Monday, December 27, 2010

The Quilt Pattern Magazine

If you aren't familiar with The Quilt Pattern Magazine you need to check it out! It's a new totally online quilting magazine! The first issue will be ready for viewing in just a few days! I am too excited!  
To help promote TQPM the editors are hosting a blog tour and I'm a part of it!  Here is how it works... and yes, there is a giveaway involved!

WINNER ANNOUNCED HERE. 

1.  Click on over to: The Quilt Pattern Magazine
2. Check out the website... you can even view the sample first issue HERE.
3. Come back to this post and tell me what you think!

One lucky winner will win a year's subscription to the e-magazine!
If you can't wait to see if you won... You can subscribe right on their site and they are offering an introductory offer for a 1 year subscription of 12 issues, plus one extra issue FREE. That will be 13 issues for.... only  $11.99 (US)! Hurry to take advantage of this offer while it lasts. On January 1st the price reverts to its normal subscription price of $13.99 for a full year (12 issues).  You can subscribe now and if you happen to be the lucky winner you will receive a full refund. So, no worries!

Let me break the numbers down for you....that's more than 50% off other magazine subscriptions... and this will be a monthly publication!  You know all the other ones are every 2 months.  TQPM can afford to set the price so low because there are no printing or shipping costs! Here is my favorite part: We are guaranteed at least 5 quilt patterns in each issue-- at about a $1 an issue for 5+ patterns you are paying just around $0.20 per pattern! WOW! 

"All pattern templates will be in PDF format for accuracy of printing. Since there are no space limits, templates will not overlap one another the way they do in regular news stand magazines."--- love this!

I am so excited for The Quilt Pattern Magazine to come out it's ridiculous! Spread the news to all your friends and get them to subscribe so TQPM can continue to give us the most quilting patterns for our money!
p.s.- if you do subscribe.. look out for my featured articles and projects! 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays- GO! Giveaway

Winner announced below...

I hope you are finishing up any last minute sewing projects for your loved ones and trying to find sometime to relax and enjoy the winter holidays.

I've been up all night with a sick baby.  His fever is starting to go down and his cough is getting a bit better.  I hope he is up for opening his gifts tomorrow morning.....Today, is also my 2nd wedding anniversary! What a busy weekend!

In keeping with the holiday spirit I am now ready to post a VERY generous giveaway hosted by AccuQuilt. 



One of you (ridiculously) lucky readers will receive..... are you ready?


Insane, eh?  Well, it's true!

Don't know what the Accuquilt GO! fabric cutter is?... well check out my post HERE! Trust me... you want one of these.  


Here is how to enter:

1.Visit the Accuquilt website and look through the dozens of dies available for the GO! cutter. Choose the 3 dies you would looooove to win.
 
2. Come back here and leave a comment under this blog posting telling me which 3 dies you chose and why you want those specific dies. Please make sure I have your email address in case you win! This is the ONLY way to enter this giveaway.

3.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 26th at 11:59pm (EST). One random winner will be announced on Monday.

CONGRATULATIONS to.....

#34: Barb said...
GO! Circle die...really, how else am I going to cut 48 (or more) perfect 2" circles! GO! Fall Medley...a fun and easy way to add a little applique zest to fall decorations :) GO! Drunkard's Path 7" Finished...I love all the layouts this block can achieve, but I've never tried piecing curves. So, I figure I need all the help that accurately cut pieces will give. Merry Christmas! 
Barb: I'll be emailing you shortly to coordinate shipment of your new GO! cutter and the 3 dies you mentioned above. 
A great big THANK YOU to Accuquilt for hosting the giveaway and to all those who entered!
 
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quilting away

It's hard to work on my longarm quilting skills because I don't want to experiment on any gift or customer quilts! I got a chance to load a practice piece this week to try my hand at ruler work- straight edges and curves.  I will say... I still LOVE my free-hand quilting but I might just be getting the hang of this template stuff...

My attempt at feathers is free-hand... I will admit, I think they are getting better!

 The lines and stitching-in-the-ditch work were done using the edge of a DVD case as my straight edge. Can you tell I'm impatient?! I ordered some templates but haven't received them yet so, I had to get resourceful with it!
 Those slight curves were made with one of my son's mini frisbee toys... gotta use what I got!
 My latest attempt at free-hand feathers and aside from one crazy feather I think it turned out pretty darn good! Go me!
 Hope you are getting some sewing in this holiday break!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Drunkard's Path quilt done

 Phew! I feel amazing whenever I finish a quilt! Who doesn't?


 Just did an overall meander because I wanted to keep it simple and was in a time crunch!
 If you're looking closely you may see I pieced the binding. Random. The binding strips were cut from the left over pieced backing fabric.  I just went with it and let me tell you... I love the look!  Little pops of green all around the binding.  This is why I always tell you all to try new things, experiment, do what works for you and don't worry about technique or rules.  There is no such thing as the quilting police!
 Here is the pieced backing. Just had to use whatever coordinating fabrics I had.  Luckily, I made it work with what I had and didn't make a run for the fabric store.  I love it when I'm resourceful. It's challenging and fun!
I'm off to finish making last minute gifts! AH!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

How to Make a Christmas Stocking- Video Tutorial

After posting a few pictures of my recent stocking projects on my Facebook page I quickly received requests from fans for a video tutorial...
 Black & Gold stocking for my hubby.  Representing his hometown New Orleans Saints and his alma maters University of Central Florida Knights and Buchholz High School Bobcats!

My baby's stocking! I'm going to hang it up year-round and drop in goodies every once in a while.  He loves it so much that he walks around picking stuff up and throwing it in his little stocking like its a garbage bag. He's the cutest!

If you can't find your stockings or they are just too old and you'd like new ones... check out my tutorial!  I teach you step-by-step how to make a fully lined stocking complete with a hanging loop.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My new baby!

Today I received a very special delivery...a baby to add to my collection. She is sleek and sexy and sews like butter! After days of research and reading hundreds of reviews for all kinds of sewing machines, I decided on this beauty....
 A brand-spanking new Brother PC-420 PRW (Project Runway Limited Edition)

If you recall, I recently sold my old machine because I was ready for a change.  My old machine had embroidery capabilities and I hardly ever used it so, I knew I was looking for a simpler machine.  I did however want something with a few bells & whistles and the cute little scissors button you see here:

That is an automatic thread cutter! Yup, you read that correctly.... a simple press of a button and the machine cuts your threads for you when you are done sewing! LOVE THAT!

I have yet to come up with a name that suits her.  
I mean, this baby is perfect!

She has 294 stitches, 3 different alphabet fonts, the craziest automatic needle threader I've ever seen- it works perfectly every single time!...needle up/down function, speed control, horizontal thread delivery for two spools, and a knee lift!  Oh, and did I mention I don't have to buy any specialty feet because this baby came with everything I could possibly need! Seriously, a quilting/darning foot, walking foot, open-tow applique foot, non-stick foot, zipper foot, and the list goes on and on!  I also love that a hard case to protect it that was included as well.

She is super easy to use and within minutes of taking her out of the box I was making a pair of pajama pants for my DS.  She sews sooooo smoothly and isn't junky or jingly.  My favorite part has to be how quiet she is!  My old machine was rather loud and since I do most of my sewing late at night in the room next to my baby's, I am beyond ecstatic that I no longer have to worry about waking him up with my sewing!   I am in love!

With the holidays right around the corner there are tons of online shops offering this machine at discounted rates.  You can usually find it HERE for the best price. If anyone is looking for a new machine, I definitely recommend this one! Here are links to some of the reviews I read before deciding on this machine:


...gotta go! I'm off to go sew some more!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Curve Master foot winner!

A big CONGRATS goes out to...
Shari said...
I have thoroughly enjoyed most of your tutorials but this particular one about adding curved pieces would be the MOST valuable for me as I do a lot of crazy quilting and I love putting curved pieces into my CQ blocks to soften the look of them. If I don't win this I will probably go and buy one of these foots anyway.....and the tweezers.
Shari: I'll be emailing you shortly to coordinate shipment of your new quilty gadget! 

Thank you to everyone who entered!  

p.s.- you can always purchase your own Curve Master foot and tweezers HERE. 

If you do end up getting your own Curve Master foot please upload pictures of the projects you make with it in our Flickr group!  I love to see pictures of the items you create from my tutorials! There is a button on the right side bar or you can just click HERE. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Abutting seams tip

If you've ever made a quilt you know how confusing it can be to figure out what side you should press the seams towards so, when you start sewing rows together they match and abut nicely.  Here is a  tip I have come up with over the years and it works for me just fine. 

Generally I press my seams towards the darker fabric (so you don't see the seam through the light fabric) but if the fabrics I'm using aren't dark, then I tend to press my seams in whatever direction I'm feeling like it while the iron is in my hand. In order to get all my seams to abut nicely, I just make the seams abut regardless of the direction the seam was pressed in to begin with.  Here is what I mean:

Here you see the seam has been pressed in to different directions.  When I made the row I pressed the seam towards the right.  Now that I am sewing two rows together, I am forcing the seam to flip back in the opposite direction.  I put a pin at the seam intersection and sew the rows together. 

To resolve the issue of having a bulky seam underneath because its going in two different directions.  I grab a pair of scissors and very carefully snip right below the seam line... making sure not to snip the other seam line.  Then I press again to make sure the seam is laying flat.


Clear as mud?

I'm not sure if that will help anyone but that is what I do and it works so I thought I would put it out there.  Don't be afraid to try something new and different... especially if you see it works for you!  There is no such thing as the quilting police!  There is no right or wrong way to quilt!

On that note... if you can remember way back when I wrote this post. 
I have finally finished the quilt top for that special lady.  Don't mind the design... because there is no design!  I just sewed 64  Drunkard's Path blocks and randomly started piecing them together.  I didn't pay attention to color placement or orientation I just focused on matching the block intersections.  Which worked out beautifully because that was the only place I had to match points! Can you tell I'm a quilting rebel?!  I like to do my own thing.... plus, I love the abstract feel of the quilt.

For the blocks I used my AccuQuilt Go! cutter with the 7" Drunkard's Path die.  I had all the pieces cut out in less than 20 minutes. Then I trimmed them to the size I wanted and voila! 



To piece the quilt top I used my Curve Master presser foot.  I forgot to mention in my previous post that the Curve Master foot can be used on curves and to sew your regular ol'  1/4" seams!  So, I didn't have to change the foot while making this quilt.  FABULOUS!

p.s.- Remember the Curve Master and tweezers giveaway ends tonight at 11:59pm (EST).  So get in if you want the tools you need to sew curves with no pins! Click HERE for the info on how to enter.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sewing curves without pins!

Remember this post?

Well here is the tutorial for I how I was able to those curves without using a single pin!


Enjoy!

The Curve Master foot is just fabulous!  I have read reviews where some people struggled to get it to work so I made sure I walked you through every little bit I could in my video tutorial with the hopes of being as clear and thorough as possible and showing you how easy and perfectly it works... even on a very inexpensive mechanical sewing machine.  If you have never sewed curves definitely get this foot and try your hand at it!  If you have sewed curves before, then you know how tricky and time consuming they can be.... try the Curve Master and you will be amazed!

p.s.- There is a giveaway connected to this tutorial!  Thanks to our friends at Just Curves one lucky reader will win their own Curve Master presser foot and bent tip tweezers so you too can sew curves without  pins!

To enter:  Visit my YouTube channel, scroll through my video tutorials, then come back here and tell me which one is your favorite and what video tutorial you would like for me to do next!

Giveaway ends Sunday, Dec. 5th at 11:59 (EST). Winner announced HERE.

If you don't win this time around you can always purchase your own Curve Master foot HERE.
 
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