Monday, October 17, 2011

#53 Guest Kathy Brown .....Teachers Pet Collection from Red Rooster

Hello everyone!  I'm Kathy Brown from The Teacher's Pet, and I'd like to thank Madam Samm for inviting me to blog today with you!   I began my quilting career back in 1994 when there were very few quilting stores here in Louisiana to draw inspiration from.  With a full time job and a family to take care of, the only time I had to learn quilting was at night.  Enter my mom to the rescue!  Armed with her VCR (doesn't that sound ancient?) and lots of blank tapes, she taped every segment of Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson for me.  I would faithfully watch every episode over and over, and with a few excellent books, I began my venture into the world of quilting!

One thing I never got used to, however, was the vast amount of rulers that were in the market.  I had a trusty 6" x 12" ruler, and an 8 1/2" x 24" ruler, and thought that was everything I needed to use to cut strips, squares and anything else I might like.  I was able to cut up my yardage and fat quarters any way I wanted, and I was happy.  Until.  Yes, until.  Until pre-cuts came along, I was just fine.  And then these liittle beauties hit the marketplace and I found that I couldn't live without them.  Jelly rolls, charm squares, turnovers, petit fours, candy bars, bali pops, etc, etc, etc - just screaming at me to buy them and put them to good use.  And buy them I did.  And I not only bought them, but I designed LOTS of patterns to go along with them.




 Now before I go any further, I must explain one little tidbit to you.  By nature, I am an impatient person.  Not just a little impatient, but a LOT impatient.  When I start a project, I want to start it and get it finished as fast as possible.  I suppose that's the main reason I design patterns for quilts and accessories that can be finished in a day or weekend at the most!!!   Anyway, I found (through LOTS of errors) that the faster I went, the more mistakes I made in cutting up these strips and squares into tinier pieces because my eyes just couldn't pick out the right markings on the rulers in a jiffy.  And with mistakes, I had to go and purchase another jelly roll, or another charm pack, or whatever the case might be so that I could finish my project.  And, I also found out that I was missing using all of my fat quarters - and that I had put them aside in favor of cuts that were already made for me.  So I thought about this for a while, and came up with what I thought was a pretty good idea.  I pitched the idea to the Creative Grids Ruler folks - and before I knew it - I became a Creative Grids Ruler designer and had my first ruler on the way. 

Introducing the Fat Quarter Cutter - my first ruler for Creative Grids!


.  I designed this ruler for all of you - who like me - LOVE fat quarters and would like to easily - and without mistakes - cut up your fat quarters into jelly roll strips, honey bun strips, charm squares, petit four squares, and on and on.  I also designed this ruler for all of you - who like me - LOVE pre-cuts and would like to easily - and without mistakes - cut these babies up into their smaller portions to fit any pattern in the marketplace that uses the precuts.  And so I did!  I am sure that all of you - like me - will fall in love with the simplicity of the ruler, and the way your eye goes immediately to the markings you need to line up for the cuts you want to make!

The Creative Grids folks and I have prepared a video for you so that you can see what the ruler is all about, and find out for yourselves how this little gem will change the way you work with your fat quarters and pre-cuts.  Why don't you join me and let's go take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXG4fTK1FrE

Thanks for joining me today - I hope you've had fun learning a little about impatient old me - and my Fat Quarter Cutter ruler!  With a warm heart,  Kathy


Here is Kathy's collection called Teachers Pet 
Red Rooster sent along this lovely BRAND New
Collection not yet on the market..
I believe it will be introduced at the Fall Market
next week...

Giveaway open to everyone..

2 yds each of this sampling collection
of Teacher's Pet 
by Kathy Brown.  and her ruler ! 


she does not have any follower button on her blog..

LIKE TO WIN?

If you would like to win this collection
JUST be a follower here, leave a comment
on what your 8 yards could make with this...
What quilt design can you think of?


Thanks goes out to Kathy, Red Rooster and YOU for being
here to cheer our guest on day after day..
YOU are kind, smart and IMPORTANT TO US!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 11th week together ...2 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 11th week of memorable moments...
She noted there are 2more weeks to go...and her room where all the giveaways are stored is finally looking like a sewing room again. There are still some amazing giveaways still yet
to find homes...Will they find it in YOURS? Do you need a machine, an iron,
some fabric...well stay tuned for the next 2 weeks---you might find an email
with "take a peek" very soon....


The week began like this...
( all guest blogger (names) will link you to their post that day)

On Monday our guest was Melissa
she showed us how to do a Whirly Gig Quilt.

the Betz White collection was won by gpc Gail. 


( not available till Dec 2011)
 But we had some to giveaway.... and it is off 
to Gail
along with some Presencia Finca #8 threads
and  can found here at Janes Fabrics

This ruler went off to Mary..
An Angled Ruler and we have some fabric for  her too..
This specialty ruler is from Creative Grid
( you never have to look anywhere else for RULERS-
they have the ones that never slip, accurate...and MY STAMP
of APPROVAL....
and designed by 

Big thanks goes out to Melissa, Robert Kaufman,
Colonial Needle, Joan Hawley, Creative Grid...
and YOU, for being part of this campaign
that has only  3 weeks left...
YOU can still win, but you must
leave a comment to win...do that
and I will cross my fingers and toes
( I can do that) for YOU!


On Tuesday our guest was Penny
she added some POP to our day with 
a paper piece Bottle curtain...

Her Giveaway that day was a brew of a diff't kind
                                          This cauldron is filled with  samples of...
*22 total fat quarters
 Rashida's I HEART
collection...from Timeless Treasure

                                                 was won by LUCY in UK
Some Presencia threads from Colonial Needle


This BREW is filled with I HEART by Rashida at Timeless Treasure

Big thanks goes to Penny, Timeless Treasures,
Colonial Needles 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 , I know they will.



On Wednesday our guest was Kelly
Scissorhand, she had us cut up from
beginning to end...

Made this graphic for Kelly
she loved it...said she looked
much slimmer! Ü

                        This was the giveaway which was won by The Mowers....Alicia...a lot of extras

went into this giveaway, ruler, books, fabric fat quarters


This sewing basket is from Colonial Needles
Presencia threads and embroidery finca...included too.
and the scissors are from Famore...
The book is from That Patchwork Place..
also added a pattern from Carrie Nelson
and a few fat quarters mixture to sweeten it up 
a tad more...


          Thanks goes out to Kelly, Colonial Needles,Famore Cutlery, Martingale and Company, Carrie Nelson and YOU, for leaving delightful comments for our guests and keeping us all in stitches sew we always have something to sew...


ATTENTION: There has been sew much traffic to FAMORE CUTLERY
we  crashed their site-- they are
now back on board...


ON Thursday our guest was DEONN
she invited us to a HEN Party and showed us how 
to make a HEN pin cushion...

Giveaway for her day was this
RELIABLE Velocity 50 IRON.
and awyoung won this...
and some glue and dots.. ( you will love these)


                         Jill's store where you can find some glue and poke a dots


Can I just cackle  about this IRON for a minute...
Here is my published review...I meant then I mean it now...I love my IRON.

Hello Reliable, After 37 irons my search is over. First the color, can we talk about that -LOVE ORANGE, ok, features, love that it is heavy but it glides like an egg over butter in a hot iron pan...mmmmm, And can we talk steam...it is power steam, two irons over even linen, wow no wrinkles.. You would think this is a bit much talking about an iron like it was a fine glass of merlot...but really, I have drank many glasses crying over BAD irons in the past...I will raise my glass all 5 feet of me over my head...LOVE THIS IRON... Bye bye Bad IRONS< HElllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllo Reliable... x 


Big thanks goes out to Deonn, Reliable Jill @ Jills Studio and YOU for lifting up sew many of our wonderful guests.Making them feel like they matter, sharing all the love in your hearts...isn't that one of the nicest things you can do these days...and you feel richer for .... yep, I thought sew too!~



Another fun filled week....almost sad to see it come
to an end...ALMOST I said lol..
Well next week, we have some pretty big prizes..
Sizzex cutter, IRON (oliso), Pfaff Sewing Machine...
lot's of FABRIC....
Be sure to be a follower, be sure to comment, you 
don't want to miss out on these......




and yes weekends finds us not being able to
leave comments...what is up with that LOL...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Here but not here...

lot's of company here, well not here
but here at my home.
Well maybe here if you are checking in...
Ü

Baking pies and stuff..
Recap tomorrow!


Next week giveaways..

Sizzex cutter machine
IRON
Sewing Machine ( PFAFF)
Quilting Fabric from Red Rooster
Cuddly Fabric from Shannon Fabrics

just saying...

#52 Winner of Reliable Winner and Glue and dots..



Congrats 
winner
awyoung
( email sent, take a peek)


You have won this iron and some glue and poke-a-dots from our
very own Jill. ( links below)


( you also get it at Kelly's and IHAN, if you want one)



Can I just cackle  about this IRON for a minute...
Here is my published review...
I meant then I mean it now...I love my IRON.

Hello Reliable, After 37 irons my search is over. First the color, can we talk about that -LOVE ORANGE, ok, features, love that it is heavy but it glides like an egg over butter in a hot iron pan...mmmmm, And can we talk steam...it is power steam, two irons over even linen, wow no wrinkles.. You would think this is a bit much talking about an iron like it was a fine glass of merlot...but really, I have drank many glasses crying over BAD irons in the past...I will raise my glass all 5 feet of me over my head...LOVE THIS IRON... Bye bye Bad IRONS< HElllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllo Reliable... x 



Big thanks goes out to Deonn, Reliable Jill @ Jills Studio
and YOU for lifting up sew many of our wonderful guests.
Making them feel like they matter, sharing all the love
in your hearts...isn't that one of the nicest things
you can do these days...and you will feel rich for doing sew.?






Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guest #52 Calling all chicks with Deonn to a HEN PARTY!!


Hi, my name is Deonn from Quiltscapes Quilting, and I think I have QUILT FEVER!
(I was going to say "I am a QUILTAHOLIC" but that would involve
some kind of 12-step program...)
The best cure, of course, is quilting with friends, and I am excited (thrilled) to share some quilty/crafty love with you today here on Madame Samm's genius campaign! 
Is she an amazing woman or what?  A force of nature!  So here goes:

I have a thing for chickens. 
I ♥ chickens. They make me smile. 

It began with some "Easter Egg" chickens (Banties) I had when I was a kid.
They were my pets, and laid little blue and green eggs (oh, cute!)

I collect chicken pitchers = kitchen chickens (say that fast three times) haha...!
(WARNING: use for cream or syrup. Or decoration.
Do NOT pour lumpy milk gravy from a small chicken pitcher...
eeeewww.
Ask me how I know this.)


And a few years back, my Grandpa referred to a family girl gathering as a "Hen Party",
so my seven sisters and I adopted the name for our annual get-together. 
We all look forward to leaving husbands/kids at home
to go off and cackle together for a few days each year. 

I also ♥ chickens in quilts.

One of my first quilts stemmed from a chicken block exchange,
where I was to supply "country red" chickens in the trade. 
I showed up with all BRIGHT RED chickens - OOPS! 
So I kept those, made my own red chicken quilt (see above ↑)
and remade more for the exchange. 
Hey!  it was great!  I got two quilts out of it! 
But, I didn't really love applique' (yet).  

So... I tried a bunch of pieced patterns for chickens...
didn't love those either.

Then I figured out a simple stitch & flip chicken,


(small square, right sides together on the corner of a
larger square/rectangle; stitch from point to point;
trim the seam, press toward the corner to make a beak or a comb or feet.)

It made me smile.
Maybe they'll give you a smile, too!

 

 
My goal was to make a quilt for each of my sisters...


Instead, I made quilted bags with one little Hen Party Chick.  Lame, I know.
 
Now my goal is to teach the younger ones to sew, (← fun times) 
then they can make their own! 

Lately I noticed that owls were becoming popular,
(I know, it took me awhile...)
so I made a few adaptations and made a Hoo-ville Chick.... Hmmm.
(Made a pink one and called it a "Hooter" - then donated it for a
Susan G. Komen breast cancer research fundraiser. I ♥ that one)

And, coming up on Hallowe'en around these parts,
wonder what a bat would look like... Hmmm.

Each of my triplet daughters made a baby chick in her favorite color.
See patterns → HERE
I really love those little chicks. OK, I love the quilt too.
What should we name it?  Twirps? Tweets? Chirps? Cheeps? Peeps?
...Triplet Chicklets? (Ha - another fun tongue twister!)
  
Back to the point.  I ♥ chickens. 
And you really need a basketful of them in your sewing room!
So, let's have a Hen Party!!


 Supply List:
Two 3-1/2” to 5” squares fabric for chick body
(cotton, upholstery fabric, pre-quilted fabric, etc.)
Two or Three 3" squares for tail (same or coordinating fabric)
Two or Three red 1-1/4” squares for comb
One yellow/gold 1-1/4” square for beak
About 1/2 cup rice, ground walnut shells, silica sand,
or use polyester fiberfill for stuffing (your choice)

Instructions:
PREPARE comb, beak and tail pieces:
FOLD each square in half to form a triangle.  PRESS.
FOLD in half again and PRESS again.
LAY OUT one of the chick body squares right side up,
and ARRANGE beak and comb pieces as ↓ diagrammed
(folded sides toward the corner, nestle/overlap the comb pieces).   
PIN- or GLUE-baste to secure beak and comb in place.  (I ♥ Jillily's Appli-glue)
( Mdm Samm is giving some away today from Jill)
  
PLACE the other square right sides together over the comb and beak.


Pin in place, then STITCH along the lines indicated, using 1/4” seam allowances.
 Start in the corner opposite the beak and comb.
Leave an opening at the bottom through which
you will be able to turn the chicken right-side out.
Leave the last side OPEN.


LAY OUT tail pieces as you'd like. PIN- or GLUE-baste pieces together.


SANDWICH your tail piece in the remaining open seam of the chicken:



Align the top and bottom seams and center the tail.
This will form the pyramid shape of the chicken.


PIN, then STITCH across that seam. 


TURN your chicken right side out through the opening
(hatch your chick).
STUFF with your choice of filling (rice, silica sand,
ground walnut shells, polyester fiberfill, etc.)

WHIP-STITCH the opening closed.


Sew on some little beads or poke a couple of pins in the right spot for eyes.
This one's for you, Madame Samm!!  ↑

Have fun, make one or make a ton!
Take a picture and share your creations on my new Flikr group:
 Chicken Pincushions!

Happy Sewing!


Editors note...
Did I just read that..this one is for me...?
and its ORANGE Ü
Ok, I better say something really nice now lol
Well I am all for Chicks, of any kind, small, round,
tall, thin, any color in fact....sew this brought along smiles too Deonn...
And I am thinking as much as I want to PRESS on....
I think this is a very good place to tell you todays'
GIVEAWAY is again for EVERYONE
( in honor of our sweet hen today)

Look an IRON...
a Reliable iron to cluck about...


We have this iron and some glue and poke-a-dots from our
very own Jill. ( links below)

Velocity 50 Reliable IRON

( you also get it at Kelly's and IHAN, if you want one)


Jill's store where you can find some glue and poke a dots

Can I just cackle  about this IRON for a minute...
Here is my published review...
I meant then I mean it now...I love my IRON.

Hello Reliable, After 37 irons my search is over. First the color, can we talk about that -LOVE ORANGE, ok, features, love that it is heavy but it glides like an egg over butter in a hot iron pan...mmmmm, And can we talk steam...it is power steam, two irons over even linen, wow no wrinkles.. You would think this is a bit much talking about an iron like it was a fine glass of merlot...but really, I have drank many glasses crying over BAD irons in the past...I will raise my glass all 5 feet of me over my head...LOVE THIS IRON... Bye bye Bad IRONS< HElllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllo Reliable... x 


Do you want this Iron, glue and dots?
Yes ....


This is what you need to do..
Go and visit DEONN, FOLLOW HER,
she has sew much to share...did you know
she is also a custom long armer? yes...


Be a follower here, now tell me you are now? 
and
ARE YOU into Chicks, HENS, Roosters?
Love to see more of these barn animals in quilts?
Are hens barn animals...city girl me???lol




Big thanks goes out to Deonn, Reliable Jill @ Jills Studio
and YOU for lifting up sew many of our wonderful guests.
Making them feel like they matter, sharing all the love
in your hearts...isn't that one of the nicest things
you can do these days...and you feel richer for doing sew.?
Yep, I thought sew too!





#51 Winner of Sewing Basket, Book and pattern

Congrats


The Mowers
(email sent, take a peek)


You have won..




This sewing basket is from Colonial Needles
Presencia threads and embroidery finca...included too.
and the scissors are from Famore...
The book is from That Patchwork Place..
also added a pattern from Carrie Nelson
and a few fat quarters mixture to sweeten it up 
a tad more...

Big thanks goes out to Kelly, Colonial Needles,
Famore Cutlery, Martingale and Company, Carrie Nelson
and YOU, for leaving delightful comments
for our guests and keeping us all in stitches
sew we always have something to sew...