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...



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Guest #51 Come on over and meet Kelly Scissorhand!




( pssst, Kelly has no idea I did this...
but I don't know anyone who is more scissor obsessed
with such a keen sense of humor as this lady is...
Sew I know she will love it....or I hope she does...lol)

Thank you Madame Samm for inviting me to participate in this amazing Wantobe Quilter Campaign. (ok she may no be thanking me now) lol (editors note)

I am  Kelly Jackson and I am the owner of  I Have A Notion (IHAN).    Before I opened IHAN, I was a scissor fiend...and now I'm even worse!  These are all my personal scissors and just the ones I could grab quickly from my sewing area.  I'm hopeless I know :)


I thought it might be interesting to share with all of you the scissors, rotary cutters and a seam ripper that I frequently use while I am  quilting, embroidery and sewing.
 The rotary cutter I use the most frequently is, My Comfort Rotary Cutter 45mm Ergonomic Right of Left Handed Customizable Handle .  This rotary cutter was designed to go with the TrueCut Rotary Cutting System and comes with a grooved disk that fits the edge of the rulers.  I removed the guide and I use it with all my rulers.  I find this rotary cutter keeps my wrist from getting tired, it opens and closes very easily and I like the weight.  

The other rotary cutter I keep on my cutting table is the 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter by Olfa.  It is the yellow handled rotary cutter on the upper left.  I like the shape of the handle and the weight, but it takes a little more effort to open and close the safety lock.
The Famore Titanium Ergo Spring Action Snips (bottom left)  ares harp and lightweight.  I keep these right next to my machine for snipping threads.  For all my sewing errors I love my Famore Seam Ripper (un-sewing tool).  This baby makes all other seam rips dial 911!  The best  Seam Ripper I have ever used.

The last pair in the photo above right  are  Fine Tip 4 1/2 inch Embroidery Scissors by Famore.  The tip of these scissors come down to a very fine point and I like that for embroidery, applique and snipping threads

Famore products are designed well, they hold their sharp edges and they are reasonably priced.
 
All of these scissors are made by Dovo Solingen and they are what I call my "heirloom scissors".  Dovo scissors are imported from Germany and IHAN only carries a few pair.  These are the scissors that will need to be discussed in my Will.
I love the handles on the first pair.  They are kept in my stitching bag and I use them for finer fabrics.  The Embroidery Scissors (second pair on the left) are indispensable to me.  They have the finest points of all scissors.  If you poke the tip of these into a tiny checked fabric you can actually cut out the little square without cutting into the rest of the fabric.  They definitely rock big socks.

The curved pair were purchased because of the fine curved tips and sharp blades.  I use them when I do Punch Needle Embroidery.  The handles are wonderful too.

The last pair I bought are the folding scissors.  After I bought them I put them in my pocket and walked around the rest of the day with a big smile on my face.  They were definitely shown to anyone interested in listening to me talk about my amazing find.

 See, they are so beautiful in their case....I just could not help myself :)

Weather I am doing some Machine Embroidery, Free Motion Quilting or using a friends Long Arm Quilter I use these scissors.
Famore titanium Ergo Spring Action Snips (top) and the  6" Double-Curved Machine Embroidery and Long Arm Quilting Scissors are perfect for these tasks.   The  Double Curved scissors are made with a sharper tip but Famore Cutlery has made custom scissors that are blunted on the tip to decrease the chances of accidentally sniping into fabric.  Now that is what I call excellent Customer Service! 

When it comes to applique scissors I am in love with Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Scissors Large 7 1/2" and her 4" Small Perfect Scissors.  Her scissors are micro serrated so the fabric does not slide or move when you are cutting your applique pieces.  The blades grip the fabric when cutting 5 or 6 leaves the top leaf is the same size as the bottom leaf...no slippage. When cutting larger pieces of fabric I no longer use sheers, instead I use Karen's Large Scissors because I have more control and the fabric does not slip.

The Dovo Embroidery Scissors are repeated here because they are excellent for cutting any fine details. 
I have found another pair of scissors that have very sharp points and don't cost as much as Dovo scissors (also pictured above).  They are Omnigrid Needlecraft 4"  Scissors and they are also excellent for applique and embroidery when you want a fine sharp tip.
These scissors are new to me.  They are Precision Applique Scissor 5in By Olfa and were given to me by Checker Distributors (During their Open House Event).  I have used them  for only a short time but so far I really like them.  They are light yet sturdy, have a nice fitting handle and they certainly are sharp. 
 
These babies, Batting and Fabric EZ Glide Scissor by Famore Cutlery, are my batting scissors. The EZ Glide scissors make cutting batting feel like you are cutting whip cream.  They have great extended blades and they fit nicely in my hand.  I recently took a  Free Motion Quilting class with Patsy Thompson and I thought I needed 20- 9" x 12" quilt sandwiches for practice.  Using my EZ Gliders I was able to cut those sandwiches lickety-split.  The bend in the blade makes it so much easier to get under the batting and the blades truly do glide through the batting.

Even though I use a lot of Famore Cutlery Products I do not have any stock holdings.  I also promise you it is not because Brint, the owner of Famore Cutlery,  wears the coolest scissor apron on earth. 


I met Brint when I attended my first Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA.  I remember walking up an isle and  I saw a guy wearing an apron covered in scissors.  Being a scissor fiend....I wanted that apron right then and there. It was fairly polite of me to let him know he should sleep with one eye open and all doors and windows locked. Thankfully he didn't call security.
Clearly NOTHING is safe at Quilt market....absolutely nothing!!!  Need some evidence...here it is :)

Taking "The Apron" took some planning but then again so did the Aurifil Thread Heist.
Getting in the way of my obsessions is not a good idea!  ROFL

Smiles,
Kelly


Editors note:
Does she just not cut you up? lol
No really, if you have not had any
dealings with Kelly, do sew now.
If you are thinking notions of any
kind, don't look anywhere else..
She more than likely has it..
Ask me. Kelly is one of our sponsors.
many of you have been getting superior
needles from her...


Sew in her honor...of course we have to give away Scissors..and I happen
to have one extra pair of Famore's....along with this sewing basket filled
with goodies..




Giveaway today is for EVERYONE!
(because who would not benefit 
from all of this?)




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...

Want to win this beautiful package of notions..?
Please go to Kelly's and follow her...
and yes do follow here...

and let us know how many scissors you have?

and yes everyone and anyone can 
be included in the giveaways for 
the next couple of weeks..
Please be sure you are NO-reply blogger..
this is what you need to do...
  1. In blogger.com, click on Dashboard.
  2. Select Edit Profile.
  3. Check the box for "Show my Email Address."
  4. Save changes.


              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 have crashed their site--they are working on getting it up...sew please be patient....OH My...over 17,000 hits today! 


p.s don't worry about leaving comments about your scissors..
I will not give the list to Kelly where you live...? lol
But she does know where I live...oh oh...!