Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Guest Block host is Cheryl with some appliques

Howdy from Missouri! My name is Cheryl and this is the first time I have been a guest blogger on Sew We Quilt. I want to show off a new favorite block-- a 4-patch w/applique. Thank you Madame Samm for the invitation and special thanks for not having high expectations. My theory is if we all have lower expectations we may end up pleasantly surprised!
First a Disclaimer: I am not a professional Quilter, I don't sew for any other reason then I want too. Sometimes I want to sew/quilt for donation projects, sometimes for gifts for family/friends, sometimes I sew just to have TO DO's.

I started a personal blog a few years ago to have a spot to document bits of my creative side. Please consider this your invitation to follow me.  If you have been a visitor you can see that I don't post very often. When I have started a post on a favorite project I like to edit updates to the same page. I know this is not the normal way people read blogs but for me I like to have the whole process in one spot even if it takes me awhile to finish.

Last year I started block testing for QuiltMakers 100 Block Issues.
I have started a couple of fun TO DO's from blocks I got to 'test'
Today I would like to show off one of my favorite blocks found in Vol. 4
Block #343 (on page 39) " Fresh Cut" by Sara Tuttle Khammash
Now it wouldn't be fair to just give you Sara's pattern so I am going to
share how my 'test block' grew into an 84 x84 (ish) keepsake.

I am also going to do a drawing from my comments for a copy of the new issue of QuiltMaker. I must warn you that my copy has been well read this past week and I have a couple of more TO DO's picked out to work on.

The QuiltMaker blocks in this issue #4 are all 12 1/2" blocks. For my little Doll Quilt I have scaled it back to 6 1/2" blocks. The post is to show the process not necessarily the step by step for making the same project. (It is not fun to do the same ole same old, put your own spin on it- it will turn out great!)
Disclaimer #2: I used my GO and several dies along with Sara's applique patterns to make my RW&B quilt. I used my GO and dies to make the Red and Black/White top. My grand daughter will be a year and a half for Christmas so I decided to make her a little 'doll' quilt for one of her babies. I can just picture Breely teaching her dolly how to say "Kitty Cat" and "Doggie"

If you don't have access to an Accucut GO cutter, feel free to use the method of your choice for cutting the squares needed for background blocks. In my case I used 3 1/2" sqs to make 6 1/2" 4-Patch. I then raw edge machine appliqued the cutouts to the squares. I prefer not to use an Iron-On product when I applique. I am a fan of glue sticks and will use them to tack (rain drops not puddles) my pieces together. There are many stitches that work well for raw-edge, I prefer a chicken track stitch or an overcast stitch, you may like something else better.

My good friend Pam has a home business in Cassville MO, P Dubs Quilt Stuff. If you are ever in the area and want to see a demo of the GO or BABY GO check her place out. She hosts an amazing fabric sale on Saturdays.

I can't offer to give away a machine or dies BUT I will draw from the comment section to give a set of nine backgrounds (36 3 1/2" B&W that match mine) and 18 bright Kitty Cats (9 lefts and 9 rights) You would be on your own for what you do with them.
My scrappy interpretation of Fresh Cut
Here we go: Start with picking out the fabrics you want to work with. In the case of my scrappy RW&B, I grabbed light, med, and darks in Reds and Blues. I also cut 6 1/2" sqs from my 'whites' and a few red and/or blues. Sew your background squares into 4-patch blocks. You can do these blocks in any size you like. One of the fun things about piecing is you don't ever really have to follow the pattern exact if you chose not too.
Next cut out your applique shapes, if you have dies feel free to use them to embellish your blocks. This pattern would look great with hearts, pumpkins, snowmen or anything else you can think of.
After you decide on the size and number of blocks think about the setting strips.
In my first quilt I set the blocks side by side. Then I added an narrow inner border and added 6 1/2" piano keys for the outer border. For my Doll quilt I used a 1 1/2" strip and setting squares, I am pleased with the finished size.
Baby Doll Quilt top
You may be wondering WHY I added a photo of my foot pedal to the collage. The answer is BECAUSE I wanted to show off my mini rug
(I am weaving from loops-potholder style! When I say "I" what I realy mean is the grandkids so this project is still pretty small)
If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. Be sure to let me know if you are interested in the copy of the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 4 and/or the Die cut Cat applique pieces.
Hopefully I have met your expectations, thank you for the opportunity to show off a new favorite block.       4-Patch w/Applique.
be good Cheryl

WINNNERS..how nice to hear this ...this morning

( Cheryl had outside parties
 choose numbers....here are the results) 

1st winner is yours truly...NEVER DO I win ,...very 1st you know...
Sew yes I will accept the mag....yeahhhh

#2 Suzannne You WON black and white blocks and die CATS
#3 Rutigt a set of 12 applique cats and and dogs 

*( tried 2x to send email on your blog it would not send..)

HI rutig,  you won a set of 12 of applique cats and dogs from 
sew we quilt.com
please send your snail mail address to Cheryl..

congrats.. ozarkcastle@yahoo.com

my best  mdm samm

Suzanne your email bounced too~!

The following message to <Suzanne.Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com> was undeliverable.
The reason for the problem:
5.1.0 - Unknown address error 550-'5.1.1 - Invalid mailbox: Suzanne.Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com'

PLEASE CONNECT WITH CHERYL  ozarkcastle@yahoo.com

#67 everyln  a set of 12 applique cats and dogs..

send emails to you ladies..
( Cheryl will mail by friday)

Editors note...for your very first time....
well I would say ...not bad , not bad at all...
Applique blocks for great for anyone with or without
a cutter...if you get a childrens coloring book
and trace the characters..voila you can do this too! 
Thanks Cheryl!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Block Party begins today with Katherine.....Scrappy Bento Box Block Tutorial

Happy hello to you! I'm Katherine, from Sew Me Something Good, where I share my passion for sewing, quilting and other creative pursuits (like crochet, embroidery and the odd bit of knitting).   I have been sewing for over 30 years (thanks to being nurtured into starting as a young child by my talented paternal great grandmother) and there isn't a sewing genre that I won't try. I've tackled many... clothes (from baby wear to formals), toys, drapery, upholstery, bags, hats and more. You name it, I've tried sewing it. LOL...  Plain and simple: I love to sew!
My latest and greatest sewing love happens to be quilting (my teen aged sons will confirm this with their knowledge of my never depleted stash and for thinking that it is part of the decor to constantly have quilt tops being basted on the living room floor ;o).

    I'm over the moon to be a guest on Sew We Quilt, at Madame Samm's gracious invitation.   Thanks, Madame Samm!

What will we make? How about a Scrappy Bento Box Block?
You've likely seen a Bento Box Block before. It's not a tricky block to sew, there's no curves or triangles to piece, but this block can be infinitely more appealing by making it scrappy. My first Bento Box project followed the most widely recognized version of piecing.
Click here to view that quilt. Let's take this regular version

and jazz it up by making it scrappy!
See what happens to this simple block when you piece it using a scrappy assortment compared to the regular pieced version?

In it's simplest form, the bento box block can be broken down into quadrants. Colour arrangement is repeated in two and then reversed in the other two. Easy right?

To make a scrappy version, choose two colours from your fabrics, making sure to include light, medium and dark values of each. I'm using red and white in my blocks, but you will notice that I have different values of each. If the values are randomly placed, the block looks more complex than it really is. This is a key to making your scrappy blocks look their best.

I have selected 8 different fabrics for the white colourway and 8 different fabrics for the reds.

Cutting list to make one Scrappy Bento Box Block:
* this block will be 12.5" when pieced
* 16 different fat eighths would work great for this block or use scraps

Colour 1 (white):
A: Cut two at 2" x 2"
B: Cut two at 2" x 2"
C: Cut two at 2" x 3.5"
D: Cut two at 3.5" x 3.5"
E: Cut two at 3.5" x 6.5"

Colour 2 (red):
A: Cut two at 2" x 2"
B: Cut two at 2" x 2"
C: Cut two at 2" x 3.5"
D: Cut two at 3.5" x 3.5"
E: Cut two at 3.5" x 6.5"

Here's the layout for the pieces cut...

* Sew with a scant 1/4" seam for all piecing and press all seams carefully.

Step #1. Starting with one quadrant of the bento box block (I'm using the A,B,C,D,E pieces shown in the bottom left of the piecing layout photo), take one A(red) and one B(white) and stitch together.
Step #2: Press the seam towards A (the red piece).
Step #3: Stitch one C (white) to the AB unit just sewn - with A being at the top when stitching the new seam.
Step #4: Press this seam towards A (the red piece).
Here's how the first three pieces should look when pieced and pressed.
Step #5: Stitch one D (red) to the first ABC unit, placing it so the seam will join it to B and C (shown below).

Step #6: Press this seam towards D (red).

Only one seam left on this to make one quadrant of the Bento Box Block!

Step #7: Stitch one E (red) so that it is joined in a seam with C and D.

Step #8: Press the seam towards E (the largest red piece).
One quadrant of the Bento Box is complete!

Three more quadrants to piece!

Repeat all of the steps above for piecing the remaining 3 quadrants. Follow the same pressing and stitching instructions for the matching quadrant to the first one pieced. For the other two quadrants, you will reverse the colours given for A,B,C,D,E and reverse the direction for pressing each seam (eg. for the first seam with a light coloured A, press the seam towards B and so on. See photo below.).

Why change the pressing direction of the seams? It will make it easier for joining the finished quadrants together. The seams will butt against one another, matching perfectly.

Here are the quadrants pieced, pressed and ready for joining...

and afterwards.

Congratulations! You've sewn yourself a Scrappy Bento Box Block.
Would you like some project ideas for using them?
How about sewing some for a table runner with matching place mats to keep or place mats to give...
or kitchen chairs to make your decor look unique?
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and found some inspiration too. You're welcome to visit my blog for more tutorials, to chat and to share the love of sewing with me.
  Thanks to Madame Samm for allowing me to be here... and happy sewing!

( editors note...great start of our
Block Party..you can come back again lol)
P.S.  A little update here... Madame Samm has gently nudged me to show what I made with my finished block....

I'll be sharing a tutorial for this pillow, tomorrow, on Sew Me Something Good.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Block Party begins MONDAY and you are all invited!

What can you expect?

Well beginning MONDAY , this MONDAY
every day for the whole month of NOVEMBER.
Blocks, lots and lots of Blocks. TUTS...

WE have multiple GUESTS Tutorial block designers....
who will be providing you with 
new Blocks to practice with

I look forward to seeing you then...

My best

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!