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

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 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 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!