Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 52

Hi Everyone: 

     By now alot of the craziness has subsided and it is time to settle in for some serious winter sewing.  You are about to finish your very last block of this program, and then  the fun begins with putting them together to create a gorgeous sampler quilt.  I am working on the store sample and it is looking beautiful.

     The last block is called Square and Star.  Sew pieced triangles from fabric #1 quarter square triangles  and fabric #4 square.  Make four of these.

Pieced Triangle
     Centre and sew 2 fabric #2 triangles to fabric #1 squares.  Make four of these.
Block Segment
     Sew flying geese from fabric #1 half square triangles and fabric #4 quarter square triangles.  Make four of these.

Flying Geese Segment
     Sew flying Geese and pieced units together.  Make four of these.

Pieced Block Segment
          Layout all of your block segments so that you get a sense of how they will go together.

Block Segments
     Sew the pieced triangles, pieced corners and fabric #1 square into diagonal rows. 

Pieced Rows
     Sew the rows together, and this is your finished block.    

Square And Star Block, Stonehenge Fabric
     I took a photograph of all the blocks in the order that we made them.  I think they look fantastic.  And they will look even better when we organize them in a pleasing arrangement.

1930's Fundamental Blocks
Stonehenge Fundamentals Blocks
      I must say I have really enjoyed this last year.  And I have learned a lot.  It seemed like the different block patterns  were clustered together  in groups, teaching different variations of similar blocks.   We learned lots of Flying Geese variations, lots of Stars and Pinwheels.  Triangles aren't so daunting anymore.

     I also learned to blog.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this process, and have loved reading your comments.  After a year of blogging weekly I actually feel like I have the hang of it.   Poor Carol (our web Girl) she has had her hands full,  I would get the blog almost finished and then hit a button and it would be gone.  She saved me more than once.  Thanks Carol!  In fact I started my own blog and hope to post more regularly so I don't forget these new found blogging skills.   Stop by and visit.  I hope you all have also learned and enjoyed this sew along.

  I look forward to hearing how you finish your quilt.  Make sure to send a picture in we all would love to  see it.  Stay tuned we will have a picture of the finished quilt and finishing kits available for this project.  Hope you all have a happy healthy New Year with lots of time to quilt!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quilting Secrets Blog Hop

mrs pickles garden

Hayley from Mrs. Pickles Garden is organizing a fun event in the new year! The Quilting Secrets Blog Hop will run from December 31st 2012 to January 6th 2013 and you can meet seven lovely quilters and learn some of their quilting secrets! 

There are great prizes to be won including something from us so hop on over to Mrs. Pickles Garden and find out more about  The Quilting Secrets Blog Hop !

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 51

Hi Everyone:

     Block 51 everyone, we are almost there.   I will understand if you are not keeping up this week.    It is a crazy busy time for alot of you.  But if you are fantastic!

     This weeks block is called Beacon Lights.  Sew your small square using colour #2 to colour #1 triangles creating a pieced triangles.  Make 4 of these.

Pieced Triangle
     Next sew two triangles from colour #2 to medium square of colour #1 lining up the centre of the triangle to the squares.  See photo below.  Make 4 of these.

Pieced Block Segment

     Sew fabric #3 rectangles in place.

Pieced Block Segment
     Layout two pieced triangles and one pieced block segment and sew them together to create a larger pieced triangle.  Make two of these.
Pieced Triangle Block Segment

     Layout the remaining two block segments with your fabric #1 square in the middle and sew them together.

Centre Block Segment

     Piece together your three block segments to create your block.

Three Block Segments
     These are your finished blocks.
Beacon Lights 30's Fabrics
Beacon Lights Stonehenge Fabrics.
     One more to go!  For those of you who Celebrate Christmas I wish you a very Merry Christmas and I will see you next week for our last block.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 50

Hi Everyone:

     I know this is a very busy time for some people,  but I hope you have time to work on the last 3 blocks of this quilt.  This project finishes in three weeks and I am busy organizing finishing kits for this quilt.  Stay tuned!  I think you will really like them.

     This weeks block is called  "Home Treasure".  Sew pieced triangles from fabric #2 squares and fabric #1 triangles.  Make 4 of these.

Pieced Triangles

     Sew flying geese from pieced triangles and fabric #4 triangles.  Make four of these.

Pieced Flying Geese Block Segment
     Attach two of the pieced flying geese segments to opposite sides of large square of fabric #3. Sew fabric #1 squares to either end of the remaining flying geese segments.  Arrange them in rows with the large square in the middle and sew them together. 

     This is your finished block.

Home Treasure Block, Stonehenge Fabric


Home Treasure Block, 30's Fabrics

     Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tutorial: Christmas Ornament

We whipped up this cute Christmas Wreath ornament with some paper pieces, a glue pen, and some fabric.
It's a nice little addition to your Christmas decorations or a friend's stocking.

You will need:

Place the hexagon in the center of the 2.5" square on the wrong side of the fabric. Rough cut along the sides of the hexagon about a quarter of an inch. Cut a little more than a quarter of an inch if you're a beginner so you don't have too small a seam allowance. 

With your Bohin Temporary Glue Stick Pen for Fabrics glue the sides of the hexagons. Fold the seam allowance onto the paper pieces folding the corners over as you go.  Press Down.

 And you're done.

Whip Stitch your hexagons together. 

Whip Stitch 6 hexagons to form the wreath as shown. You can lay them out so you know which sides you should join. Make another wreath for the back. Place the two wreaths together wrong sides together and whip stitch the edges. We left the paper in so the ornament would be stiff. 

Add a lovely bow or tie a ribbon through to hang it up. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - week 49

Hi Everyone:

      Week 49!  Can you believe we have done this many blocks?

      This week's block is called Boy's Nonsense.  You will start with making a square in a square using fabric # 3 squares and fabric # 4 triangles.  Making sure that you center the triangles on the square.
Square In A Square Assembly
     This is what it should look like.

Square In A Square Segment

     Sew  fabric #1 triangles to both ends of fabric # 2 rectangles.  Make 2 of these.
Block Segment
     Next sew the large triangle fabric # 1 to the side of the rectangle. Make  2 of these.

Block Segment
     Layout your square in a square segment with both of your segments that you just finished and piece them together to look like the photo below.
Center Block Segment
Sew the large triangle fabric # 1 to the side of the rectangle creating a large pieced triangle. Layout your 3 diagonal rows of block segments and sew them together.
Three Diagonal Rows Of Block Segments
This is your finished block!  Nice eh?  See you next week.

Boy's Nonsense Block Stonehenge
Boy's Nonsense Block 30's Fabric

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snap Sack® Kit - Under the Tree

Pick up a Snap Sack® Kit this Christmas and whip up a collectible wall hanging in less than an hour! The kit includes the pattern and all the fabric for the top, backing and binding.

It's simple, it's quick and its gorgeous. Under the Tree is a great addition to your Christmas decor or a great gift for a fellow quilter. The quilt finishes at 19" X 19".

Snap Sack® Kits are designed by Joan Ford from Hummingbird Highway.

Click here to purchase: Snap Sack® Kit - Under the Tree

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 48

Hi Everyone:

     We are on the final stretch with only 5 more blocks to make.  Won't it be fun to put them all up on the design wall to see how they look together?   I can't wait!

     This weeks block is called Broken Star.  It has a similar layout that we have been seeing in the last few weeks.  Making Block segments and then assembling them in three diagonal strips.  The first step is to attach the small square colour # 1, to 2 triangles colour # 2 (see picture below).  Make 4 of these.
Block Segments

     Next, make 4 flying geese segments using fabric #1 small triangles and fabric # 3 triangles.

Flying Geese Segments

     Sew these two segments together.  Make four of these.

Block Segments

     Layout with fabric #1 square and piece together.

Segment Layout

     Layout with fabric # 1 large triangles and sew into pieced triangle segments.  Make 2 of these.

Layout For Pieced Triangle Segment

     You know have three diagonal rows.  Sew the rows together, and you are all done.

Broken Star Block,  Stonehenge

Broken Star, 30's Fabrics

     See you all next week!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you for making Blogathon Canada such a huge success!

A big Thank You to all the wonderful people who followed Blogathon Canada and took time to comment. We are so glad to have met you and we hope that you enjoyed the ride!

Thank You Host Bloggers - not only for your interesting and inspiring posts during Blogathon Canada but for for your commitment to living creatively and sharing your passion.

Thank You Michele from Quilting Gallery for kicking off Blogathon Canada and for the wonderful resource you have created for quilters across the world with Quilting Gallery.

Thank You  Diane from One Stop Giveaway Shop for posting our giveaways every day for a week!
If you like giveaways follow Diane's blog: One Stop Giveaway Shop so you hear about all the great giveaways in cyberspace.

Thank You Monica at The Needle and Thread Network for posting about Blogathon Canada.
The Needle and Thread Network has a weekly Work in Progress link up for Canadian Blogs! So if you enjoyed meeting great Canadian Bloggers follow The Needle and Thread Network to see what they are up to!

And many thanks to all the bloggers from across the country who wrote in to add your blog to the blog list. You are awesome!

We hope you will continue to stay in touch with us.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

We're celebrating Local Quilt Shops!

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day - January 24, 2013So the wonderful people of  The Fabric Shop Network - the ones who brought you Fab Shop Hop - are organizing an awesome event - Visit your Local Quilt Shop Day on January 24, 2013!

This is a worldwide event to celebrate independently owned quilt shops everywhere! Every participating store will have special events planned for that day so we're gonna have some fun at Sew Sisters on January 24, 2013!

Mark your Calendar and make sure you get here.

From now until January 24, 2013 you have a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to spend at your favorite local, independent quilt or fabric shop, plus a Brother sewing machine, and other great prizes!
All you have to do us visit your local quilt store—US—take a photo of yourself inside the store, upload the photo to the contest page at with a caption saying why YOU love your local, independent quilt or fabric shop.

Here's the information from Fab Shop's Newsletter. You can go here for more information: Quilt Shop Day.

Here's How It Works
1Visit your favorite independent quilt or fabric shop, take a photo inside the shop, and upload the photo to the contest page at with a caption saying why YOU love your local, independent quilt or fabric shop.
2Or, upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram with hashtag: #ILoveMyLQS in the caption or tweet.
3Contest starts November 24, 2012. Deadline for entries is January 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Fans will vote for their favorites January 25, 2013 through January 31, 2013. 
Have fun! Share your Local Quilt Shop Love with the world! Win prizes!

Submit a photo and you could win a $500 gift certificate to spend at your favorite local, independent quilt or fabric shop, plus a Brother sewing machine, and other great prizes!

Come by the store starting today and take a picture!
We would love for you to win.