Friday, March 2, 2012

A special story that unites us all.... Guidelines4Quilting

You may have heard of Giles from Gile's Blog
( he is in the US)
he leaves comments ( he did here just yesterday in fact)
 I am sure he leaves comments on  many of your blogs too.
He is challenged with his sight and possibly is unaware of 
the global kindness that really surrounds him this very day.
He is a quilter and he has a friend in UK.
another quilter and her name is Patricia. 
She has her own unique challenges and they both
have befriended one another....
Don't you just love when that happens?
Globally, through quilting we unite!

ENTERS this company, 
Ritzko and John from Guidelines4Quilting
principle owners.  Patricia notes that Giles would certainly benefit from this
very special ruler that this company has designed.
She had seen it on YouTube
(from the US)

Grip Stris on Guidelines Ruler

Patricia requests assistance for another, a quilter on the other side of the world-and this company
comes through. For anyone who has limited sight, and limited dexterity from arthritis or any ailment that robs you from your strength...This is something you too would benefit from. 

I wanted to share this story and company, because I get approached
weekly with a variety of requests, but this one struck me...
I am familiar with both these quilters, their challenges, their hearts
and their passion for quilting. I wanted to share this story
because it is a reminder of what one simple request 
can do to enrich the life of another.

And besides I think their system would benefit many of you!

What one gesture, for one individual from a company
who clearly understands what it means to spread

Our quilting world is enriched by you all
Giles, Patricia and Ritzko and John.

my best
{and I from Canada!}

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's all about Heart and Holly has much of it...and look another Giveaway!

I'm so glad to be back, thank you Madame Samm for having me.

This time I was told the theme was heart, hand and red. Well, I chose heart and form of red (pink)...and added "home". This project is a little door knob hanger that's pretty quick and easy.

So if you're ready lets get started!

Supplies you'll need:
- 2 squares 6 1/2 inches (one for the front and one for the back - I tend to cut a little bigger and trim down once I'm done appliqueing)
- scraps of fabrics - pink, brown, teal, yellow, green
- a bit of embroidery floss in white and brown
- 3 teensy buttons for embellishments
- a bit of ribbon
- pattern (downloadable PDF)

I'm a hand appliquer - I know this strikes fear in some of you so by all means, if you like fusible - use it! You'll just need to reverse the pattern or if you don't care the heart and house will be flipped.

I traced all of my pieces onto freezer paper and cut them out. I then ironed the freezer paper to the RIGHT side of the fabric.

I trimmed around each piece so there was about 1/4" seam beyond the cut freezer paper. I usually hit them with the iron again just to make sure they are secure.

I dab a little bit of glue from a regular ol' office supply gluestick (non-glittery, non-purple, not gel type gluestick) to the edge of the fabric. Then using an awl, I turn the fabric back on itself (wrong sides will be touching). What you’re “feeling” for is the tension between the fabric and the edge of the freezer paper. Continue doing this until your shapes are completely turned. (You can visit my website for more instructions if you'd like.)

Once all of my pieces are turned I pull the freezer paper off - rrrrrip!! Using the pattern as my guide I use a bit of white basting glue (like Roxannes or Appliglue) and glue everything together.

This is what the back looks like.

Then I get my hand applique supplies and stitch everything down. Of course you can use machine applique if you want to. The great thing about the glue is that it holds everything down so no pins! Oh, at this point you'll see that I traced the word "home" onto the grass. I did this the improvisational way using a window (I was one place, my light box was another - always seems to be the case). :)

Next I embroidered my words and window. Use two strands of floss. The spool that you see in the picture is Cosmo embroidery floss that comes in two strands so there's no having to separate it. I then added my little buttons.

I trimmed my square to 6 1/2 inches and cut my ribbon.

Place your finished applique square on top of the background square right sides together. Insert your ribbon making sure that the FOLD is on the INSIDE pointing TOWARDS the BOTTOM. Sew around the outside using a 1/4" seam. Leave about a 3" gap at the bottom between where you start sewing and where you finish.

Turn and stuff your project. Whip stitch the bottom and YAHOO! you're done!!
That wasn't so hard.

I hope you enjoyed this. And for those who want to try a little something different with their fabric I also created a companion no-sew project using fabric.

You can find this on my blog -

Until next time...toodles!

Big Thanks to Holly for dropping in and it is the end of the month...
and yes we did have a giveaway yesterday and today...
and there will be 2 winners....A Fat Quarter Bundle of Michael Miller Fabrics
Rouge et Noir ( red and black) and It's a girl....( no translation there)

Michael Miller Fabrics is known for their outstanding collections and with
our theme being reds and white and Valentine colours..
This seems like a most appropriate giveaway...

Take a peak some of their newest collections....

michael miller fabrics check out what is new....

Which one would you like to win....
What can you make from these?

Thanks To Holly and to Michael Miller...
Tomorrow our NEW Banner...

Winners announced tomorrow!

Congrats to Audrey and J.oneshania
Heard from Audrey, sew her choice was
It's a girl thing and J.oneshania
will be getting the rouge et noir.
Picked at random selection,
one is heading to Newfoundland
and the other to NewZealand..
NEW followers!
Thanks to all who participated..
YOUR chances are always great!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's all about heart.....( Plan B) we asked Alex to fill in...

Madame Samm invited me to do a guest post even though  I do not have a blog. Love that about her. We were sipping some coffee at her home a couple of weeks ago, she made me these homemade buttermilk biscuits with fresh blackberry preserves, (she is one heck of a baker and hostess, did you know that?) Well, this one day we got talking about all the tools that I (we) have purchased , that I thought I had to have and simply put = are useless. She thought this would make for a light topic for me to share with all of you. My name is Alex, ( short for Alexandra) and I have been quilting for ------ this many years. I hate to admit how long, since you would think I would know better. So work with me, and let's just say decades. Ok, here goes, are you ready?

Show of hands. How many have purchased this? They call it the Gypsy Gripper. I think back when it first came out it was over $25.00 and let's not forget shipping , let me add that too, total cost almost $35.00- way too much. You put this on your ruler to stop it from moving. Yep, I had to have it only to find out that little dabs of glue on the back of my ruler will do the same thing, cost for dabs of glue, oh I don't know pennies, if that. M.Samm shared with me that tidbit! (after I bought it, thanks Samm)

Next on my list was-again had to have it was this 
bobbin winder. How many purchased this? Don't be shy?

Oh dear, I  had to have this, it takes a lot of batteries, and yes it has an adapter, but by
the time I find it in my sewing room, (and the adapter, lost it)  in a box somewhere covered with piles of must have patterns and books, I had to have. ( more on that later) here it is a bobbin winder. And yes my machine ( new one) has a terrific bobbin winder, and I don't have to dig around to wind my bobbin. I think I paid $ 32.95 for this and shipping. let's not forget that I used it once! and that was years ago, I think it was the PINK packaging that got me. mmm, I am noting something here..."STAY away from  everything PINK

And  now yes the bias tape maker with all the tips.
Had to have this too!

Oh this was a doozy, you thread your fabric strips through these tips, ( which cost $10.00 for each size bias tape you want to make. Yep, I bought all 5 of them, so that was $50.00 just in tips.) The same tips in a sewing store, $2.00, are you hearing me, I sometimes don't do my homework till after. And-did I mention the machine cost me $109.00, why I know this is because I taped it to the inside of the cover? As soon as it arrived I knew this was another brilliant purchase I would regret. I did and I do and what do you is not Pink but it is Orange...isn't that YOUR favorie color Samm? ( Oh, btw she has one of these too) 
( editors note, NO I don't) 

I conclude that my iron, does a better job because it gets hotter, AND I find I can do this in less time than this machine can do it. Are you hearing me ladies, you can buy 3 cheap irons for the cost of this blunder. Did I just say that? I am really talking about silly old me, for falling for these commercials. So yes, another had to have purchase- and tell me I am not the only one who purchased this?  ( besides Samm)
 editors note: I sold mine! and no not to Alex.
I am waiting. Ah, show of hands!

the tips you need to use this machine, those were all extra. !
Yep, have them all. 


Oh yes some of my magazines, and btw all of them are quilting ones. And this is just some of them. Quick calculation, each pile has around 94, (I counted them) there are 5 piles ( I am showing you) Average cost per magazine, I am rounding it off to $7.00 dollars, some are higher, and a few under that. But on average 
$ 7.00 ea. I have my calculator so the total cost per pile that I spent, because I just had to have them all is, are you ready?. $658.oo for one pile x 5. Oh just shoot me dead now! I could have purchased completed finished quilts for the cost of all these magazines- or at least kits to make one or two or three...Madame Samm said to me this would make me feel good, I am not feeling it. Ha. Ha.

Can you take some more? How about this Quilters Fabric Calculator. Again one of those gotta have me one of those. Still have no idea how to use it. Never have used it, probably will never use it. But had to have it. Cost $39.00 (no shipping with this one) NOW ask me why? go ahead and ask me?  I actually purchased it in a brick and mortar store and the owner told me, she uses it all the time.( been there on many occasions, never seen her use it)Are you listening to  this ladies, I have never even seen it on her counter, on her table, oh, but I have seen them on her display in the package!. 

So again I am not sure if I feel any better, to be perfectly honest with you-I am feeling a bit like a dope.
 Please don't ever ask me to any  market for quilters, on second hand
it would certainly give me a pass to come back again and entertain you
because you know I would be making purchases on must have tools
that I will never use. (especially if they are pink)

 Madame Samm, is this where I thank you?
I think I will feel better if I know I am not the only 
one who has any of these in their homes! Show of HANDS?

What have you purchased that you just had to have but never used?
I won't tell! Listen ladies, I won't even tell- you know?

Love Alex xx

p/s I hear there will be a giveaway that will certainly melt my heart
if I win tomorrow, these will be things we could all use...

Le'ts stick with Pellon and have a giveaway!

If you love adding stitching to your quilts 
or you embroider...then you will love this collection
of PELLON, embroidery stabilizers.

In stitching this piece....
my swinging into spring..
I used the Stitch N Tear Lite.
What I loved about it...was it was easier
to hold in my hands...I don't use hoops
when I was a breeze to pull my needle
through....and once completed...I did not need
to stretch my linen....

This give-away  has
Sol-U-Film Lite
Stick -N -Tear
Stitch-N-Tear Lite

These can be found at JoAnn's this month

February Pellon Giveaway..

Here is what you will be getting...
1 winner. total package giveaway is worth approx $90.00
I have a few extras to add, like scissors, thread and some needles toooo.
A pattern for stitching and some linen...why not? lol

371 R Fuse and Tear
SRP $16.99
Details: This iron-on embroidery stabilizer is great for decorative stitching, appliques, monogramming, buttonholes, chartered needlework and stenciled borders.  It saves time and hassle by eliminating pinning, shifting, and puckering. The easy, tear-away removal leaves no sticky residue. 

835R Stitch-N-Tear Lite  
SRP: $16.99
Details: This sew-in embroidery stabilizer is great for decorative stitching, quilting, satin stitching, thread sketching and buttonholes. The soft, lightweight stabilizer does not pull or distort stitches during removal, making it best for projects where heat or water is not the preferred removal method.

841R Stick-N-Tear
SRP: $26.99
Details: This sew-in embroidery stabilizer eliminates hoop marks on fabrics.  Great for knit fabric, velvet, ultra suede, brushed denim, silk, flannel and nylon. There is no need to baste before using making this the ideal stabilizer to use for small areas such as doll clothes, ribbon, cuffs, collars and socks.  Easy to use application, simply peel off paper backing and apply to fabric.  Upon completion of design, tear-away excess stabilizer.

553R Sol-U-Film Lite
SRP: $15.99
Details: This sew-in embroidery stabilizer is great for edges, shadow work, lace work, bridging and 3-D work.  The water soluble removal method makes this the ideal stabilizer for delicate and intricate designs. Simply submerge project in any temperature water and the stabilizer will dissolve leaving no trace of a stabilizer.

380R Soft-N-Stay
SRP: $16.99
Details: This permanent stabilizer is ideal for projects that will come in contact with skin.  It features a lightweight, soft, non-woven texture that remains with the fabric through wear and laundering.  The stretch resistance of this stabilizer works great in open-weave fabrics, organza, netting, lycra, dense embroidery designs and free-form embroidery work. Upon completion of embroidery, simply trim away excess stabilizer along the outer perimeter of stitch work.     

Winner announced tomorrow...

What was the last thing you stitched?

Big Thanks To Pellon, for sticking with us...        

Be suire to leave comments with Alex too....our guest today@
Winner will be chosen from Alex comments too...YOU can enter there too..! Twice as many chances...

Congtatulations to Diane who won the Pellon collection, a pair of gingher scissors, Presencia threads , needles and this pattern, and frame.....
she already sent me her reply.... A very happy winner...
to all those who entered, your comments were lovely to read...Happy happy day...
And another giveaway today..