Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 1st month together - 9 more weeks to go.


Saturdays are SPONSOR days..

I thought a recap would be very nice for our 4th week..
( with 9 more weeks to go )
To those who may have missed any of our special days, sponsors
and guests. Well here you ARE!
( never too late to be a Blog Sponsor, or to be registered with
any of our Blog sponsors on the list on your right) 

All of our sponsor links of what they sponsored
can be found on the side bar....
( goes directly to all of  their giveaways) 



Day 16 -Monday.
Lisa was our guest from UK. 
( all of our guests can be linked back to their post)

 RELIABLE IRON 



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?
( Jeanne won this iron)



DAY 17 Tuesday
 our guest was Karen from Australia.




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..
 ( janita won these prizes)


DAY 18 Wednesday
our Guest was Steffi  from Germany



                        1/2 yard bundles = 8 yds of Michael Miller's SARAH JANE's Children @ Play..


Chloe is our prop...Sumatra was climbing a tree.. This collection seems appropriate and the winner could have enough for hundreds of quilts if she or he were to make them this size...AND Our Blog Sponsor you will win this pattern book from .Martingale& Co. and as book reviewer I get copies of these books early... I loved the cover always can tell a lot about the cover and this one will not  disappoint you when you flip through the pages...




Farm Girl Quilts... being fall is peaking right around the corner
and there are houses on the cover, I thought this would 
be a perfect giveaway for our seasoned quilters...

                                                                               This weather vane with the seasonal houses..
well anyone thinking of great wall hanging this is a great choice...


The quilts inside are breathtaking...this one called Tulip Fields,
don't you love the colors, style..how it drapes on that
chair inviting to slip under it....


This one is called Country Roads... no detour here..I can think
a few of you would enjoy this pattern..


( Jana and Des won these prizes)

DAY 19 Thursday 
with our Guest Jennie from the US




Some 1/2 yard bundles from Riley Blake...a mixture of  new collections
from varied designers....
Happier Cottons
Farm Fresh...

and YOU have to some threads from Presencia/ Colonial Needle. 
( you can find these Finca #8 Presencia Threads at Jane's Fabrics...)
sew here is a lovely collection to get you started..
and you need some embroidery  needles ( also from Colonial Needle)
and how about a new pair of scissors from Famore Scissors...
( these are ideal...perfect for pulling out your mistakes..) 



( Lori won these prizes above)


DAY 20 Friday
with Amy from US

1st you both will win these...
Amy Bradley's Have a Scrappy Day pad...( magnetic)
Famore cutting Scissors, ( diff't pair for our sponsor
but equally $$) and look this Great HOOTS pattern   for both of you 



And how about this too...all the materials
to make your very own Tush Cush...


The Wantobe can choose first...the Aqua/red from Micheal Miller
or the Citron/Grey from Micheal Miller
fat quarters 1 dozen + 1 Yd each of  extra fabric ( in each collection)


ohhhh and this INN Control DOUBLE FUSIBLE.
from Innovative Crafts...
Can I tell YOU--you  will love this...LOVE THIS.
( it is what I used for my sewing machine cover)



Wantobe ....do you want this one or

 ( Laurie and Amy won these)


this one... Aqua/red ? Blog Sponsor will get the other choice
all equal value...and scissors, and patterns too..


As always I am INSPIRED by our GUESTS,
our SPONSORS and YOU.
It was a terrific week...and you must know
this is done for  YOU.
Without quilters, without you WANTOBE's 
well, all I can say is...YOU MATTER...

Sew I will pour myself into another 9 weeks...
Next week YOU want to be here..
YOU want to tell your PEEPS to be here..
YOU want to tell all of your friends to be HERE
( trust me they will be thanking YOU)

just saying...


#20 Winners of our Wantobe Quilters





Congrats to both...

Laurie, (wantobe)
and Amy ( blog sponsor)
 you both won ( can you believe it) ??

Amy Bradley's Have a Scrappy Day pad...( magnetic)
Famore cutting Scissors, ( diff't pair for our sponsor
but equally $$) and look this Great HOOTS pattern  for both of you 



And how about this too...all the materials
to make your very own Tush Cush...

The Wantobe you choose first..the Aqua/red from Micheal Miller
or the Citron/Grey from Micheal Miller
fat quarters 1 dozen + 1 Yd each of  extra fabric ( in each collection)

ohhhh and this INN Control DOUBLE FUSIBLE.
from Innovative Crafts...
Can I tell YOU--you  will love this...LOVE THIS.
( it is what I used for my sewing machine cover)


Wantobe ....do you want this one or


this one... Aqua/red ? Blog Sponsor will get the other choice
all equal value...and scissors, and patterns too..



Thank you Amy, and Famore, Micheal Miller
Amy again and YOU for making
this week a pretty nice one...


It is the weekend...sew TTFN.
See you MONDAY!
( make someone happy!)


1 month down 9 more weeks to go !



Friday, August 26, 2011

Guest #20 Amy Bradley...let's get to the bottom of this !



 When Madame Samm calls you- you  pick up that phone. At least I do. and when she said, you need to be here, I listen. I sit myself down in my very own tush cush and I listen.  Thank you Madame Samm.

Hello! Let me introduce myself, I am Amy Bradley and I have been quilting for about twenty-five years now and designing quilts for about nine years. I have a background in art and graphic design so I like to draw funny sewing ladies and whimsical characters and turn them into the best art form ever - quilts! My best-selling quilt pattern I have designed is the Quilt Diva,


boy she sure is ugly but quilters love her anyway. Lately, I have been doing fun little sewing projects for the sewing room. I'm coming out with a funny lady pin cushion pattern soon. So I decided to do a cushion for the sewing room and give it away as a free pattern to you! These instructions are basic fusible applique which is how I make the majority of my quilts. Please let me know if anyone has questions, I am always happy to help.
Hope you enjoy it!
Amy
p.s. A big thank you to Madame Samm for this wonderful blog to inspire and entertain us!


I am here today to introduce you all to a TUSH CUSH.
Madame Samm and I laughed a lot about this one.
We all have tushes, and they need some cushing, so let
me do a tutorial for you today...Hope you enjoy it as much
as I enjoyed making it for you.


Before starting
Print full size patterns & Print full size placement sheets

MATERIAL LIST:
Yardage based on 44” width.

4 ½” x 7 ½” Each of Eight Different Backgrounds
7/8 yd. Black Fabric
14 3/4" x 30 ½" Quilt Batting

½ yd 12” width Lite Steam-a-Seam 2®

Black all-purpose thread


BLACK FABRIC:

BORDERS: Cut two 2 1/4” strips. Trim one strip into two 13" pieces. Trim the other strip into two 17" pieces.

SASHING: Cut two 1” strips. Trim one strip into six 6 1/2" pieces. Trim the other strip into one 13 1/2" piece.

CHAIR TIES: Cut two 2” strips. Trim each strip into two 21" pieces for a total of four.

CUSHION BACK: Cut one 16 1/2” strip. Next, open the strip and trim into one 17" piece.


CHOOSE EIGHT DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS:
Trim each fabric into one 4 ½” x 7 ½” piece.


All seams are 1/4” unless otherwise specified. Place right sides together and pin prior to sewing.

1.Trace Letters on Fusible Web
Use patterns (not the placement sheets) and a pencil to trace the letters onto fusible web leaving 1/4” between pieces.

2. Press Fusible Web Pieces to Fabric
Do not cut on the pencil line. Cut fusible web around the letters leaving at least 1/8” from the outside of the pencil line. Place the fusible letters on the back of the black fabric. Press according to fusible web instructions. Let cool.

3. Cut Letters Out on the Pencil Line
Use scissors to cut letters out on the pencil line.

4. Place Pattern Pieces on Letter Backgrounds
On a light table, place a placement sheet right side up. Align and center
4 ½” x 7 ½” letter backgrounds right side up over each letter background on the placement sheet. There should be approximately 1/2" around each side. Remove paper backing from fusible web and place letters on each background using placement sheet as a guide. Transport each background to ironing board. Press following fusible web instructions. Let cool.

5. Buttonhole Stitch All Letters
Buttonhole stitch or satin stitch around all letters.

6. Trim Letter Backgrounds
Align each stitched letter background over each letter on the placement sheet and mark trim line of 3 3/8” x 6 ½” on all four corners lightly with a mechanical or white pencil. Place letter background on cutting mat, double check that measurements are 3 7/8” x 6 ½”. Square and trim using a rotary cutter and a ruler.

7. Assemble Rows
Sew a 1” x 6 ½” sashing piece to the right side of letter backgrounds t, c, both u and s backgrounds. Press seams towards sashing. Then sew the letter backgrounds with sashing together to form the tush row and the cush row. Press seams toward sashing.

8. Assemble Cushion Top
Sew a 1” x 13 ½” sashing piece to the bottom of the tush row. Press seams towards sashing. Pin and sew both rows together. Press seams toward sashing.


9. Add the Outside Border
Sew the two 2 1/4” x 13” strips to the sides of the cushion top. Sew the two 2 1/4” x 17” strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press seams towards borders. Final cushion top size is 16 ½” x 17”.

10. Chair Ties
Fold one end 1/2" down on the short end of one of the 2" x 21" strips. Fold in half right sides together lengthwise the 2" x 21" strip and press. Fold the outside long edges to meet the center fold again and press. Pin and stitch 1/16" from the sides where the folds meet. Press.

11. Assembling Cushion
Place the cushion top and the cushion back right sides together. Sew around both sides and bottom leaving the top open next to the tush row. Trim bottom corners close to stitching. Turn inside out and press. Fold the top edge down 1/4" to the inside of the opening and press.

12. Quilt Batting
Cut a piece of 1/4" thick quilt batting 14 3/4" x 30 1/2". Fold in half and insert it into the cushion opening fold first and smooth it out flat. Put pins in several places on the letter background to keep batting from moving.

13. Adding Chair Ties
Insert two chair ties 1/2" down raw edge ends down first on top of each other to both corners and pin. Pin the opening close. Top stitch 1/8" along the opening edge and continue all around the other three sides reverse stitching where the ties are inserted for extra security.

14. Quilting
A walking foot is great for this step. I stitched 1/8" around the inside of the border and also through the center of each sashing strip.


Drop and see me sometime, I would love to hear from you. Tell me how your Tush is loving your new CUSH. Show me photos. Maybe we can have a FLICKER account. I will talk to Madame Samm about that.

What color will your TUSH CUSH be?   ( if you are really asking ..today it will be ORANGE....orange you surprised,? mdm samm)

Bestest. Amy xx

Editors NOTE....

Amy was one of the very first designers I came to know quite well. She always is there when I have
a request for anything from her GREATEST LATEST BEST designs......and she always shares freely and graciously...and we always end with a laugh or two... If you are not familiar with her, you should be....She sent along some simple patterns for our Wantobe quilters and some great pads...which we will be sharing today along with ......  Thank you Amy. x


http://www.amybradleydesigns.com/quilt-patterns.html

http://amybradleydesigns.blogspot.com/


Editors note:

Amy is all about FUN and I sew appreciate FUN especially when I can put my sore bottom
on a TUSH CUSH at the end of the day...
SEW my dear Amy, you know how much I appreciate YOU in all of my senses...SEW today.
psssst let's have this for a GIVEAWAY...in your honor...

Today's Giveaway for our Wantobes....
and look it's Friday...the Blog Sponsor
will win exactly the same PRIZE..

ahhh Why NOT? 
( that's what I say) 


1st you both will win these...
Amy Bradley's Have a Scrappy Day pad...( magnetic)
Famore cutting Scissors, ( diff't pair for our sponsor
but equally $$) and look this Great HOOTS pattern   for both of you 



And how about this too...all the materials
to make your very own Tush Cush...

The Wantobe can choose first...the Aqua/red from Micheal Miller
or the Citron/Grey from Micheal Miller
fat quarters 1 dozen + 1 Yd each of  extra fabric ( in each collection)

ohhhh and this INN Control DOUBLE FUSIBLE.
from Innovative Crafts...
Can I tell YOU--you  will love this...LOVE THIS.
( it is what I used for my sewing machine cover)


Wantobe ....do you want this one or


this one... Aqua/red ? Blog Sponsor will get the other choice
all equal value...and scissors, and patterns too..

What do you need to do to WIN?


Ohh please go over to Amy's blog and follow her..
you will be sew glad you did...
You are following here..of course YOU ARE?


And what color will your tush cush be?


1 month down 9 more weeks to go !


pssssst. next week..you want to be
here..why? not telling  x


#19 Winner of our Wantobe Quilters...


Winner today..
LORI
Congrats .....


and look what you will be winning...
( sent you an email this morning...you will be singing 
the blues before you know it wink)


Some 1/2 yard bundles from Riley Blake...a mixture of  new collections
from varied designers....
Happier Cottons
Farm Fresh...

and YOU have to have some threads from Presencia/ Colonial Needle. 
( you can find these Finca #8 Presencia Threads at Jane's Fabrics...)
sew here is a lovely collection to get you started..
and you need some embroidery  needles ( also from Colonial Needle)
and how about a new pair of scissors from Famore Scissors...
( these are ideal...perfect for pulling out your mistakes..) 


psst the hat ( part of my props) lol

Big thanks go out to JENNIE, Riley Blake, Famore Scissors
and Colonial Needle...
And YOU for sharing your passion with sew
many...remember...YOU will be thanked
forever for introducing them to Quilting...
I know that for a fact....my life has completed changed
these past few months...Wow! have they changed lol


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guest #19 with Jennie from Clover & Violet: Try New Things {like embroidery}!

Hi there!  I'm Jennie and I blog over at Clover and Violet.  But before I get started, I wanted to thank Madame Samm for having me here, and every one of the readers, you make guest blogging here an honor! I'm going to share my newest quilting love with you: embroidery.

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap 3

While I have always loved to sew, and have been quilting for the past several years, it was just a few months ago that I discovered I love to add embroidery to my projects.  I was participating in some swaps on Flickr and admiring all the art quilts people made.  But, they just weren't me.  So, in my efforts to find something that would add a special touch to my projects, I started embroidering.

Doll Quilt Swap 10

My favorite embroidery piece, so far, is the little quilt I did for the Doll Quilt Swap 10 on Flickr.  I simply traced the Madeline pattern  by Fig tree and co. and then embroidered it instead of applique.  I actually sent this quilt away, but know that it is very loved.  Even though I no longer own this mini quilt, it really taught me to love stitching.

Stitch & Quilt Along Block Five

In fact, I enjoy embroidery so much that I have started a Stitch & Quilt Along over on my blog {with free patterns!}.  I've filled it with supplies tutorials, stitches, and my very first original embroidery designs for download.  The finished project is a quilt, but the individual patterns would also make great additions to other projects.

Doll Quilt Swap 11

But, more than just trying to encourage you to learn embroidery {but really, you should!}, I'm going to encourage you to try something new with your quilting.  So, those of you just starting out {Wantobe Quilters}, instead of trying one style of quilting, or the first thing that catches your eye, try a few, you may be surprised with what you actually enjoy most.  And those of you who have been quilting for ages, look for a new technique, you may wonder how you finished any quilts without it. I am so glad I started embroidering, it has really brought me a new love for quilting and needlework, something I can't seem to let a day or two pass without.

Garden Bicycle - pdf pattern

I am impressed and inspired daily as I read quilting and sewing blogs and see the amazing things other people make.  I haven't tried enough techniques yet, but hope to follow my own advice and make things that I might not have thought to try...  

So, do you have a suggestion for me?  A skill or technique you can no longer quilt without?
 

editors note...
Hi Jennie...well I am all about incorporating 
embroidery into my quilts...have been dong just  that 
since I discovered Presencia threads
which now is owned by Colonial Needle.
Sew as your special giveaway, 
here we go- in celebration of your stitching...

Today's Giveaway is for our QUILTERS..
and look what you will be winning...



Some 1/2 yard bundles from Riley Blake...a mixture of  new collections
from varied designers....
Happier Cottons
Farm Fresh...

and YOU have to some threads from Presencia/ Colonial Needle. 
( you can find these Finca #8 Presencia Threads at Jane's Fabrics...)
sew here is a lovely collection to get you started..
and you need some embroidery  needles ( also from Colonial Needle)
and how about a new pair of scissors from Famore Scissors...
( these are ideal...perfect for pulling out your mistakes..) 


 HOW TO WIN..

OH please go over and follow JENNIE and let us know you did that ..
Follow us here..certainly you are doing that..
And please tell us YOU will be considering stitching something into your next quilt..
psst it is rather addicting you know..
 ( I think I have stitched something into every quilt project I have
ever done and only with Presencia...that should tell you something lol)



Big thanks go out to JENNIE, Riley Blake, Famore Scissors
and Colonial Needle...
And YOU for sharing your passion with sew
many...remember...YOU will be thanked
forever for introducing them to Quilting...



P.S whether you comment 1 - 10 - 50 x 's
YOUR very first comment goes through for the giveaway
and the rest are spit out...lol 
* and not really spit out lol