Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Guest # 17 with Karen from Australia, - Orange you glad it is RED


I am RED, RED, READY for my turn to guest post on Sew We Quilt . And what a delight it is to be here during the Wantobe Quilters Campaign!
Thank you so much to Madame Samm for the invitation.  Sew exciting!
HI! My name is Karen and I like to play over at Sunburnt Quilts.
Madame Samm suggested that  I might like to share my RED quilt. I think M. Samm has quite a passion for RED too.
My quilt really started as several small niggling ideas and  gradually grew into a bed sized quilt. I had collected some red and white fabrics and also wanted to make a medallion quilt as well as play with borders.
And so this bundle of fabric changed from this.......

To this...........

This quilt is far from perfect but I have learnt so much in the process. And have tried many new techniques thanks to my LQS.
I had no particular plan in mind when I started, so I really just want to show you how it grew. When it is broken down into its smaller parts it is nowhere near as complex as it first looks. It has ended up being 70 x 70 inches.
I started with the medallion for the centre. This is a version of the Rose of Sharon design. I used needle turn to appliqué the pieces to the block. I had only done needle turn on small pieces prior to this so it was quite daunting.

I felt this needed to be framed so added a border using flying geese and then a small width of striped fabric.
I had reached this point and was starting to think of borders but felt it was a little ordinary. Then I had the idea that it could sit en pointe. I had no idea how to do that but was determined to use my maths skills to work out the size of the triangles.  I must admit to being a little surprised as to how large this made the centre when I sewed them on. It was then that I also realised what a lot of big empty spaces I had created. That's where the Dresden fan came to mind and I used one in each corner.

And so the centre sat en pointe, fans were in the corners and a thin red border was added to frame it.

Now came the time for a few borders. I had really been careful with my maths calculations because I wanted to use 6 inch stars in the first border.  Thankfully all went to plan and they fitted in as they should. I was able to use most of my fabrics in the stars. I left out the one with the thin red circles as there was not enough red in it to define the star shape.

And so the next border grew and was also framed in red (shadow-play).

After using the sharp angles in the stars, the plan was to use the curved shapes of the Drunkard's Path in a border.  I had also wanted some plain borders just using the fabric as the feature. The maths of the quilt determined what came next. I had to work out the size of the DP and how to turn each corner before I could make the plain fabric borders.
More calculations and some inappropriate language and the design came together. I simply used two fabrics in the border broken by a thin strip of stripes, then framed again in the red shadow-play.

Then it was on to the Drunkard's Path marathon. I ended up making over 180 individual blocks so I had a few spares to swap around. These were each made at 3 1/2 inches so that when combined in a four patch they were a 6 1/2 inch block.
Stacks.

And stacks.

Then strips.

And more strips.

Finally the last borders went on and linked with each corner (thankfully).

So now my quilt is at the point where I need to make the sandwich and decide on the quilting. I am even still trying to decide if I will do it myself or send it out to someone who has a long-arm machine. No rush as I have taken a while to get to this point, a little longer will not be a problem.

I love seeing it draped over the bed with the sun streaming in the window.

Along the way there were some hiccups. At one stage I was busy making the star blocks and picked up the wrong white fabric. I merrily sewed 10 of them before I realised my mistake. Not being one to waste something, I turned them into a small quilt for the table.

I also used the left over Drunkard's Path blocks in a small mat.


And you can see that my passion for red is not just limited to this quilt!












I  will stop with the red photos there (although there can never really ever be enough red!).
Thank you for indulging my passion for red. And I hope that a few quilters may be encouraged to have a go at a medallion quilt of their own.
Please visit me at Sunburnt Quilts and tell me about your medallion quilts or the quilts you have made in red. In fact, I'd love to see what you have made in any colour!! I'd love to visit and see your work.
Thank you once again, Madame Samm, for kindly asking me to be here for a guest post.
Cheers, Karen.



Editors note...


Well dear Karen, I have always been a FAN of reds and whites..and your post today filled me with freshness.
That is what it is...RED and WHITE Is just sew fresh...and being that you have created such excitment...
today the Giveaway...................


GIVEaWAY is for QUILTERS 
who also love RED and WHITE


All cut in 1/2 yard triangles.... 6 yds and let us just add 
a little more BRIGHTNESS to it all..

+


How about this Beam N Read...I did a blog hop 
a few weeks ago hosted by Kelly @ IHAN.
( she has these for sale if you don't win)

I have tried sew many lights, I think I was just burned
out in the same way as I was about  IRONS...
none ever worked for me UNTIL
this one...now I can't imagine living without it..
NO heat, just light, lightweight around your neck...
idea for seeing those teeny weeny stitches...
and the best part..it stays BRIGHT..go figure..

SEW Beam N Read is also our sponsor...

Sew here is what you need to do....

Go here and tell us you became her new follower.
 Follow us here..you are aren't you...?

And let us know ..
#1 Love  red and white
#2 Love   blank and blank ( 2 colors)
( what would be your color choice?)


( Winners PAY for shipping) 

#16 Winner of our Wantobe Quilter oh yes the ORANGE IRON



Congrats.....
Jeanne in Warrensburg
YOU won this 
IRON 

( please send me your address
sew I can get your wins off to you..) 


pssst I have many more IRONS to giveaway...just saying ...

YOU  have won this  IRON..and  you will love it and not because it is  ORANGE
but that was my reason to get one...initially..
YOU want this RELIABLE Iron..because it is just that 


This one has power steam...you can have a facial at the same time..
I wrinkled up some linen, listen 2 glides over my fabric...WOW no wrinkles.
I love that is is heavy, but it glides like an egg over butter in a hot iron pan....
You think I am kidding here...you think I was talking about a fine
glass of merlot this iron is sewwwwwwwwwww smooth.
Do you know how many glasses of wine I have drunk crying over 
bad irons...( can't tell you really, but I can tell you I have cried a lot)
NO more crying ...I believe I have found the IRON Of my dreams....

AND LISA would like you to choose not 1 but 5 
patterns as well..
LUCKY LADY!...

( p.s I love the washing machine lol) 


Thank you LISA- Thank you RELIABLE,
thank you Fons and Porter for Sept Mag...
and YOU, thank YOU both Wantobes and Quilters for being here...
and playing along and telling others..
LET's get more people quilting...
our world will be such a happy place...
I KNOW that already...I am HAPPY! 
are you ?



Monday, August 22, 2011

# 16 Guest ohhhh LISA is here with ....Love You, love you too Embroidery?

Hi everyone, I'm so delighted to have been asked by Madame Samm to contribute to this wonderful blog. My name is Lisa and I design embroidery patterns, they are the traditional iron-on type but with a cute and quirky twist, you can check them out at lazymay.co.uk



I have only dabbled with quilting in the past (there is so far one half finished quilt to my name!) but having seen some of the examples on these pages I am truly inspired.
Today, I have a couple of patterns to share with you the first has been designed for pillow cases by I am sure could easily be adapted for quilts or any number of crafty projects. The second I have designed as a 3" square so, hopefully, ideally for embellishing quilts!

I love you pillows:

Stitch up these pillows in a colour to match your bedroom decor and you will have a simple romantic gift in a flash!
Firstly, click on the image below to download a full size version of the pattern to print.


And then click here to open full instructions on transferring the pattern to fabric and completing the stitching!

'I love tea' hoop square:

Being an English girl there is nothing I love more than a 'lovely cuppa tea', it is not a cliche, absolutely everything in England is resolved but a good hot brew! To celebrate the fact I have designed this little tea cup, mid stitch!

Again, click on the image below to open a full size version that will print 3" x 3".



Then you can transfer your printed design to fabric by using any of the following methods:




Using a light source (window!)
After printing out your pattern place a piece of tracing paper over it and trace over the lines with a dark coloured pen or pencil.
Now stick the tracing paper to a window using tape, then tape your fabric over the top of the paper. You should be able to see the lines of the pattern through the fabric.
Trace these lines on to your fabric, you can use a pen or pencil but it is a good idea to use a water-soluble embroidery marker, this way the lines will fade over time or be washed out.

Using carbon paper
After printing out your pattern tape your fabric to a hard, level surface. Place the carbon paper coloured side down over the top of it.
Now tape your pattern over the top, make sure none of the layers can move.
Take a pen or pencil and trace over the lines of the pattern firmly. Make sure you can gone over all the lines before removing the top two layers.
Dressmakers carbon paper is ideal for this as it comes in many colours, including white for transferring designs on to dark fabric.

Or finally by using an iron on transfer pencil

When you've printed your pattern place a peice of tracing paper over it and trace the design with a pen or pencil.
Now turn the tracing paper over so you are looking at a reverse of the design and trace these lines with an iron on transfer pencil.
Tack the tracing paper to your fabric iron on transfer pencil side down and press with a hot iron.

Which ever method you choose you are now ready to get stitching. In my opinion there are no hard and fast rules with embroidery, just thread your needle and have a go, but if you are new to embroidery and want some extra guidance check out the stitches page on lazymay.co.uk for a few basic guides.

I really hope you enjoy the patterns and make some cute stuff.
Take care, Lisa x



Editors note ( and I use that term loosely since my 1st language is French)

When I first saw Lisa's I love you PILLOW cases..I went a little bit over the top obsessed..like a stalker
but a nice one.. I was sew in love with this idea...sew I thought let's invite her here...Many of us now incorporate embroidery stitching into our quilts...can you see these as matching pillow cases?..OH I can...
for kids, these are great too...a constant reminder of how much we love our buglets ( 4 U C)
Sew thank you Lisa, you are one talented lady and I for one am pleased to have you here. Love you too!


And I have the perfect giveaway for today..
YOU will ALL need this IRON to make these pillow cases sew........

GIVEAWAY TODAY IS FOR BOTH ....
Wantobes and Quilters
why not? 


YOU want this IRON..and not because it is ORANGE
but that was my reason to get one...initially..
YOU want this RELIABLE Iron..because it is just that 

IN my past I have married and divorced  37 IRONS, and some would
say I wear them out like I do my husbands....  but really irons and me
are not a good marriage...
 UNTIL NOW.

This one has power steam...you can have a facial at the same time..
I wrinkled up some linen, listen 2 glides over my fabric...WOW no wrinkles.
I love that is is heavy, but it glides like an egg over butter in a hot iron pan....
You think I am kidding here...you think I was talking about a fine
glass of merlot this iron is sewwwwwwwwwww smooth.
Do you know how many glasses of wine I have drunk crying over 
bad irons...( can't tell you really, but I can tell you I have cried a lot)
NO more crying ...I believe I have found the IRON Of my dreams....

Sew how many of you been dreaming of a RELIABLE IRON..?
Are you ready for a happily ever after? 

What do you do?

Get The Lazy May Newsletter

and go to her
and 
come back and tell us which pattern
you would like to stitch on... and if sew inclined..order some
from her...they are very affordable..

Be a follower here...you are aren't you? 


Thank you LISA- Thank you RELIABLE,
thank you Fons and Porter for Sept Mag...
and YOU, thank YOU both Wantobes and Quilters for being here...
and playing along and telling others..
LET's get more people quilting...
our world will be such a happy place...
I KNOW that already...I am HAPPY! 
are you ?




Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 3rd week of 13 weeks Wantobe Quilters Campaign


3 weeks down 10 more to go...
What was I thinking????

I will tell you---I was thinking wouldn't it be nice
for many around our world to see what amazing companies
 out there have the GREATEST LATEST BEST
everything  and have them as sponsors..
( and you have to agree they are the BEST)

I was thinking what JOY will come into YOUR lives
to know that quilters are pretty amazing people.
I was thinking I wish I had known all about YOU 
before now..
I am thinking  wait till you see what I have been thinking about
for after our campaign...
I am thinking I better stop now...


Ok, now to highlight our Sponsored Giveaways this week!

On Monday #11
( wantobe quilters day)

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  and this went to a Wantobe Quilter.
( weren't they generous? )

Our Blog Sponsor received these from 
these Sponsors..
Wooden purse handles from Bag Lady

and Jera was our guest speaker with 
a lovely quilt tut..simple yet elegant


On Tuesday #12
(quilters day)
3 sponsors 2 winners
This is Amanda's ( she was our guest blogger) 
 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 someone won this Colonial
basket filled with everything they 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)

on Wednesday #13 
(wantobe quilters day)

Our sponsors this day was Jill herself,
Take my word for it...these rulers are the very best..
they don't slip, slide, and when you are just starting
to quilt, this is something you are looking for....
I have but one...the tall one there...and I must add
I would drink someone under the table ( albeit coffee) 
if someone tried to take it away...
This is a MUST HAVE and you get their top 3...







on Thursday #14 
(quilters day)

 this  Tea Cakes  sampling  of 5 1.2 yds to make into your own strips...
and Sizzix are partnering  together to present
this Fabric Die cutter 
with the cutting pads and of course this fabric..
              Glides  like a charm...turns like a lady driving
by a quilt shop...

Jennifer from Esprit was our featured guest 
( all of our guests are highlighted sew you can go return to their post of the day)


On Friday # 15 
 This day we had 3 winners
and they will receive Nancy's new book called Sewing  A to Z
from her publisher Media/Krause publication

Also Aurifil sponsored their top 12 best
threads for each winner... 1000 meters on each spool
this is lo'ts of thread
They come in these nice plastic folders...
Enough thread to keep you in knots 
as you learn this amazing quilting pastime.

And my lovely Gerberas are compliments
from Will at

and our special guest today was no other





btw the flowers are my props...not the giveaway

Sew there you have it....
A great week of sponsors, guests and YOU,
thanks for being here, for coming back day after day..
spread the word, become a blog sponsor...
( they just add a button, a text, gather names and if 
their peeps win, they do to) 
We ARE indeed...

Wait till you see who and what we have for next week?
just saying.... think ORANGE