Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day Giveaway Celebration - Day 1

It's here, the Mother's Day Giveaway Celebration.  In case you missed it, this will be a full week of giveaways that are picked by You in celebration of all of us Quilty Moms ;)  See details here.  And may I just say how much fun I had reading through all of your Mother's Day Wish List's  :)  The more I read, the longer my own Wish List got, tee hee hee ;)

So here we are . . . Day 1!!!   Today's giveaway is sponsored by The Intrepid Thread.  Thank you so much to Julie for her wonderful sponsorship of today's amazing giveaway!!!  Now you all picked a some great things that you loved from Julie's shop.  Some of the favorites included . . .

The Mint To Be Fat Quarter Bundle in Orange

Bloc Loc Rulers

The Essentials Fat Quarter Bundle

But in the end, the favorite item that won out and the Mother's Day Wish List giveaway for today is . . . 

This is such a beautiful bundle!!!  It would be the perfect Mother's Day edition to anyone's stash :)  So what do you have to do for a chance to win this amazing bundle??  Easy.

Since this week is all about Mom's, your comments will be all about your mom ;) Whether she is still with us today or not, this week will be all about pondering over her and treasuring the memories you have together.

So for today's entry, leave me a comment of a favorite memory of you and your mother that involved crafting of any sort .  For mine . . . My mother was always sewing my clothes all through childhood.  I used to sit at the table for hours and watch her sew up piles of shorts and matching shirts.  She always made the time while sewing to  talk with my sister and I.  I realize now that talking while still sewing isn't as easy as it sounds and it makes me cherish those little chats all the more ;)

Please, one entry per person and international entries are welcome.  The Giveaway will be open until Mother's Day and I will draw all the winners from the entire week on the 12th.

Be sure to pop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of the Mother's Day Giveaway Celebration for another fantastic giveaway ;)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Friday, May 2, 2014

Crazy Patch Piecing - A Tutorial

Note - Just in case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out the Mother's Day Giveaway Celebration Announcement from yesterday.   It is going to be so much fun!!

Many of you commented last week that you would like a tutorial on Crazy Patch Piecing.  Here it is a week later, and here is the tutorial all finished.  Not to shabby :)  I can't wait to see your Crazy Patch Piecing :)

Crazy Patch Piecing is so fun because there really are no rules.  Just a few simple guidelines and before you know it, you have "Made Your Own Fabric", as some refer to it.   It is also a wonderful way to use up some of those scraps that always seem to pile up :)  This tutorial is the way I like to Crazy Patch piece, but know that there are lots and lots of ways to go about it.  With that said, let's get to it.

For starters, gather a large pile of scraps for your block.   I have been on a monochromatic kick lately, but of course, you don't have to stick to one color, use what makes you happy.

I like to start by sorting my scraps into similar size piles.  This just makes it easier when I start adding pieces to have relative size groupings.

Now, if you go to your scrap stash and find that you only have largish size scraps, don't be afraid to make your own.  You don't need to use a ruler or anything, just randomly cut your piece into scraps a little smaller.

I like to start with my "small square pile" and my "small rectangle pile".  Group your scraps in sets of 2 with right sides together.  You don't have to worry about the edges lining up, as long as the edges you are sewing align.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.

If I am working on a substantial size block  (and in this format I would say substantial is anything over 7") I like to chain piece a few sets.  Such a time saver ;)

Press all of your sets.  Now, lay them out on your bad and once again, match the sets up in groups of two that have relatively similar sizes.

This is where the basic guideline comes into play.  The most important thing to remember when Crazy Patch Piecing (at least in my humble opinion) is to always create a straight edge.  So, using your ruler aligned along the"matching" edge of your 2 patches, cut a straight edge on both pieces.   You only have to cut the straight edge on the side that you will be sewing.  And just because it is straight, doesn't mean it can't be angled.  That will add some punch in your piecing ;)

So, just like making your two patches, lay the newly cut straight edge pieces with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  One again, no worries if the rest of the sides don't line up :)

Press your pieces, and once again, group them in similar sizes.

Create a straight edge and then lay the straight edges with right sides together and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.

And your block is really starting to grow.  That is the absolute basic of how to crazy patch, Match, Straight Edge, Sew.  Over and over.   Here are a few tidbits of how to keep it fun and interesting and some ways to mix it up, especially as you start to deal with larger shapes.

As your pieces start to get larger, you will find that they don't "match up" as well.  In this case, you can always "add some more" to one side or the other before you match it up.   My right hand side is much shorter than my left.  So before I sewed them together, I added the two strips on the top.

Then I recreated my straight edge with the new pieces I had added and was then ready to sew the two pieces together.

At about this time, your block is getting large enough to start just adding to the outside, rather than always piecing two pieces together.  Now, you will be using those grouped pieces you have sewn earlier to the block.  When creating new straight edges to sew new pieces to, try to remember to think outside the box.  You don't always have to work with 4 sides.  This will add lots of variety.

And I know it is hard to cut off a lot of fabric when trimming, I mean really, you just pieced that together.   But, cutting large angled pieces will add so much variety to your block.

It also gives you an opportunity to use up some of those random triangle scraps you might have laying around from cutting a few hexies ;)

Here is another little trick I like to use.  When I have gone through my "small scrap" piles, it is time to move to the big scrap piles.  Sew these together in the same fashion you did before.  But of course, you don't want to add these huge scraps to your small scrap project.

So, lay the two sets on top of each other with right sides facing up on both patched unit.  Then, cut them diagonally in half.

Now switch the groupings and sew them back together with a 1/4" seams.

Instant angles and smaller scraps.  It is a super easy way to add lots of variety without tons of tiny piecing ;)

Then you can take those pieces, and add them to your ever growing block.  You can see them over on the left and you can also see the fun triangle shapes I added to the top an bottom on the right :)  Just keep building moving outward and remember to match a piece, cut a straight edge, and then sew the piece.  It really is so much fun!!!   When you have pieced to the desired size of your block, square it up.  And now you have a wonderful Crazy Patch Block.  So fun!!!

If I am Crazy Patch Piecing, and I know I will be subcutting my block down into other size pieces, I often use this little trick to speed things up.  It isn't as "crazy" looking as the method above, but subcutting the original unit hides most of that.

 I start by taking all of those little 2 patch units and turning them into little 4 patch rows.  Then I cut a straight edge along the rows and sew the rows together.  You get a block much quicker and it looks pretty much something like this.   All decently straight rows.  You will want to make 2 of these.

Just like we did with the "Large Square pieces" Cut both blocks in half diagonally.

Then mix and match them and sew them together once again.

You can subcut these as many times as you like and in any direction you like.

I did 2 subcuts and both were diagonal.  Now, of course these aren't quite as "crazy" as the block above.

But, when I use them as "fabric" to cut the sub pieces I need, they get pretty crazy indeed :)

And then you can use that fabric to create your Crazy Patch project.  I loved this little A from last week.

So I decided to make another one ;)  Here is a fun L all finished.   This will be another mini.  

I have both basted and hopefully will be sharing them all quilted and bound.  What fun!!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I would love to see your Crazy Patch projects :)  You can add them to my flickr group here ;)

That's all for today :)  Have a Happy (and maybe a tad bit Crazy) Quilting Weekend!!

Linking up my Little L finish to Sarah's, Amanda's, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio :)

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother's Day Giveaway Celebration!!!

It's May 1, which means Mother's Day is right around the corner.  A few weeks ago my Husband asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day.  I instantly started rattling off all kinds of wonderful goodies to put in my sewing room.  He asked if I wanted anything not related to quilting, and I thought about it for a second and then responded, No, not really ;)

That got me thinking, I am sure there are lots of you just like me who have a list of quilty goodies that they would love for Mother's Day and how fun would it be to make some of those lists a reality. I chatted it up with my amazing Sponsor Shops (see shops below)  and here it is, the Mother's Day Giveaway Celebration!!!

So here is how it will work :)

 Pop around to one, two, or a few of these shops and find some of your favorite things that you would love for Mother's Day.  Then, come back to this post and leave me a comment of what you found and where you found it.  You can write it out or just leave a link.

You will have until Sunday night to get your "wish list" commented to me.  Starting Monday the 5th, I will be hosting giveaways each day until Saturday the 10th that will feature the favorite items from your wish lists.  That's right, you get to pick the giveaways!!!! 

So what's on my Wish List???   Well . . . 

I had to start with some books.   Somehow I missed grabbing a copy of Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris and I found it over at Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop.  That is for sure on the list.

And Great Granny Squared by Lori Holt is another book I have wanted to add to my library of quilt books.  I found it over at Fat Quarter Shop

And then it was time to move onto some tools.  You know, the right tools for the job makes all the difference.  First off, I have heard so much about the Splash Rotary Cutter and you can never have too many Rotary Cutters.  I found this one over at Southern Fabric

And not that I do my binding, but I would love to get some of these Clover Wonder Clips I found at  Fort Worth Fabric Studio for Barbara, then I wouldn't feel so bad when I ask her to bind all of my quilts ;)

And I have mentioned before my love of Bloc Loc Rulers and Julie over at The Intrepid Thread carries them in her shop now.   I would love to finish off my collection of Flying Geese rulers ;)

And another ruler I need is for the long arm.  Judi has raved about the A-1 Longarm Straight Ruler over at Green Fairy Quilts.  I think this could really help with my straight line issues on the long arm ;)

And of course, I had to add some fabric to my wish list.   I mean how could I have a wish list that didn't include fabric.  The Christmas lines are coming out and I love the new Solstice by Kate Spain.  The Layer Cake at Cotton Bliss is totally on my list.

And I found this Mystery Bundle at Missouri Star Quilt Co.   I have never ordered a Mystery Bundle before but think it would be so fun to be surprised by the fabrics that arrive.

And I always love a good custom Bundle.  I found this lovely Lime and Aqua bundle at The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. and had to have it round out my list.

Of course, I could go on and on, but I have to draw the line somewhere ;)   

So now it's your turn to make a Mother's Day Wish List!!!  
Have Fun,  Enjoy, and who knows,  you just might
 win what's on your list!!!!

I am so excited for this Celebration of Mother's in our little quilting world.  I hope you will join me in this celebration and have fun making a list :)  **Just a little extra umph, If you make a list, you will have a little bonus in the giveaways next week :)   I can't wait to see what is on them!!

Have a Happy Quilting / Wish List Making Day :)
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