Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Now- I am having a REST Day, a WELLNESS Day, ahhh a Coffee BREAK.

Well according to some people...
ahhh ( Evelyn) comes to mind...

She defined REST for me as the following:

R- Recharge
T- Tuned.

And YES by golly she would be CORRECT.

My idea of rest is different from many, there
is no doubt about it....as you noted during 
these past 3 months....BUT I will be taking
some time off to manage the 

( 54 sistah ghastlies)

Before you know it our line up
of Guest Bloggers will be here showing
you BLOCK Tuts for this whole month...

STAY TUNED, for now I am taking a Coffee BREAK..
a bit of a siesta...a wellness day....a rest day....lol
see you when I see you..

Monday, October 31, 2011

Behind the Seams of our November Banner Winners...Grab your beverage of choice I will wait...

Ohhh Hello, fancy seeing
see you here this morning ( or afternoon, evening)
.......and what a lovely morning ( for me here in on the escarpment)
it is here today...I have coffee in hand
and I am ready...are you?

Every month since I took over this blog
Anniversary today in fact....Our banners
reflected the talent that is out there...
Exception here was the Wantobe Quilters Campaign
( remember that?) we kept that banner up for 3 months..
( just did not how I was going to have time to design 3 of them..)
Imagine that? lol
OK, here goes...
BRICK Quilts was the theme for NOVEMBER....
and these are ones I really liked that
reflected a very FALL look...and I think you 
all agree they  are great choices...
Let's begin with ...from left to right...

with Thearica...

Click on photos to see details

The story of my quilt is no different than hundreds of quilts as it was made to warm the heart of a very dear person, a teacher and friend of mine.  Mrs. Rebecca Massey was my cheerleader sponsor in Jr. High School and also taught both of my children in 3rd grade.  I have learned the utmost respect for this wonderful lady over the past 39 years.  This summer she was injured and was taken off of her feet for a few weeks and I wanted to do something to cheer her up.  There is nothing like a warm and cozy quilt to melt away any worries and heal the biggest of boo-boos.
It took me 2 weeks to make the quilt and get it sent on it's journey from North Carolina to Alabama. (I moved to NC in 2003 but Bama will always hold my heart!)  I received the fabric on  August 21 in an order from an online store. I had ordered a jelly roll of the same Westminster fabrics, Parisville by Tula Pink, for a quilting retreat that I am going to in November.  We are going to do a jelly roll race competition.  Upon inspection of my order, I realized they had sent a 27 piece Fat Quarter Bundle of the fabrics instead of the 26 piece jelly roll.  Well, we all know how big of a difference that would be in cost!  I quickly picked up the phone and called to let them know they had made an error and sent the wrong pre-cut.  They apologized many times and said they must make it up to me for their mix up.  I assured them that it was not necessary to do this but they would have it no other way.  To make a long story short, I came out smelling like a rose when they were finished "making it up to me".  They went above and beyond!  So while I waited for my jelly roll to arrive, I started cutting out this quilt from the fat quarter bundle for Mrs. Massey.  If someone can be so good to me, how can I not, myself,  pay it forward.
  Quilt name: To Cheer You!
  As all of my friends know, I am a rather long winded kind of person.  I love to talk and sometimes it can take me a while to tell a story.  The story of this quilt is told over the course of 3 posts on my blog.  I condensed all 3 posts in to one special page so you can see and read about the making of the quilt all in one place from the  beginning to when it was ready to mail to Alabama.  You can read the story following this link: http://www.pigtalesandquilts.com/p/giving-back.html
And now with Madame Samm's help, I give you the final segment! Mrs. Massey all wrapped up snug as a bug in the quilt I made especially for her!
Come on over and see her under her quilt...
Thearica Burroughs

with  Trudi..
Trudi has been ON our banner before..
and in our Ghastlie blog hop too!
What month was it Trudi? 
Well her quilts always seem to follow
my themes..or is it my themes follow her creations..
BE what it may...we LOVE our Trudi..
and her quilt...well you be the judge!

Click on photos to see details

And thank you sew much for using my quilt for the banner, I’m thrilled to see it in lights!

Ok, here goes…

1.       The story of the quilt ….  For those that don’t know me, I’m Trudi and blog over at
Quilting Prolifically.   I first saw this quilt --where it all began

Pattern by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter blog  back in May of this year.  I’d bought a roll of 5” width of Fabrics of It’s a Hoot by Momo earlier in the year, and I had tried to use it several times, but just couldn’t cut into it.  When I saw this pattern I just knew this was it!  Perfect for my It’s a Hoot fabric roll.   In fact, just having checked back through blog posts, I loved it so much I started it the same day it was published .  This was such a quick and easy top to piece, so much so, it would have been easy to manage in a day.  Ok I did it over 2 days, but I was doing other things at the same time!  (nothing new there then  lol)

2.        I admit, I have not labelled this quilt just yet, but it is affectionately known as ‘The Bricks Quilt’.  Simple as that really, the post that started it all off is here:

3.       I’ve attached a photo of the quilt on the bed you can use in the post.  Although I always have so many quilt tops waiting to be quilted, this one made it to the top of the list quicker than most and I was sewing the binding on within a month!  Ok, no record breaking there but I truly love this quilt, and it’s on my bed as I type!  Not made for anyone in particular, I made this quilt because I just HAD to!  It’s for me, a joyous celebration of fabric and colour, simple design that just makes me happy J 
Thank you sew much Madame Samm for featuring my Bricks quilt in the banner, I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing the banner with such beautiful and inspirational quilts, I may feel a new bricks quilt in my future!  lol

Much love

Trudi x

with Debuko from Poland
and English is not her Language but with
some assistance of friends she came forward with this...
THIS IS where her quilt 
grabbed my attention..
and it hit me like a brick it was sew striking?
YES, nod with me ..lol

Click on photos to see details

First, I would like to thank Madame Samm for this great privilege. It’s a privilege to be included in "OUR" banner and to write a few words on the quilt presented. The story of my quilt started about 2.5 years ago when I bought the sewing machine to prepare it . Our bedroom definitely required refreshment ... as there was an old quilt on our bed and it was time to be removed. Initially I was thinking about buying something new but as I like new challenges, I decided to try my best in that unfamiliar field for me. So for 2.5 years I have been sewing various things, gaining more and more experience this way, and finally, at the beginning of the summer holiday this year, I decided that it's time to start the new quilt for our bedroom.

 At first I thought of something soft and subdued, I thought that  would be nice, tasteful,  in delicate pastel colors.  I began to sew the patchwork, but when I was in the middle of the front side, I realized it wasn’t what I wanting to have and I asked myself why our bedroom would be so calm and ordinary ... couldn’t we change it for something extraordinary? And that is how I began to work on what you see in the pictures. I’ve chosen my favorite reds (in various shades), caramel, chocolate, cream and a little bit of brownish-red. For more than a week I was arranging fabrics so that they would be in a great harmony with each other until I found a list of fabrics with which I was fully satisfied. The Bargello sewing technique is not time-consuming (gives great results within a relatively short time of work) and sewing the front side wasn’t too difficult. Unfortunately, it turned out to be extremely laborious to quilt. I wanted the patchwork to be impressive, so I decided to quilt ornamental leaves. I was doing that for the first time, and that was really time-consuming but the effect is amazing.  This is the first patchwork with which I am satisfied in 100%. I love what I did and I still can’t stop rejoicing at it.
( editors note: I can feel it too...rejoice you bet)
 And now a little bit about the sewing mysteries. The patchwork is sewed using Bargello technique. Two-color background (dark chocolate and cream), the rest of the fabric is sewed in following colors: caramel,red, brick- red, cream, dark chocolate, cream-colored underside. The size is 260cm/250cm
 Fabrics are mostly bought at the Fabricville store in Montreal (Canada). ( editors note...I am from there)
 Here is the link for the post: more quilt story

"Here is my blog, please visit me from time to time.
I would like to invite you to my shop, too.

I really like to read your comments. They are very important to me as they
leave some memories of each one of you. It would be very nice if you also
wrote something interesting.
Best, Debuko

and now with Alice also know as AKA ( Alidiza....she is in our
Ghastlies Blog hop..you have got  to see this Mrs Ghastlies
contribution) WOW!
But for now let's good at her Quilt...
( ruffles..look at the ruffles, I am just saying) lol
I just had to have her here...look, her quilt has  ruffles....Ü

Click on photos to see details

The idea for my Ocean Waves quilt came from Jamie Muller's post here.  I saw the pattern and the fabric collection ocean waves.  What can I say, I grew up in Key Largo, everything reminds me of the ocean: )  I chopped up a couple of Martinique by 3 Sisters charm packs to make the bricks which went together really easily.  The ruffles were a bit of a challenge.  The quilt measures 45"x56" and it was really hard to get those 80" tubes gathered evenly.  If I did it again I would splurge for the ruffler foot!  I spent last year's football season hand quilting it while I watched my daughter cheer.  It's got wool batting so at least it kept me warm: )  I loved quilting with wool!  Like everyone says, "it quilts like butter" and it gives it the most wonderful drape.  I've got a blog post about it here link here and read more
All the best,

Sew for the next month these ladies will welcome
you with their lovely BRICK quilts on "OUR" banner...
( leave them comments, visit them to see more photos)
They will be sew thrilled! 

Speaking of BANNERS..
December is peeking around the corner...
( ok for me it is, as I am already working on 
our themed month....

as long as they are CHRISTMAS theme....please send
to madamesamm@cogeco.ca

OUR theme for the month is COMFORT and JOY
we will have HOLIDAY Tuts...great guests tutters..(lol)
who will show you some pretty amazing projects...

See you when I see you again...wink x

Saturday, October 29, 2011

To our BRAND NEW BLOG DESIGN, meet those who made it happen! ( ON MONDAY)

Ahhhh  how I love the fall...for some it is the end of warmth---
for me it is the beginning of cuddle unders, 
rested days before the warmth of a fire-
 hot coffee cups filled with my favorite brew.( this morning
it will be  Green mountain Breakfast Blend)
...My kindle, my IPAD2, my sketch pad......
and YOU!. 

had a look that lasted 3 months....
I never tired of ORANGE 
but I did tire....lol

This BLOG design will always be filled with
mixed emotions and certainly one many of us will never
forget...But did you know who made our look 
very unique-who welcomed you for 89 days?

Sew from left to right... Ladies take your final Bow....

Andy, Brenis (top), Amy, Insung Kim (top)
Cara and Kyoko....
Thank you for making
OUR blog design sew refreshing....!

Return on Monday for 
the stories behind our new look!
Their stories will certainly warm your hearts
as it did mine...

The month of NOVEMBER will be filled
with BLOCKS, all kinds of BLOCKS...
after all we are TUT blog...

I invited some very interesting, artistic,
fun, entertaining GUEST block (ers) 
Trust me there is nothing 
SQUARE about any of them!

Be here or be Square...
( how lame is that...I am going to blame
it on I am sewwwwwwwwww tired...) lol

I am reminded of my old Mentor, 
Boss, Friend,  President of a company I used
to work for years ago...

"YOU are only as good as your next success"

So to another successful chapter! Do  you  want to turn the page
with me -YOU can hold my hand , we will walk in together!

and P.S. 
thank you for your lovely notes...
truly heart felt...
I will connect in the near future..
for now....well I NEED SOME SLEEP
 I am off COFFEE...

Winners of our Wantobe Quilters Campaign....here you go ....


( you won these prizes)

emails sent-take a peek
to all of you....

 Sizzix cutter with 2.5 strip die...
and these rulers...

 Creative Grid Rulers oh yeahhhhhhhhhhh
they always measure up to any quilters needs!

Big Thanks goes out to Heather,
Sizzix and Creative Grid...and YOU
for cheering on our wonderful delightful
creative guests and our over the top 
generous sponsors.


From Creative Grid, their top 3 rulers.
-Clover Mat and Rotary Cutter and Fabric from Elizabeth Studios- African Spirit... Yes all of this...
How about these Presencia threads with 
some special needles (Colonial Needle)
as well -from Famore
Cutlery - these pair of scissors?


Or this limited edtion print from 

Big thanks goes out to Yetunde,
Creative Grid, Clover, Elizabeth's Studios,
Presencia Threads and Famore Cutlery,
Denis McGregor and YOU...
well just for being YOU...

 I have no more words!
Time ate them all up!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest #64 64 Guests...wow....and Heather with her SUNSHINE kissed Journals....and Giveaways...LOTS....

Hi again! Heather here from quilt.cook.keep. In my first guest post for Madame Samm's Wantobe Quilter Campaign, I confessed to being a little intimidated by Madame Samm. Silly me. No need at all. Not only is she generous and gracious, she's quite funny as well. We've had several chats since then. During one of our chats, she asked if I'd like to do another post. Sure, why not? Then she told me it was the last spot.  As in the ending to this fabulous three months of quilting tips, tutorials and talented teachers. Okay, intimidated again. But, here we go. Today I'm bringing you one of my favorite things to make, journal covers.

Wait, wait, wait. Before I go on, can we have a round of applause for Madame Samm? Over the past three months, 89 days she tells me and 30 days before that- she's brought together quilters, wantobe quilters (who must be "real" quilters by now, right?!) amazing teachers and the most generous sponsors. And she's done it all on her own with nobody paying her one cent, she gave up countless hours, days, weeks, and months for all of US.  She's the prize procurer, the guest securer, the photographer, the web designer, the shipping and handling department, the complaint department (yup, she's gotten a few of those along the way) and she's done it all because she wants to celebrate this hobby, this art that we dearly love make sure there are plenty of new quilters to share it with. So, please put your hands together.So many of us have benefited from her big heart and creative mind.

All right then. Back to our regularly scheduled tutorial. Today I bring you not one but TWO Sun-shined Kissed covers! I confessed my love for journal covers in this post a few weeks ago. I'm still enamoured of them. In that post I picked a favorite. This one I'm showing you is my new favorite. Until I make another one, of course.

Let's start with the big one.

Oh yeah, did I mention I have a thing for Dresdens too? Yes. Yes I do.

Here's what you'll need:

A selection of fabrics for the Dresden plate. I've had these in my stash for well over a year, waiting for the perfect project. You know those favorites that you can't bear to cut in to? These weresome of them. Can I just say one thing here about saving fabrics? Don't. USE THOSE FABRICS! My quilt cave is in our basement. A few weeks ago, the supply line to the toilet, which is located over the basement, burst, thus, flooding the basement. Gratefully, the water didn't damage much, and my fabric is fine (whew!) but it very easily could have been soaked. So please, don't be afraid to cut into your "good" fabric. You never know. And, I'm pretty sure that the fabric manufacturers will come out with something that you're going to like even better. Okay, stepping down from my soap box....

You'll also need a composition book for the journal (standard size ~ btw they also make these with gridded paper ~ perfect for sketching quilt designs!) Base fabric (I used linen) and a backing fabric. Honestly, I just used a heavy weight  muslin for the backing fabric.  It will never seen. Plus it adds a little sturdiness. You can get fancy and use a print if you'd like. For the Dresden blades and center, scraps will do, charms will do. We're making 20 blades. The base and backing are cut to 16 1/4" x 10 3/4" (basically, an inch taller and wider than your book, allowing for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.) Not pictured: one hair elastic, one uncovered button, to be turned into a covered button, and fabric for the side flaps, 2 pieces, cut 10 3/4" x 5 1/2" (you'll see these later.)

Aside from the usual rotary cutter, mats, rulers, I used a Dresden ruler. You can get it lots of places. I highly recommend one. I think you'll find that you'll use it for all sorts of things. If you'd rather make a template out of cardboard or template plastic, here are some dimensions.

Let's make the Dresden plate. First, cut your blades. I experimented a bit with the size, and this fit the best on the journal cover. You'll need 20 of these. I had 7 fabrics, so cut three of each and had one left over.

Once all the blades are cut, arrange them in a circle. Make them look pretty!

Take each blade and fold in half, right sides together, matching the sides, and giving a little finger press down the center. (The wider, outer part of the blade is shown here.)

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew across the top of the folded blade. You can chain piece these guys.
Little Dresden Soldiers.

Snip between seams, keeping them in order. Turn the point out on each blade. Use the finger pressed seam to line up the center seam of each blade. Press.

After all the blades are turned and pressed, pick up two at a time, matching seams, and sew from side to the base (from pointy side to the base.) I like to do it this way, so I make sure my side seams match. It won't matter if the bottom seams aren't perfect.

You can chain piece these if you'd like. I get confused easily, so I sew a pair, lay it down, then pick up the next pair. After you have all your pairs sewn, pick up a pair of pairs, sew together. Continue in this manner until your circle is stitched.

I hate to bring this up, because we were having such a good time, but at this point, you need to press the circle. And, you need to press the seams open. I will do almost anything not to have to press seams open, but in this case we must. Sorry.

Back to the fun stuff. Take your journal cover front, and give it a little press down the middle. We're going to center the Dresden plate on the spine of the cover. (Of course, you can put it anywhere you want!) Line up the plate on the seam, centering it top and bottom as well.

Pin well.

Using matching or neutral thread, stitch down the plate to the cover. I stitched very close to the edge of the plate, maybe 1/16th".

Now, on to the center. I measured my center. About 3".

Totally serendipitous, one of my fabrics had this awesome motif!

There are several ways you can finish the center. You can choose not to have any center at all, and just turn under the edges of your circle (I guess you'd need to do this before you stitch the outside down!) You can needle turn applique it. I decided on a raw edge applique. I traced my circle template onto lite heat n bond. Fused the heat n bond to the wrong side of my fabric, and cut out my circle. Then, fused the circle to the center of the Dresden plate. Using matching thread, navy in my case, I used a small zig zag to stitch the center down.

For the closure, take your hair elastic, take a little thread and wrap around the end to secure it (I learned that little trick from Jeni!)

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, tack the hair elastic to the left side of your cover (which will become the back of your cover.)

On to the side flaps. Super simple. Fold long edge under 1/4", then 1/4" again and topstitch. Repeat for the other side. (Make sure you create a right and left side. See picture!)

Almost done! Time to layer it up. Place your cover, right side up. Then place your side flaps, right side down, with the finished edges towards the center.

Lay your backing fabric on top, right side down.

Pin all around.

Sew, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-3" opening on the bottom to turn the cover right side out. After sewing, I clipped the corners and trimmed the top and side seams to 1/4" to reduce bulk.

Turn your cover right side out through the opening, give her a good pressing. Hand stitch the opening, add a covered button to the front and voila! You're finished!

Whew! Ready to make the small one? Much quicker. Besides, you're an expert by now!

This is the one we're going to make.

How cute would this be for a stocking stuffer? Or for you to keep all of your gift lists, receipts, menu plans? You can whip up a bunch in no time!

You'll need:

Front and lining, 7.5" x 5" ~ basically, add 1/2" to the height and width. (I used osnaburg for the lining, which you'll see later, not a great choice. Should have stuck to muslin.) Two inside pieces, (3" x 5"), hair elastic, covered button garnish. Finish the side flap pieces like above (fold, fold, stitch.) For a super easy, faster way, you can use selvage edges from your fabric, like  in this scrappy version:

For the closure, cut your hair elastic so it's one long piece. (Cut your hair elastic on its seam.) Tack it to the front left side (which will become the back of the cover) stitching in about 1 1/2" from the side and 1/8" away from top and bottom edge.
Layer your pieces as before: Cover, right side up (keep the hair elastic on the left side), flaps, with finished edges toward center, then the inside of the cover, right side down.

Again, pin to keep layers from shifting. Stitch all the way around, this time using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2" opening for turning. Clip corners.

Turn it out!

See that mess at the bottom? That's why I wouldn't use osnaburg again. Oh well. Hand stitch closed. Add a decorative button (I sewed mine to the elastic.) Bring the elastic around from the back to the front to secure your mini journal cover.
Now go make a whole bunch of them for gifts!

Thanks so much for spending some time with me. I do hope you'll give these a try! I'd love to have you come by and visit my blog, stay for a bit, maybe check my other tutorials. Thanks again to Madame Samm for all she's done for us! She's very special. But you knew that!

Editors note...
Thank you Heather, thank you..
LOVELY post...and in your honor
for being our very special LAST guest of
this Wantobe Quilters Campaign....I have
chosen these giveaways.....

 Sizzix cutter with 2.5 strip die...
and these rulers...

 Creative Grid Rulers oh yeahhhhhhhhhhh
they always measure up to any quilters needs!

( winner announced tomorrow)

Big Thanks goes out to Heather,
Sizzix and Creative Grid...and YOU
for cheering on our wonderful delightful
creative guests and our over the top 
generous sponsors.

 I have no more words!
Time ate them all up!