Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gentle reminder, registration day ends today for THINK CHRISTMAS

UPDATE please connect with LESLEY here
I  believe we have 50 participants 
for our Think Christmas, 
and that is a lot of HO HO HO ! 
You only need to make 1 block or more 
of a christmas theme or red, white and green anything..!

Thanks to Lesley for managing this blog hop...
See you then,
mdm samm

 NEW Blog Hop Scheduled...

Think Christmas in July, albeit end of July and 1st week of August.
 Blog hop will run  JULY 30th-August 3rd.

Think, Santas, Snowman, christmas balls, trees, anything red, green and white. Think Christmas blocks. (6.5 or 10.5 or 12.5)  YOU could be inspired by this blog hop to make a new Christmas designer quilt. YOUR blog hop friends will cheer you on. 

Lesley from "the cuddle quilter" will be your hostess.  Check her blog out if you are not familiar with it...She is a very prolific quilter and I know for a fact she loves anything Santas... I remember her from last year and she was Santa everything....Gotta love someone who has the spirit with her every season....She loves this season ( Christmas) sew she seems like the perfect choice in managing this blog hop. She will coordinate all the participants, with a schedule and she will oversee the blog hop with me... I will do little, really just a cheerleader....Yeah Lesley...

#1 You will sign up with her directly at this email. Lesley's direct email

#2 Here is the Blog hop button to place on your blogs... copy code.. below button

Sew we quilt

copy this code to HTML.

located on top right of this blog ...see graphic, copy and paste
the code below to your gadget HTML. 

#3 Let her know by next Tuesday, June 26th. DEADLINE.

#4 BE Inspired -Think Christmas. YOU know it is 

181 days till Christmas

#5 Lesley will have some wonderful prizes to giveaway, sew far we have Westminister Fabrics
and Michael Miller. They have some pretty amazing collections coming out!

Here are some of Lesley's finest pieces... to have you THINKING CHRISTMAS

Yes it will be...!

Don't you just love her Santa...

She does lovely red work, you can do that too..!

Ohhh look another Santa....

and her new signature by moi! ....

I already have a few things planned...red white and green..
Sew I am in...who is next? 

Prizes to win for those who participate
and for those who hop!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Amanda is back to take us to Park Place

Hi everyone!
Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me back to make another block with you all!

There was such a positive response to my scrappy Pinwheel Park block I thought I'd do something similar with 1-1/2'' scrappy squares, but add in a little applique.

This 12-1/2'' block is like a little city park, and the only city park name I can think of is "Park Place", which shows I must have played too much Monopoly as a kid...

Here is what you need to make 1 Park Place block:
  • 26 (1-1/2'') squares of scrap fabric
  • 1 (3-1/2'') square, 2 (3-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') rectangles, 1 (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') rectangle and 1 (1-1/2'') square of Background #1 (shown as white here)
  • 1 (3-1/2'') square, 2 (3-1/2'' x 6-1/2'') rectangles, 1 (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') rectangle and 1 (1-1/2'') square of Background #2 (shown as light blue here)
  • 1 (4-1/2'') square for the Flower Block background (which I also showed as white, but it doesn't have to be...)
  • some additional scraps for applique

Following the diagram below, join a  (1-1/2'') Background #1 square and a (1-1/2'') Background #2 square to either side of one of the (1-1/2'') scrap squares.  Join a (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') Background #1 rectangle to one of the scrap squares and a (1-1/2'' x 2-1/2'') Background #2 rectangle to another of the scrap squares.  Join these rows together to create a corner unit as shown.  Repeat to make an additional corner unit.

Join remaining (1-1/2'') blocks into 2 6-square units and 2 4-square units.

Trace the petal and little circle shapes from this template onto the smooth side of paper-backed fusible web.  Fuse to the wrong side of some scrap fabric.  Cut out shapes and fuse onto the (4-1/2'') Flower background square, making sure the edges of the petals are at least 1/2'' away from all edges.  (You can also use a tiny yo-yo for the flower center.)

Add a 4-square unit to either side of the Flower block.  Add a 6-square unit to the top and bottom of the Flower block.

And now lay out all your pieces to form the final block.  Join units into rows, pressing seams toward rectangles. Join rows....

To make this block!

With Park Place you can make this...

Or this...

Or this...

Or you can go really crazy and make this...

And if you do make something fantastic be sure to share!

For more pattern ideas please visit my blog if you get a chance.  (I just might be having a giveaway by the time this posts... hint! hint!)

Thanks again for Madame Samm for hosting this fantastic blog and asking me to visit!

Happy sewing!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

But first a POLL for the BOWL, Bowls with Borders Blog Hop...update

 ( this just a POLL, would ANYONE be interested?)

A paper piecing thought- was planted
and bowls is all I could see...
I thought "what is happening to me?"

I kept cutting and sewing and stacking up high
well the colours and fabrics just made me sigh..
I can't stop now, I am on a roll
perhaps you will join me for a poll..

Should we do a blog hop, each do 3 
will you follow along with me?
Will your stack be red and black
or multiple colours will that be a fact.

Will they be floral or abstract designs
will you be thinking this is a sign...

Will you please join me in the fun,
a bowl party is not fun with just one....

YOU start with 4 and then add 3 
and before you know it
you have 33....

( or more) 

as you can see, it's hard to stop
I just kept cutting and piecing
without a thought...

How large will it be, 
will everyone see,
I have lost my mind
is this a crime?


It's time for lunch I must run
but I will be back with more bowls
this is just too much fun...


Okay day 2 and yes it is true..
I kept sewing and stacking
and the bowls just grew...

Will you be joining me and all the CREW...?
I sure hope- yes I do!

written by me
( hate to admit that lol)

My DH shared with me this morning..
he thinks I am reading far too many Dr Seuss
to the grandkids...lol

I heard from the lady who made
the pattern, she is going
to provide the pieces to make 
the bowls for FREE!
Please let me know who would 
like to make a stack of bowls..
If there is enough of you..
we can have a quick blog hop
to see them all....
It is a very easy pattern!
You will have 6 weeks to complete
your stacking bowls..
Who is IN?

sew we will scrap a round robin
( logistics and all and just have a
blog hop say mid August....)
Yes I am in !

I will be doing another..
this one I am going to complete
and show you...and it is already spoken for!

Will need a volunteer to manage
this blog hop?
I will help of course..
New button on your blog,
new personal name tag...
and lot's of traffic...
drop me a line
with subject line..

more pics here of bowl with borders...
that will be the name...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jean Ann with her Barbara Fritchie Star...

Editors note: I asked Jean Ann for something patriotic that would be ideal for our upcoming RED White and Blue Blog hop....Her block and story will no doubt inspire many of you..., perhaps inspire you to make a block from it....thanks Jean Ann...

Here is a star block with a patriotic story that is more fiction than truth, but it is still a favorite story in the USA. I will put the directions to make the quilt on my blog today. 

Barbara Fritchie Star

The center star in the quilt is 16", and the border stars are 8". Make 1 center star and 

The incident allegedly takes place during the American Civil War when the southern rebel troops were marching through Fredericksburg, Maryland. Barbara Fritchie, a 96 year old woman is the heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem that describes an incident where it is said Barbara Fritchie waved a union flag at the enemy. The legend itself says that the flag was hanging out of an upstairs window and the Confederate troops shot it as they marched through town.

Here is an excerpt from the famous poem

"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag," she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came;
The nobler nature within him stirred
To life at that woman's deed and word;
"Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!" he said.....

The house is still standing in Fredericksburg, the exterior fronts a downtown street with many tourists walking by to see the popular tourist destination and visitors can visit the Barbara Fritchie House and Museum at 154 West Patrick Street. http://www.fredericktourism.org

Fredericksburg is in Virginia.  correction...

Jean Ann Wright, Quilt Editor, Author, Designer

Friday, June 15, 2012

Paper Piecing - should come with a warning!

                                   Paper piecing is it a technique? or is ART?

NOT sure...
But I will tell you ever since I saw Paper piecing
by the artist in her own right Annie....
I think she did it for me...
Her Paper Piecing is ART...

I became obsessed with wanting to do this with ease...
I tried her method and I tried many paper piecing artists
methods...BUT it was not until I saw Elaine 's
 post here  on Sew We Quilt..
that I thought I can do this with Freezer Paper...

 That weekend I headed out to our retreat and no other than Christine,
my dear quilter extraordinaire, guided me in making Elaine's method
with freezer paper and my ADD a Quarter ruler...
( Kelly has some)
That I finally got it....Christine certainly shared my joy too lol.

I don't think I could have made these cereal bowls had
it not been for this ruler..YEAH ADD a quarter...
and a few of my dearest online friends..

SEE nobody does it alone..not even me... lol

Sew the bowls yes my chintz bowls...I ordered
this out of print book called Cups and Saucers
by a Dutch lady and even though it is from 2000,
and the colors were all dark ..her patterns are magnificent..
( publisher Martingale and Co)

I recently purchased this book from Martingale & Co.

Create delightful paper-pieced quilts and showcase a subject you love--sewing! Discover 12 pictorial sewing-room blocks in both 4" and 6" sizes,  ( I enlarged all of mine) plus a larger block depicting Sunbonnet Sue quilting. Choose from eight quilt patterns and turn your blocks into small wall quilts, or make a sampler quilt using all 13 block designs.

 What is nice too, is you can purchase this in the download version...did not have to wait for it...

WE are having a blog hop soon for
RED white and Blue, it begins July 1st....
we have over 90 participants...
Jane from Jane's fabric is our hostess....

I am doing nothing but paper piecing blocks...
sew far I am up to 16.....yep, paper piecing 
has kind of hooked me.... or some other term
that would reflect this amazing technique or art???

sneak peak of some I have created....

My heart is now sew into this ....I have made a few diff't hearts...

 Took me a few tries to get my geese flying in the right direction...

Oh and of course you would be surprised if I did not have something
coffee related...? 

What books, paper piecers have you been inclined to look too?
Who are your new teachers....?
Should we have a future paper piecing blog hop????
I am in lol

Will I ever stop? well not at the moment anyway..
there is still a few days before July 1st...

ps. Sharon provided us all with some wonderful links..
some I was aware of and others welllllllll I am just over the top
excited to share with you as soon as I hear from the designer.....for now..
thanks to Sharon..

Sharon has a lot of Carol Doak books/CD's, but also these sites/piecers
she recommends...

and google these ladies...
lindakl, quirkygranolagirl, verykerryberry, charise, ayumills, jennifer ofenstein

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

YOUR blog hop headquarters...

Send us a B. L. O. G H. O. P.  "announcement",
and we will let everyone know what you are doing and where you are....

We will be Blog Hop headquarters, we have many blog hops scheduled too....

If you want to know about them, let us know..
if you see them in our quilty world..
I will list them all every Tuesday!

#1 send me your button and a short summary
and I will post them here every tuesday...
send to madamesamm@me.com

#2 your name and blog url would be also

#3 carry on..

Join Melissa Ann here for her tour...
Tour here!~

Hi Madame Samm! I am having a book tour this week for my book, A Year of Making Life Beautiful: 45 Projects to Make, Grow, Craft, and Sew.  It is set up in months, each month containing a quilt pattern, recipe or two, craft or two and something about the garden. Available in spiral bound or hard cover at find it here! It's over on Friday.

A new MOM and her design for a baby quilt

Just right for baby. Hi, I'm Dorian from Ridge Top Quilts. Thanks for inviting me Samm.

I made this quilt originally for a challenge I did with my online quilting group. It's quick and easy and I thought you'd all might like it.

You can use a charm pack, 5 FQ's (fat quarters) and a 1 yrd of background or cut into some yardage. As this pattern mainly consists of 5" squares, made into HSTs (half square triangles).

I used some yardage, for the quilt in this tutorial. But I made it with a charm pack for my challenge, which I'll show you at the end of the tutorial.

You will need:

Three 4.5" dark blue squares.
Twelve 5" pink squares.
Ten 5" light green squares.
Six 5" purple squares.
Two 5" dark green squares.
Eight 4.5" dark green squares (cut down charm squares if using).

You will need a half a yard of background fabric.
From the back ground fabric cut:

Six 5" squares
Twelve 4.5" squares
Two 24.5" x 4.5" strips
Two 35"x 4.5" strips
Two 32.5"x 4.5" strips
Two 42.5"x 4.5" strips

On a piece of paper, make a grid like the one below. Coloring in the squares so that you know where you'll be placing your HST's.

Take your squares and place them right sides together.

Six Pink and White squares.
Six Pink and light green squares.
Four light green and purple squares.
Two dark green and purple squares.

Draw a diagonal line on each set.

Take your pile over to the sewing machine, and sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.

Cut apart on the drawn line.

You should now have:

12 pink and white HST's
12 pink and light green HSTs
8 light green and purple HSTs
4 dark green and purple HSTs

Iron them open and trim to 4.5". When I trim HSs, I use the 45 degree line on my ruler. Put that 45 degree line right on top of the seam on your block. And line up the place where the 45 degree mark and the 4.5" line meet, right at the corner of your block.

Cut your 3 dark blue squares in half, so you have six 4.5"x2 1/4" rectangles.

Now lay everything out on a table, placing all the colors where they need to go. Look at your drawing, to make sure everything is right.

Sew your six rectangles in a line.

Sew your wings together. Here's how I do mine. First sew this way.


Then sew this way.

Do both wings. Then sew wings to either side of 'body'.

Sew a dark green 4.5" square to either side of both 35"x4.5" white strips. And to either side of both 42.5"x4.5" white strips.

Sew a 24.5"x 4.5" strip to both sides of your butterfly.

Now sew the 35.5" x4.5" strips, with the corner blocks on them, onto the top and bottom.

 Next add the 32.5" x 4.5" white strips to the sides.