first thing I noted, hand quilted,
and the colors, sew bright, her photos on the bush
of floral background, made this one of my favourite
outside pics indeed. The stars...well today, this month
she will be a star..HER quilt reminds me of a vintage
quilt from the 1960's. The colors were what anyone
could duplicate if they had these in their collection..
Something sew familiar about checks, and stars...
something that just brings out a smile....
Next, Kriszti and Zsuszi, although a small piece
it was the perfect size to squeeze into our banner
for that special little touch.. Wait, you'll see!
Indeed heartfelt all the way from Hungary.
Twin sisters at that...I love the simplicity
of  their color choices and the blue striped material,
very patriotic... and above our logo to remind
us to open our hearts to our world of  quilting friends
Sew pleased to include  them both.
Wait and see!
Next Shanna, now this one, again
from the moment it came into my inbox,
I could not forget it...3 colors, and WOW,
what an impact on me it made...I am sure
many will feel the same..you could choose any
2 colors with your white background and it just
screams TASTE...not in as lick the quilt lol
more as in  she has  bold TASTE as in
design...Yep that is what I meant. lol
Sew again, congratulations for being part of our very special month.
Although I seem to say this every month...really, truly, madly, deeply..
This one is my FAVORITE....lol

GIVEAWAY
And as is customary, we have a giveaway to celebrate a new month
leaving us and another unfolding...
SEW today...RED and BLUE fabric compliments from 
As always our most delightful sponsors are indeed
very generous...

I always put more into the package then 
what is won....just saying...

Here are 12 fat quarters in red and blues
as well as some red and white and blue Presencia threads...


Your name and number may be chosen
if you are a follower...yes easy
and if you can answer this question...

"How many people do you know would love
to learn how to quilt using this fabric collection?"
What would you teach them how to do?

Draw will take place tomorrow at 6:oo pm
EST.