Thursday, December 18, 2014

A new arrival, prize-winners, a little music; other random stuff.

Our family is growing!  We are thrilled to announce our new arrival!  Meet "MO"!
photo courtesy of Sue McCarty
Little "Mo", as his previous owner called him, has arrived and we are busy setting him up in the studio, complete with his Statler computerized system.  I'll need to familiarize myself with all his bells, buttons and whistles, (and hundreds of pre-loaded patterns) then we'll get busy after the holidays.  My husband and daughters at home will also be learning to operate little Mo, too!  So stinkin' excited!!  Meanwhile, Bertha is still busy stitching up custom quilts - one more to go before Christmas.

And, Congratulations to my winners from three recent blog hops, whew!!

Kathy won a pattern bundle sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves on the "Sew Sweet Simplicity" hop.  Such darling patterns!  Love those cheery cherries.  Next week will feature a new block and a new pattern bundle giveaway.

Vicki won a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol 10, plus a happy little stack of charm squares and supplies to make my "Spring" quilt block featured in the magazine.  The applique' pieces are cut with my AccuQuilt cutting system.

Robin won a little Cardinal pincushion/ornament from my "Twas the Night..." hop with the SewWeQuilt online guild.

And did you notice?  Her name is ROBIN!!  OK, so I couldn't resist making this one for her as well.  
Want to make your own Little Birdie pincushion?  
Here's the link → Little Birdie FREE Tutorial
For the robin, I pieced the head strip and used the same print for the rest.
For the Cardinal ornament, I used a black pigma pen to color in around the beak, 
then I used a large needle to add a ribbon through the seam for hanging.

Then I made a few more.  You know, for Christmas. 

And if that weren't enough excitement for one post, it was concert week last week!  I sing in the biggest backup group in the world, and it was such a delightful week as we sang with our guest artist Santino Fontana (voice of Prince Hans from Frozen, and a darling!), along with the Muppets!  That's right, from Sesame Street!  Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Count, Grover, Bert & Ernie, Rosita, a new-to-me little sweetie--Abby Cadabby, and of course, my favorite little Elmo!  Here's a highlight:

You'll see this program next December on PBS stations.  ♫♪ Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? ♫♪ ♥♥♥

Monday, December 1, 2014

'Tis the Season Tutorials - Holiday Fat Quarters

Here are a couple of ways to fold fat quarters to stack and give as gifts for the holidays or anytime!

5-Pointed Star:
To begin, fold a fat quarter in half lengthwise, then fold in half again, with raw edges just inside the fold line.  It should measure about 4 -1/2" wide by 21".

Begin at one end and fold the corner over at a 45-degree angle, aligning with the outer edge.

Fold the triangle up again, keeping sides aligned.  If you've ever folded up a flag, it's done in the very same manner.

Repeat the steps.

Fold the last corner and tuck in the raw edges.

Stack 3 triangles together to form a 5-pointed star, like the one I received from Joan in a recent exchange:

Now try folding your fat quarter at a 60-degree angle.  Use a mark on your mat or ruler if you want to check the angle.  

Fold to form a triangle and align with the edges.  Repeat.

Tuck the ends inside the last flap.

6-Pointed Star:
Stack 2 equilateral triangles together to make a 6-pointed star, then add as many more as you'd like for a starry tower.

Christmas Tree:
Stack or more equilateral triangles inside each other...

add another rolled-up fat quarter for the trunk and you've got a little tree stack.

Tie it up with a ribbon to secure and it's the perfect little gift for quilty friends!

These triangles work with fat eighths too.  Fold your 9" x 21" into thirds to hide the raw edges, then fold as diagrammed above.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity #2

Here's my second block in Jacquelynne Steves' free block of the month series:
Without applique'

I'm keeping this one sew sweet and simple, using ADORNit's Crazy for Daisies cuteness. The prints just seem to suit Jacquelynne's sweet designs.  And look!  My favorite little hourglass appeared in the corners when I changed up the color placement a little.  Then I cut out the simple applique' with my Go! Baby.
Go! Feathers
I'm going for similar feel for each block, so I'm picking out the star elements in each pattern to give a strong focus with the cheery cherry red print. 
SSS Block #1
Are you making these blocks?  You can join in any time - learn more and sign up HERE.  You'll receive links for any previous blocks.  Be sure to use the hashtag #SewSweetSimplicity to share pictures on social media sites. See more inspiration from Jacquelynne's block-testing team hopping this week (see list below).

And if that wasn't enough to get your creative juices flowing, each blogger will be giving away this fun pattern bundle.  Leave a comment if you'd like to play along.  Giveaway will close next Monday, Dec. 1st.  Giveaway extended to Dec 3rd because of the Thanksgiving Holiday!

Oh, and be sure to check out the Sew Sweet Simplicity Pinterest page for even more inspiration!

Jacquelynne ~ The Art of Home
Snoodles ~ Lily Pad Quilting
Teresa ~ A Quilt and a Prayer
Sandy ~ UpStairs Hobby Room
Deonn ~ Quiltscapes <<
Barb ~ Bejeweled Quilts
Sandie ~ Crazy ‘Bout Quilts
Deanna ~ Wedding Dress Blue
Barb ~ Mountain Quiltworks
Barb ~ Garden Path Quilts

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