Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 1st 2 months together and 5 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 8 th  week of memorable moments...
She noted there are 5 more weeks to go...and her room where all the giveaways are stored doesn't seem to be 
diminishing quite quick  enough.. she may have to give a whole lot more goodies away...a whole lot more...

The week began like this...


Nan was our guest on Monday 
and here is her guest post...
( link her name to her post)

She taught us how to make an iron cozy...

 The Giveaway for her day was for 
Wantobes and Quilters
and it was an  IRON of course!

Smart Iron by Oliso

Jennifer M won this iron
and she was over the top convinced
I had the wrong Jennifer...lol
We were convinced we were right..! she won!



Big thanks goes out to NAN for her riveting over the top
tut....we can always count on her...
To OLISO for another over the top SMART IRON...
and YOU, for coming by and getting almost
as excited at winning as we are in giving..
And TRUST me it is nice to be at this end to the hundreds
of emails of thanks for the goodies....
YOU are KIND, you are SMART, you are IMPORTANT..
to us...


Jennifer was our guest on Tuesday
and here is her guest post..
( link her name) 

She taught us how to do a bright
starflower block....

and her Giveaway for Quilters 
was won by  Amy Dame 


Robert Kaufman

9 (1/2 yard cuts)
as well as some of these matching
threads from Colonial Needle
Presencia Finca Perle #8
( my absolute fav's)

Big thanks goes out to JEN,
and Robert Kaufman, and Colonial Needle
and YOU, for being the cheerleaders you are
for our wonderful and delightful guests.
WE are all sew fortunate..
YOU really are kind, smart and IMPORTANT to US


Bec from Australia was our guest on Wednesday
and here is her guest post..
( link her name)

She taught us how to do a polka dot binding

Her giveaway was for a Wantobe
 and the winners were...
Suzanne
and Jennifer( diff't lady)
( blog sponsor)


This collection of fabrics is from 
at Elizabeth Studio...it will certainly have you rolling...
Barbara's Diner is what it is called..

Suzanne won 
this Sewing basket from Colonial Needle.
 filled  with every kind of needle you will
need for binding...
and enough fabric for both you
and  Jennifer ( her blog sponsor ) 

Big thanks goes out to Bec, Elizabeth
Studio, Colonial Needles, Great Gerberas
for the mini roses and YOU
for being someone who shares
something good with others..
They will thank you, we will thank
YOU. You are kind, you are smart..
YOU is important to us...


Lynne from UK was our guest on Thursday 
here is her guest post..
( link her name, it will take you to her post)

She taught us how to make a strip pillow

Her Winners as there were 2
were 
Stephanie and Maggie..

 Quilters....

2 winners who won
 3 yards of your choice
it is 60 inches wide. CUDDLE fabric...
for girls...

for boys

These BRAND New collections are not even available 
yet...Shannon Fabrics will be showing them at the Fall Market..
They were very generous...we have a few more collections 
in the near future to giveaway....

And big thanks goes out to LYNNE for an inspiring post...
To Shannon Fabrics for these lovely plush over the top soft
fabrics and YOU for letting your inner child come out to play
today...YOU are smart, you are kind and you is
IMPORTANT to us....


Shell  from U.S.
was our guest on Friday and this is her guest post..
our winners were...
Wantobe and blog sponsor

(she taught us how to make a star runner)


Susan ( Wantobe)
 and Wendy
won

this lovely brand new
collection called
by Marcus  Brothers..
( it is not on the market until
November..but we have some for YOU)
1 yard cuts of each collection here
 and matching Presencia
threads from Colonial Needle...
if you need threads now...
 Jane's Fabrics
has some...
                                      Civil War Journals ( not yet available till NOV 2011)


  
Big thanks goes out to Shell, and Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle
and Great Gerberas.. and YOU for being
generous with your notes to our delightful
guests and we are reminded time and time
again..YOU are kind, You are smart
and YOU are important to all of US!




The END
ps. comments do not work
on weekends...
isn't that funny...?

#40 winner ( s) of the Civil War journal collection.. Marcus Brothers





Congrats to our Wantobe Winners


Susan ( wantobe)
Wendy blog sponsor


YOU have won
this lovely brand new
collection called
by Marcus  Brothers..
( it is not on the market until
November..but we have some for YOU)
1 yard cuts of each collection here
 and matching Presencia
threads from Colonial Needle...
if you need threads now...
 Jane's Fabrics
has some...

                                      Civil War Journals ( not yet available till NOV 2011)

                          And  Blog sponsor wins
 5  ( 1/2 yard cuts ) 




Big thanks goes out to Shell, and Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle
and Great Gerberas.. and YOU for being
generous with your notes to our delightful
guests and we are reminded time and time
again..YOU are kind, You are smart
and YOU are important to all of US!


Friday, September 23, 2011

#40 Guess Shell with a Friendship star and giveaway of Civil War Journals Collection

Well hi there! I'm Shell from The Raspberry Rabbits and it's soooooooooo nice to be back visiting with you during this fun event! Thanks so much, Madame Samm, for inviting me and for all the incredible work you have done! I must say, that I sure would have liked a campaign such as this when I started quilting in 1989. What fabulous prizes and what wonderful tutorials from all the guests! Woo hoo!

So as I started thinking about my tutorial for you, two ideas came to mind. I hopped over and asked Samm for her opinion and she agreed that the Friendship Star would be perfect and lots of fun!

I believe everyone is a star with their own light to shine! The Friendship Star block reminds me that we are all brought together by a common love of quilting. In the twenty two years I have been a quilter, I have learned that together quilters light up the world with love, kindness, creativity and their light shines in every quilt they make.

Now thanks to the magic of the internet and blogging, we are are all brought even closer together like one giant quilting guild! Isn't that just the coolest? I decided to teach you not just one block, but to make a  project with the Friendship Stars entwined!

So let's get hopp'in!

Ok, so first you will need some fabric! The three fabrics on the left are for my stars. The black is for my tiny inner border and binding and the two fabrics on the right are for my outer border. 1/8" yard of each is plenty. A fat quarter (18" x 22") for the back and a 13" x 21" piece of batting is perfect. The finished size of this project is 12" x 20".

Using your rotary cutter and mat, cut (6) 2 7/8squares from your black fabric and (3) 2 1/2" squares. I normally cut a 2 7/8" strip first, cut my six squares and then just trim three squares down to 2 1/2".
Next, you will need (12) 2 7/8" squares from your green fabric.
And (6) 2 7/8" squares from your cream fabric.
Now using a ruler and a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all your green squares. You don't have to make it too dark, just so you can see it.
Next place a green square and a black 2 7/8" square right sides together.
Stitch the squares together 1/4" away from the pencil line. My machine has a 1/4" foot, so it's easy.
You will do the same thing with your 2 7/8" cream squares.
I like working in an assembly line, so I just keep feeding them through one behind the other.
Once you have finished stitching down one side of all your squares, turn them around and stitch 1/4" away from the pencil line on the other side. All seams will be 1/4" in this project.
When you are finished stitching, cut them apart on the pencil line. (yes, I use bunny scissors and I carry them in my shop. I'm a crazy bunny lady after all! hee,hee,hee) You have now easily created two half square triangle pieces. Sweet!

Press all your seams towards the green fabric. Trim all the bunny ears off the corners.
"Hey! Whatcha mean trim bunny ears?"
Ooops sorry Harrington and Hannah! Mama means the fabric ears, not the assistant's ears. Oye...
Lay the squares out like this to create the star block.
Now with right sides together and using 1/4" seam, stitch these squares together.

Next sew the remaining squares together.  You will now have three rows.
Press the top row seams in.
Press the middle row seams out and the bottom row seams in.
Now sew your rows together matching up the seams. Voila', you now have a Friendship Star block! Yippee!
Make two more Friendship Star blocks and sew the three of them together. Note: you can also make all your blocks at the same time using the assembly line method. That's what I normally do.
Alrighty then. Let's add the inner border. Sew a 1 1/2" x 18 1/2" black strip to each side of the star set.

Then sew a 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" black strip to the top and bottom. Press all seams towards the black fabric.
Now from your border fabrics, cut a 2 1/2" strip (selvage edge to selvage edge) from each color.

With right sides together, stitch the strips down the long edge. Now cut this strip into (16) 2 1/2" segments. (Note, I don't press them open yet. I find it much easier to cut them into the segments first and then press.)

Next sew 5 segments together for the sides and 3 segments together for the top and bottom. Sew the sides on first. Note the color placement as you sew your borders on.
Well now, all you have left to do is layer your backing and batting with this top, quilt it as you like and apply the binding! Yippee! Happy Bunny Dance!
You now have a 12" x 20" Friendship Star tablerunner! I'm using mine on my coffee table and I'm making some as gifts for friends.

Thanks so much for spending time with me today! I hope you enjoyed this project. The bunnies and I would love a visit from you so hop over to our blog anytime. And remember, you are a Star so let your light Shine!

Hugs and Friends always,
Shell


Editors Note:
You are such a star, sew this is very befitting
today. Sew love the colors that you chose
to make your table runner and in honor of your
beautiful tut....I chose something to coordinate....
and Harrington and Hannah..thanks for hopping
on over with us....x


Giveaway today is for our Wantobes
this lovely brand new
collection called
by Marcus  Brothers..
( it is not on the market until
November..but we have some for YOU)
1 yard cuts of each collection here
 and matching Presencia
threads from Colonial Needle...
if you need threads now...
 Jane's Fabrics
has some...

                                      Civil War Journals ( not yet available till NOV 2011)

                          And your Blog sponsor will
 win 5  ( 1/2 yard cuts ) 

Would you like this?
Please hop over to Shell's and be 
her new follower.
Be one here too....
and that's it...
( have a hopping good time
this weekend)


Big thanks goes out to Shell, and Marcus Fabrics, Colonial Needle
and Great Gerberas.. and YOU for being
generous with your notes to our delightful
guests and we are reminded time and time
again..YOU are kind, You are smart
and YOU are important to all of US!


#39 winners of the Cuddly fabric Bundles...





Congrats Winners...
steffiejb -ibiza
maggie - toy chest
(check inbox
for take a peak)

Yes you lucky quilters
( and to our Wantobes we have some
for you in the near future too) 

 3 yards of your choice
it is 60 inches wide....you can make
2 quilts with that much 

for girls...

for boys

These BRAND New collections are not even available 
yet...Shannon Fabrics will be showing them at the Fall Market..
They were very generous...we have a few more collections 
in the near future to giveaway....


And big thanks goes out to LYNNE for an inspiring post...
To Shannon Fabrics for these lovely plush over the top soft
fabrics and YOU for letting your inner child come out to play
today...YOU are smart, you are kind and you is
IMPORTANT to us....


Thursday, September 22, 2011

#39 Guest Lynne with Dead Simple Palette Pillow Tutorial and some CUDDLE fabric giveaway x2

Well hello to all the Wantobe Quilters out there.  My name is Lynne and I blog at Lily's Quilts.  I started quilting last February, just a few months before Madame Samm started, and was instantly hooked, lined and sinkered and have not looked back since.  My kids ask me "Mum, what did you do before quilting?" and I just ignore them because I'm too busy quilting to talk to them any more.  Today I am going to try to talk you into joining a Dead Simple Quiltalong I am just starting over on my blog and am also going to show you how to make this Dead Simple Palette Pillow later on in this post.


If you want to get started on making a quilt but don't really know which quilt to make, how about joining in with my new Quiltalong.  What is a quiltalong?  Well it's where a whole crowd of us from all around the world are all making the same thing (more or less) at the same time (more or less) and we all tell each other how we're getting along and support each other's choices and work.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to motivate yourself to really get on and make a quilt.  So what quilt are we making?

It's called the Dead Simple Quilt.  Why?  Because it's dead simple to make.  That's right.  It is suitable for a complete beginner although all levels of quilter are welcome.  The idea is that the palette is the star in this quilt, not the quilt design.  


So what we are each going to do is to go off and choose a palette and then go and rummage in our stashes for fabrics to match the palette, head to our local quilt shops for fabrics to match that palette or find a shop who will do the matching for us (Sew Fresh Fabrics are happy to provide this service) and get ready to start.  I have ordered my fabrics and we will get making the quilts as soon as they arrive.  We will be making one of four variations of the same Dead Simple Quilt.  There is a 50" X 70" small squares quilt.




Or a 50" X 70" big squares quilt.




Or a 70" X 90" small squares quilt.



Or a 70" X 90" large squares quilt.



For today's post, I'm going to pick a palette and show you how to make an 18" Dead Simple Palette Pillow.  I have chosen this palette.



I have colour macthed these Kona solids from my Kona colour card: aqua, robin egg, green tea, tarragon, pink, baby pink, woodrose, deep rose and plum.


Then I have rummaged in my stash to find some prints to mix with these solids.  You will need 18 strips of fabric, one 18" zip, some wadding, some fabric for the backing (about 20" X 22") and some strips of fabric for the binding.


1.   To make the pillow, cut 18 strips 1 1/2" by about 20" long (they are longer than needed because long strips don't always line up perfectly at the ends when you sew them so it's good to have the extra length to trim to size).  Sew these together into a square about 19" X 19" (you can trim to 18 1/2" X 18 1/2" once you have quilted it_.


2.   Baste the pillow top to a piece of batting about 1" larger all round.  At this stage, I mark quilting lines on the pillow top with a hera marker.


3.   Quilt as desired.  I have quilted with straight lines in Aurifil 40wt in a lime green.


4.   Now, trim to 18 1/2" square.


5.    To make the backing you can either use a heavier fabric like a linen, denim, shot cotton or decorating weight fabric or you can quilt your backing fabric.  I am going to quilt the backing fabric to add weight to it as I am using a quilting cotton for the back.  For this you will need a piece of fabric about 22" X 20".   The extra length is for the insertion of the zip and the extra width is just to give a bit of waggle room in case your quilting slightly distorts the shape of the backing fabric.  Baste and quilt the backing and then cut a strip 2" - 3" from one end.  Re-attach this piece to the main piece of backing using a seam with a 1" seam allowance.


6.   Sew an 18" zip onto the back of the seam, aligning the zip with the seam.  Trim the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.


7.   Using a long wide zig zag seam, attach the front of the pillow to the back along the edges, right sides out.


8.   Make a binding approximately 80" long and 2 1/2" wide.  Attach the binding to the pillow as you would with a quilt.  Then unpick the stitches of the seam over the zip.


Stand back, admire and then mail to someone very special (well you don't have to do this last bit but I am going to).


If you're interested in making a Dead Simple Quilt, head over to the Quiltalong starter post here and find out all you need to know.  All subsequent posts are linked from the starter post so you can find out how to pick a palette and how much fabric to find / order.  And if you do decide to make the Dead Simple Quilt or the Dead Simple Palette Pillow, I would love to see them in the Lily's Quilts Flickr group.

Editors note: and yes I use that term sew loosely...
what editor does not know how to spell sew...lol 
This is about LYNNE...yes my dear...gosh I love this
and I can hardly believe who it is going to...wow!
Anyway since you are sew filled with color, heart
and vitality...I thought is only befitting to honor you with
this delightful giveaway today...ohhh look....




OUR giveaway today in honor
 of LYNNE's youthful spirit....

is for Quilters....
Yes you lucky quilters
( and to our Wantobes we have some
for you in the near future too) 

2 winners...let me know 
which one you would prefer
you will get 3 yards of your choice
it is 60 inches wide. CUDDLE fabric...you can make
2 quilts with that much 

for girls...

for boys

These BRAND New collections are not even available 
yet...Shannon Fabrics will be showing them at the Fall Market..
They were very generous...we have a few more collections 
in the near future to giveaway....

Would you like  one these? 
I see all your hands up...
 ( I have a romper room magic mirror) lol

Romper, bomper, stomper boo. 
Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. 
Magic Mirror, tell me today,
 have all my friends had fun at play?

Please go visit LYNNE and be her new follower..
( gosh you will be sew delighted she has many amazing
 things going on all the time) 
Ohhh be a follower here..I will be watching through my magic
mirror...and please those of you who are NO -REPLY blogger
please leave your email in your comment..
Yesterday we had over 24 who we could not connect ...

And big thanks goes out to LYNNE for an inspiring post...
To Shannon Fabrics for these lovely plush over the top soft
fabrics and YOU for letting your inner child come out to play
today...YOU are smart, you are kind and you is
IMPORTANT to us....