Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Whirlwind Day of Teaching ;)

As I mentioned last week, I did a little Whirlwind Day of teaching in California for the Glendale 36th Annual Quilt Show.   And I know I say it all the time, but I sure do love teaching!!!!   There just isn't much better than being able to share your passion ;)

The weekend started out a little rocky with Barbara and I almost missing our flight.  We had left ourselves plenty of time but a huge accident, massive construction, and rush hour took that time right up.   For the first time ever, I was incredibly grateful to hear that our plane had been delayed.  We arrived in California Thursday night and were all kinds of excited for the next day ;)

Which started out bright and happy with a beautiful sunny day!!!  In the morning I taught my Wonky Irish Chain class.  The ladies in my class were so much fun ;)  We had so much fun sewing and so much fun chatting as well ;)  They all did a great job and got a lot of progress made on their quilts.  One gal almost finished all of her blocks for the baby quilt, in just 3 hours!!!

And then before you knew it, was nearly time to start the next class ;)  Now we all know quilting classes never finish when they are scheduled to, you have to keep sewing until you are at a good stopping point, right ;)  So it turned out that one class was packing up as then next class was coming in ;)  So fun!!!    The next class was my In Your Neighborhood class.  This is such a fun quilt to make.  I just love seeing the fabrics that everyone chooses for their big print blocks ;)   And once again, we sewed and chatted and sewed and chatted and had just such a lovely time.   

And before you knew it, class was over.   I am always a little sad when they end. Sure you are tired, but they are just so much fun :)  I could sew all day with such amazing ladies ;)   After cleaning up Barbara and I headed over to the quilt show.  There were some incredible quilts but of course, I forgot to take my camera with me.  What ya gonna do.  

We had a lovely dinner with the retreat chairs and other teachers and then it was off to bed as we had a super early flight.  We hurried home as fast as we could and luckily, getting home was much smoother than getting there because I needed to be home to help this little one celebrate turning 6!!!  They really do grow up to fast ;)

Thanks for stopping in today and each day with me.  You guys are the best!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day . . . let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of The Custom Half Yard Bundle  from The Intrepid Thread is . . .   Number #229 . . . Congrats scottylover!!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Ollie and Evie.  Rhonda has an adorable Etsy shop packed with wonderful pre-cuts and beautiful yardage!!!

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a 3 Pack Set of Bloc_Loc HST Rulers!!!!  If you haven't seen these before, they are amazing!!!  You can see my review on them here ;)   Here is hoping you have the luck of the Irish for this giveaway ;) 

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me what you will be wearing today that is green??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Olie and Evie love.   You can follow them on  Facebook, at their blog, or Favorite their Shop, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Olie and Evie Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, March 24th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snapshots QAL - Put the Kettle On

It's month 3  of the Snapshots QAL and that means that there is a new block to work on!!!  This month is Put the Kettle On and it is oh so adorable!!!

This block brings back so many childhood memories spent with my Grandma.  She lived in Canada and so we only got to see her on summer vacation.  Each morning of our visit, she would put her kettle on the stove and make her, my twin sister, and I a steaming cup of Postum. (ours with lots of milk and sugar ;)   I still think of sitting her in kitchen soaking up all I could of Grandma whenever I have a cup :)

So, are you quilting along??  You can download the pattern right here and then don't forget to donate the $5.00 for the pattern to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ;)  This is such an amazing cause and it is so fabulous that Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will be matching our donations.  They already reached the $10.000.00 goal, amazing!!!  So now, it's been up to $20,000.00, I just love what an amazing group of people quilters are!!!   

Kimberly also made putting this block together even easier with this fabulous You Tube video.   I am so just loving these videos ;)  

Be sure to  share all of your Snapshots progress on social media with #fqssnapshots and check out these fabulous bloggers for some Put the Kettle On inspiration :)  

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm In California!!!

Today I am teaching at the Glendale Quilt Guild's 36th Annual Quilt Show and I am so excited!!!  It was such an honor to be asked to come and be one of their teachers for this amazing show ;)

I am teaching my Wonky Irish Chain pattern this morning and then I will be teaching my In Your Neighborhood pattern this afternoon.   I just love teaching and these 2 quilts are so much fun to make, I just know we are going to have so much fun in class ;)

This is my first time teaching out of state and I have to say, I was a little surprised at how much different the packing was.  I normally just load up my car with boxes and ironing boards, cutting mats and my break outs.  This time I had to be much more methodical about it ;)   First went all my patterns and books, heaviest on the bottom right ;)  Then I went to add my step out boards and found some of them were to big.  A little rearranging and trimming down, and they went in next, packed between the quilt.  

And then last, but certainly not least, a change of clothes ;)  Funny how it seemed like the least important thing to go in there ;)  Good thing my husband had the foresight to get me new luggage for Christmas as he knew I was going to be traveling this year.  I never would have fit all of this in my old suitcase ;)  

I will be back Monday with lots of pictures of my little teaching excursion ;)

 Have a Happy Quilting Weekend :)
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Irish Chain Quilt-A-Long - Appliqued Chain Block - Assembling

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win $100.00 or $75.00 Gift Certificate grand prizes sponsored by The Intrepid Thread and Fat Quarter Shop ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule:

Appliqued Chains Block - Assembling - Mar 12th
Appliqued Chains Block - Stitching - Mar 19
Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky - Mar 26th
Parade and Grand Prizes - April 23rd

Before we get any farther,  we need to pick a winner for last weeks Modern Patchwork Block assignment.   And great job to everyone that finished up their Blocks!!!  That was a lot of stitching and it is so fun to see another finished set of blocks!!!

The Modern Patchwork Block winner who gets 2 April Showers Charm Packs  from The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  is . . .
# 10 -  Liz!!! - Congrats :)


So here we are ready to start some Applique!     If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)  Just see the schedule above for the posts you missed and start quilting along ;)  


Now I know many of you are a little nervous about doing applique as it is new to you.   But no need to worry. we are going to have so much fun and you are going to find just how easy, raw edge applique is ;)  I just know your going to love it!!   So let's get to it ;)  Today, we will prepare our applique and get the block all ready for stitching ;)


For our applique we will be using a very basic Petal shape.   4 of these together give the look of a flower and will also continue our Chain ;)  

So to start, click here to be taken to the Petal Template.  Print a copy of the template.  I always like to print my templates on cardstock or cover stock, just so they are a little sturdier.  So if you happen to have either handy, use that.  If not, it isn't necessary to go out and buy a pack ;)  Before cutting out your template, use a ruler to double check that the template printed to accurate size.  The little square should be exactly 1".  Once you have double checked it, go ahead and cut out your Petal Template.  

So you have your template now, but I still want to share with you how you would make this basic template if it weren't provided.  So the next little bit is basically FYI, you don't have to do this ;)  To make your own template, you will need a piece of cardstock, scissors, ruler, and a math compass.

You start by making a square that is the size space you want to fill up on your "finished" block.  Our blocks are 10" x 10" finished and we will be putting 4 petals on each block, so quarter the 10" x 10" and we get a 5" x 5" space to fill.   So measure 5" x 5" on your paper and draw a line around the edge of the ruler and then cut our the square.

Now, take your compass and put the point in the bottom left corner.  Then extend the arm until your pen end is in the top left corner.

Holding the point end in place, draw an arch down to the bottom right corner.   I had to go back and forth a few times to make the line dark enough to show up in the picture ;)

Then simply rotate your paper 180 Degrees and align the point end of your compass on the opposite corner.  You shouldn't need to change the width of your compass.  Simply draw another arch from corner to opposite corner to finish the Petal Shape.

Then cut our your template ;)   Easy as that ;)  Now you all know how to make your own petal template ;)  Just in case you decide you like it so much you want to make lots, lots more in lots and lots of sizes :)


And with our template, we are ready to make some appliques ;)  So grab your 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares and your template.  I will be showing your 2 types of applique, one using Starch and one using an Adhesive like Heat N Bond (my personal favorite) or Wonder Under.

There are pro's and con's with each method.  The nice thing about the Starch Method is that you don't get any stiffness in your quilt once the starch is washed out when you are done your quilt, the draw back is it means lots of pinning and a little bit more tricky when it comes time to stay stitch.  And the Adhesive Method is just the opposite.  Easy and convenient to put the block together and easy to stay stitch but the appliques will be a little stiffer because of the adhesive :)   I will go over each method and you can choose a favorite :)


For the Starch Method, start by spraying a generous amount of starch on the wrong side of your fabric square.  If you get any little white bubbles, don't stress.

Press the square with a hot iron.  See how those little bubbles go away with the heat ;)

Now, repeat with another layer of starch and another hot pressing.

You will continue to repeat this process until your square is super stiff, like you could throw it as a frisbee stiff.  Depending on the thickness of your fabric, this will take 2-4 times.

Place your template on the wrong side of your stiff fabric square.  Using your favorite marking tool, trace around the template.  The template itself won't have a wrong or right side ;)   And your marking tool doesn't have to be a disappearing one.  You can always use a pencil or chalk, that won't show up on the wrong side.

Now carefully cut along the line.

And just like that, you have a Petal ;)


For the adhesive method, you want to start by cutting 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares from your adhesive yardage.  This is just like cutting fabric, cut it into strips and then sub cut it into squares ;)

Now, move on over to the ironing board.   Your adhesive squares will have a glue side and a paper side.  Place the Glue side of the adhesive square onto the wrong side of your print fabric.  So just to double check that, the glue and the wrong side of the fabric should be touching ready to be adhered to one another.

Press the pair to adhere them together.  Now every adhesive is a little different, but most will tell you to press for about 6-8 seconds and to use a Dry Iron.   And trust me, if it says Dry you want it to be Dry.  Otherwise you are going to spend some frustrating times trying to get the paper backing off.

With the two squares adhered together place the Petal Template onto the paper side of the pari.  Trace around the template.

And then carefully cut along the traced lines.

And just like that, you have a Petal!!

Regardless of what method you choose to do, you will want to make the following number of Petal Appliques.   And, making applique is like anything in quilting, you are going to save a lot of time if you do it assembly line ;)  So repeat each step for your total number of appliques to speed things up :)


And now, it's time to get the Petals onto your blocks.  Grab your 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" Background squares.  We need to know where the center is so fold the square in half and finger press a line.  Then unfold it and fold it in half the other way and finger press a line.

Your square should look like this now, with the small finger pressings showing you right where the center of the block is.  And now you are ready to add 4 Petal Appliques to each square.  Once again, we are going to go over both methods :)


If you are using the Starch Method, place your 4 appliques as shown below with right sides up.  Take care that each of your petal appliques is aligned with the center of the block, where the finger pressing meets.   Then align the corner so that is is 1/4" away from either edge.  You don't have to measure it perfect, just be sure it is centered to the corner and it will be 1/4" away :)  With your Petal Appliques in place it is time to pin.

I like to pin my Applique so that I will be able to stay stitch it wiout moving pins to much.  So I try to keep them away from the very edge.  I use about 4 pins per Applique as I don't want them shifting around when I go to Stay Stitch them.   A quick note here - I know a lot of quilters who use glue sticks here instead of pins.  It will work and you are welcome to do that, but I find for me I prefer pins as the glue stick doesn't always hold everything tight and you can get some shifting, especially where we won't be stitching these for a bit.  Just FYI :)

And just like that, your block is all done and ready for stay stitching next week ;) 


Once again with the Adhesive Method, we are going to start out at the Ironing Board.   Begin by removing the paper backing from 4 Petal Appliques.  This should just peel right off , but if you have some problems getting it started, use a straight pin so stick through the paper but not through the fabric.  Tear up to make a slit and give you a starting point :)

Place your 4 appliques as shown below, with the right sides up and the glue side on the square.  Take care that each of your petal appliques is aligned with the center of the block, where the finger pressing meets.   Then align the corner so that is is 1/4" away from either edge.  You don't have to measure it perfect, just be sure it is centered to the corner and it will be 1/4" away :)  And now you are ready to press.

Place your hot, dry, iron on the center of the block first, that way all of those 4 edges coming together are adhered first.  Once again, use 6-8 seconds in one place.  Then lift the iron straight up and place it straight down on another part of the block.  Never use a back and forth method of your iron when adhering appliques as it will cause it to shift.  Always up and down ;)    Repeat this until the appliques are completely adhered.

And just like that, your Petal Appliques are all adhered in place and ready to be stay stitched next week ;)

And that is how it is done ;)  You can choose to use either method you like.  If you aren't sure, try them out on something scratch and see which results and technique you like better ;)  And just get the blocks to this point and you are done ;)

Whichever method you use though be sure and assemble the following number of Blocks ;)

And with your Assignment all complete, you are ready to link up for a chance to win the Weekly Prize!!!!

This weeks Weekly Prize is being sponsored by Olie and Evie and a huge thanks goes to them for their support of the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks prize is 2 Bella Solids Charm Packs!!!  One is Bleached White and the other is Snow.  So perfect for a quick start to your next project!!!! 

So what do you have to do for a chance to win these charms?  Simple . . . Just link up your Assembled Appliqued Chain Blocks at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post, flickr picture, Instagram, Facebook . . .  or whatever.  Just make sure to link up by next Thursday morning as I will be announcing a winner at the beginning of next weeks post :)

If you don't get your Assembled Appliqued Chain Blocks done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :)    The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long.  So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!!  Just link up when you can :)

And Don't forget to add your assembled blocks to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media with using #irishchaintwistqal.    I am so excited for this week, Hooray for Applique!!!!

So let's do Applique!!!  And if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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