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!

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Need a cuddle...

LIKE Shannon Fabrics on  Facebook and you could WIN this*!  
*Ten different yards of The Cat In The Hat Cuddle by Dr. Seuss.

Click HERE and like them on Facebook between June 11-25, 2012 and you'll be entered to win!
Connect with them on Facebook to see their latest news and to share your own creations!

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!