Monday, July 2, 2012

Red White and Blue blog hop Day 2


Let's continue CELEBRATING....
The Red White Blue Blog Hop

Here is our participants today....

July 2nd- Day 2


Let's get hopping....

TOP 2 blocks will be
 highlighted 
here!
And whose are these beauties?


great use of colour, design and the photo is picture perfect...


smacks of red white and blue...love the basket too!

Who will have top honours today?



Link to blog hop button 
will take you to our PINTEREST board
each day...all blocks will be highlighted there!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

RED White and BLUE blog HOP begins Today....



The Red White Blue Blog Hop will begin
today, right now...this moment...
YOU can find all the blocks each day
on a PINTEREST BOARD,
link blog hop button on far right corner,
on this blog...YOU will see all the blocks there each day!


Jane @ Jane's Fabric has the full schedule...
Jane is managing this blog hop....
if you get lost and don't know where to go..
return to Jane's, she will always have the list
of participants there...

EACH participant should have their days list like this one below......

And each day, we will choose our top 2 favourites...



and OUR top 2 favourite blocks today 
are.....
This one belongs to ..........
of today's showing....
Love the colours, the perfect points....




And this one....
let's go for a twirl, great photo, use of stars
in her choice of fabric and blue binding...
yes most certainly a great choice...



and there are many more...take a peak....
who do these belong to?


Each day we will choose the top two blocks
and post them here...
Sew yes, we have some blog hopping to do 
for the next couple of weeks..
We have over 100 participants for this one...

Carry on..


Friday, June 29, 2012

Bowls and Borders Blog HOP IS FULL, 169 participants.


  UPDATe

Had everyone received their pattern?????


Good Morning ALL

We have had an overwhelming response to the bowls
BOWLS with BORDERS

Effectively immediately, we cannot accept
any more participants..

Everyone who has signed up 169 + of you,
( and yes that is it) lol
will receive the pattern  FREE on July 1st.

This is a FREE pattern, REGINA has
been gracious to share her gift of Paper Piecing
with all of you...
UNDER 1 CONDITION..
If you do not participate, or you have a good excuse 
that you cannot play along.... YOU WILL BE
CHARGED 5 EURO's .....
Sew be sure if you are making this commitment,
you will be making your stack of bowls...YOU will
have 6 weeks to do this... ( I did mine in 3 days)
We have all of your emails and sew does Regina,
SEW if you cancel out after you have received the pattern,
I will send REGINA a note to invoice YOU.

FAIR, I think sew!
If you feel at this moment you cannot make
the commitment, please let CAROL know
before JULY 1st....

I look sew forward to seeing what you all will
create....

We have some on a waiting list, sew cross
your fingers ladies...you still might get a chance to participate.

My best





 Yes today is the day to 
sign up for the Bowls with Borders..
and how exciting this has been. 
Ok, I speak for myself because I got to make it first...
Here is my progress sew far..

This will be our button above, I just have to make
the code, sew come on back later...
you have till July 1st to place this button on your blog.

FREE Pattern only for those who participate in the blog hop.
YOU do not have to have a blog, we will host your photos.
Those who do not want to participate will be given
Regina;s links on July 1st. ( you can purchase directly from her.
cost is 5 Euros) 



I had done all the vertical stitching, today I will work on the horizontal.
and tomorrow I will be binding it...
The sun was just setting when I got these shots...



And of course my rag doll cat Sumatra, who loves the camera
somehow managed to get in this shot too!



Carol will be managing this blog hop, Carol is witty, organized
does some amazing quilts and is certainly an asset to our quilting world

Here is  Carol's blog

Isn't her banner captivating?

Well you will sign up with Carol, here is her email addy,
soswift6@aol.com

you will send off your name and url if you have a blog
and please let us know if you do not have a blog, we will
post your pictures on either Carol's blog or this one..

I  have been constant contact with Regina, she will be
home from holidays,  on July 1st and will provide the pattern pieces
for FREE for those who will be in our blog hop.
If you just want the pattern, you will have to purchase it directly 
from her. 

Only those who participate in bowls with borders
will get the pattern for FREE. I think that is gracious
of Regina, she has many of her German friends who will
be playing along. The most wonderful thing about
the quilting world is our quilts speak for us...
In this case, lot's of bowls will be popping up 
in August....

You have from July 1st to August 13-28th
to complete your bowls....

Carol will assign you dates of your day on the blog hop
Next Saturday. 

I will assist her too...

Those who are followers of Carol's and this blog
will be eligible for prizes....If you are in it, you can win it!

You can make a stack of 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19 and so on..
I am going to make yet another too!

This is a paper piecing pattern but really easy to put together
if you need assistance check this out..
Elaine's method is what got me hooked on P.P. 


Hope all this helps...

Sew please connect with Carol, and she will
gather all of your names and url's and keep you posted...
I will set up a list, HERE, when it is final.

Bowls for Borders will be open until JULY 7th 
sew sign up now!


the first 10 to sign up with Carol , will have
a name tag made by me, in your very own colour...

 WE are well over 100+ and they keep coming
in we will have to stop at 150...
and we extended the blog hop by another 7 days...

just leave us a note here saying
I AM IN! 
 and then go see Carol
Thank you!






Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sneak Peak for the RED WHITE and BLUE


Oh look yet another sneak peak of a block for 
our next blog hop 
Celebrating RED WHITE and BLUE.
And no worries, I have quite a few more to show case..
yes quite a few lol

Jane from Jane's blog
is managing this blog hop, and she has done
a fabulous job to date.
With over 100 participants, I would
say RED WHITE and BLUE is of course
a favourite. I know for sure it is Jane's fav holiday
and colours ( JULY 4TH)


What can you expect....

WELLLLLL, every day from July 1st to July 16th
we will have daily hops to see what everyone
has done with their RED and WHITE BLUE blocks..

Each day here, on this blog I will choose the top 2 favourites
of the day and showcase them here with links back to 
the blocks creators...

Many of our creators will be having giveaways too...
that is always nice and we will have some giveaways too...

Sew to all of our creators,  be sure to take some great
photos..if you need help, you can always count on me
to photoshop them if needed...( for brightness and contrast)

I am sew excited for the RED WHITE and BLUE
to begin, I may just make another today lol




Ohhhh by the way we have 55 participants for our Think Christmas
and 80+ participants for our Bowls with Borders...

Congrats to Lesley and Carol for a job well done sew far!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gentle reminder, registration day ends today for THINK CHRISTMAS

 
UPDATE please connect with LESLEY here
lcarruthers3@gmail.com
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!
Amanda

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
madamesamm@me.com
with subject line..
I WiLL!



more pics here of bowl with borders...
that will be the name...
BOWLS with BORDERS
BLOG HOP. 

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...
:
http://www.heleenpinkster.nl/English/index.htm
http://www.forestquilting.com/
http:/www.piecebynumber.com/bom.htm
http://www.reginagrewe.de/00main/05gratismuster_e.html
http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/index.php
http:/www.quiltdesignwizard.com/qdw/default.asp
http:/www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
http:/www.paperpanache.com/index.htm

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