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)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 5th week together ....8 more weeks to go..



Once upon a time this lady , oh let's call her Madame, thought it would be a great idea to invite some wonderful guest bloggers to post on this blog. She thought wouldn't it be nice to have some Sponsors too - for some giveaways . Sh also thought why not invite some WANTOBE  Quilters to the mix and show them how much fun you can have cutting up material and sewing them back together again......YEP that is what she thought in her fairly creative mind... And the story went like this...at least in her 5th week of memorable moments...

The week began with 

This link will take you to her post. 

This was for the Wantobes and Quilters...

Our sponsor was ACCUQUILT..

A BABY GO. + their  choice of 3 dies
The winner Annette in PA...won this delightful giveaway
ohhhh and was she excited... ( she is a wantobe)

Big thanks went out  to Allison, Accuquilt, Great Gerberas
and YOU for being part of this amazing journey..
I can only imagine how many new friends you will make,
how many tutorials will fill your PDF files..
* we have PRINT FRIENDLY now on every post..
YOU can save any or all that you want...

 Our GERBERAS compliments from
these are called KILLIMANJARO...


Tuesday was for QUILTERS... 
WE invited  Mary
and she entertained us with a flloor cloth...( I called it a floor quilt) 
( her name will link you to her post) 

Anyway to honor Mary's clever post ..
Quilters needed new  TOOLS...
and fabric too  sew.....

Clover USA sponsored this Large Mat 24 x 36  ( this is their triple healing mat)
Creative Grid these pretty amazing RULERS ( yes all 3 of them)
YOU can SPOT the difference between theirs and others...they don't slip ever!
and Elizabeth Studios this fine collection called African Spirit cut into 1/2 yard
Bundles....Sew yes a good day it will be for someone...
Oh and my Gerberas. compliments for Great Gerberas
( my props, your view)

The winner was Tiffany..
she too was pretty excited..
*her MIL paid for her shipping nice....

Big thanks went out to Mary, and Clover and Creative Grid,
Elizabeth's Studio and Great Gerberas and YOU
for spreading the news about this great past time
that unites a world of quilters..
Frankly speaking the best PEEPS I have come to know
and LOVE.

Wednesday we had NEL from UK
a designer who met Prince Philip no less
( her name will take you to her post)

OUR GIVEAWAY that day was for our WANTOBES....
and blog sponsor  won too.

Our very generous sponsor at Colonial Needle
gave away  this  beautiful heart shaped basket
and it is filled below too with a few surprises..
ask those who win...this is a great prize..

Also on its way is some Fat Quarter Bundles
see her complete collection here 
from FREE SPIRIT
Is this gorgeous or what???

Now telling you would like to win this fabulous giveaway?
Our Blog Sponsor will win a collection of PRESENCIA threads
and sewing threads...Debbie will be very pleased...

The winners were ANN ( Wantobe )
 Blog Sponsor Debbie
( they are the best of friends and live
minutes away...1 shipping yeah) 
I itemized everything for you Ann ...wink...

                                    Big thanks to you NEL, Colonial Needle, Free Spirit
and YOU of course for starting your day or ending
your evening with us...WE sew APPRECIATE YOU,
YOU sew Matter! 

ON Thursday we invited Laura from Brazil 
to show us how to make ruffled drawstring bags.
( her name will link you to her post)


Thursday giveaway was for 
Quilters...
Because if you are a quilter..you likely
have a machine? Shake your head yes ! lol


This beautiful large wheeled bag - has more compartments
than you can possibly imagine...
it is perfect for even the largest machine...
it has an extension handle sew easy to tag along on your next
quilt retreat... and it is PINK. 
BLUE FIG is our sponsor of these bags...
and to add to it a Summer quilt Batting from Bosal 
who has Katahdin lightweight organic cotton, stable enough
for all of your hand and machine quilting...
( Did I mention there are a few extra surprises in the bag too?)

Elle in Michigan Canada won this..
( I think she said this she was going to keep...that was good to hear.. )

Big thanks goes  went out to Laura,  Blue Fig, Bosal, and 
YOU for being as excited as we all are. 
This amazing campaign has some very key elements..
the Guest Bloggers, Sponsors and YOU...
now go spread the word....we have sewwwwwwwwwwwww 
much more to giveaway, educate and entertain you with...
tomorrow..you may want to be here tomorrow..
wink..


OOOOOH Friday we had JANE, 
Jane who became
a new grandmumm of baby girl the day before..
YES she will QUILT....
( showed us diff't 9 patches)
( link her name to her post)

                                   GIVEAWAY IS FOR  WANTOBES ONLY....
YOU want to win this BEAUTIFUL MACHINE   Your own personal B215 Bernina Machine




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....

 winner announced on MONDAY !
click to enlarge..oh yes..do that lol


And this is for the Blog Sponsor 
which will also be announced
 on MONDAY



                     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....


        WINNERs will  be randomly chosen ON MONDAY
( all weekend to tell everyone)
you can still enter..

           NO SHIPPING CHARGES...
on the sewing machine ...NONE!
           ( but the thread yes...and I will find the lowest rate)



And they lived happily ever after for 2 days!
the end