Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ruching around... (& Giveaway)

In a Ruche... Having a Ruche time....   (pronounced "roosh")   Hey, what's a Ruche??

Click on the button below to find out all about Ruching!  It's my latest tutorial of this fun vintage technique made modern over at RBD's Cutting Corners.

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

And now, it's time to clean up the Sewing Room, yeah!  It's been in a state since April: stuff made, kits cut, classes taught... There's hardly been time to clear a path to the sewing machine!  But all that is about to change, becuase... 
I Quilt for CLEANING!!
My sweet little friend Frannie is here to trade a little labor for my quilting on her latest quilt... and she isn't taking any prisoners... look out, stash!!

Does anyone else find this picture funny/punny??
An old garbage bin from my Dad's farm...
Yep, we're making progress, and it's a cause to celebrate!!

So, while I'm at it, how about a little giveaway? Today's class samples, plus a nice little pile of other  printed ribbons, notions, buttons, an odd pattern of mine and whatnot.  The pile may grow by the end of the week!  ...another man's treasure and all that!
Ruched flowers,  ribbon and other odds & ends
Let me know in a comment what old-timey sewing or quilting or other home-arts technique you like to do, or want to learn.   Winner will be selected on Friday, July 11th after 6:00 pm MST.

Thanks for playing along!

41 comments:

  1. Hi Deonn, I've never heard of ruching. Would love to hear more. :)

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  2. ohhh how funny is this...now when I think of Rusch catheters...not ruching.... I think of medical supplies...the nurse in me of course..when I think of raw materials..welll you don't want to know...thanks for the laugh D....
    I will link over to see your idea on Ruching.....great piece up there..

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  3. You've been having Fun since the Quilt Show. I had a Friend who was my Quilting Mentor at Hancock Fabrics who liked to do Ruching flowers. Lucky friend who is going to help you. I would love to be a fly on your wall and watch all the cutting and kitting up. I ordered the half Hexie so I can make the Lamb Quilt and more of the Hexigami you taught us.

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  4. I love to sew and crochet... I hope to practice my hand quilting again soon. I've never tried ruching, but I'd love to learn how to smock!

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  5. I just love your barrel! How fun to 'dumpster dive' into that. I would love to revisit hen scratch embroidery - did it as a child with my gr.grand.

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  6. Ruching is so much fun! Hmm.....quarantined fabric???? Love it.

    I enjoy doing tatting which is so easily transported as well as embroidery.

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  7. I'm totally consumed with making quilts -- that's old-timey right? Although I do use modern techniques. I'd kind of like to learn to make braided rugs to use up some fabric strips. Your class samples and goodies are lovely!

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  8. Years ago I did some chicken scratching. I would love to try some Ruching. I too would be willing to dumpster dive into your barrel.

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  9. How do you think up these great ideas? Love the ruching. I might enjoy knowing HOW to keep my sewing room in order...but looks like you might have my same problem. lol I just follow along and am so pleased when you explain something I not seen for ages!!

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  10. Yo-yos always make me think of my great grandma teaching me how to sew.

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  11. When I was young (!) I did some tatting. I would like to try it again.

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  12. I'm just about to have my first lesson in tatting. Can't wait!

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  13. this ruching looks very interesting, will check it out. About to try my hand at Lucy Boston EPP, have managed to buy the template so no excuse now. I think most of use suffer from untidy stitching areas, I stitch in the kitchen but the spare bedrooms (2) where I keep all my bits and pieces sometimes looks as though bombs has hit them!

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  14. OMG, what I would do to crawl into that luscious can of scraps! You really need to get rid of some of them before it starts overflowing. ;) I like to do hand embroidery.

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  15. Love the ruching you have done, so very beautiful...talk about a scrap bin, my goodness I would love to go scrap digging in there....I would love to see hand smocking as I think it is becoming a lost art...

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  16. Love your bin! I also love that you quilt for cleaning. :)That's awesome! I'd like to learn embroidery. I've done a little, but I'm not really sure how. The one other thing I've done is make moccasins. Mostly baby, but I have made on grown up pair (for my husband) and my Mom's going to help me make another couple this summer.

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  17. I love the look of yo-yos on old timey quilts, but I have never made any myself. I love your tutorials, Deonn. I refer to your binding instructions EVERY time I add binding to a quilt. I am a very visual learner. Thanks for the chance to win some fun scraps.

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  18. Never tried ruching! I would LOVE to dig my hands into your scrap bin and see what kind of treasures come out! ;0) thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day!

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  19. I have ruched before when I was learning fabric manipulation and living in TN where the guilds were great for learning 'new' things. The technique makes great flowers. And with the return to the 20's it's back in style, I think.

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  20. I do yo-yos, and hexes, and some embroidery, and sewing. I would LOVE to learn tatting or crocheting.

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  21. I used to do quiet a bit of this on my daughters little outfits I made her when she was younger. I also used to do a lot of smocking. Now days although I have a embroidery machine I find myself doing a bit of hand embroidery. I just like the satisfaction it gives me and the flexability of doing a little or a lot in one sitting. That little celebrate bunting flag is adorable

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  22. Ruching is so pretty but I've never tried it. My "old timey" fun includes quilting, yo-yos and pie baking.

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  23. I love sewing anything by hand. Right now I'm making doll clothes for my granddaughter's birthday. Have you ever tried to sew them with a machine? Ugh, much easier by hand. My grandmother also tatted and I would love to learn. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. I've never heard of ruching, but it looks beautiful. That bin is priceless! I love to hand quilt, but don't do it anymore. Sweet giveaway...thanks!

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  25. How beautiful! It may not be old-timey sewing, but I make art quilts, and ruched flowers would be gorgeous embellishments! Thanks for the chance to win this delightful assortment of goodies!

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  26. I have a little granddaughter, so I would love to know how to do smocking.

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  27. Thanks for the chance to win some fun goodies. The ruching tutorial is great, thanks again! I so enjoy your blog. Blessings

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  28. I was always in love with any kind of fabric manupulation, completly forgot about - but will give this technique a practice test soon. Love the flowers on the bag. Actually I'm addicted to 1/2 hexagons, working on a 17.200 piece quielt.
    greetings Brigitte

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  29. i would love to learn how to make those tiny stitches in hand quilting

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  30. I love to sew when I can and would love to do more quilting. Your picture of quarantined fabric is hilarious!

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  31. In addition to quilting I enjoy working on hardanger.

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  32. Hi Deonn, I Love the Blossoms! I'll be checking out your techniques on the RBD Blog! Love the Bin, sew perfect for the task at hand. Let's see I am a Avid Crocheter, and have been working on all about Quilting. I been wanting to em you and let you know your Blog has been a big help!! You share so much wonderful Information!! Very Thank~full!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  33. I remember as a kid the bowling shirts with the name of the person on the front. I would love to see that come back n fashion ( and learn how to do it!!)

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  34. Thanks, Deonn, for the wonderful ruching how to's ... and for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  35. I have been trying out english paper piecing and hand applique. Would also like to learn tatting.

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  36. Awesome tutorial for the Ruching Deonn. I honestly can't think of anything old timey I'd like to see a tutorial for right now. My mind is blank. You've done so many already that I can't come up with anything you haven't already done.

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  37. It is enlightening to see the older sewing arts returning. I'd like to learn smocking.

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  38. I still haven't played with the chicken scratch on gingham, so that's on my to-do list. And I would like to learn how to make those scenes on kitchen towels, I think it's just an embroidery stitch but it's something I have yet to learn. Thank you for the Happy post below, I got a good giggle from it!
    ~Brandy

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  39. Deann I quilt but I have been dabbling into beading and I love the instant gratification

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  40. Ruching looks very decorative. Something that is perfect for embellishing bags and little girl dresses. :) I particularly like embroidery and trying out different fancy embroidery stitches to get different effects.

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  41. I would love to learn decorative embroidery stitches to accentuate my quilts.

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