Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 6th week together ...7 more weeks to go..


Would you believe on Wednesday of this week
we can say we are at our half way mark..?
Still 7 more weeks to go of delightful guests and sonsor
giveaways for YOU our Wantobes and Quilters alike...
they can all be categorized the GREATEST, LATEST, BEST
wouldn't you agree?


Sew here is our recap for this week...
( link their names and it will take you back to 
the original post) 

Our week began on Monday with Rashida
a designer from Timeless Treasures...
she showed us how to do a beautiful patchwork
binding.


 the Giveaway that day was  I HEART too
was  for our Wantobes...
 and Tonni won

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 her blog Sponsor  KATHY  won  a book-
 Presencia threads and some of Rashida's collection..


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!





ON Tuesday our guest was Dorian
showed us how to do 4 patch...

Giveaway that day was for QUILTERS
and maggie won..

this  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...


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! 


 On Wednesday we had Michelle
and she showed us how to make
this car caddy...I know what I will be
making this weekend...wink...

Our that day was for  our WANTOBES...
and the winner was 
 a very happy 'Elina

she won this  new collection is from Samantha Walker
at Riley Blake... all cut in 1/2 yard bundles
I chose contrasting colors..for maybe some bags..
Some Presencia threads  from Colonial Needle to coordinate

You can get some of these threads from Janes Fabrics

and look this delightful book
of Sensational Small Quilts...


15 quilt projects in an array of styles and colors,

 in sizes ranging from wallhangings to throws.
                                                                          Here is one of the...( kinda matches Lou's bag) 



HER Blog Sponsor TAMMY won a pair of Applique Scissors from Famore..



                                                                                    and some PRESENCIA  threads.. too. 


 I get sew much mail asking what needles to use with PRESENCIA
these are my favourite, ever since I tried them I have never
used anything else....
You can get them from Colonial Needle..
no more searching for the perfect needle here it is...

link here it won't let me link to this page however look at sidebar
under needles and hand needles and go to pebble page..

Click Here to see a larger photo


Pebble - Embroidery Needles - JJP13550
John JamesFine Quality Needles in a "Pebble" -The John James Pebbles are designed to store your hand needles safely, making them instantly visible and easily accessible in your sewing box, craft bag, top drawer or even your handbag. Each needle style comes in its own elegant and distinctive color for quick identification.

      
Big thanks goes out to Michelle, Riley Blake, Colonial Needles,
F+ W Media, Famore, Great Gerberas
and YOU of course, for being sew
 nice about your comments
following along and  sharing your
love of quilting with just one more person...



ON Thursday our guest was JENI
and she showed us how to make log cabin
coasters...





OUR Giveaway that day was for QUILTERS.

and Cheree
won all of this..



This delightful colorful collection from FREE SPIRIT..

If you love REDS and Whites and Roses this has it all...

and sew you can it even better how about this..




as well as your very own BEAM n READ
you can also order these from 
IHAN with Kelly...

This is my favourite NOTION this year
....I love to stitch
in the evening and even though I have enjoyed
my floor lamps..I always found I got over heated..
not because I was stitching sew fast lol
because of the heat from the bulbs..
not anymore....I have a BEAM N READ..
Biggest problem around here...is my husband always wants
to take it to bed with him...Ü
( not me the BEAM N READ) 


Big thanks goes out to JENI, Free Spirit, BEAM N READ
and YOU for making out guest bloggers sew darn welcomed...
Sew share this with 1 PERSON, just 1....they will thank you..
I will too ! 



On Friday our guest was Kathleen...and 
she showed us how to paper piece PARIS
Eiffel tower..



Giveaway today was for our  WANTOBEEs 
and the winner was Iara from Brazil. 



This lovely new collection 
A La MAISON
from Robert Kaufman
seems the most appropriate fit today...
 Our Wantobe will get this fabric
collection and Presencia sewing threads

Our Blog Sponsor will get this book
                                        on Paper Piecing and some Presencia threads
as well...and also MY black and white dot 
china cup.. ( yes for you ) 

and there are always some nice
surprises in every box I send...


Big thanks goes out to Kathleen,

Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle
and Martingale and Company
and YOU for providing some added
appreciation to our amazing guest
bloggers, some amazing feedback
for our GREATEST LATEST BEST
sponsors and for sharing your passion

for quilting with others..
I can't tell you what JOY has
come into my life since I became
a coughhhh quilter lol. 
( I thank the person who introduced
me every chance I get...psst Corrie
Thank YOU again!
My life is happy! )
It is Saturday isn't it? 
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ! 


Love to hear from you , yes we do
but on weekends, the comments buttons
for some strange reason refuse to work-
see you all on Monday! 


#30 Winner





Congrats...


IARA yes you from Brazil




This lovely new collection 
A La MAISON
from Robert Kaufman
seems the most appropriate fit today...
 Our Wantobe will get this fabric
collection and Presencia sewing threads

And   katusya  your  Blog Sponsor will get this book
on Paper Piecing and some Presencia threads
as well...and also MY black and white dot 
china cup.. ( yes for you ) 

and there are always some nice
surprises in every box I send...



Big thanks goes out to Kathleen,
Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle
and Martingale and Company
and YOU for providing some added
appreciation to our amazing guest
bloggers, some amazing feedback
for our GREATEST LATEST BEST
sponsors and for sharing your passion

for quilting with others..
I can't tell you what JOY has
come into my life since I became
a coughhhh quilter lol. 
( I thank the person who introduced
me every chance I get...psst Corrie
Thank YOU again!
My life is happy! )
it's the weekend....
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ! 
see you all Monday...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest #30 is Kd of KdQuilts with "The Steps Program" ♫

First, and foremost, a huge THANK YOU goes out to Madame Samm for even considering having an unknown entity, such as myself, as a guest blogger on Sew WE Quilt. This is one classy Lady, folks!

It is a privilege to be able to chat with you today. I sincerely hope that our time together is enjoyable, that you learn a few things, and that you take the quilting plunge into Paper-Piecing (aka Foundation Piecing).



I am known as Kd and I have a blog at KdQuilts.com. I'd love for you to stop by sometime and see what I'm up to (I'd love it even more if you'd become a Follower and become part of my blogging journey). My posts aren't always about quilting or sewing. In fact I have been having such a good time taking digital pictures where I live that you'll notice a lot of photography on my blog. Scenery and wild animals and quirky stories and history and information that maybe you do or do not really want to know. I'm an artistic math major which has me using both sides of my brain at the same time. This is shaky and uncharted territory where just about anything can happen! So watch out. Not everyone gets my humor, but I try to keep each post upbeat and entertaining. 


I live in Montana very close to the beauty and grandeur of Glacier National Park, and lately I've had the blessing of winning a lot of things on other peoples' blogs. Like say, those four great goodie bags that my new friend Joan wrote an outstanding tutorial for right here on Wednesday, August 3rd and then gave away on her blog at MooseStash Quilting. See? Look at the pic above. They are gorgeous and so useful!

But I digress. I designed a beginning paper-piecing pattern in three sections of a trendy travel destination that you are going to love.


Or as I call it, 100 Steps to the Eiffel Tower.
Actually, the Eiffel Tower has way more than 100 steps (1,710 to be exact), but in the tutorial that I wrote there are 100 steps to paper-piecing the Eiffel Tower. Now, don’t let that scare you. A lot of them are repetitive. I know you will catch on quickly and not have to follow the myriad of steps I included in the instructions. But for anyone who wants to work through my checklist, every step is written out to paper-piece the Eiffel Tower.

My version of the Eiffel Tower has simple lines and is only made up of two fabrics, a gray tonal for the tower and a bright blue swirly night sky print with stars. After your Eiffel Tower is done have fun with it by adding sparkly threads, beads, or possibly thread painting for the tower structure. The possibilities are endless for embellishing and making your block as unique as you are!

I’m going to hit the highlights about this method which was taught to me by the one and only Carol Doak, the Paper-Piecing Queen. Toward the end of this post you can see what the finished Eiffel Tower block looks like and take a sneak peak at what embellishing can do to dress up your completed block.


One of the special tools that makes paper-piecing a breeze is the Add-A-Quarter Ruler. This ruler is sold in three versions, 1) the 6” Add-A-Quarter Ruler, 2) the 12” Add-A-Quarter Ruler, and 3) the 6” Add-An-Eighth Ruler (for really tiny paper-piecing).

The 6” Add-A-Quarter Ruler is really the best choice for the Eiffel Tower project. It is manufactured with a special lip that makes it easy to rotary trim fabric while adding a quarter inch seam allowance. Then lining up the next fabric piece to sew is a snap!

Below is a picture of this great ruler along with other rotary cutting tools you might use. (Remember to treat rotary cutters with respect and close the blade guards when not in use. Their blades are extremely sharp and cuts inflicted by them bleed profusely. Ask me how I know!)

Here are a few KdQuilts pointers that are helpful to keep in mind before and during paper-piecing.
1.   Paper-piecing is a little awkward because you are sewing with the paper pattern side up and the right side of the fabric down.
2.   Keep in mind that you want to be sewing on the printed side of the foundation paper with the wrong side of the fabric against the back side of the paper pattern.
3.   It is recommended that you put a fairly large needle in your sewing machine (size 90/14) and use an open toe presser foot. 


4. Using pins with flat heads will reduce bulk and make sewing and trimming much easier. Be careful not to rotary cut over pins and please use caution when sewing over pins.
5. Sew with a straight stitch when paper-piecing, reducing the stitch length to around 18-20 stitches per inch. On a Bernina (or similar machine) this setting will be from 1.5 to 2.
6. Pre-cut the major angles on large fabric background pieces using the paper pattern as a guide before beginning to sew that section as explained in the pdf instructions.

A technique I call Basic Steps 1-2-3 is used throughout paper-piecing to trim the fabric seam allowances with the Add-A-Quarter Ruler. It’s so easy!

1) With the paper pattern facing up, fold the paper back along the line (Figure 1). 
Note: Some people place a postcard against the printed line as a folding guide, 
and this works well, or you can prefold all of the lines as explained in the 
downloadable instructions pdf file on my blog.
2) Place the Add-A-Quarter Ruler with the lip against the paper fold (Figure 2).
3) Carefully using your rotary cutter, trim the fabric away. Discard the excess fabric.



Paper-Piecing is a series of simple steps 
that are repeated over and over again.
First place the initial fabric piece with its wrong side against the unprinted side of the paper pattern and centered so that the entire area of the pattern piece is covered.
  1. Trim selvedge edge along the line using the Basic Steps 1-2-3 rules and the Add-A-Quarter Ruler.
  2. Pin next fabric piece right sides together with previous fabric piece with edges lined up along the line.
  3. On paper pattern side, sew along the line with your sewing machine.
  4. Press fabric away from the prior fabric piece with a dry medium hot iron.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
You will be amazed at how accurate, crisp and perfect blocks made with paper-piecing look. Work through each section piece by piece, then sew the sections together, and voilá, you are done before you know it. It's easy and methodical and addicting!

I know you are going to love this technique as much as I do and find many applications for it in all of your quilt making.

Please take the opportunity to go to my blog at KdQuilts, become a follower, then download and print the detailed pdf patterns and complete instructions so you can learn paper-piecing and make your own Eiffel Tower. The pdf file will guide you through the materials needed, pattern preparation, fabric cutting, and the details for paper-piecing, as well as finishing suggestions.
Feel free to personalize, embellish and mostly HAVE FUN playing with fabric, sparkly thread, beads, sequins, etc. giving your Eiffel Tower your own special touch and personality.

Now I’m going to hand the Sew WE Quilt reins back over to Madame Samm, but I’ve really had a blast sharing with you today. Thank you!

Sew…be happy!










Editors note: Ahhh Paris...and Kathleen,
I am certainly getting inspired to try this one.
as I went to boarding school in France  and that always reminds me of 
our Chic shops...sew I thought ..this giveaway
would be sew complimentary.....

Giveaway today is for our WANTOBEEs 



This lovely new collection 
A La MAISON
from Robert Kaufman
seems the most appropriate fit today...
 Our Wantobe will get this fabric
collection and Presencia sewing threads

Our Blog Sponsor will get this book
from Martingale & Company

  • Ideal for paper-piecing enthusiasts! Feature all 12 seasonal blocks in a queen-size calendar quilt or showcase the blocks one at a time on the interchangeable-block wall hanging.

  • Fun block designs include a snowman, a turkey, hearts and roses, a teapot, a scarecrow, and wreaths
  • Each 12" x 12" block is spacious enough for quilting and embellishments
on Paper Piecing and some Presencia threads
as well...and also MY black and white dot 
china cup.. ( yes for you ) 

and there are always some nice
surprises in every box I send...

 OHHHH you want to win?
yes...please go to Kathleen's
blog and follow her...
She will be thrilled to see you..
Follow here and leave a note for her
in French..no not really lol....but one french word
would be nice lol


Big thanks goes out to Kathleen,
Robert Kaufman, Colonial Needle
and Martingale and Company
and YOU for providing some added
appreciation to our amazing guest
bloggers, some amazing feedback
for our GREATEST LATEST BEST
sponsors and for sharing your passion

for quilting with others..
I can't tell you what JOY has
come into my life since I became
a coughhhh quilter lol. 
( I thank the person who introduced
me every chance I get...psst Corrie
Thank YOU again!
My life is happy! )
It is Friday isn't it? 
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !