Friday, May 4, 2012

Lean this way- a no sew project pin keep

Lean this way, pin - keep
( a no sew project)

( as we are still waiting for the new series to unfold
and as you bring sew much sunshine in my life...I thought
I would supply you with a tutorial for some sunshine
of your own)

I was asked earlier in the year to be part of the design
team at Riley Blake Designs..RBD blog
Every 2 months we come up with a project...
This is my second first was the indoor awning...
My next, well it is something for the outside...till then.....

I saw my first field of Sunflowers  in the Southern
part of Vendee, which is not far from Provence.
I went to school in France, I was 11 years old when
the sisters of the order took us to view a miracle.
It was a field of sunflowers, it was approaching
11:00 am. I remember because we always had
prayers at noon before lunch.

The sisters shared with us all that we
would be touched by this beauty that would
last a lifetime. I have to admit they were right!

Every sunflower was facing the sun...on close inspection
there was one that was facing at an angle. Not sure
"she" wanted to join in just yet...Sister Rejeanne
whispered in my ear.... "You are like that sunflower,
always a bit different".  Somethings just stay with you.

When asked to join in the rbd  PIN CUSHION club
I knew right away what I was going to create.
A sunflower!  

Although I love colour, I always seem to lean
to 2-3 colours only ...Good for all of you  since I am pretty sure
many of you have some black, white, and yellows in your stash..

I chose this gingham yellow from the Fly a kite collection
and the solid black from the Tuxedo line.

You will need less than 1/2 fat quarter of each.
You will need a flan tin or cookie cutter,
1  floral foam ball. ( purchase whole at Michael's, and you cut it
in half using a very sharp bread knife-
sew you can make 2, same price if you just purchase 1/2)
Presencia thread in yellow for French Knots , I used a variegated.
a glue gun to glue it all together....
No sewing, except for the french knots...
( there is a  self covered button there...I was thinking
of using instead of french knots..some of you could do that 
too if french knots are not your thing)
I ended up doing french knots..

Outline your tin with a white pencil and then 
add 4 inches around the diameter.
You will need that when you stitch the circle
and cinch it around your half floral foam. 
It will cover the bottom completely. 

 Now fold your circle into quarters and finger press.
Open it up and draw a 2inch in diameter circle. 
Now using Presencia Finca 8 variegated thread
make some french knots to fill that circle.

Now cut 2.5 inch strips, and sew 2 together..
You only want to have 1 seam. Now fold towards
the middle, sew your seams are touching the centre
strip. Next, wrap around flan tin or cookie cutter,
you want to see the shape and wrapping it very tight
will make it easier when you add the floral foam.

Cut 2.5" wof of gingham and 1.5" wof of solid black.
Fold in half press, and then fold 2 pleats.
stitch, fold 2 pleats again and stitch. and repeat
for both gingham and black. ( Ok, you can use
your machine if you want to) lol

These will be your petals, and of course they are ruffled..
I added the black to the outside of the gingham, take
a peak at pic again. I will wait....

Now you will stitch around the edges with just a loose
stitch, stitch your whole circle piece; the piece  you added
all your french knots to. Pull it as tight as you can,
and if you have a label, stitch that on to cover
your gathered piece.
Smooth it out as much as you can, you will have enough
to smooth it out, if you followed the 4 inch rule..

It should fit in perfectly, before you add your ruffle.
Use your glue gun and add a thin strip of glue
around the base and secure it to your tin or cookie cutter.
I used some tweezers and two of my  strips of ruffles
and tucked them inside the tin and  flower foam ball...
and voila!

I added a bow...gotta have a bow,
and some pins, and a PIN it flag....

I hope you will Lean into this one.
She is easy to make and I won't tell you how
long it took me....( I made a few before I got it the way I wanted it
for you) suffice to say, it will take you no where near that time....
Less than an hour!

I made 2 of can be yours....

Think about what kind of flower you could
make with this. Any material would
be a great flower..
What will yours look like....?

giveaway results on Monday!
an extra chance if you are a follower!

over here....This link
I have a kit to make your very own..
you just supply me with your colour preference in fabric
 I will supply
tin, 1/2 flower ball, ....

and you you can use glue gun instead of stitching the ruffle)
pleat and

My best

Here it is in a PDF file

"If friends are flowers,
we must be best buds"

Congrats JM ,,,
You are the winner of this pin cushion..
Please connect with me asap
Your package is ready to be shipped...

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?

#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:

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:

Jean Ann Wright, Quilt Editor, Author, Designer

#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 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

Here are more details...

Craft Taffy Retreat

Join Us!

Come for 4 days and 3 nights of
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.