Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturdays are our Sponsor days..RECAP of our 10th week together ...3 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 10th  week of memorable moments...
She noted there are 3 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...
on Monday...




Carol featured her LADIES..
she loves applique and color and no mistaken
this lady stitches in high velocity and some
kind of octane we should all be drinking...



OUR giveaway that day was forWANTOBEs....


 and the Winners..
Paula and April..

 Paula won this  Box of 12 large spools of Auriful thread..
 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

April won this 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 Carol, Aurifil , Beam N Read, 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!
pssst this next few weeks do pay attention
we have some pretty big prizes that I have been postponing
till now...just saying....



 on Tuesday...
(guest names will link you to their post)
Corrie from Quilt Taffy
came by to visit and had us MONKEYing
around with her easy baby quilt...



Our Giveaway that day was for 2 Quilters..


3 yds of 60 " wide of this  and
and Linda and Donna were our winners..




 Linda won this Toy Chest for boys


and Donna won this Olivia for girls..

These BRAND New collection 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 Corrie 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....





On Wednesday we had a visit from Annette...
who showed us how to make elephant and bird pillows..





and her winner was Jess in Italy
she won
6 one yard cuts = 6 yards of BOHO fabric!

Big thanks goes out to Annette and her
 Public Relations/agent Suzie, Free Spirit Fabrics
and YOU for making each day count for our
 guests and all of our winners..




 On Thursday our  Guest was Elaine 
and she show us a simple way to paper piece without
sewing through the paper..

and here is her post and this was her giveaway
and it was Terry who won this package
filled with fabric bundles, threads, needles and
patterns from Carrie Nelson...


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 PURPLE
BLUE FIG is our sponsor of these bags...
and to add to it a Winter 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?)

We have had a few winners of these bags 
and I just know they love them....

Big thanks goes out to Elaine, Blue Fig, Carrie Nelson
and YOU for making this another amazing week...WHY?
because you gave of yourself in sew many ways...and our
guests appreciated you SEW much! 

Sew that was our week...I am here to tell you,
next week we have many surprises ...our giveaways
are really something you want to be here to win...

Till then....the end....

ohhh and how awful that our comments never seem to work
on weekends..x

Friday, October 7, 2011

Boo hoo and Happy Thanksgiving!


Long weekend here...
Recaps will be up on Saturday...
but no guest by choice...

boooohoooo comments are not working again!


#48 Winner of wheeled bag

Congrats 
Terry
( email sent, take a peak)



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 PURPLE
BLUE FIG is our sponsor of these bags...
and to add to it a Winter 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?)

We have had a few winners of these bags 
and I just know they loved them....


Who is wheeling this out of here? Terry is...
( color is more in the photo I took) 


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Guest #48 Elaine, paper piecing and LOOK PURPLE bag giveaway!

Thank you Madame Samm for asking me to host today!  My blogging skills are limited - but dear friend Jane has encouraged me to give it another try!  I TRULY appreciate the monumental undertaking this 3 MONTH extravaganza has been for Madame.  It's been like Christmas morning every day!  Doesn't get much better than that!

I've always loved paper piecing - but once I was taught this method by a friend and fellow quilter, Barb, I was "hooked" forever!

In keeping with the ORANGE theme, I've designed a very simple candy-corn pattern!  You can also find many paper piecing patterns on the internet. 





"How do I get the pattern onto the freezer paper?"

Freezer paper can be found in the grocery store aisle with aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic storage bags, etc.
You can either trace the pattern using a light box or on a window.

Paper piecing patterns are marked with numbers, so you will just follow the numbers as you add the fabrics.

Lay pattern plastic side down on a firm surface. BEFORE you begin to add fabric, crease every solid line as shown.






Cut a piece of orange fabric at least 1/4" larger than section 1.


Iron the wrong side of the fabric to the PLASTIC side of the pattern.  




NOW fold on the solid line between section  #1 and #2. Trim fabric to 1/4 inch.



Ready for step #2!

Cut a piece of yellow fabric at least  1/4" larger than section #2.


With right sides together,  line up the edges of the orange and yellow.   You may wish to pin the paper and fabric to prevent it from shifting.




Sew (with small stitches) along the fold of the paper - do not catch the paper - but RIGHT next to it! Be sure to begin sewing at least 1/4" before the sewing line and 1/4" beyond the sewing line.



Open the orange and yellow fabrics and iron it in place from the fabric side - making sure it's flat without a tuck in the seam line!  







For  #3 cut a piece of white fabric larger than the section.




With right sides together,  line up the edges of the orange and white.  You may wish to pin the paper and fabric to prevent it from shifting.



Head to the machine and repeat the sewing. Remember not to catch the paper and remember to sew a 1/4" before the line and after the line!

Flip it over and iron the white section.




Here is how it looks so far!!



Onto section #4.
Fold back section #4 and trim fabric to 1/4 inch.




Cut a piece of background fabric about an inch larger than section #4.  The extra fabric is to cover the fact that this is an angle (oh no!  not an angle!!) piece!  In the photo you can see that I've lined up the black fabric with the orange/white/yellow edge and then flipped it out so that I'm SURE it will cover before I cut it!  Now sew!



Trim to 1/4 inch.


Repeat for section #5.



Last step!!!
Time to trim the block.




Peel off the freezer paper.




DONE!!!




I decided that a cute mug rug would be perfect for this "corny" little pattern!!  (Just a note - a friend from my quilt guild is the granddaughter of the man who invented candy corn!!  Neat, huh?!!)  But you could use it for anything!  If you go to Google - there are tons of tutorials out there for mug rugs, coasters, teeny pot holders - or make several and whip up a wall hanging or table runner! 

One of the "beauties" of this method - the freezer paper pattern is good 10 for more uses!  Say you want to make a pineapple quilt - you don't need to make gazillions of copies of the pattern!  Only using it once? - save it for another day!  AND when you peel off the freezer paper - no messy bits of paper or pulled out stitches!  It's done!!

Here are some examples of work I've done using this method! 





  
Hope you will give this a try!   I silently thank my friend, Barb, everytime I use it!


Editors note:
Oh my Elaine....this has been an area I have
struggled with ..paper piecing...YOU know
it is one of those things for me, I have to keep seeing
till I get it....I think by golly I am almost there lol
And a simple one with CANDY corn...I think I can
get sweet on this...great tut and your assistant Jane-
well what can I say...both sweet on you...


SEW in your honor look what we have today....
( wish it was orange..they don't make orange ones lol)


This is for our QUILTERS...and we know
how you  love to take your machines wherever you go...
well now you will go in style...




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 PURPLE
BLUE FIG is our sponsor of these bags...
and to add to it a Winter 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?)

We have had a few winners of these bags 
and I just know they loved them....

SEW what say YOU?
Would you like one? ASK around there are 
many treasures inside too...

Elaine does not have a blog
sew all you need to do today well
is to SWEETen her up with compliments
here and be a follower on this blog..
And tell me this...I really want to know..
When was the last time you purchased fabric
and what was it?
Who is wheeling this out of here?
( color is more in the photo I took)