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

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)


#24 Winner of Wantobe Quilters





Congrats 
Ellen 
you are the winner of this delightful 
giveaway...YOU will be rolling 
in Manitoba now...


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?)


Big thanks goes 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..


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guest #24 All the way from Brazil....Laura's ruffled draw string bags

I am very excited to write my first tutorial ever! !I am very happy 
because this is one blog that  I just LOVE! Thank you Samm!!!
( I would like to tell you now English is not my mother tongue , but Samm 
helped me. Thank you ) Now we can move forward. 
Here is my blog.


First of all, I would like you to know that this project was not
created by me. Many people make them here in Brazil. 
This was the first sewing project I learned.On a very lazy afternoon,
in Santos, my hometown, Paula, my sister-in-law taught me how to sew it.
 It was the beginning of my passion for sewing, patchwork and quilting.
It is very simple and the result is very beautiful.You can use it to
 hold jewelry,or sewing notions or whatever you desire!\
I know Samm has ordered 2 of them from me..her photos are below...

I hope you all have fun! Thanks Samm for this wonderful opportunity!.
Ok, are you ready? 

This is what you will need.. Since Samm's whole campaign is
 in Orange, I thought it would be nice to have something to match. 



Material needed:
40 cm  focus fabric  16 inches
40 cm lining fabric  16 inches
1,50m silk cord  5 feet approx. 
charms for embellishment


Patterns:


2 half circles:A: one with 35 cm diameter 14 inch in diameter
                   B: one with 26 cm diameter 10 inch in diameter
                   C:1 circle with 9,5 cm diameter 3.75 inches
Editors note:  For Laura's small circle  this is where I used
it..I placed the circle in the center after I stitched all the lines...
Trace with a pencil and stitch on the circle line..
this keeps your bag flat....
That is what I did....am I correct Laura?


Cutting instructions.

Focus fabric: trace patterns A and B on folded fabric,cut leaving 1/2" sewing allowance
Lining fabric: do the same




Pair up lining and focus fabrics and sew them  right sides together



Do it with A and B

Cut 5cm ( 2 inches) on the lining fabric in the center of the circles.
This is where you will turn your circles right side out.



Press the pieces well.
If you want, I did, choose a cute stitch of you machine and sew
 around both circles.It makes the pieces flat and gives the work a nice touch.


On circle B, the small one, trace 4 lines using a disappearing pen.



Place the small circle on top of the big one, centering it. 
.And sew on the traced lines so that they are now attached .




Sew 2 paralel lines,around 1cm from each other,around the small
 circle.This is where you will pass the cord in.



By hand, make a buttonhole on opposite sides of the bag,between the 2 stitched lines.

Editors note: SEE LAURA"S circle...you can see the stitching line..
Enlarge PHOTO...this keeps your bag flat.


Cut the cord in 2 and pass through the holes one in each side.
go all around and then insert your next cord in the opposite hole and go
all around and out that same hole. then pull both strings..
Finish it with a charm for embellishment.



Ta dah!!!! pull your strings  and fill your pretty bag with your most valuable treasures!!!


Do you like it ...I KNOW someone who loves it..
Can you guess her name? 


Here are some of Samm's Bags that I made for her.
( she really makes me laugh with her photos) 


 This was the first one she ordered..very soft
and pink...it looks very nice here.

This one she just received  last week...
she wanted red and white...I love how she made it look so beautiful. 

I hope this inspires YOU to make one too. I would love to see
what yours will look like..
Thank you Madame Samm and all of you here today
I hope you like my little ruffled bags, I know Madame Samm does ! 

Editors note: YOU bet I do Laura.
I love them sew much that I have now made a few of my own
they are perfect to put 8 PRESENCIA threads in them  and my needles
and scissors.... I believe Laura may have a lot of us making these...
pssst I even made some Ghastlies...bet that is a surprise? 
Sew big thanks to you today Laura a little of bit of YOU and  Brazil to us...

Todays GIVEaWAY 
is for our 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?)

DO YOU WANT TO WIN?

Here is what you need to do.
Simply go to see Laura's Blog in Brazil and follow her..
Follow here, if you want this bag of course
and leave a nice comment for Laura...
Working in another language and being her first
tutorial ever certainly deserves some recognition  YES? 

I thought sew too!

Big thanks goes 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..