Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Hey Everyone!  Happy New Year!!

It has been soooo long since I have posted. I didn't forget about any of you but.. my blog was having a few issues and weird error codes! But now everything is good! ( For now! haha)

So first thing I would like to get back to is the winner of my giveaway!

Thank you to Random.org our first winner is...

SHERYL JOHNSON!

Congrats Sheryl! I will get in contact with you this week to set everything up!

Second I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! And a great New Year.  Usually Christmas is so stressful with getting things made and done in time.. but this year We decided to buy everyone gifts from local businesses so I wasn't running around like a crazy woman  for weeks because of the stress! As for New Years I hope this is the BEST year you have ever had and it's filled with soooo many wonderful things!

I've noticed as a craftyish ( is that a word?)  person we NEVER get a break with the holidays because right after  Christmas it's Valentines day, and then Easter ,Mother's day, Fathers day, 4th of July and then BAM! Halloween again!! So it's time for me to come up with a few Valentines day projects!  My first one should be posted later this week and I think it's something you and your family will enjoy!


Have a great week everyone!!






Monday, October 29, 2012

Trip to Lancaster!

Last weekend David and I  had tickets to go see the AMAZING show " Jonah" At the "Sight And Sound Theater " on Saturday evening. ( The show was AMAZING! if you live anywhere near here.. it is a MUST SEE!) So before we went we stopped at one of my favorite quilt shops 
( front of the quilt shop)

"The old Country Store"






The main floor




1930's reproduction fabric





After the quilt shop we decided to walk down to a little retro ice cream shop. The sign was so cool
I had to take a picture of it lol
 




We both ended up with ice cream cones.. of course I had to get chocolate with the sprinkles cone! There things were HUGE!!!




 And it wouldn't be a trip to Amish country without.. the Amish!!


Our weekend was fun but now we are getting hit with hurricane " Sandy" and she isn't playing nice at all.. just the beginning and the wind is horrible. If anyone else is in her path please be careful and stay indoors. Don't take the chance . 


I haven't gone through all of the fabrics I bought yet.  BUT I plan on doing a new post this week of the ones i got.. INCLUDING Yardage from the  new " GOOD MORNING!" It is sooo bright and colorful! So maybe a new quilt!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL - COLOR BURST






 Color Burst Cathedral Block


  Jessica Lynn Skibicki

 www.sewcrafted.com



 To download the PRINTABLE version of this quilt block please click below! 







Skill Level: Beginner

 This quilt block is so simple every beginner – expert will be able to do it in a short amount of time. I wanted to create a block that is bright and colorful ( huge fan of bright colors!) to really have it make a statement. 


Fabric Requirements:  You will need 15 squares that measure 4.5 “ 
I recommend  splitting them into groups.

4 – one color ( bright used on each corner)
4 – one color ( bright used in between each corner block except the very middle)
4- of you stand out color ( used on each corner block)
2 -darker squares ( used in the middle block)
1 -Black ( or dark color for the center)

And of course.. please feel free to change up the colors as you want


Tools Needed: Rotary cutter
                           Cutting mat
                           Iron
                           Pins
                           Ruler
                           Pellon 100% Natural Cotton batting or Soy/Cotton blend




Assembly:

Step 1 . Decide where your 8 bright colors are going to lay for you Checker board. Place your dark square in the middle.











Step 2.  Take the 4 brights that are left and fold them in half to form a triangle and Press to get a sharp crease. ( Steam is your friend!)  Then repeat for the 2 darker ones.

Step 3. Lay the triangles on the blocks as shown to make sure you are happy with the placement and color choice.

Step 4.   Pin the fabrics together on one edge. Fold the nice edge of the triangle   anywhere from ¼ “ to ½ “  at the widest point in the center. ( I chose ½”) Press them down and pin. While doing this you will want your triangles to form a curve as shown so each end is smaller than the middle.



Step 5. Stitch the triangle on the square close to the edge around the curve.

 Step 6.  Now you will want to  repeat the same steps for the center block except this time you will have two triangles on one square.

Step 7.  Your squares should now be complete and you can sew your blocks together as shown using a ¼ “ seam allowance (  Connect each block to create 3 rows of 3)





 Step 8. Finally you will connect the rows using a ¼” seam allowance again.  ( tip.. be sure to nest your seams before sewing rows together and set your seams and press your blocks with an iron after connecting)


Step 9: Press your FINISHED block!! Congrats! you are DONE!




Finished block will equal 12 .5”


To download the PRINTABLE version of this quilt block please click below! 

 To visit the rest of the  Quilt blocks Check out 


Send your finished quilt block to our http://www.flickr.com/groups/cathedral-window-sampler/ group to be entered to will some AMAZING PRIZES from Pellon! 



And don't forgot to check the other 8 artists participating in this awesome Quilt a long!


Thank you everyone!  Please contact me with ANY questions you make have by leaving a comment below!


PS.. Be sure to enter my Giveaway to win some really cool stuff below!!


Have a great day everyone!!



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Giveaway Time!

Because I have decided to officially launch my blog this month I am giving away a few of my favorite items that I have really enjoyed!

How to win: All you need to do is become a follower of my new blog and leaving me a comment on what your favorite sewing tool is! I am running this contest until November 15th ( Extended from Oct. 15th!) The winner will be announced On November 1st!



Prizes:

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears


OLFA 9654 RTY-2/DX 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter






Pellon Fleece Fusible 22"x 36" White






Sew Serendipity Bags: Fresh and Pretty Projects to Sew and Love by Kay Whitt


( These bags are beautiful)







And last a $25 gift card to  " Fat Quarter Shop!"







Good luck everyone!   The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org 




Friday, October 5, 2012

Batman Zippered Bag!


Just wanted to share a quick post about the bag I made for  David!.. He needed a flat case to store pencils / pens etc  for work. And of course being the awesome guy he is it HAD  to be BATMAN!!




His two choices :)

This new Olfa cutter has become my best friend. If you don't own one I HIGHLY recommend one. They are more than the Fiskars brand but if you wait until "Joann Fabrics"  has them on sale or if you have a 50% off coupon it can average out to be the same.

I often get asked what is the best interfacing to use in these types of bags and my number one choice is by "Pellon". I use Pellons  "Heavyweight fusible 931D"

As you can see in the picture above I normally cut my interfacing slightly smaller then my fabric to avoid getting any of the glue on my iron. But just to be extra safe I keep a piece of muslin and use that as my pressing cloth. ( as pressing cloths can be expensive) 


Here is my finished bag!  He totally loves it and i think the grey zipper really gave it a pop! 


(Back View)



Here is the lining that I used. Just a solid blue ( with no interfacing)



If anyone would like a written tutorial on how to make a zippered bag like this please let me know in the comments!

Also! Joann Fabrics is having an AWESOME sale this weekend! Check this out!





Monday, October 1, 2012

October Quilt Along and AWESOME prizes!





Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Now that the cat's out of the bag, I can share the amazing prize bundles!

Cathedral QA Lg

First & Second place will be randomly drawn from all completed sampler tops. You do not need to have the mini backed, quilted, or bound, but all nine blocks must be completed. You may have one entry for each completed sampler top.

First Prize
1 Kindle Fire HD
1 $35 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate
1 pkg Pellon® EK150-10 Easy-Knit® Tape
1 pkg 70 Peltex® Ultra Firm Sew-In
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 Legacy™ by Pellon® Throw (60x60) 100% Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber
1 Pattern Playground CD

Second Prize
1 $35 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate
1 Legacy™ by Pellon® Crib (45x60) 100% Natural Cotton Batting
1 pkg Pellon® Perfect Loft™ Cluster Fiber
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®
1 Pattern Playground CD

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Third & Fourth place will be drawn from all individually completed blocks. You may have one entry for each of the nine blocks completed.

Third Prize
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

Fourth Prize
1 pkg Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
1 pkg Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®
1 pkg Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®

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Individual block prize bundles will be drawn from all entries for each block design. You may have one entry into each of the nine drawings for each block completed of that design.

Individual block prize #1-9
1 Aurifil thread bundle
1 Pattern Playground CD

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All blocks must be completed & submitted to the Flickr group by midnight central time on November 15 to be considered for the drawing.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Twister quilt.. So far..






I am loving this quilt so far.. If any of you have the twister tool you know how quick and easy this quilt can be! If you don't have this tool I HIGHLY advise you grab one! Here is a pic of what it looks like plus a video :)











      I started with the Me and My Sister Designs- "Amelia" Layer cake. Which is just so cute , fun and girly!  They really make happy fabrics that can brighten up any project!




If you are unfamiliar with this line here is a sample of their line!!


Sooooooo now that I have done the main part of the quilt top I want to add a really bright border so I also picked up the matching line of fabric in a Charm pack.. cut it up into 2.5" squares and now and to sew ALLLLL of them together lol