Monday, May 14, 2012

Block party continues with Debby today...



and the party continues..
Debby has supplied us with this game board block
I can just imagine what fabric choices you could choose
to have this standing out..
Are you game?


ABOUT DEBBY KRATOVIL

Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. In 2006 alone, she saw 54 of her quilts published, with another dozen sewn for major fabric companies. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines, with 9 covers in 2006 alone. As she says, "I sew for the camera, making sure my quilts are very photogenic." She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby authored "Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts" (AQS, 2004), six quilting calendars for Accord/Andrews McMeel Publishing (2006 - 2012), a perpetual Quilter's Block-a-Day Calendar and companion CD by Martingale. Her latest book, Supersize "Em Quilts, is filled with 22 projects to appeal to any quilter's discriminating taste. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Her next book, "Perfect Paper Pieced Points" is due out in February 2013. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it.
Currently she designs and sews quilts for 3 fabric companies and her quilts appear in a variety of magazines. She loves to travel and teach and working for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo takes her to a dozen cities a year.
Debby takes her wide range of quilting skills from a pile of fabric to a finished quilt, then to creating the patterns and professional illustrations print-ready. Debby likes to say, "I've never met a fabric I didn't like." One of her special talents is making a beautiful quilt using challenging fabric collections. She is on very good terms with her computer and computerized sewing machines, which enables her to take a project from start to finish quickly.
Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has 3 grown daughters and an awesome grandson!



thanks Debby for providing us all with interesting
blocks sew we can prepare for our new blog ....

My best


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oh look who came....Amanda with her Modern Blossom Block







Hi everyone,
I'm excited to be visiting here at Madame Samm's fantastic blog today!  She asked me to share a few block ideas with you and I am happy to oblige.  I can't wait to see what you make with them so send pictures!  Feel free to upload them to my flickr group.
I'll be sharing five blocks throughout these next weeks and they are all very different.  Let's start with one of my favorite motifs - FLOWERS!  I use flowers in all my fabric collections to date and many of my patterns in my pattern line.  (You can also find some of my patterns in pdf form on Craftsy.)

I'm calling this block Modern Blossom - she is big and showy.  She can be sewn with borders, for a 12-1/2'' block, or without, for a 10'' block.
Start with 2 10'' squares of fabric for the Blossom and Background.  Print out two copies of the Modern Blossom Template and tape the Blossoms motifs together along the dashed line.  Trace the motif onto paper-backed fusible web and cut out the center so your finished piece won't be stiff.  Fuse the Blossom shape onto one of the 10'' squares of fabric.  Cut out, remove paper, and fuse onto the remaining 10'' square.  (You can also just cut out the shape and use a glue stick or spray adhesive to temporarily attach it if you would prefer.)  Use a buttonhole stitch to secure the appliqué.  Don't worry about knotting the ends of the thread - they will be caught in the seams if you start sewing at the edge of the pieces.  Cut the excess Background fabric from behind the Blossom.

Now, using the same process, trace 4 petals onto fusible web.  Cut out the center and fuse onto the wrong side of the petal fabric.  Cut out, remove paper backing, and arrange on top of the block so that the points all meet in the center.  Fuse and appliqué to secure.


Trace the Blossom Center onto fusible web, fuse to Blossom Center, and secure in the same manner.  (Or use a  yo-yo - you know I can't get enough of them!)

If desired, cut out 2 (1-3/4'' x 10'') rectangles and sew them on the sides of the block.  Cut out 2 (1-3/4'' x 12-1/2'') rectangles and sew them onto the top and bottom of the block.


That's it.  You could make three blocks for a fun summer table runner or sew up a bunch for fun quilt.  It might look like this...
12 blocks without borders
This would be a good choice for a layer cake because you wouldn't need a bigger cut than a 10'' square.
Or add sashing for a different look....
12 blocks without borders... with sashing!
Or put a separate border on each block for more detail...
12 blocks with individual borders

Thanks to Madame Samm for having me.
Have fun and happy sewing everyone!
Amanda

Monday, May 7, 2012

and the party continues....





Yes, another lovely lady I came across while on holidays..... She is just sew darn sweet. and sew accommodating too. Before I was even a quilter..(* not even a great one at that) I was purchasing these calendars. Of course never once thinking someday I would be managing a blog ( 2 actually) and meeting the authors. Who would have thought lol. Sew it gives me great pleasure to introduce yet another BLOCK Lady....Debby Kratovil you have the floor...

ABOUT DEBBY KRATOVIL

Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. In 2006 alone, she saw 54 of her quilts published, with another dozen sewn for major fabric companies. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines, with 9 covers in 2006 alone. As she says, "I sew for the camera, making sure my quilts are very photogenic." She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby authored "Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts" (AQS, 2004), six quilting calendars for Accord/Andrews McMeel Publishing (2006 - 2012), a perpetual Quilter's Block-a-Day Calendar and companion CD by Martingale. Her latest book, Supersize "Em Quilts, is filled with 22 projects to appeal to any quilter's discriminating taste. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Her next book, "Perfect Paper Pieced Points" is due out in February 2013. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it.
Currently she designs and sews quilts for 3 fabric companies and her quilts appear in a variety of magazines. She loves to travel and teach and working for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo takes her to a dozen cities a year.
Debby takes her wide range of quilting skills from a pile of fabric to a finished quilt, then to creating the patterns and professional illustrations print-ready. Debby likes to say, "I've never met a fabric I didn't like." One of her special talents is making a beautiful quilt using challenging fabric collections. She is on very good terms with her computer and computerized sewing machines, which enables her to take a project from start to finish quickly.
Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has 3 grown daughters and an awesome grandson!


Debby and Jean Ann are ready for 2013.
Here is their calendar for next year!


Who is having a birthday this YEAR?

Debby sent this one for appliqué, I can just imagine the possibilities...







Surely someone needs a birthday block to remind
them how wonderful they are. ( to us)
A happy birthday to" me" celebration!

I have noted many  birthday celebrations lately
often put on by the bloggers themselves...lol
Always nice to know how much we all appreciate 
knowing someone's birthday celebration.
WE love celebrating YOU!

Sew happy name sake day all you birthday peeps out there..
It is YOUR YEAR! no doubt about it....

Thanks Debby.
If you go visit her too..I bet she will just love to hear from you...





my best 








Thursday, May 3, 2012

Something wonderful happened......while I have been working (ahhhh on holidays)

While you are all waiting for the next series to unfold.....
I thought, why not entertain you with a few block designs...
I have spoken to a few designers...that are more than willing
to share some blocks with all of you.



WHY? Why not?


#1 INSPIRATION
#2 Will get you sewing more
#3 Blocks can become quilts
#4 and ohhhhh it gives you something to do
while waiting for the new series...
Yep that's it ! lol

SEW for the next wee while, we will have 2 blocks to introduce each week. Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Jean Ann Wright. What a lovely lady too, you just know right away when you make a connection, there is something "sticky" about  that person...   I am certainly going to stick with Jean Ann.
I have always said, 

"Quilters have the biggest hearts and the sharpest scissors..."
(I have been working on a design for this) 


She will have you cutting in no time flat...
Debby Kratovil and Jean Ann Wright have done many of these
Jean Ann and Debby Kratovil, work on these perpetual calendars, this one is still available here
 Debby will be providing blocks too. ( very soon)

All about JEAN ANN Wright

Jean Ann Wright majored in textiles and fine arts combined these interests to become a fiber artist. From 1986 to 2007 she edited QUILT magazine. She then redesigned and edited The Quilting Quarterly for the NQA, leaving that position become a full time designer. Her inaugeral book, Circle of Nine, was co-authored with her sister, Janet Houts. Jean Ann designs quilts for major fabric companies and recently designed two fabric collections for Newcastle Fabrics and a Log Cabin Trim Tool available from your local quilt shop or her website: www.jeanannquilts.com

Jean Ann has won awards for her quilts at the IQA, and in other local, state, and national exhibitions. She has judged the IQA show in Salzburg, Austria and Houston, Texas; and numerous other shows. She presents programs and quilt workshops at the Houston Quilt Festival and local and regional guilds. Follow her blog: www.jeanannquilts.blogspot.com

--
Jean Ann Wright, Quilt Editor, Author, Designer
770-402-5747


#1 Block...


This is the Depression Block
but there is nothing depressing about this...
it will become a Happy Days Quilt...
YOU can get the pattern on Jean Ann's blog



This is the Quilt design, you can get from her... see nothing depressing about this...



and here is your block to work on. Certainly if enough of you make it...I will set up a link, if I must lol





Thanks to Jean Ann, she is starting us off on our first block party...YEP, we are having a block party and you are all invited.... Be sure to drop by her blog if you want to make her Happy Days Quilt...She has all the details there ....And pssst. if you follow her, I bet YOU will make her one happy lady too!

my best

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yep, give a dog bone..what is that saying lol.....


Yes I know ....oh holidays 
does not have the same meaning for you
as it does me...
( lots of behind the scenes stuff)

OH OH OH ...
we have 100 count them....
ahhh don't.....
100 for the RED and White Blue 'Blog hop..
just saying lol.

and what is that saying about a dog and a bone..
help me out here...

Blog hop entries closed! 



Monday, April 30, 2012

A Craft Taffy retreat with Quilt Taffy....get out of here...!



Haven't you all wanted to spend a couple

hours sipping tea with Corrie at Quilt taffy...How about 4 days
sewing up a storm. Eating with her, sleeping with her...( well that did not sound right) lol sleeping under the same roof...now that sounds better...
She is sew darn funny...I understand
she is having her very first get together..
The cost is fabulous...
The food will be fabulous
The company wellllllll fabulous too...
I am just thinking how wonderful it would 
be with you and you and you ...

are those taffy pins...get out of here...
I want one...lol

Here are more details...

Craft Taffy Retreat

Join Us!


Come for 4 days and 3 nights of
crafting,
sewing,
scrapbooking
or whatever you want to do - 

to your hearts content
or as long as you can stay awake.
You'll have time to work 
on your projects,
time to relax...
we'll have some demos, 
giveaways and
a lot of fun.
Limited spots available.
In beautiful McCall, Idaho
October 17-20, 2012
All of the details are here.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Series Ending....and look a giveaway to celebrate...



What a great month of Kitchen stuff.
YOU ALL ARE AMAZING!
We even had some cake...thanks to Thearica!

WE are ending a series of hundreds of TUTORIALS
TIME TO TURN TO ANOTHER SERIES....
I know what you are thinking..more CHANGE...
but in this case..I just KNOW you will embrace it...
( or I will shut down this blog lol)

It has been refreshing to see many fellow bloggers 
are also doing tutorials....
following the lead of Sew We Quilt....
sew it makes sense that we may 
have run it's course on this series....


NEWSFLASH


We will be heading into a new direction..
I will be taking a bit of holiday, to put
a P.O.A. ( Plan of Action) together...

I don't' think you will be disappointed at
the new direction YOUR quilting BLOG will take....

IN the meantime, we have a blog hop starting
called " Celebrate RED, White and Blue".

100 have entered already...
we can only take 100
no more blog hoppers needed.
we are at full capacity...
( let Jane know, your details
email and blog if you have one)

Jane at Jane's Fabrics will be managing it for me,
while I do some behind the scenes STUFF.

Thanks Jane... Let her know if you want to be included,
This blog hop will begin JULY 1st and you have till Friday
of this week to get onto the list....
( you can leave your comments here if you want to be included)

Everyone will be making 10.5 or 12.5 unfinished blocks...
no tuts, just pics, and tons of inspiration.

Take a peak here what many of us did with the most recent
blog hop, Table Toppers...


And now for our April Giveaway Items


Lutradur®, 1 yard
·        A cross between fabric and paper. It is a 100% polyester spun bond non-woven translucent web. It is the perfect medium for many crafting/ sewing/ quilting and scrap booking, three dimensional wall art and ideal as an ink jet-printing medium to do or complete fabulous projects. LUTRADUR has countless applications. It can be sewn, drawn and painted on.
·        25gm // 20” wide
·        SRP = $3.90

808 Craft-Fuse™, 1 pkg
         Crisp, iron-on fabric backing adds body and strength
         Great for home décor projects, apparel accessories and children’s toys
         Non-woven design leaves no residue on needles
         Made with Acid-Free 90% Polyester/10% Rayon
         Machine wash warm. Tumble dry low or dry clean.
         Offered in a versatile put-up of 15” x 4 yds
         SRP: $9.99

SF101 Shape-Flex®, 1 pkg
         Iron-on, woven cotton interfacing for light to midweight fabrics
         Provides permanent stability and support when used as a backing for needlework and punch embroidery
         Made with 100% Acid-Free Cotton
         Machine wash warm. Tumble dry low or dry clean.
         Offered in a versatile put-up of 15” x 2 yds
         SRP: $9.99

70 Peltex® Sew-In, 1 pkg
         Ultra firm sew-in stabilizer
         Sewing machine safe
         Will not flatten out or become distorted by steam pressing
         Machine wash warm. Tumble dry low or dry clean.
         Made with 100% Acid-Free Polyester
         Offered in a versatile put-up of 15” x 1 yds
         SRP: $6.99

Nature’s Touch Batting, Crib size
·        Nature’s Touch Cotton batting drapes beautifully and is soft and durable. A lightweight and breathable batting that is perfect for all seasons.
·        100% natural cotton
·        45” x 60”
·        Loft ¼”, Shrinkage 3-5%
·        Stitch distance 8-10”
·        I don’t have SRP for this yet… it’s brand new on the market!

I also am throwing in a few more surprises...some
patterns by Amanda Murphy are tucked in there...
some threads from Presencia, Colonial Needle
and some Pebble needles...( love them..I sent out
dozens to many of you, told you would love them)

( where is she hiding anyway lol)

Sew would you like this lovely ensemble.?

Tell us you LOVE change!
especially if it gets you sewing more...
mmmmm

My best 

( I do  hope you will forgive me,  although I have read every note, I will not be able to respond...but how I appreciate your smiles and giggles.....I am trying to get caught up on some assignments for school ...My tutor just called...we will be upgrading to a new software....I was just getting familiar with this one CS5 . I DESPISE WITH a  VENGEANCE = CHANGE LOL.... I  have to get familiar with CS6 in less than a week...I have  a test on Thursday..geeeeshhh.....p.s I like to be in control of the change....wink


ohhhh winner will be announced on MONDAY, this MONDAY



WINNER was notified....I usually wait till I hear from them before I post their name...
she is overseas in UK, it's possible she has not seen this yet...the email will always
say TAKE-  A- PEAK, with link to here.... Anyway, winner was chosen...
thanks for all of your delightful comments ....There will be many more giveaways..you can count on that

Congrats to Dya 
her note came this morning
and my goodness, excited is not the word..lol
Your package Dya has been ready, just needed
the label. it is off today!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's a month of Kitchen stuff, so time for CAKE!

Blogger is having a ton of issues but it isn't so great as to keep a good cook away from her kitchen!!

I want to thank Madame Samm for the invitation to play along in this month's fun kitchen themed guest posting! I always enjoy taking part in the fun activities she dreams up for us!

My name is Thearica and I blog over at www.pigtalesandquilts.com!  If you have never been to my blog I welcome you over any time!  Please check out past posts if you go over for some tantalizing eye candy of crazy quilting!  And check out my granddaughters first quilt at the tender age of 7!!

So, Madame Samm said this had to do with the kitchen! ...  hmmmm
We all know what we like to do best in the kitchen... EAT!!

I was trying to decide on a quilted item for my post but the things I came up with had already been done so I decided to be a little different!  I am different and that is a good thing... most times. :)

How about I show you how to cook up a mouth watering fruitcake!

DON'T say YUCK just yet!!

This is NOT your A-Typical fruitcake!  This one gets raves by the most stubborn - mule headed people who don't like fruitcake! Trust me!

Are you ready?? OK.. Let's get started!

You have to get out your ingredients!

7 extra large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups self rising flour
1 pound candied red cherries
1 pound candied pineapple
1 pound chopped dates
2 pounds pecan halves
Butter

Now get your tools ready!

Large pan for mixing the batter... I use my dishpan!
Sifter - YES, you WILL need one!
Mixing Bowl
Mixer
Bundt Cake Pan
2 disposable medium sized aluminum rectangle baking pans
1 large round Christmas tin
Saran Wrap
Wax paper
Parchment Paper
Scissors
Ink pen


The first thing we are going to do is turn our oven to Bake and 300 degrees!

Then we are going to cut paper bottoms for our baking pans so the cake does not stick!
Take your ink pen and sit your bundt pan on the parchment paper and trace around the outer edge of the bottom.  Do the same thing for the disposable pans.  

Don't forget to draw the inner well of the bundt pan!

Cut these shapes out!

Next we will butter all 3 pans... even the bottoms! And don't forget to give the walls of the well on the bundt pan a good buttering!

Now place those paper bottoms down inside the pans!

It is time to make cake!!!

Open your candied cherries, pineapple and dates and put them in the bottom of your large pan!  Be sure and move them around with your hand to mix them up well.  No large lumps of one fruit stuck together!

Next we will put the 2 cups of sugar in our mixing bowl and crack all 7 eggs in on top of it!

Beat these together until good and frothy!

Now you will sit your sifter down on the fruit and put those 2 cups of self rising flour in it!
If you do not have a sifter, do NOT attempt to make this cake until you run to Walmart and get you one!
Trust me, it DOES make a difference!

Sift your flour over the fruit and then stir it in until all fruit is well coated!

Now add the egg and sugar mixture and mix together until there is no sign of any dry flour anywhere!

NOW comes the BEST part!!
Add those 2 pounds of pecan halves!

Do NOT chop chop with your spoon because you want these halves to remain in tact as much as possible!
Delicately stir the pecan halves in to the cake batter until they are all coated and mixed in well!

Ladle the cake batter in to your pans.  Do not pack the batter down tightly.

You will have enough batter for the bundt and both disposable pans.

Clean the rims of the bundt pan and the outer edges of the disposable pans because if you don't, you will have thick globs of cake to contend with when it comes out of the oven if you don't!

Place the disposable pans on a cookie sheet and place all 3 cakes in the oven together! 
 Bake on 300 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes!

YUM YUM YUM!!!
Who wants cake!!!


Let the cakes cool for 30 minutes and then take a butter knife around the edges to turn the cake loose from the walls.  

Don't forget the well!

You can gently tug on the outer edge of the disposable pans to get them started and then finish with your butter knife.

Then allow the cakes to cool for another hour.

Turn the cakes out and remove the paper bottoms.
I turn the small cakes out in my hand.  be careful... They might try to fall apart!

Turn the bundt cake out on to a plate.

After you remove the paper bottoms, return them to their pans to cool for one more hour! Being in their pans to cool keeps them from falling in to a million pieces until they are good and cool! Once they are cool, they will stay just fine!

It is time to get them ready to travel to a far away place!
YES, they travel so WELL!

I use the wax paper and cut a sheet to lay across the tin.  I cut a 2nd sheet and lay it across the tin in the opposite direction.

As you can see, a bundt size cake fills up a large tin to the rim!
Makes a VERY nice gift!
And she is ready to go to Montana to my friend Martha!
I know.. it is a Christmas tin and Christmas is past... but hey, it is all I had! :)

For the smaller cakes, I put them in to a brand new disposable pan after I wrap them well in Saran Wrap!

OR I simply put one under my domed cake plate and EAT it!! ha!

Now!! WHO is hungry for cake???

Thank you for having me Madame Samm! This was fun and I learned to save my post next time so I wouldn't have to re-write everything when a post goes missing!! :)

Ya'll come on over to my blog for a visit!