Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest # 59 Nan in Paris....YES....Inspiration via France! and 13 YDS of this collection from Maywood!


Bonjour!  Boujour!  Hello from France!  Thanks to Madame Samm for letting me post from Pareeee!  I'm Nan, from Pots and Pins, but today, you can call me by my real name...Nanette, which is as French as the pain au chocolat I had for breakfast this morning!  The mister has been calling me by my full name the entire time we've been in France, except he's added two words before my name...and every time I go into a shop he'll say, No No Nanette!  
Paris #2 052 We've had a great time exploring new places and visiting old favorites.  And everywhere we've been I've seen quilts!!  Well, not actual quilts, but the most amazing designs that would make great quilts!  When I wasn't stuffin' my face with thick, rich cream sauces and brightly colored macarons, I kept seeing the most interesting patterns - France is a country filled with designs - intricate designs on buildings, in gardens, on gates and fences, just about everywhere I looked I found designs/patterns and could not help but think in terms of quilts when I saw them!

 
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We visited Normandy, France, and stopped at the American Cemetary which was an unforgettable place - both sad and beautiful.  I saw this wall and immediately thought what a great quilt this design would make!  I was thinking this pattern would make a nice quilt for the mister, to remember his visit to Normandy, and to honor his service to our country - the Marine in him would like that!  And as they say in France, voila!!  There it is!
This very heavy iron and gold-leaf door, on a bank building in Paris would make a beautiful quilt, no?  Appliqued circles onto squares - not a new idea, but I like the two-tone look of this door and a two-tone quilt kind of speaks to me.

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I'm certainly not crazy enough to make a quilt like this - but I know some of you are!  This is just a small part of the pattern in the floor in the grand Opera House in Paris...one beautiful mosaic after another - one beautiful quilt maybe?  DSCN4944
Now there's a quilt pattern I just might make - simple is as simple does!  This is also part of the marble floor in the Paris Opera House...perhaps the Phantom himself walked over it?!  Speaking of walking, how DO those French women walk in those high heels on cobblestone streets?!?  It's fascinating!  We quickly picked up the national past-time in France, people watching at street-side cafes, and not once did we see a French woman twist her ankle, stub her toe or fall flat on her face - not that we wanted one to, it's just if I was walking in high heels on cobblestone people would think I was part of Cirque du Soliel - I'd be flying/flaying all over the place!


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Isn't this in-laid-wood floor a great design?  I can't remember where I saw this but haven't we all seen a quilt pattern like this before?  Alas, there is not enough time in the world for me to make a quilt like this (or enough drugs!)  I do know some quilters, however, who would think nothing of making a quilt like this - and a king-size quilt, too!

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Aah yes, the simple nine-patch - now we're talking my language!  I found this beautiful little pattern on the ceiling in our hotel lobby.  It's amazing what you'll see on ceilings - so keep looking up!  Looking for inspriration in every day things and places is not a new idea, but if you begin to look at things with quilt patterns in mind, you'll see them in a whole new light!  DSCN4987
Another ceiling, this one is in a little Boulangerie/Patisserie on the left bank in Paris, they had the BEST croissants!  This design is simple yet stunning, or as my mom's friend likes to say, simple but smart.

We have had a great time in France - but like all good things, it had to come to an end.  We'll be landing back in the US soon - and while we loved France, we'll be glad to be home - I'm already clicking my heels together ala Dorothy..."There's no place like home, There's no place like home!"

Thanks again Samm!  (By they way, did ya'll know Samm is French?!?  Oui!  Oui!  She went to school in France!  And I'll bet she has no problem walking in high heels on cobblestones!!)  Come and visit me at Pots and Pins, I'd love to have you leave me a comment and tell me how many croissants you think you could eat in two weeks...I would tell you how many I've eaten but I don't think I can type that many numbers!!!  Bonsoir!  Au voir!  Merci Beaucoup!!!

Editors note:

Well seeing you are in Paris and you have been swept up
by the design and architecture of France..And me being in a rather giving mood
let's add a bit more color to this day . In your honor
of VIEW and WORLDLY touring...this collection
seems very befitting.






13 yds EACH to 2 Winners...
YOU will LOVE the French Flavor of this 
Collection ...seems befitting too since our NAN
is in France! 

IF you would like to win...
Please follow NAN ( not to Paris)
but to her blog...
Be a follower here....pretty simple request
actually.....and

You may have to do a bit of search on this one...
but ONE word in FRENCH that describes
how YOU FEEL TODAY..

Moi, je suis satisfait! 
ME, I am...contented---.( that this is our last week ) wink..


Big Thanks goes out to NAN, for bringing
us along to France...to Maywood for delighting 
us all with the French Flavor of Moniques' collection
and YOU for being sew kind, smart and IMPORTANT
to sew many of us in the quilt world...

For having the warmest hearts and the sharpest scissors..
I have felt both lol..



Winner of Pfaff...I am as excited as YOU to announce it is .....



Congrats

WSUE r 228

Winner....
YOU --the new owner of 
this Pfaff Ambition 

( left you a message- you may not have seen
it yet...but it is you..please take a peek
and get back to me asap)





New PFAFF® ambition™ Line Brings Precision Sewing Within Affordable Reach

PFAFF® introduces the ambition™ line to help aspiring sewing enthusiasts achieve professional results

LaVergne, TN.— Sewers seeking precision and control can now have access to the key features of the PFAFF® brand at a lower price point, thanks to the newly unveiled PFAFF®  ambition™ line of computerized sewing machines.  PFAFF®, a leading global brand of premier sewing and embroidery machines, announced today the introduction of its new PFAFF® ambition™ line of sewing machines, which boasts the unique PFAFF® IDT (Integrated Dual Feed) feature. The PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine line includes the ambition 1.0 and ambition™ 1.5 sewing machines, designed specifically to meet the technical needs of demanding sewing and quilting enthusiasts at a lower price point.

“Thanks to the new PFAFF® ambition™ line of sewing machines, more sewers will now be able to enjoy the precise sewing experience of the PFAFF® brand to perfect their sewing creations,” said Katrina Helmkamp, CEO of SVP Worldwide, source of the SINGER®HUSQVARNA VIKING® andPFAFF® sewing machine collections.  “For affordable prices, aspiring enthusiasts can join the PFAFF® family and experience the design, quality and precision for which this premier brand is so renowned and respected.”

The PFAFF® ambition™ line offers best in class features—spacious, bright and precise—while boasting original, unique PFAFF®  features, such as IDT™ technology, that help deliver professional results for sewing enthusiasts. 

·         PFAFF® Original IDT™ (Integrated Dual Feed) technology included on both models.  Built right into the machine, IDT technology delivers an even fabric feed from both the top and bottom of the machine critical for precise sewing and quilting. Multiple PFAFF® accessories and presser feet can be used with IDT technology; it can be easily engaged or disengaged as desired.
·         Large, high-resolution screen -- For viewing selections, options and stitch information.  All stitches shown in real size.
·         Touch screen – The touch screen allows for easy access to all stitches and offers the ability to more easily create, view and customize designs (Only available on the ambition1.5 sewing machine)
·         Built-in Alphabet  Block and Cyrillic font styles are available on both models; Two additional font styles, Outline and Script, are included on the ambition™ 1.5 sewing machine.
·         Stitch Variety – A wide variety of 7mm stitches are available, including buttonholes, utility, decorative, quilt, cross and hem (195 stitches available for the ambition 1.5 sewing machine; 136 stitches available for the ambition 1.0 sewing machine).
·         200 mm sewing space – A sewing area of 200mm to the right of the needle easily accommodates large volumes of fabric for bigger projects.
·         Automatic bobbin thread sensor – The sensor, only available in the PFAFF® ambition™ 1.5  sewing machine, alerts the sewer when the bobbin is running low.

The PFAFF® ambition™ line will be sold exclusively at authorized PFAFF® dealers nationwide. Request a demonstration of the PFAFF® ambition 1.5 sewing machine at a local PFAFF® dealer from June 1, 2011 through June 31, 2011 to be entered to win a new PFAFF® ambition 1.5 sewing machine, plus six of the most popular PFAFF® presser feet. To find a PFAFF® dealer near you, please visit www.pfaffusa.com or call 1-800-997-3233.

About PFAFF®
With a celebrated history of German design and engineering, PFAFF® sewing machines are the world’s premier precision machines that sewers aspire to own. The PFAFF® brand has a 148-year sewing heritage that creates a climate for continued development and design of high quality sewing and embroidery machines. The PFAFF® Quilt Expression 4.0, for example, was named a 2010 CONSUMERS DIGEST BEST BUY for delivering the best combination of work space and range of needle positions in the category. Known as the perfector of the craft, PFAFF® delivers precision to the most demanding sewers by offering maximum control and customization. PFAFF® machines are catalysts for passionate sewers, producing the highest quality results in all aspects of sewing. 


To all those who participated what great comments..
They were a joy to read...
loved your enthusiasm..
pssst we do have 1 more machine
to giveaway next week..
sew come on back.....



Big thanks goes out to KIM,
PFAFF and YOU, all of you..
for being here cheering on 
our most amazing sponsors,
Guests Tutorials- Extraordinaire
 and for being kind, smart
and IMPORTANT to us all 
in the Quilt Net World.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

..giveaway Pfaff Ambition 1.5 Anyone? MONDAY OCT 24th....SOMEONE WILL WIN

And Yes the day has arrived ....SERIOUSLY.....the sewing machine that has had many of you holding back on commenting ( I know because you told me ) ....waiting for this day ....The chance to win a
Pfaff Ambition....their newest line ...
but before that.....let's see who is our guest today...mmmmm


My name is  Kim Novak, one of their educators and trainers from Pfaff .
 ( Hi Kim and welcome to our campaign) 

I’ll start by saying thank you to Madame Samm for allowing me to participate in the Wantobe Quilter Campaign.  I am especially excited because, even though I have been sewing for more than twenty years, I am a wantobe quilter too. I love the geometry of quilting and the FABRICS!! In fact, I have been building my “stash” for years.  I guess I’ve been a little nervous to take the plunge.  I have a great collection of books on quilting and consulted a few of my favorites for help in creating the table runner that I am sharing with you today.  Hope you like it!

Geometric Quilted Table Runner


This is what you will need!

Materials:



¼ yard Fabric 1/medium brown print
¼ yard Fabric 2/dark brown solid
⅛ yard Fabric 3/teal print
¼ yard Fabric 4/aqua print
⅜ yard Fabric 5/coral print
⅝ yard batting
⅝ yard backing fabric
Finished size:   32½” L x 18” W 



Cutting:

Fabric 1/medium brown print
12 pieces 3½” L x 4½" W
Fabric 2/dark brown solid
22 pieces 3½" L x 2½" W
Fabric 3/teal print
6 pieces 3½" L x 6½" W
Fabric 4/aqua print
6 pieces 3½" L x 6½" W
4 Pieces 3½" L x 4½" W
8 pieces 1¼" L x 2" W
4 pieces 3½" L x 1" W
Fabric 5/coral print
5 pieces 3½" L x 2½" W
4 pieces 2" L x 2" W
3 pieces 3¼” L x width of fabric (for binding)
Batting
36” L x 20” W
Backing
36” L x 20” W

Assembly:
I started by piecing the 4 sub-blocks with the coral squares so that I could easily assemble the rows. All seam allowances are ¼”. I love my ¼” foot for this – just line up the fabric with the edge of the foot and sew.  It is practically fool-proof.  Also, I used my dual feed for the entire project – piecing, quilting and binding.   
On my PFAFF® sewing machine, the IDT or dual feed is built-in.  Because it feeds from both the top and the bottom, my pieces don’t shift while I’m sewing and my seams always match!  


1. Attach an aqua rectangle (1¼" L x 2" W) to the top and bottom of each of the 2” coral squares. Press

2     Stitch a narrow aqua rectangle (3½" L x 1" W) to the right side of three of the pieced units.  The last narrow rectangle will be added to the left side of the remaining unit. Press.



3. To complete the sub-block, add a larger rectangle (3½" L x 4½" W) to the opposite side, framing the coral square. Press. Three of the finished sub-blocks will look like this; one will have the coral square on the left side.




The next step is to piece the rows.  There are four different rows in the table runner.

4.  Row A consists of two medium brown pieces, two dark brown pieces and one teal piece. 
Assemble according to the diagram and press all seams.

You will need a total of six of these rows.



5.     Row B is made up of two dark brown pieces, 1 aqua piece, 1 coral piece and one of the sub-blocks previously assembled.  Piece according to the diagram and press all seams.

You will need a total of three of these rows.


6. Row C is made up of two dark brown pieces, 1 aqua piece, 
1 coral piece and one of the sub-blocks previously assembled. 
Piece according to the diagram and press all seams
You need just one of these.


Now, piece the rows together to complete your top. 

7..     Attach 1 row B to the bottom of 1 row A. 
Continue to add rows according to the diagram.  Press.


Quilting
8   Position the backing fabric right side down on a flat surface and place batting on top.  Center the pieced top, right side up, on top of the batting.  Pin the layers together.
Note: the backing and batting are slightly larger than the pieced top at this point.  We will trim the layers after quilting.

9    Quilt the layers together.
I created a stitch sequence on my PFAFF® sewing machine that I used to quilt the layers. It consisted of @ 70 straight stitches and 15 zigzag stitches. I saved this combination to the personal menu on my machine so I could use it again. I sewed it in vertical rows approximately every ½”, starting at the center and working out to either side. Because the table runner is much longer than the sequence, it will repeat itself over and over down the length. I started the new row wherever I left off in the previous row, which resulted in a random placement of the zigzag pattern.  





You can create a similar look if your machine has the ability to program stitches.
An Open-Toe foot provides great visibility – especially if you are trying to follow a marked line.

Finishing
10..     When the quilting is complete, trim the layers even with the top and add binding.



VERYYYYYY Interesing tutorial...won't you agree..?
I bet many of you can whip this up with this
latest greatest best machine.....If it was yours!

This Giveaway today is for all of YOU....
Anyone and Everyone has the chance to win this...



New PFAFF® ambition™ Line Brings Precision Sewing Within Affordable Reach

PFAFF® introduces the ambition™ line to help aspiring sewing enthusiasts achieve professional results

LaVergne, TN.— Sewers seeking precision and control can now have access to the key features of the PFAFF® brand at a lower price point, thanks to the newly unveiled PFAFF®  ambition™ line of computerized sewing machines.  PFAFF®, a leading global brand of premier sewing and embroidery machines, announced today the introduction of its new PFAFF® ambition™ line of sewing machines, which boasts the unique PFAFF® IDT (Integrated Dual Feed) feature. The PFAFF® ambition™ sewing machine line includes the ambition 1.0 and ambition™ 1.5 sewing machines, designed specifically to meet the technical needs of demanding sewing and quilting enthusiasts at a lower price point.

“Thanks to the new PFAFF® ambition™ line of sewing machines, more sewers will now be able to enjoy the precise sewing experience of the PFAFF® brand to perfect their sewing creations,” said Katrina Helmkamp, CEO of SVP Worldwide, source of the SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® sewing machine collections.  “For affordable prices, aspiring enthusiasts can join the PFAFF® family and experience the design, quality and precision for which this premier brand is so renowned and respected.”

The PFAFF® ambition™ line offers best in class features—spacious, bright and precise—while boasting original, unique PFAFF®  features, such as IDTtechnology, that help deliver professional results for sewing enthusiasts. 

·         PFAFF® Original IDT™ (Integrated Dual Feed) technology included on both models.  Built right into the machine, IDT technology delivers an even fabric feed from both the top and bottom of the machine critical for precise sewing and quilting. Multiple PFAFF® accessories and presser feet can be used with IDT technology; it can be easily engaged or disengaged as desired.
·         Large, high-resolution screen -- For viewing selections, options and stitch information.  All stitches shown in real size.
·         Touch screen – The touch screen allows for easy access to all stitches and offers the ability to more easily create, view and customize designs (Only available on the ambition1.5 sewing machine)
·         Built-in Alphabet Block and Cyrillic font styles are available on both models; Two additional font styles, Outline and Script, are included on the ambition™ 1.5 sewing machine.
·         Stitch Variety – A wide variety of 7mm stitches are available, including buttonholes, utility, decorative, quilt, cross and hem (195 stitches available for the ambition 1.5 sewing machine; 136 stitches available for the ambition 1.0 sewing machine).
·         200 mm sewing space – A sewing area of 200mm to the right of the needle easily accommodates large volumes of fabric for bigger projects.
·         Automatic bobbin thread sensor – The sensor, only available in the PFAFF® ambition1.5 sewing machine, alerts the sewer when the bobbin is running low.

The PFAFF® ambition™ line will be sold exclusively at authorized PFAFF® dealers nationwide. Request a demonstration of the PFAFF® ambition 1.5 sewing machine at a local PFAFF® dealer from June 1, 2011 through June 31, 2011 to be entered to win a new PFAFF® ambition 1.5 sewing machine, plus six of the most popular PFAFF® presser feet. To find a PFAFF® dealer near you, please visit www.pfaffusa.com or call 1-800-997-3233.

About PFAFF®
With a celebrated history of German design and engineering, PFAFF® sewing machines are the world’s premier precision machines that sewers aspire to own. The PFAFF® brand has a 148-year sewing heritage that creates a climate for continued development and design of high quality sewing and embroidery machines. The PFAFF® Quilt Expression 4.0, for example, was named a 2010 CONSUMERS DIGEST BEST BUY for delivering the best combination of work space and range of needle positions in the category. Known as the perfector of the craft, PFAFF® delivers precision to the most demanding sewers by offering maximum control and customization. PFAFF® machines are catalysts for passionate sewers, producing the highest quality results in all aspects of sewing. 


SEW what do you need to do win?
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Be a follower here...Yes !
Simply put, that's it!


Winner will be announced on 
MONDAY
OCT 24th...
( shipped directly to you, FREE)




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( for those not able to comment or 
subscribe to the PFAFF, we think it is just the volume
of traffic..by all means send me an email
with the subject line..
" PLEASE ADD ME" 
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we will know anyway...ok)


Good LUCK everyone...
( psst we do have yet another machine
to giveaway next week too) 
just saying wink x


Big thanks goes out to KIM,
PFAFF and YOU, all of you..
for being here cheering on 
our most amazing sponsors,
Guests Tutorials- Extraordinaire
 and for being kind, smart
and IMPORTANT to us all 
in the Quilt Net World.