Monday, May 28, 2012

Block party serving some TOAST....and JAM....



Breakfast is being served, beginning with some toast from Debby......

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!












Editors note....from Mdm Samm

And what is toast without a spoonful of  JAM...?

I am adding this, as I get many requests for a great jam that is perfect 
for low calorie reducing plans and especially diabetics.

ST-Dalfour here is the link..
What is nice about this...is you can now get it everywhere
in the world...U.S. Canada, UK, Europe.

I was raised on this Jam( we called it la gelee) , in France, where it originated it was
the only Jam the sisters supplied us with as a treat with our home made biscuits...
I ordered it from France for years, now it is here...
My favourite is the gourmet pears and royal fig...

So while making yourself a nice toast block, treat yourself to this
JAM, you will be glad you did....

It is only sweetened with fruit juices. nothing artificial about this...



Thank you Debby for supplying us with yet another great block...

Toast anyone?



Friday, May 25, 2012

Introducing "Encore" with Amanda Murphy...oh yes Encore encore....

Ohhh yes Amanda is here again...and isn't ENCORE a very good intro for her....
I am not adding graphic here, because I think everyone doesn't need an encore on that....but this...
well you tell me....lol


Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest-blog.

Are you ready for another block?

This one is inspired by the sumptious interiors of theaters and opera houses.  It is 12-1/2'' and is called
"Encore".


The little semi-circles representing the audience are perfect for scraps!

To make Encore, you will need:
  • 3 (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') background rectangles
  • 3 (1-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') white rectangles
  • 3 (1-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') accent rectangles
  • paper-backed fusible web
  • tear-away stabilizer
  • applique thread
To make 1 block, trace 18 semicircles from this template onto fusible web.  Cut out the excess fusible from the center of each and fuse to the wrong side of a variety of fabrics.  Cut out and position each on the edge of one of the 2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'' background rectangles, aligning the raw edges.  The semicircles should be about 1/4'' apart and 3/8'' from the narrow edges of the background rectangles so they don't get caught in the seams when piecing multiple blocks. 

Back with tear-away stabilizer and secure each semicircle using a buttonhole or zigzag stitch.  (If you start right at the edge you don't have to knot threads as they will get buried in the seams.)

Repeat to make 3 semicircle units.

Join all rectangles to produce the block shown.



What can you do with this block?  You can lay multiple identical blocks side by side - enough to fill a theater!



Try a dynamic background!

Or vary the background rectangles and turn some blocks upside down...


Or rotate every other block.  There are lots of possibilities....


I've been experimening with more fusible applique on a small scale like this in my next pattern, so if you have enjoyed these blocks follow my blog and stay tuned!

I'll be posting a sneak peek of my next fabric collection so make sure to stop by!
Happy sewing and thanks again to Madame Samm!
Amanda

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's see you wiggle out of this one...




And yes Jean Ann is back and yes for all those who have been writing in, Jean Ann has given us permission to post her blocks, she sent them directly to me. I think some were concerned that she may not know she is here... I can assure you both Debby and Jean Ann are well aware they are here!   YOU funny people lol...OK---let's see how we can wiggle out of this one, and show you yet another one of her great blocks...


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


 a modern block and quilt....









You may want to see Jean Ann's quilt that she made from this block..
sew be sure to drop by her blog today to see what a wiggly worm
quilt looks like..

I think it will be quite earthly? You think? lol

thanks again Jean Ann..

my best 



Monday, May 21, 2012

block party is still on with Debby today and more blocks for her gaming quilt



Debby showed you the gaming block last week, well today, she is showing you
additional information sew you too can make this quilt.
Thanks Debby, for being part of our block party,
I know I am game on this one...



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!


Antique Gaming Quilt Pattern













Be sure to drop by Debby's blog and let her know
how much you appreciate her helping us out...
she will be thrilled....






Friday, May 18, 2012

Log Cabin with new ruler design by Jean Ann




Jean Ann is back....

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


This new design is called  Chocolate, Cherries and Cream.




and here is the blocks...for more info be sure to drop by her blog...




Thanks Jean Ann...

Ladies if you love log cabins, you have to hop over to her blog to see her new ruler too.
This will make this quilt with ease...a log cabin ruler designed by Jean Ann and Creative Grid ...


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Amanda is back...Introducing "Sky Rise"



and yes today we have Amanda back...Jean will be here on Friday...thank goodness for our 3 very talented designers to help us all through this transition to our new blog format....

Thanks Amanda you are a peach, and berry nice....( been eating lot's of fruit lately) lol I LOVE THIS ONE....


I'm so glad to be back at Madame Samm's today to make a fun block with you all!


This one is called "Skyrise". It is a happy take on glass elevator rides in really tall buildings. You know - the ones that make you feel dizzy and force your ears to pop?

Skyrise is a 12'' finished block - or 12-1/2'' with seams.

Fabric Requirements:

"Windows" (use an assortment of scraps):
  • 1'' x 8-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-1/4'' x 8-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-3/4'' x 2-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-3/4'' x 6-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-1/4'' x 3-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-1/4'' x 5-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-3/4'' x 5'' rectangle
  • 2-3/4'' x 3-1/2'' rectangle
"Building" (white as shown):
  • 6 (3/4'' x 8-1/4'') rectangles
  • 1 (3/4'' x 1-3/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (3/4'' x 2-1/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (3/4'' x 2-3/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (1-1/4''x 8-1/2'') rectangle
  • 1 (2''x 8-1/2'') rectangle "Sky" (background):
  • 2 (2-1/2'' x 10-1/2'') rectangles
  • 1 (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') rectangles

"Elevator" (vertical strip):
  • 1 (12-1/2'' long) strip of 3/8'' bias tape (I HIGHLY recommend Clover bias tape makers)

Directions:
Join the (3/4'' x 1-3/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (1-3/4'' ) Window rectangles. Join the (3/4'' x 2-1/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (2-1/4'' ) Window rectangles. Join the (3/4'' x 2-3/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (2-3/4'' ) Window rectangles.


Arrange these units with the other scrap rectangles, alternating with the 6 (3/4'' x 8-1/2) Building Rectangles, as shown.

Join rows. (If you are making multiple blocks, rearrange the rectangles in each for a more interesting quilt.) 


Join the (1-1/4''x 8-1/2'') and (2''x 8-1/2'') Building rectangles to the sides of this unit.


Join a 2 (2-1/2'' x 10-1/2'') Sky rectangle to both the top and bottom of the block.


Join a (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') Sky rectangle to one side of the block.


Take your bias strip and use a glue stick or fusible tape to temporarily attach it to your block as shown. Secure both sides of tape with an invisible hem or applique stitch. (You can also piece in this strip, but I like the added dimension that the bias tape gives.)


Make a lot of different colored "Skyrise" blocks for a fantastic modern scrap quilt...


Or you unify the look by making the bias tape out of the same fabric...


Or try using a solid, unified "Sky".


Or try a dramatic dark background for both the "Sky and Buildings". You could quilt it in variegated, brightly colored thread. Yum!


There are lots of possibilities - if only there were more hours in a day!

If you make this block (or blocks!) please don't forget to add a photo of it to my Flickr group. Come visit me at my blog or on Craftsy if you get a chance to check out my pattern line or more free patterns! Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest blog!

Happy sewing!
Amanda

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