Monday, June 4, 2012

A very special guest and her Baby Ducks from Thimbleart

Editors note: I had asked Ruth some time ago to do something very special 
for all the new tots that have entered into our world...
I think with seeing sew many geese and their chicks
in our midst lately, this is very appropriate 
to highlight today... 
Ruth does such amazing 3D quilts...
For all you young chicks..let's follow her, ok?




Thanks, Madam Samm for inviting me to join your amazing blog. For those who have never paper pieced, you may need extra help. We've provided a link to watch a free video tutorial at the end of this blog. You will also be able to download the pattern for a special price. So here it goes.

Photocopy the pattern for each of the duck parts. Place them on top of two pieces of fabric that are right sides together. Place this on top of thin Polyester batting. Set your stitch length a little shorter and sew on the solid line. Cut on the outside dashed line.


Remove the paper and turn each piece right side out. Using low heat, press them so the shapes are well defined. Here are the three baby ducks and the mother duck parts finished.


Begin paper piecing the baby block by placing background fabric on the unprinted side of the paper pattern, right side away. Next, with the printed pattern side up, machine baste the backs of the ducks. This will transfer the location of the ducks to the other side or fabric placement side. The mothr duck is made in the same way.


Stack the duck bodies, with the wings centered over the body and all of the raw edges are 1/4" above the machine basting. The duck heads are then placed so they align with the body chest. Pin all three parts of each duck or machine baste to secure.


Cut a piece of background fabric larger than area 2. Place it right side down along the edge of the duck pieces. The bulk of the fabric is opposite the area that is to be covered (area 2). Pin to secure.


Turn the unit over so the printed pattern is visible and sew on the whole line between areas 1 and 2.


Everytime fabric is added, trim the extra fabric out of the seam allowance leaving 1/4".


Press area 2 fabric back against area 2.


With the pattern printed side up, machine baste where the duck bills meet the seam. This will transfer the location to the other side of the unit.


Place the duck bills 1/4" above the basting. Pin or machine baste to secure.


Cut a piece of background fabric larger than area 3. Place it right side down so one edge is aligned with the duck bills. The bulk of the fabric is opposite the area to be covered (area 3). Pin to secure.


Wth the printed side up, machine sew the whole line between area 2 and area 3. Fold fabric 3 back to cover area 3.

Cut on the outside dashed lines. The mother duck is completed using the same steps as the babies. Remove the paper and sew the babies to the mother.


Using three strands of embroidery floss, satin stitch the eyes and stitch eye lashes. You may want to use buttons or beads, if it is to be a wall hanging. Using a crayon or colored pencil blush the cheeks.


Borders are added and the quilt is layered with batting and backing. Machine quilt and bind. Blind stitch or tack the head and body to the quilt top, but leave the wings free to fly!

 We hope you enjoy this sweet little design. Thanks again Madamm Samm for allowing me to share.
We've provided a web page to link you to video tutorials and the pattern. We are also offering a second pattern for an amazing price. Be sure to subscribe to our website, as we will be sending out specials, updates, and new patterns throughout the year. Enjoy!









Friday, June 1, 2012

Block party with Amanda---Are you ready to sew Pinwheel Park?

Hi again everyone! 


Pinwheel Park is a modern interlocking design that makes great use of small bits of scraps on a solid background.  It is an 11'' square, or 11-1/2'' including seam allowances.  Here is what you'll need:
  • 2 (2-3/8'') squares of both a light tone and a dark tone for the pinwheel
  • 28 (1-1/2'') squares from your scraps!
  • 2 (3-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') rectangles and 4 (3-1/2'' x 5-1/2'') rectangles of background fabric
And here is how you make Pinwheel Park:

Draw a diagonal line down the wrong side of both of the light (2-3/8'') squares.  Drawn a line 1/4'' away on both sides of this line.  Pair these squares with the dark (2-3/8'') squares right sides together and stitch down the outer diagonals, as shown below.  Cut on the center diagonal and press seams toward darker fabric.  Repeat to produce 4 (2'' square) half-triangle units.  Join to make a pinwheel, twirling the seam allowances where they all meet in the center.


Join (1-1/2'') squares into two units of 5 squares each and six units of 3 squares each. 


Join two of the 3-square units to either side of the pinwheel square.  Join the 5-square units to the top and bottom of the block.

Now join a 3-square unit to the narrow end of both (3-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') background rectangles.


And join these units to both sides of the pinwheel unit...


Now join a (3-1/2'' x 5-1/2'') background rectangle to each side of the remaining 3-square units...


And join all the units together...

That's all it takes!

With Pinwheel Park you can make a quilt that looks like this...


You can do a little applique in the open areas or leave it as is for a modern look.  (Imagine that white space quilted with a combination of flame shapes and large pepples - a quilted river!) 

You can even make some reversed blocks for a quilt that looks like this...


Note: I apologize because I made a mistake in the directions that is now corrected.  The pinwheels should be 3-1/2'', or 3'' when you exclude the seam allowances.  That means the squares that you use to make them should be 2-3/8'', rather than 1-7/8''!  (The little scrappy squares are 1-1/2'' cut or 1'' without seam allowances.)

Please stop by and become a follower of my blog for more project ideas.  And thanks so much to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest blog here again!

Happy sewing!
Amanda

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An original exclusive laminate project. ( RBD fabric collection)



Did anyone of you guess it was this...?????
A Clothes PEG BAG. In Europe we call them PEGS not PINS<
you can call it anything you like...

NOW have you ever seen such a bag? lol



The pattern for this can be found  here at RBD ( Riley Blake Designs) 
(they posted it to the wrong page, now fixed but they lost all of your comments) 
for the original C.P.B.  Lot's of photos, pretty easy too with the laminates...
fabric a diff't story....

At the beginning of the year RBD asked me to be part of their
design team, I  was quite taken by their offer, as many of you 
know I am not much of a quilter, sew this is indeed new to me...
I don't do a lot of patterns, I am from the old school, 
I see it in my head, I take a pair of scissors and I cut the material and sew.
Hard to do patterns ....well take a peak...
at their blog...you tell me lol. 


SEW here it is....I have been having issues with the # 3...
it took me that many times to get this just picture perfect..( above)
( and I don't mean in the photo shoot, the actual design of it- 3 attempts)

And then once I got it the way I liked it...I had to make a couple more...
WEll actually more lol

WHY? well because I have these neighbours who don't sew.....lol



This one is made a bit different as it was made from fabric, sew it needed a lining..
All of these are already sold....you see I have these neighbours, who went a bit
girly on me, when they saw my first one...NOW I was not selling that one...
but these....were designed with them in mind....
They let me keep them long enough to take some photos....
( nice of them wasn't it?) smiling here....


You can see more on my other blog of another fabric
and laminate CPB creation..


With all this sewing, I had a bit of time to write
a poem that seems befitting, don't you think?




WILL she ?
Clotheslines
by mdm samm

NOTHING- nothing smells as sweet as sheets brought in from the kisses of the sun-
It would be such a surprise if anything artificial could be undone.
Placing the sheets upon a line, is a chore that is loved each week-
It is something the neighbours always seek..

Will she have her whites with pink flowers, or her yellows in buttercream?
Will she be putting out her nighties and her lacy undies with not a care it seems.
Will her mans Tees be all pinned in a row...
one for each day- like a garden that you sow....?
Will the breeze embrace each piece on the line,
will it carry it to the skies one at a time.....?
Will she be sitting on her porch, with a quilt in hand and smile upon her face?
Will she be taken to a memory that was a such a slower pace...
Will she be cradling her coffee cup filled to the brim
Will her heart keep singing, will she.....?






Now be sure to go to Riley Blake Design to get the pattern for this...
say hi for me...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

An original LAMINATE project sneak peak....

If ever you wondered what to do with LAMINATES.....
I may, just may have you interested...
Here is a sneak peak...more on WEDNESDAY, here and on 
Riley Blake Designs Blog...

( they have some lovely photos of their booth
at market and our very own Deonn has her quilt showcased
there...)

Can you guess what this could be....
sorry no hints...I am not good at it..
YOU would guess in a second...lol






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....