And the Winner Is….

I want to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who commented, followed me, and entered my “Crazy or Not” book giveaway last week.

I enjoyed reading all of your comments and look forward to getting to know so many new friends.

Yesterday I placed all of the entries in a bowl and drew a name. Drum roll please……….

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us.

Congratulations Roseanne!! I am sure you are going to love this book. I look forward to seeing what beauties you create with it:)

Once again, thank you all for your kind comments. You make my day SWEET!

Seeing Stars – Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop!

This is “Wish Upon a Star” Blog Hop week, and it is my turn to share with you some “starry” fun!

But first I want to thank Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this fun hop. Thank you Carol!

I am excited to share with you my Seeing Red Stars Quilt. It is a Buggy Barn pattern which means fun, fun fun! They have a unique way of cutting where you stack your fabrics, cut, move the top of a few cut piles to the bottom and sew them back together again. The end result looks like this:

I just love all of those scrappy star points:). It is hard to believe they are all made with 12 fat quarters of red and 12 fat quarters of white. CRAZY!

Well, that isn’t exactly true. I also had to make hundreds of secondary stars as well.

I was all “Flying Geesed” out by the end. But it was worth it. Here are a few more SWEET eye candy pictures for you to enjoy:

Isnt quilt candy the best kind of candy? No calories!!❤️❤️

GIVE AWAY!!-

“Seeing Red” is in the book, Crazy or Not by The Buggy Barn.

I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader . All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know how I shade fabric for applique. (Hint–I blogged about it not too long ago!).

You can get a second entry if you are a follower of my blog. How about a third entry? Follow me on Pinterest or IG. That gives you THREE chances to win. Yea!! Please let me know in your comment if you have one, two, or three chances:)

I will put all of the entries in a bowl and draw a winner one week from today. I will post the winner next Friday.

If you don’t win, or just don’t want to enter this awesome give away, you can get a copy of the book here.

I have so enjoyed sharing a few “starry moments” with you today. I hope you will take a moment or two to go over and see what the other talented bloggers have stitched up for you in their sewing rooms:

May 24

Kathy’s Quilts

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Freckled Fox Quiltery

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Melva Loves Scraps

Beaquilter

Quilting Nonnie

Den syende himmel

All Thingz Sewn

 

May 25

Creatin’ in the Sticks

For the love of geese

Words & Stitches

Quarter Inch Crafter

Quilt Fabrication

Home Sewn By Us

Kathleen McMusing

Just Let Me Quilt

May 21

Moose Stash Quilting

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Quilt In A Not-Shell

What About Rheema?

Clever Chameleon Quilting

Sunlight in Winter Quilts

Life in the Scrapatch

Sew Many Yarns

Hazel’s Daughter

 

May 22

Want To Be Quilter

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Selina Quilts

Ridge Top Quilt

Creative Blonde

Days Filled With Joy

Seams To Be Sew

Lily Patch Quilts

Why-Knot-Kwilt

 

May 23

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Quilt Doodle Designs

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Vroomans Quilts

Peanut’s Patchwork

Ms P Designs USA

The Little Mushroom Cap

Stitchin At Home

That Fabric Feeling

 

Pin Cushion Macaroons

I have been having so much fun crocheting these yummy Pin Cushion Macaroons for Kelleysdiy blogiversary give away.  They are just so cute!!  

The pattern is free from Lila Bjorn’s Crochet World.  She makes the most beautiful designs:) 

These little Macaroons are so quick and easy to whip up!  

I went to my stash and grabbed some happy brights.  

I had to wind the blue hank into a cake.  I really should do that when I bring yarn home…but I usually don’t.


The rounds were a mixture of regular stitch crochet and overlay crochet.   I just love the texture of  overlay crochet:)


The Macaroon is filled with a soft stuffing and stitched up tight.  The finish is so cute!  

I’m excited to give this away to some lucky winner:).  It is the perfect throw in your bag cushion.   It is light, squishy, and SWEET on the eyes:)!

I hope you have a super day!!

Learn to Quilt – Lesson #2 – Cutting Fabric

Hello!  Welcome back! Let’s talk about fabric and cutting today.  For a long lasting, quality quilt, high quality fabrics are a must.  The best fabrics come from reputable quilt shops either in your home town or online.  The easiest way to choose fabric is by using a designers precut fabric line such as these.

The nice thing about using a precut bundle is that you get high quality fabric with a nice mix of coordinating fabric.   While these cuts aren’t inexpensive, they are worth buying for the ease of having all of the matching fabric in the line already there for you.  If you had to buy yardage of all 42 pieces, it would cost much more.

Here are some of the common fabric cuts available:

  1. Jelly roll-  This is a beautiful roll of 2.5″ fabric.  There are usually 42 strips that have been cut the width of the fabric
  2. Fat Quarter Bundle-  The fabrics in this bundle have been cut by opening a yard of fabric and cutting it in half and in half again going the other direction.  In the shape of the above picture.  This creates four pieces or fat quarters.  Working with fat quarters instead of just 1/4 yard of fabric is nice because you get a big block of fabric to work with instead of a small strip.
  3. Layer Cake-–  Layer cakes are squares of 10″ fabric
  4. Charm Packs-– These are 5″ squares of fabric.  We will be using these in our next project in this series.

Now that you know what is out there, feel free to use a fat quarter bundle for our Pins and Stripes Quilt project.

But I know that many of you want to start quilting because you have a lot of fabric that your mother gave you, or you have a lot of scraps that you want to use up from old sewing projects.

I feel you.  I have been, and still am there quite often.  So for that reason, I will be making my quilt from scraps and some yardage.  Not all quilts are heirlooms.  Most quilts do not make it to a quilting show or a competition.  There are no quilt police.  Use what you have.  It’s ok.

Some of my pieces look like this.  I bet some of yours do too.

We need to get our scraps ready for cutting into strips.

  1. Iron your fabric
  2. Lay it out
  3. Fold it small enough for your ruler to go from top to bottom
  4. Stand up.  Hold your ruler tightly on top of the fabric with the part you want to cut to the right of the ruler.  If you are left handed, it goes to the left.
  5. Open your Rotary Cutter and place it right against the ruler while still pressing the ruler down tightly with your left hand.  Start at the bottom of your fabric and using quite a bit of pressure, roll your cutter against the edge of the ruler to make a nice, straight cut.  Don’t worry, you will get the hang of it by the end of today’s lesson:)

Just a note on cutting strips– it is very important to make sure the grain is straight before you cut a folded piece of fabric.  Here are a couple of exaggerated pictures of fabric that is crooked or not on the grain

Make sure the bottom edges line up with no wrinkling or waving along the top.  A good way to check is to lift your fabric up, fold it, and look to see if it is hanging nicely and the bottom edges line up.

Ok.  Now that our fabric is ready,  off we go!!

Color #1 fabric cutting requirements:

  • Cut 240 rectangles that measure 2″x6.5″
  • Cut 120 rectangles that measure 1.5×6.5″

  • Fold your fabric if needed and square it up by cutting a small amount off of the right edge.
  • Holding it neatly together, flip it the opposite direction so the fabric is going to the right of the cut you just made.
  • Cut the fabric into 2″ strips.  Be sure to check that the edge and the top or bottom of the ruler are lined up neatly with the edges of the fabric.   Sometimes after cutting a few strips, the cuts can get a little bit off. Square the fabric again. And keep cutting.
  • If you are cutting full width of fabric strips, you will need to cut 40 strips.  You will need to cut more if you strip is less than 42″ long.
  • Once your strips are cut,  you can cut them individually or stack them in groups of three or four like I have done.
  • Align your stacks of fabric strips in groups of three with no more than four strips of fabric per stack.
  • Cut the selvedge and uneven edges off.
  • Use the width of your 6.5″ ruler to cut the strips into 6.5″ lengths.  Make sure the left edge perfectly lines up with your cut edge.  Remember to press the ruler tightly with your left hand.
  • Cut 240 rectangles 2″x6.5″

Repeat this process for the 1.5″ strips of color #1. Make 120 rectangles that measure 1.5″x6.5″ 

Fabric requirements color #2–

  • Cut 240 rectangles that measure 1.5″x6.5″

Cut this fabric the same way as color #1.

  • Square up your fabric
  • Flip it the opposite direction 
  • Cut strips 1.5″ wide. 
  • Cut these strips into 6.5″ length


Requirements for fabric #3 or Cream Stars:

  • Cut 240 squares that measure 2″x2″
  • Cut 12- 2″ strips if you are cutting the width of the fabric
  • Cut the same as above except  instead of cutting the strips to 6.5″ rectangles, you will cut them into 2″ squares.

So that is it for today.  Whew!  Look at all we have done:)!  These strips and squares look fantastic!

Learning how and where to measure and cut takes patience and practice. Don’t worry if you have to cut a few extra strips as you are learning the technique.  It will come, just keep trying:). It’s all good!

Please don’t hesitate to comment if you have any questions.  In fact, I  love comments so just comment to to let me know you are having a SWEET time along the journey:).

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away this jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

I look forward to starting the sewing part of our journey next time.:)   Until then, happy cutting!

Here are the link to the lessons if you are wanting to join along:

Learn to Quilt- Lesson #1 -Preparations and Supplies

I have had several of my readers mention that they wish they could quilt, but didn’t know how to begin.  So I am happy to start this 7 part series in beginning quilting.

I will be posting a new lesson each Monday and Thursday  for the next 3 weeks.  We will be learning how to make a beginning quilt that I designed just for this series. It will introduce easy, beginning techniques that will ensure success. We will Quilt Along or QAL together:).

So, if you are ready, let’s get started!

Since it is summer here in the States, I thought it would be fun to make a Stars and Stripes type of quilt.  I have named it Pins and Stripes because of the obvious pinwheels and stripes:). It finishes to 66″ x 78″.

Mine is red, white, and blue, but you can make yours in spring colors, fall colors, Christmas, scrappy happy, or even black and white.  It will look great in any color scheme you choose.

Step 1-  Choose a Pattern —   Pins and Stripes

Step 2-  Gather Your Supplies —

  • A Good Cutting Mat –   Invest in the nicest mat you can afford.  It will give you years of service.  I have several boards in different sizes.  Look at your space and buy the largest one that will fit in the area you have.  Always store it flat.  If a mat is stored upright, on an uneven surface, or in the heat, it will warp.
  • A Rotary Cutter – It has been many years since quilters have had to draw shapes on fabric and cut them out with scissors. Rotary cutters make life so easy.  There are different sizes from large to small.  A nice medium 45mm one will work fine.
  •  A Clear Quilting Ruler If you can only get one ruler, make sure it is 6.5″x 18.5. That size will work for most projects.  I like to have a 6.5″ square and a smaller ruler as well.  As you get going, you will learn that there is a special ruler available for almost EVERY type of block:). It is easy to spend a lot of money on rulers!
  • Thread-  Choose an all cotton thread that matches your fabric.  I like to stock up on creams and grays because they tend to match almost everything.
  • A Seam Ripper– “un” sewing is a necessary part of any sewing project.  It is never the favorite part, but plan on it and don’t get too worried about it if you become good friends with your seam ripper like I have with mine:)
  • Pins–  You may find that pinning your seams together helps match those points.  As you get better, you will be able to feel the matching seams and finger pin them as you sew.
  • A Quarter Inch Sewing Foot–  This is really a must.  A lot of machines come with this foot as a standard accessory.  If yours didn’t, you can find one online or at your local sewing shop.
  • Painter’s Tape— We will be using this to mark our machines to help with a few stitches.
  • Fabric-  There are so many beautiful precut  fabric lines out there.  It is easiest to get a perfectly matching quilt by using one of them.  I use them all of the time.  If you have a large fat quarter stack, go ahead and use it.  But I know that many of you want to start quilting because you have a bunch of old shirts or dresses from grandma or fabric that your mother gave you that you want to use.  So for this project I will not be using pre-cuts.This is my fabric.  I had some of it in my  stash and I bought a few of them at my local store.

Here are the amounts you will need to make our quilt:

  • 3 yards of assorted reds- color #1
  • 2.5 yards of assorted blues- color #2
  • 1 yard of cream- color #3
  • 5 yards of coordinating fabric for backing
  • A twin size batt (the soft warm stuff in the middle)

This is all that is needed for our quilt.   You now will have a few days to gather all of your supplies before we get started on the cutting of our fabric.   I can’t wait to see what scraps and colors you all choose!

If you are just starting, here are links to all of the lessons:

Post your the pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal.   I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

We are going to have so much fun!!!    See you on  Monday!

SWEET!

Giveaway Closed and Quilt Winner Drawn!!

A Happy congratulations goes to Delia for following my blog and entering my 100 Thank Yous Give Away.  She wins this Quilt!

It was a a fun time at our house as my hubby reached into the bowl of entries and drew out Delia’s name.  Fun! I want thank all of you who follow and read my blog posts.  You really do make my day SWEET!    I especially I want to thank all of you who commented and entered this Give Away.  You are the best!!

–Tracy