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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
We recently got a chance to visit with one of our amazing customers at a quilt show. She mentioned that she had bought one of our panels to make a quilt for a friend. Here is the story:
When I saw it, I immediately thought of my friend Deb. We've know each other since 9th grade - I say that's since God invented dirt, but Deb claims it's since the beginning of all time. We are both blessed with brothers, so we also recognize one another as the sisters we should have had. Yes, it's that kind of friendship/kinship/sisterhood.
A few years ago, Deb went with me to the Dallas Quilt Show, which is when I bought fat quarters that weren't in my normal favorites range for colors or prints. Don't know why I bought them, but I figured there was reason, so I put them aside until the reason presented itself... scrap-logic all quilters understand. And, lo and behold, the reason presented itself when I saw the Beatitudes panel last summer at the Plano Quilt Show.
The fat quarters, the Beatitudes, the randomness/precision design... it all came together in a single weekend to make a Blessing cover for Deb. And the name of the Quilt? "Friendship is a Blessing".
Here's hoping my story brightens your day, Sarah.
Take a look at this beautiful quilt - and may it inspire you to make something lovely for a friend or loved one this weekend.
Happy Sewing ~Jill
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
great (and easy) tutorial on Pinterest and got to work. I dug through my stash of Moda fabric and found the perfect pink and purple combo, along with a cute printed fabric.
|Her nickname is "Bird" so we decided to use a decorative bird stitch to finish off the edge.|
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
We received the sweetest email the other day from a great customer. She met us at a quilt show not long ago, watched Karen's demo, and went right home and put her new knowledge and products to work.
I received the ultra weft! I just want to tell you thanks for the easier way to put my quilt together with spray and pvc pipe! I actually put my california king quilt together that I had been procrastinating about cause I just couldn't bring myself to deal with all those pins and the hassle of trying to sandwich batting, backing and top on my small table in the mobile home I live in. AND the taping techniques for the quilting worked so much better. So my quilt is done waiting for the binding but that's not a problem. So thanks, thanks thanks!!!
I have my t-shirt quilt top put together waiting on the perfect backing for the theme. the color palate is not the best arranged but I wanted them in chronological order of the places I worked at while a traveling Occupational Therapist. thanks again for simplifying my life with quilting and allowing me to actually finish (or almost finish) 2 of the most important quilts I will probably complete. ~LindaWe wanted to share her sweet words, along with the beautiful quilts that she has made!
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Are you an admirer of quilts? Do you long to wrap yourself up in a beautiful, warm creation that we made by you? Can you sew a straight line? Than with our 1, 2, 3 method, ANYONE (even you) can be a quilter!
- (3) 1-yard pieces of coordinating fabric
- Rotary Mat
- Rotary Cutter
- 3 Yard piece of Quilter's Grid
- Iron & Ironing board
- Sewing Machine
- Cut each of your 1 yard pieces of fabric into 6" strips. Each 1 yard piece will give you (6) 6" strips
- Then cut all the 6" strips into 6" x 6" squares. You will get (7) 6"x6" squares per strip for a total of (42) squares per 1 yard piece of fabric. You will end up with (126) squares when all your 3 yards have been cut.
- You will need to cut off 6-8" of the bottom of your piece of grid. Lay vertically on end to add to the overall width. You will then lay out your squares on the Quilter's Grid using the 1, 2, 3 pattern. Your quilt will be 9 squares across by 14 squares down.
- Continue laying out all the rows and iron into place.
- Once all your squares are ironed into place, you will fold over each row and sew a 1/4" seam (or just use the edge of your foot). Either is fine as long as you are consistent.
- Sew one direction, iron all seams one direction, and then sew the seams going the other direction until all seams are sewn. The press to lay all seams flat.
- Now you are ready to baste, quilt, and bind in your favorite way. Finished quilt top measures approximately 48" x 74", depending on your seam size.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Need a giggle to warm you up on this snowy day? We ran across this online and felt the need to share.
Murphy's Law for Quilters
by Judy Grow
- On any given day the number of employees in a quilt shop is inversely proportional to the number of customers needing quick attention.
- Every quilt will take twice as long as you expect and be ½ as beautiful (we are never satisfied)
- There are only 2 kinds of masking tape: that which won't stay on and that which won't come off.
- In cutting an intricate multi-piece block, your ruler will slip on the last side of the last patch.
- When there is no time to do something right, there will always be time to do it over.
- The value of any piece of fabric is directly proportional to the speed and ease with which you will ruin it.
- In any mail-order shipment the item you need the most will be back-ordered.
- pattern in a special fabric will never repeat when or where you want it to.
- Accidental destruction of a fabric will only occur to an expensive imported cotton, never to muslin bought at 50% off.
- Fabric dyes will never run until the quilt has been completed
- A block with flawlessly straight sides, precision corners and perfect color placement will always be the wrong size.
- A quilt that has to be completed for a birthday in two months will take two years to finish. And its corollary: A quilt that has no due date will take only two months to complete.
- When you finally have your sewing space in the empty bedroom exactly the way you want it your son will move back home.
- You will find the perfect fabric for your quilt only after it has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
- A quilt judge will give you a bad critique only when the area is full of other people.
- That same quilt judge will give praise only when no one else is around.
- The busier you are on any given day the greater the number of quilting inspirations you will want to try.
- Your quilting thread will break at the needle only when the last stitch has been taken in the line.
- If a novice quilter decides to watch you use your rotary cutter, you will always ruin the fabric and cut yourself.
- Your bobbin thread will only run out in the middle of a long line of stitching.
- That perfect striped fabric you want to use in your sashing has been printed off-grain.
- The top must be completed and basted to the backing before you notice the one block that has a mistake in it.
- The quilt-marking pencil that you tested on every fabric before you marked your quilt top won't disappear after you have completed the quilt.
- You finally get a great idea for your Guild's challenge one week before the quilts are due.
- No matter how much fabric you have bought, you are not going to have enough for the quilt you want to make.
Did you know there was a real Murphy? Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981 found a transducer wired wrong and commented about the technician who installed it, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it." The contractor's project manager kept a list of "laws" and added this one, which he called Murphy's Law.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
When we got our "Generation Gap" panel in featuring the Pickles comic by Brian Crane, I just knew it would be perfect for my dad. So, I got out some of my Moda Jelly Roll strips and other coordinating fabrics and got to creating.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Hello Friends! I have come up with a quick, easy, and fun quilt tutorial for all those wonderful quilters out there! Even if you aren't an expert, this is a quilt that anyone who can sew a straight line can make :)
- "What Cancer Cannot Do" fabric panel
- Approx. 1/2 yard of Dinky Dots - Pink
- Approx. 1/2 yard of Dinky Dots - Lime Green
- Approx 1 yard of Sew Many Ladies - White
- Approx 1+ yard of fusible Quilter's Grid
- Approx. 1 yard of backing fabric - I used the Dinky Dots - Lime Green
- Luna Loft 80/20 Blend Batting
- Basting Spray
- Iron "What Cancer Cannot Do" fabric panel flat and cut out sayings to the same size (approx 3.5" x 6.5")
- Cut (6) 2.5" wide strips of both the Dinky Dots - Pink and the Dinky Dots - Lime Green fabric.
- Line up the strips together and cut the same height of the sayings (approx 3.5"). You will need 2 of 3.5" pieces for each saying - there are 12. You will do 12 pieces of the pink and 12 pieces of the green fabric.
- Sew 1 piece onto each side of the saying. Press open.
- Measure across the middle of the finished piece. Cut 12 2.5" wide pieces of the pink and 12 pieces of the green fabric.
- Sew 1 piece onto each side of the saying. Press open.
- Measure your finished blocks and cut 12 blocks of the Sew Many Ladies - White to the same dimensions.
- Layout quilt blocks per the pattern and iron onto the Quilter's Grid. If you would like to see how to use the grid, watch our YouTube video.
- Flip and sew each row to complete the quilt top.
- Press top nice and flat.
- Bast your quilt top to the Luna Loft 80/20 Blend Batting and backing fabric using Basting Spray. If you have never used this AH-MAZING product - order yours today!!!! It will save you SOOO much time, energy, and knees (if you are one to climb around the floor pins your quilt for hours).
- Quilt and bind as you desire.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
|Karen, with a few grandkids, singing "Happy Birthday" to her :)|
|A few of the kiddos skating|
|Karen and her girls :)|
Monday, January 5, 2015
Karen has been busy making quilts for 3 of her friends that have been in the hospital the past few months! She went crazy designing new patterned quilts as she went. Her first one she made was for Sue… her neighbor and friend. Sue is fighting esophagus cancer. Karen made her a quilt with lots of chenille and airplanes (since they live on a runway for airplanes) their husbands are both pilots… AND of course she added the “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words…
Next quilt she made for her bestest friend’s (next to her husband, that is…) husband, Mark. We all just this past month found out that Mark has lung cancer… It is a hard and long road to recovery… but he needed to have a quilt and a pillow that was for him!!! So… Karen made him a “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words… but used the layer cake precuts from Timber Trail Flannel by Holly Taylor … of course by Moda. Mark and Dianne live in a woodsy area out in the country and this line was PERFECT FOR THEM.
She combined a few older flannels to complete his quilt and then made Dianne a “Hers” quilt to compliment his… she used similar fabrics with the extras from that layer cake… added a few others and used “Friends Indeed” panel from our Say it with Words… It turned out great! Still need to make her a pillow to complete the set… but this is how they look… It’s a card in a quilt!!! F-O-R-E-V-E-R!
Check out our flannels and precuts! Lots of new ones!!!