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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guest #27 Dorian with playing with strips and and a striking collection giveaway called NEW LONDON

(giveaway today) 

Hello everyone, I'm Dorian from RidgeTopQuilts. So happy to be included in this Wantobe Quilters Campaign, thank you Samm.

I want to talk today about using strips for making certain blocks. I'm sure those who are 'old hands' at quilting know these tricks. So this is more for you new quilters.

When I learned to quilt, 17 yrs ago, one of the first books I bought was "Quilters Complete Guide" By Fons and Porter. I learned how to use strips to make 4-patches, 9-patches and HST's (half square triangles). And have preferred this way every since. It's quicker than cutting your pieces into squares or triangles, then sewing them back together. It's also easier as you aren't dealing with cuts on the bias (which is more stretchy than with the grain).

The 4-patch is a very simple, easy pattern. You can make a whole quilt just with these 4-patches, if you wish. Or they make great setting blocks, adding a different block in between, to make other patterns. It's one of the most basic blocks, and you use it as a basis for more complicated ones.

Take two strips, cut the same width and length. Lay them with the right sides together, and pin along one long edge.



Sew all down that long edge, with a ¼” seam allowance. Press open (don't saw back and forth with the iron, just press it down all along the seam line). Then you want to cut all along the strips, the cuts being the same width apart as the original strip (I used a 2” strip, so I cut every 2” ).



When your whole strip is cut. Take two units, flip one unit around so the colors are opposite, put them right sides together, pin and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance.



You can make these any size you want to, just making sure your strips are all cut all the same width.

Then next up is the 9-patch block-variation. Jane told us how to do a regular 9 patch last week, here. So I will show you a variation. This one you will need to make two different strip sets. I am only going to use two colors for this example, but you can use more, depending on how you want your block to look.


You will need one strip from both Fabrics A and B that are twice the width of the 2 smaller strips on either side. So for my example, my small strips are 1 3/4" wide, and the larger strips are 3.5" wide. Sew two fabric A 1 3/4" strips, to either side of fabric B 3.5" strip. And sew two fabric B 1 3/4" strips, to either side of fabric A 3.5".



Now you have two different strip units. Press open. Making your seams go the same way on strip set 1, and opposite of that on strip set 2. Cut 2 strips per block from strip set 1, at 1 3/4" (the same width as your small strips). If you are going to make ten 9-patch blocks, then cut 20 of these smaller strips.



From strip 2, cut all down the length every 3.5" (the same size as your larger strip).


Now sew a smaller strip set to either side of the larger strip set.



Always press open your blocks when done, and trim the edges up so they are even and all the same size.

And there is your simple 9-patch variation. You can make these in a variety of different colors. Using only 9-patches in your quilt, or using them as setting blocks.

The next one is the half square triangle (HST) blocks. These are very popular to use, in a variety of different settings.

When cutting strips for HST blocks, you need to ADD an extra 5/8" to the width of your strips. To allow for the seam allowances. My blocks unfinished (meaning sewn together, but not sewn to other blocks yet) are 3.5". So I want to add 5/8" to that, meaning I want to cut my strips at 4 1/8".

Put two strips right sides together. On the lighter fabric, you need to mark lines going down the strip, the same width apart as the original strip (4 1/8" in my example).


Then mark zig-zag lines going from corner to corner.



Now you want to sew 1/4” on BOTH sides of your diagonal line.Following the red arrow.




Now cut on all the solid lines.



Press your blocks open, and trim off the dog ears (the little triangles sticking out). When trimming HST blocks, put your rulers 45 degree mark along your seam, line up the corner with the width you want (3.5" in my example) and trim. Rotating and trimming all four edges.





This way makes a lot of HST blocks quickly and accurately, without having to deal with the stretchy triangles.

One of my favorite patterns is the Irish Chain. It's so simple, yet very elegent. There is a single chain, double or triple chain, and many different variations.

It looks complicated, but it isn't. These all use strip piecing, so something complicated is actually easy.

Images and free patterns for these can be found at
http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/irish-chain-quilt-pattern.html


You can do a lot with strips. Making all kinds of different variations, and interspersing this blocks in with different blocks.

A block using  HST's and 4 patches is called Jacob's Ladder. Another great block to play with different color variations.

image found at http://quilting.about.com/od/blockofthemonth/ss/jacobs_ladder.htm


Another of my favorites is the Lone Star. Sew and press your strips, and cut them on the diagonal (usually at a 45 degree angle). Then sew your strips together to make the Lone star.

Tutorial and quilt along can be found at my blog.


I hope you've enjoyed my tips on using strips!

I have made a special lap quilt just for you, to practice the 4-patch, 9-patch and HST blocks.


Thank you so much for having me here, it was indeed my pleasure to share this tut with you!
Dorian


Giveaway today is for our QUILTERS
this is a brand new collection
not even available anywhere 
from Marcus Fabrics
( will be out in the fall)

It is called New London by
FAYE BURGOS
 7 .5 yards of this collection
cut into 1/2 yard bundles.

I am loving this myself....oh my it is striking..makes me think of coffee...lol

We also have some coordinating Presencia threads
( you can purchase these threads

I am even going to throw in my COFFEE MUG
it just goes sew nicely...

Sew what can you do to win..
OH please follow Dorian..she would love that sew much....
Be a follower here, you are aren't you?  
Tell us what you would like to make with this collection..

Big thanks goes out to Dorian, 
Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle,
Great Gerberas for my roses  and gerberas...
and YOU for sharing with your family-
friends- about this most amazing
passion of ours -Quilting! 


#26 Winner of the I Heart Collection, 90 minute Quilts and Presencia threads..




Congrats to our winners...

Tonni who is our Wantobe 

and her blog sponsor Kathy..


A fat quarter bundle of Rashida's I HEART
collection...from Timeless Treasure


Some Presencia threads from Colonial Needle

YOU will also receive this pattern book
More 90 Minute Quilts..

insert on how to make a four patch
Kaleidoscope ( fussy cut - loved this)


And our Blog Sponsor winner is ...
Kathy 

you  also win a book- ( more advanced  copy for you...)
 Presencia threads and some of Rashida's collection..

Sew what do you to win..?


A Monday thank you 
to Rashida, Colonial Needles, F+W Media
and Great Gerberas.com for my Gerberas
for our photo shoot...and YOU
for being part of this campaign, encouraging
Wantobe Quilters to come on board
and win some great tools to get them started
in our  pretty amazing Quilt NET world. 

They will thank you...you know they will!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Guest #26 Rashida and her Patchwork binding Tape and Giveaways of her Collection..


Hello all! I'm Rashida Coleman-Hale coming over to visit from I Heart Linen land! I'm so super excited to be a Guest for the Wantobe Quilter campaign! Thank you to Madame Samm for inviting me over to play. ^_^
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So what do I have up my sleeve for today? A patchwork binding tutorial that's what! (I'm not going to call this bias tape because it's not cut on the bias, so we'll just call it binding.) I'm going to show you a super, super easy and super fast way to make lots of pretty patchwork double-fold binding to use right away or just to keep in your stash for later. Ready? Alrighty, here we go!




editors note..:It was my error in adding bias to the subject line..been changed
I knew it was not a bias...sorry Rashida..

Patchwork Binding Tape Tutorial
Finished Size: 2.5" x 52.5"
Supplies:
- 5 various Cotton print strips - each 1.5" w x 20" l (Feel free to vary the width of your strips if you'd like your binding to be less uniform.)
- Acrylic ruler
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4"

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1. Lay out your strips in the order you desire.


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2. Stitch the strips together along the longest edge until you have a unit measuring 7.5" x 20". (My strips are shorter than 20" in the photo so yours will appear longer.^_~)


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3. Turn the unit over to the wrong side and press the seams open.

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4. Turn the unit back over to the right side and turn it 90-degrees clockwise so that the strips are now horizontal. Take your ruler and measure 2 1/2" from the left edge.

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5. Cut the unit into several 2 1/2" strips .

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6. Sew your newly made strips end to end until you have one long lovely pile of unfinished binding. (52 1/2" to be exact!) Press each of the seams open.

Now if you want to make this next step even faster, in steps 3 & 6 you'll press the seams all in one direction. Next, run the binding through a bias tape maker with an iron and zip you're all done!
But if you're persnickety like I am and like to have your seams nice and flat in the finished binding, proceed to the next step.
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7. Take your binding and fold each of the sides in towards the wrong side 1/2" and press.

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8. Fold in half towards the wrong side and press. All done honey bun! Hooray for pretty patchwork binding!
Want to learn to make this on the bias? No worries... I'll have a tutorial up for how to do this on the bias on my blog later this month! Yippee!)
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Look for some old wooden spools, don't they look nice?

IHeartCollection
Today's giveaway is from this collection
And if you would like to see how you could use this collection
here are some patterns I have made..






I'd love to see your binding if you make some. Drop me a line at my blog or follow me on Twitter and say, "Hola!". ^_^ This was so fun! Thanks again, Madame Samm for inviting me over to play and for organizing this wonderful event!

Editors note: OH my Rashida...what a delight you are..
and your collection is very vibrant and bright and a bright pick me up 
to show on this Monday morning...
Love your patterns...I can see both of these patterns in your
collection. 

Our Giveaway today I HEART too
will be for our Wantobes...

A fat quarter bundle of Rashida's I HEART
collection...from Timeless Treasure


Some Presencia threads from Colonial Needle

YOU will also receive this pattern book
More 90 Minute Quilts..

insert on how to make a four patch
Kaleidoscope ( fussy cut - loved this)


Our blog Sponsor will also win a book-
 Presencia threads and some of Rashida's collection..

Sew what do you to win..?

Please go and visit Rashida  Leave her a comment
on her blog..she does not have a Follower Gadget
to follow... but I am sure she will be 
pleased to hear from you...

Be a follower here, it's a good thing!
and leave a comment here to win of course...

A Monday thank you ( labor day and all)
to Rashida, Colonial Needles, F+W Media
and Great Gerberas.com for my Gerberas
for our photo shoot...and YOU
for being part of this campaign, encouraging
Wantobe Quilters to come on board
and win some great tools to get them started
in our  pretty amazing Quilt NET world. 

They will thank you...you know they will!


#25 Winners for Wantobe Quilters Bernina Sewing Machine and Aurifil threads are....






Congrats ladies you are both winners this morning
Chris(tel) you have won
this Bernina B 215 

And Sharon your blog sponsor
has won 12 larger Aurifil threads..


( I have sent both a personal email
to take a peak...sew YOU know it is YOU)
( we had 16 Chris (tel) (tine) (sy)
and 14 Sharons....

To all those who entered
we still have 2 more machines to giveaway
on another day...1 for the Wantobes
and 1 for a Quilter...



This new BERNINA 215 is characterized by a youthful appeal which is combined with a range of
added value features to give you,  more sewing pleasure than ever before. Enjoy
modern, creative sewing with BERNINA: their wide range of accessories as well as  their  sewing publications brimming with imaginative ideas and practical tips all add to the joy of sewing BERNINA style.



Christel you have won the option of having the rose skin...
it will come in your box and you can put it on or leave
it as it above...I personally like the roses....

Your machine will be shipped to your closest dealer
and you will be given lessons on how to operate this fine
new machine...


click to enlarge..oh yes..do that lol



And Sharon  your blog sponsor will win this..
You don't think I would forget  do you...?
Pleased to hear it was you who won! 
I am sure you will enjoy these threads for at least
a week...( the way you sew...kidding aside of course
I don't think you will be needing any threads for a long time)


12 of their top selling Aurifil threads


( oh and this was my calculations..am I correct have no idea, if you can make
that many quilts...) 
1,422 yards (1,300 m) of thread on each spool x 12 =
17,604 yards (15,600 m) , which if you used 1/4 of each spool
that would mean you could make at least 48 lap quilts
or something like that..lol
ok, it's a lot of thread..


Big thanks goes out to Jane, Bernina, Aurifil and YOU
for making each day as exciting as the last...
YOU really do matter-- sew we keep serving up 
the GREATEST LATEST BEST 
guests, sponsors and infotainment...
Thank YOU!

NO SHIPPING CHARGES...
on the sewing machine ...NONE!
( but yes  the thread but it will be the lowest rate)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Guest #25 Jane in the US...OH how she loves the 9 patch Bernina Machine giveaway -winner announced MONDAY

It's Jane  from Jane's Fabrics and Quilts. I am so excited to be here today. Thank you to Madame Samm for this honor. Especially during the amazing Wantobe Campaign!
Today I would like to pay tribute to the Nine Patch Block. This is one of my favorite blocks. Not only is it versatile but it is simple to construct. This is the perfect block for a beginner quilter and the perfect block for an advanced quilter! There are so many ways you can use this block.

Before we begin the tutorial let’s get inspired! If you take a peek at flickr there are thousands of Nine Patch Quilts to spark your creativity.

Here are a few……

Thank you to Emily from Creative Chicks.  This looks like a postcard!


Look at this nine patch. A rainbow puzzle.
Thank you to Suture for a Living for allowing me to share this quilt.


How about this Vintage Nine-Patch Quilt!
I think you will enjoy reading her blog as she is taking it apart and putting it back together.
Thank you Q is for Quilter



Red Pepper Quilts  has been a guest on Sew We Quilt.
Here is one of her Nine Patch quilts. Thank you!



This Nine Patch is called Sweet Menagerie.
What to make it?
Here is the Tutorial.
Thank you Bloom




I love this one! The white space is calling for some quilting or embroidery.
Thank you Linda.


Are you inspired?
Okey Dokey
Let’s begin!

You can make your block any size you would like. All you need to do is to decide how big you would like your block. If you would like your block to be 9 X 9 inches you would use 3 ½ inch unfinished squares. If you would like your block to be 6 X 6 inches you would use 2 ½ inch unfinished blocks.
That is as much math as I am going to share, not one of my strong points!!

For today I am going to use 2 ½ unfinished squares. In honor of the Wantobe color scheme I am going to use orange and lime green fabrics.

There are two ways to make this block. The first is to cut 9 separate 2 ½ inch squares. That would be fine if you were making just one block. But, a whole quilt that way would take a long time.



So I am going to show you the strip method.

It is easier to sew strips into sets and the re-cut them. Huh?? You say! I will show you……

Cut your fabric into strips, for us 2 ½ by the width of the fabric.
You will end up with a 2 ½ inch strip by 44 inches.


 I then cut it again so it is now 2 ½ by 22. ( I like to work in smaller lengths)


Now lay the first set to look like this.....


 

and the second set to look like this.....




With right sides together and using a 1/4 inch seam sew strips A to B ( you will make two AB sets)


Then to each AB set,  sew one more stripe to your sets look like this...

 Iron one set of seams to the outside.

And one set of seams to the inside.


I sure hope you are still with me...   Pardon me while I take a sip of my coffee!

OK, back to work.
Take your strip sets and put them right sides together. Try your best to match seams.

Trim and straighten the edges.

Now cut three sets at 2 1/2 inches wide.
(remember if you cut your strips 3 1/2 inches your cross cut would be 3 1/2. If strips are 4 1/2 your cross cut would be 4 1/2. Mine were cut at 2 1/2 thus cross cut at 2 1/2)


Do you see how nice they butt up to each other? It is because you ironed them that way!  Good job.

Head to your machine and sew using an 1/4 inch seam TWO SETS ONLY.




The third set you will split and sew as the layout below.


You will yield 2 complete blocks from those three sets. And remember I only cut three 2 1/2 inch sets from you long strip set!


If all of this makes no sense, please ask me questions. I would love to help. This is a wonderful block.
I will leave you with some pictures of my work and my daughters.




My 15 year old daughter made this quilt.


  A Civil War Nine Patch swap I was in....  Waiting to be made into a quilt.

Thank you for hanging in there as I tried to tell you just how much I love this silly old bock!!
Thank you again to Madame Samm for all she is doing to keep the quilting tradition alive!

Editors note: Jane you did good..9 patches
makes me happy, and when you see how much you can do with
them..well what can I say...HIGH 9...( you know like a high 5...but 9...
ahhh loses something doesn't it? )
Sew let me move on to our .....

GIVEAWAY IS FOR  WANTOBES ONLY....
YOU want to win this 
BEAUTIFUL MACHINE

Your own personal B215 Bernina Machine
try designing your own skin here...



This new BERNINA 215 is characterized by a youthful appeal which is combined with a range of
added value features to give you,  more sewing pleasure than ever before. Enjoy
modern, creative sewing with BERNINA: their wide range of accessories as well as  their  sewing publications brimming with imaginative ideas and practical tips all add to the joy of sewing BERNINA style.



The winner will win this machine with its own ROSE skin...
it will come in your box and you can put it on or leave
it as it above...I personally like the roses....


click to enlarge..oh yes..do that lol



HOW TO WIN...

First go to JANE's and follow her..
she will be thrilled of course...
Sign up with Bernina here..
Sign up for their NEWSLETTER.
( they will be thrilled too)
You best leave your name here with sponsor name.
( if you don't have one yet..look over here on your right
and link to any of them...and give them your info
and then you can be in it to win it)
Ohhh and are you following here? YOU are?
how wonderful...

The winner will be able to pick this up new BERNINA machine at their
nearest Bernina Dealer, you will be given lessons
on how to operate this and you will get this skin
of the roses sew you can have a very unique machine
that will keep you smiling....
and hopefully be reminded of your win ( tomorrow)


Ohhhh and our blog sponsor will win this..
You don't think I would forget  do you...?
LOOK at what you can win..
now go and remind all of your WANTOBES...
I will be here waiting...


12 of their top selling Aurifil threads
for YOU..that should keep you in threads
for a couple of years anyway...

1,422 yards (1,300 m) of thread on each spool x 12 =
17,604 yards (15,600 m) , which if you used 1/4 of each spool
that would mean you could make at least 48 lap quilts
or something like that..lol
ok, it's a lot of thread..

Grateful for the Gerbera  that were
perfect for the background of the Bernina machines
and thread photos.. Thanks Will.
Great Gerbera farm...

Big thanks goes out to Jane, Bernina, Aurifil and YOU
for making each day as exciting as the last...
YOU really do matter-- sew we keep serving up 
the GREATEST LATEST BEST 
guests, sponsors and infotainment...
Thank YOU!
( sew glad it is the weekend.
I/WE need to rest)
8 more weeks to go...yes I said it....


WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED
ON MONDAY!
( all weekend to tell everyone)

NO SHIPPING CHARGES...
on the sewing machine ...NONE!
( but yes  the thread but it will be the lowest rate)