Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Need a cuddle...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Ric Rac Ridge with Amanda...ohhh you gonna love this ...

Ready to make another block?  "Ric Rac Ridge" is 8-1/2'' and is especially good for solids and can be arranged in a variety of ways to produce different effects.

For this tutorial, I'll call the specific fabrics by their color names in the illustrations - but it could, of course, be sewn in a wide variety of color schemes.

You will need to cut:
  • 1 (1-1/2") square red fabric
  • 2 (1'' x 1-1/2'') rectangles, 2 (1'' x 2-1/2'') rectangles, and 6 (1-1/2'') squares white fabric
  • 2 (2-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') rectangles, 6 (2-1/2'') squares, and 10 (1-1/2'') squares aqua fabric
  • 4 (1-1/2'') squares blue fabric

Join the (1'' x 1-1/2'') white rectangles to the sides of the red square.  Join the (1'' x 2-1/2'') rectangles to the top and bottom of this unit.
Next use (1-1/2'') squares to make these 4-patch units...

And combine the white and aqua 4-square units with 4 (2-1/2'') aqua squares and your red square unit to make these...

Combine the blue and aqua 4-aquare units with 2 (2-1/2'') aqua squares and 2 (2-1/2'' x 4-1/2'') rectangles to make these...

Arrange like this...

And join!

You can make this...

Or this...

Or this...

Or this!

If you plan to make multiple blocks, make sure to strip pieces the units to save time!

And if you get a chance, stop by my blog for a sneak peek of what I have been working on lately!

Happy sewing!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spring Market in Kansas 2012 YOU TUBES, Need some Inspiration...lot's here..

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 It's a circus over here ...lol


More fabrics, and ribbons and music to stroll by ....


Hop on over to Bunny Hill.


Some great inspiration here today, if you could not make it to Market, well today, from
your home, screen, IPAD, join us for a quick stroll on some pretty amazing lines, fabrics
and sewing ideas....

This young lady has the Ombre collection..quite nice indeed..


 Hard not to love this lady ....she is sew darn animated, and has some very interesting new projects...HOUSE one...look at this one..
Monica Lee

Andover Fabrics

Riley Blake Designs


 These ladies always deliver....

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!

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 ?
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

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......


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?