Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Guest #12 at Wantobe Quilters Here is Amanda -Covering a lampshade - with fabric!

Hi everyone!
My name is Amanda Murphy and I'm so happy to be invited to post on Madame Samm's blog!  In my day job I am a surface and textile designer.  I've also designed a lot of quilts.  My line of quilt patterns just launched this spring at Quilt Market and is available at Fat Quarter shop and other retailers.  All the patterns feature Veranda, my most recent fabric line for Robert Kaufman.  It starts shipping this month!

This is actually my first of three posts and I'll be talking about accessories.  Once you have finished making a beautiful quilt it is so fun to make some other items to coordinate and give a more finished look to your decor.  Recently I repainted my daughter's room in her favorite light aqua color.  Because this was a surprise, I didn't have time to sew bedding but used this beautiful Amy Butler set.

Several of the quilts from my pattern line work well with this room, most notably Town Square.

We went on a mad search for a fun lampshade but was unable to find anything that we really liked.  Luckily, I had a little Veranda fabric leftover and so today I'll be talking about (drumroll, please)....

Covering a lampshade with your favorite fabric! 

You will need:
  • 1 simple lampshade (I used an octagonally-shaped one I bought from Lowe's for under $20, but the same principles would apply to any shape)
  • enough flat trim to cover all the edges
  • some pom-pom of other fun trim to hang from the bottom of the shade
  • enough fabric to cover the lampshade (usually 1/2 yard is enough, but you can get a pretty good idea by loosely wrapping it around the shade)
  • fabric glue

First, make a pattern for each side of the shade using scrap fabric.  Since I had an octagonally-shaped shade, I needed a pattern for both the wide and narrow sides.  (If you have a straight cylindrical shade, you obviouly don't need this - just measure the height and cut a strip long enough to wrap around the shade...)

Next, place these patterns on top of your lampshade fabric and cut out enough pieces for all side, ADDING IN 1/4" SEAM ALLOWANCE.  Press these pieces.

I chose to apply the wide sides first, and finish by adding the narrow sides.  Turn under the tops and bottoms of the wide sides 1/4" and press.  (Since the edges of the narrow pieces will overlap the edges of the wide pieces, there is no need to turn under the sides of the wide pieces.)

Run a line of glue along the bottom and top of one wide side of the lampshade.  Run more glue along the side edges for that panel.  Press your fabric to the shade.  Make sure you have a smooth finish.  Continue until all of these sides are applied.

Turn under the sides of the narrow pieces 1/4" and press.  Turn under the top and bottoms and press.

This time you'll want to apply the glue to the seam allowances of these pieces, rather than to the lampshade itself.  Press the narrow panels onto the lampshade.

Running another line of glue down each vertical edge, apply your flat trim to the sides of the shade.

Run a line of glue around the top of the shade and apply the trim all the way around, overlapping the trim at the end.  The trim we used has a bit of dimension, so we did not turn it under, but just applied a bit of extra glue at the end to secure.  Secure the trim with office clamps and let dry.

Hang the lampshade on the lamp, loosely screwing on the top so that your can still turn the shade easily.  Apple the pom-pom trim on the bttom of the shade in the same manner you applied the trim on the top.  If desired, apply a line of flat trim right above the pom-poms.

To further individualize you shade consider using contrasting panels of fabric.  For cone-shaped shades you can cut 6 pieces that cover a little more than 1/6 of the shade, and apply trim where the fabrics meet.  Wouldn't that be cute in plaid or checks for a boy's room?
I hope that you enjoyed learning to make something to go along with your beautiful quilts and pillows.  Thanks again to Madame Samm for having me.

I believe the folks at Robert Kaufman have donated some Veranda yardage for a giveaway today!

Until next time (when we'll actually use a sewing machine)... happy sewing!

Editors note:   OH my Amanda you do brighten up a spot....thank you sew much for being
our special guest today and for bringing along your newest collection called Veranda! 

click on photo to enlarge...

Giveaway today is for QUILTERS...
and my will you be loving this...

This is Amanda's newest line called VERANDA
and yes Robert Kaufman sent plenty of her collection....
such great sponsors..
( this is only some of it...more to giveaway in the near future)
and they were cut into 1/2 yard BUNDLES

And today being it is such a special day we will have 3 winners...

Each winner will get 6 yards of 1/2 yard cuts....
and someone will win this Colonial
basket filled with everything you will ever
need and also some Famore Applique
scissors..I would have to add here
probably my most used scissors...
( take a peak at sidebar for more detail)

How to win..
Hurry go to Amanda's blog and be 
her new follower( let us know) 
(her gadget follower button is now up)
If you cannot see her followers gadget, refresh her blog
a couple times that seems to work...
 please tell her  how much you would love to win this..
 please leave her a comment.
Be a follower here...oh yes, you do want to be....11 more weeks
of giveaways..just saying...

Look at what you could create! Wow!

Thank YOU Amanda, Robert Kaufman,
Colonial Needle, Famore Cutlery
and YOU for being here...YOU are why 
we do this...

Anything URGENT just put that in your subject
line..I will reply....

# 11 Winners of our Wantobe Quilters Campaign

Winners are Mrs PICKLES
and her sponsor Sue @ Quilt Times..

Congrats you two...

Mrs Pickles won this..
( please send me your iufo to mail)

This lovely collection of  2 ROLLS of  2.5 inch stips and  6 mix yardages..
Ready Set and Snow.... Brand new Winter collection... 
This from our sponsor yesterday 
( weren't they generous? )

And Sue won this today ...
( please send info too )

Wooden purse handles from Bag Lady

( You both will still be eligible for more prizes sew keep 

Big Thanks to all of our sponsors, our winners
and YOU...
Yes -YOU really Matter! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest #11 of our Wantobe Quilters - Jera with Rainy Days Tutorial by Quilting in the Rain

Thank you Madame Samm for having me part of this Wantobe Quilter Campaign, I am thrilled to be here.  It's Jera from my blog Quilting in the Rain bringing you a quick and easy quilt tutorial. If you've visited my blog, you'll notice that I'm a fan of simple patterns...well, this has got to be one of my simplest patterns yet! Check it out - only 3 steps! Enjoy! This is perfect for all you Wantobe Quilters.

p.s. you can find finished pictures of this quilt here.

Living in Seattle, this Rainy Days quilt seemed very appropriate. :) If you look closely at the fabrics I used, you'll see umbrellas and rain drops! It's a super-duper easy pattern (seriously, only 3 steps below!). This is a great pattern for showing off your favorite fabrics, and is a simply pattern for beginners, or if you need a quick weekend project. Enjoy!

Finished quilt top size: 47.5" x 57"

  • Eight 1/4 yard cuts of varying prints (fat quarters work too)
  • 1 1/4 yards solid white fabric (I used white muslin)
  • 1/3 yard binding
  • 3 yards backing
Step 1 (Cutting) - From each 1/4 yard print of fabric, cut four 6"x10" rectangles. You will need a total of 30 rectangles, so choose one print where you will only cut two rectangles from it.

Next, from your 1 1/4 yards of white fabric, cut (70) 2.5"x10" rectangles.

The quickest way to cut all 70 rectangles is to fold your 1.25 yards of fabric in half lengthwise so that it measures roughly 22"x45" (it should already be folded like this when you buy it from the bolt). And then fold it in half lengthwise again so that it measures roughly 11"x45". With a ruler and rotary cutter, cut 2.5" strips along the length as shown below, until you have a total of (18) 2.5"x44" strips. Then, sub-cut each strip into four 2.5"x10" rectangles.

Step 2 (Piece together your blocks) - One block is made up of one 6"x 10" rectangle, and two 2.5"x 10" rectangles.

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew each 2.5"x 10" strip to the 6"x 10" rectangle as shown below. (Sew with the correct sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

Repeat the above until you have a total of 30 finished blocks.

Step 3 (assemble the quilt top) - As shown below, arrange all 30 blocks into 6 rows of 5 blocks each, making sure to alternate the position of each block. Click image below to enlarge.

Lastly, sew all 5 blocks together in each row, and then sew each row together. (Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew with the correct sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

Baste, quilt and then bind!

I told you it was easy ;-) If you end up making this quilt, I'd love it if you shared it on QuiltingInTheRain's Facebook page!

Happy Quilting!


Editors note:
Perhaps it is your colors you chose Jera, ( which are downright lovely) ..red and greens...
it put me in the Christmas mood...sew our giveaway today will be...

GIVEAWAY for Wantobes...
( those who have nothing, unless of course you
win today) 

This lovely collection of  2 ROLLS of  2.5 inch stips and  6 mix yardages..
Ready Set and Snow.... Brand new Winter collection... could be yours..
This from our sponsor today  
( weren't they generous? )

Please follow JERA at Quilting in the Rain..
let us know you followed her..
Be a follower here, let us know...
Please tell us you are a Wantobe or Quilter..
( you can both comment any day..in fact
encouraged as there will be a draw for the most
comments entered..all of those  who qualify... will be entered for a grand prize) 

And please let 1 choice 4 Quilting you appreciate them 
and JERA of course...
They have a lovely online store, be sure to check it out..
Their service, their prices are AMAZINGLY good! 

Our Sponsor Gift today will win these....

Wooden purse handles from Bag Lady

I do read all of your comments
but on average I am getting over 10,000 emails daily...
( "we" have many subscribers which generates thousands 
of comments in my inbox too. sew please understand
I am 1 person managing this campaign...) 

If you need my attention for anything URGENT, 
just put that in the subject
line...I will respond! 

example of what my inbox looks like on an average day!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


POST was done in error the guest published instead of saved to draft. She will return in the near future....

Monday's featured guest will be up at midnight EST.

madame samm

Saturday, August 13, 2011

#10th Winner of our Wantobe Quilters Campaign

WINNERS...Congrats to 
Bernie( ce) and Marlene ( sponsor)
I sent you both emails,
please send me addresses ..
( packages will be all mailed out today)

Bernice you won this Mat from Clover, Rulers from Creative Grid, 
Rotary Cutter from Clover and Fabric bundle from Timeless Treausure
A great start to your quilting life....

Wantobe giveaway

sponsor giveway + fat quarter bundle. 

Thank YOU -Timeless Treasures for a fat quarter bundle.
Clover came through with new rotary cutter, large mat 
and an extra blade and Creative Grid sponsored their top 3 rulers..
Joan with Lazy Angle -also from Creative Grid...
a must have, I am telling you.. Bernice you will be starting off with 
all the necessary tools.... Check YOU tube on how to use
mats and cutters..I did well with Missouri Quilting co. when I first started
they have terrific beginner ones.

and Marlene her sponsor ...ruler from Joan at Creative Grid and Lazy Girl
a fons and porter fall  magazine
and a subscription from Quilt Show with Alex Anderson. !

THANK YOU, sponsors, guests
but most of all YOU,
YOU who have made a difference...
To our sponsors, guest and yes even ME.

Keep spreading the NEWS...
wait till you see what is up for next week....

No READER comments on weekends!
It has been turned off! 
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Guest #10 @ Wantobe Quilters - Monica -Cut, Snip, Sew, Make Pretty

Hi! First of all, I would like to thank Madame Samm for a chance to gab about my life as a fabric designer. My name is Monica Lee and I am an illustrator, licensed artist and I design fabrics for Timeless Treasures! I am thrilled to be here today!

Both grandmothers quilted and my mother does beautiful applique work! My grandparents even farmed cotton in West Texas. When I signed the dotted line to design my first cotton quilting collection, I felt as if I could not have been more excited. Cotton! Fabric! Me!? So my guest post today is a bit of a love letter to the women who came before me (and you) who carry on the tradition of loving handiwork. I personally believe that every stitch that is made, every snip that is cut, carries with it an energy and a blessing to the person who eventually uses the work. I know that when I have knit baby blankets, that part of my rhythm in the clicking of the needles to pray blessings over the child. I think my grandmothers and great grandmothers must have done the same. When I relocated to New England, my German great grandmother (at 102 years old) was certain that I would be cold (I was) and that I needed one of her most beloved quilts to stay warm. (Really? I get one of your most treasured quilts?) It is an old quilt made up from scraps of garments and I simply cherish it. It turns out this quilt is magic (who knew? ) It carries so much love that when any family member is sick, sad or even just sleepless all they have to do is crawl under it and everything is better. Even my teenage sons request the “magic” quilt!
I feel like the presence of the women who came before me are in these quilts. All the work, the joy, the laughter, how they broke down barriers for my generation is all wrapped up into this keepsake. So I want to encourage you today, when you are cutting, piecing, stitching remember that you are passing down love. Whether you are more of a traditional quilter, or a modern quilter, we all know that it takes time and dedication to quilt and every moment is worth it. Bless every stitch with a blessing for whomever might come in to contact with your handiwork.

You get the opportunity to pass on what you can do, what only you can bring onto someone else. Doesn’t that make you want to get started on something fresh today?

( ideas on what you can do with this collection)

Here is a quick snapshot of how my collection Now We’re Goin’ Places formed itself in my wee little brain. This fun line came out of my travelin’ past. I used to be international flight attendant (sometimes fun, sometimes not fun) and I created this line using all the means of transportation that you might use once you reach your destination. Oh my, there are so many fun places to go! Then I added the text “now we’re goin’ places” on a whim and suddenly the idea came to me that this would make a good sew up for my niece who was heading off to college. She was really “goin’ places!” I also thought it would be cute for a baby, all packed up for a play date or scooting across the floor “goin’ places!” I even designed a couple of quilts to go with the collection. Here is a (picture) and link to a free quilt pattern. This quilt’s idea was to mimic a gingham pattern, so the piecing is done with simple squares. My first fabric collection, Now We’re Goin’ Places, was about being adventurous and seeing things. My next collection (coming out in Fall 2011) called The Neighborhood, settles into a cozy familiar place, and exudes a feeling of contentment.

Editors note:
Anything with scooters, coffee ( I know not in this collection)
but I am there.....Thank you Monica!
It was a treat to see what your collection can become for many of us..
GREAT colorful projects...really like BUG bag...

( Blog sponsors please share with your Wantobes to come and comment,
don't wait for other prizes, comment on all of them...
JUST saying....you want to leave lots of comments...
repeat that with me..)

fat quarter bundle. 

Clover  has also sponsored this 24 x36 mat ( this is a triple layer self healing map)
and the best part is you can hang it on a hook...see that thingumabob  at the end..
very nice feature.......a very good size for any new quilter and a rotary cutter and extra blade too.

Creative Grid also sponsored their top 3 best selling rulers...
( check all the links on our side bar of all the sponsors giveaways) 

YOU want these rulers...they don't move all over your fabric,
they have these sand paper like thingies on the back lol..
whatever they are called...they work...
I personally only have one ruler of theirs the 24 inch one..
And I will drink coffee under the table with anyone who takes it from me.
just saying...Ü

For our blog sponsor you will  receive this angled ruler 
along with a fat quarter bundle from Timeless Treasure...
and a couple patterns from Joan...lovely surprise! 

Ok, go and leave a comment for Monica on her blog
She would most certainly love to hear from you...( tell us you did)
BE a follower here...( you are aren't you ..and tell us  you are.)
And leave a comment here today to let us know you did all that...

Pretty simple...and the best part-- within 24 hours..you will know YOU WON!

Sew thank you Monica, Timeless Treasures,
Clover, Creative Grid team and JOAN
and YOU for sending all our new Wantobe 
Quilters and Quilters alike...

YOU all deserve the stamp of excellence