Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fundamentals Sew - Along week 22

Hi Everyone:

Today two people walked through the classroom where I was working on this weeks blocks.  In the past they have favoured the 30's colorway.  But today they preferred the Stonehenge.  I, on the other hand prefer Stonehenge, was really drawn to the green and yellow 30's block.

Today's block is called Hourglass.  It is a variation on last weeks block.  In fact I really wondered what I would talk about this week.  Then it happened!  Sometimes when things get very repetitive my brain just goes into autopilot.  Have you ever experienced this?  I began sewing the triangles on to the center square. Then I started adding more triangles, which is what we did last week. Really what I should have been doing is is piecing the flying geese segments (see below right).

Diagram on the Right is the Correct Piecing Diagram

Notice the seam ripper on the left side.  I hate to rip things out,  but it is the only option.
One thing I thought I would discuss this week is trimming your triangles and pressing.  I know these are extra steps, but they really are worth it.  If your blocks are pressed, they will lie flat and allow you to be more accurate when you are assembling them.  Trimming your triangles is also a good idea.  Not only does it take away some of the bulk, it makes it easier to piece the blocks together accurately.

Press Your Block Segments As You Go

Hourglass Block

These are the finished blocks.   There is a little bit of blue in one of the fabrics in the Stonehenge block which will add a little depth to the quilt.  See you next week!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Giveaway!

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We're giving away 4 Fat Quarters from Riley Blake's Indian Summer that has just come into the store. Go to our facebook page, hit like and comment on the post to enter! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

We have a winner!

What a fun week this has been! Superbly entertaining and enjoyable. Thanks everyone for coming by and commenting. It was great to have you and we hope you'll be back soon. Those of you who are following us we'll be hopping by your blogs soon.

Those 80's rockers are still getting all the love it seems! Judy was wondering why no one said Billy Idol!!! Well that would be her pick so here he is! :)

And now for the winner!
This gorgeous bundle of 12 half metre cuts goes to


from Spokane, WA, United States
Dona said... 
Definitely Queen. Could still listen to it every day!
Congratulations Dona! We are so happy for you and hope you will enjoy the fabric and make beautiful things with it. We will be writing to you soon to get your mailing address.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fundamentals Sew-Along - Week 21

 Hi everyone!  I am sure you have noticed that the blocks are getting a little more complicated every week.
This week you are going to get a break. I have a very easy one for you.  It is called Economy Patch, and it is a variation of the Square in a Square Block.  You can get it done  and be back in the garden in no time!

If you take the center square of the block and fold it in half, the crease will give you a place to center your triangle.  

Fold Center Square in Half

Use Fold Line as a Guide For Centering Triangle

The triangle will over hang the square.  If you piece the 2 opposite triangles first, you can center them both with the same fold line.

Then you can fold you center square the other way matching up your triangles.  This is a guide for lining up your other  two triangles.

Fold Center Square Matching Triangles
Use Fold Line as a Guide For The Next Two Triangles
Now your block will look like a square in a square.  You still have to add four more triangles.  You will do this in the same fashion as the above procedure, folding your now larger block to find the center.  Then add your triangles.

Economy Patch Block
These are the finished blocks.  Happy sewing everyone, see you next week!

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's Giveaway Day!

This Giveaway is now closed. Please go to the main page of our blog to see who the winner is. 

Are you enjoying Giveaway Day? We are! We're so happy you stopped by and many thanks to Sew Mama Sew for organizing this.

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is a Canadian source for top quality fabric at fair prices. Whether you shop online or in the store at 3961 Chesswood Drive in North Toronto, our goal is to provide you with great service and great products. We have a large selection of quilting fabric, patterns, books, and notions and we offer classes, Block-of-the Month programmes and great ways to build your stash with our Bargain Lover's Club and Kona Club. 

And now for the fun part!

Tell us who your favorite 80's Rock Star is in a comment on this post and you could win this delicious bundle of 12, half-metre cuts of Kona Cotton Solids. 
If you didn't happen to be around in the 80s then just tell us who your favorite Rock Star is. :)

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Giveaway ends May 25 2012 at 5:00pm. Winner will be chosen by random and will be announced on our blog later that same evening and will be contacted via email. This giveaway is open to international participants.

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Good Luck everyone and enjoy the rest of Giveaway Day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 20

Hi Everyone:

   How is everyone doing?  I hope you are having a good week.  Are you keeping up with your weekly blocks?  I really look forward to Wednesdays as  it is the one day of the week that I am guaranteed to be able to sew.

This week's block is called "The Spinner".  It reminds me of those little plastic windmills that I used to get as a child.  When it comes to assembly, I chain pieced all of the triangles into squares.  If you want to use Thangles, this is your opportunity.  The next step is to layout and piece  the pinwheels.

Layout Pinwheels

  When it comes to piecing all of these squares together, it is very easy to get things mixed up.  Everyone has their own method  of keeping things straight.  I thought I would share mine.  After laying out these pinwheels, my solution is to very carefully put the squares onto my 6" X 24" ruler  and transport them to my machine in the order that I need to sew them together.  If it is necessary to have the whole block laid out I use my big 16" square ruler.  A tray would do.

Block Layout Using a |Ruler or Tray
Once you have your pinwheels assembled,  lay them out again inserting the square and the rectangles.

The Spinner

This is the finished block.  The triangles might look a little wonky, but once they are pieced to the next block when we assemble the quilt, the pinwheels will all look the same.  Take care everyone, happy stitching!

The Book Nook

What do you think of our new Book Nook?
The shelves still need to come in but that's looking quite nice eh?

This is what it used to look like. 

Stay tuned for more. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Giveaway Party!

It's the biggest giveaway there is on the Internet and we're joining in the fun this time! 

Sew Mama Sew coordinates a biannual Giveaway Day where shops and blogs can give something away and readers can sign up for a chance to win some fantastic goodies! And though they call it "Giveaway Day" it really lasts all week long! Starting 6:00am on the 21st of May through to 5:00pm on the 25th of May, you can visit hundreds of blogs and really enjoy all the crafty, quilting goodness on these blogs. 

So be sure to come by our blog on the 21st for a chance to win what we're giving away and go to the Sew Mama Sew blog to visit the other blogs. 

It's going to be a party! See you on Monday. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Beginner Quiltmaking by Machine

The Wednesday batch of the Beginner Quiltmaking by Machine class has just run through their seven sessions and some of them have completed their quilts! Aren't they gorgeous? 

They certainly had a great time together and we're sure friendships have been forged for life. :)

The Tuesday batch is also getting along. Here's Ella basting her quilt with Jeannie

For pictures from our classes go to our facebook page. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 19

Hi everyone:

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely spring weather we are having. We have been very busy in the store lately.  Lots of new fabric coming in and lots of changes to the store.  We have had two classes in the bright new classroom.  Keep your eye on the blog,  Carol will keep you updated on the renovation.

Since there are so many triangles in the this quilt I thought I would do a short tutorial on Thangles.  Thangles are small strips of paper that you pin to your strips of fabric so that you may accurately chain piece  your triangles together.   They come in many different sizes.  If you need 2" finished squares that are made up of 2 triangles,  you will need to use 2 1/2" strips of fabric.

Thangles Templates

The dotted lines are the lines that you will stitch on, and the solid lines as well as the double solid lines are your cutting line.   First layer the strips with the right sides together.   Then  pin the Thangle paper to the strips, keeping the long edges aligned.  Now you are ready to stitch on the dotted lines. 

Stitch On The Dotted Lines
Once you are finished sewing you may cut apart the triangle segments.  It is best to press your triangles open with the paper still attached to prevent stretching of the fabric.  To remove the paper pinch in the seam allowance and pull on the triangle of  paper.  It will pop free.

Cut Your Segments IntoTtriangles
This week's block is called Philadelphia  Pavement.  The block has a shoo fly centre surrounded by sashing bars corner squares. It is a lovely block and both colourways have a bit of gold or yellow to brighten them up.

Philadelphia Pavement Block

If you have any 1 1/2" finished Thangles, they will come in handy next week!  See you then.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Look at our Spiffy New Floor!

Lots of work got done this weekend on the new floor for the expanded store. Karen's husband Pete came down to help Fred and Lynn and here's the fruit of their labour.

Laying out insulation

Cutting the floorboards to size

Almost there...

Ta da! 

What do you think?

Friday, May 4, 2012

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - week 18

Hi Everyone:

     I have to admit when I first saw this block it didn't do much for me.  Maybe it is because most of the blocks that we have done so far,  I have seen in a quilt.  Once the block was finished  and I saw it in colour the wheels started to turn.  I thought, what if I added a third colour and reproduced the blocks it would make a lovely quilt.  The triangles in the corners will create a lovely secondary pattern.

Sister's Choice Block Reproduced 16 Times

     This week's block is called Sister's Choice.  There is a small error in the pattern.   If you look closely at the 2 diagrams on your pattern the colours are different.   Your piecing diagram is correct, the 4 squares  are a medium value on the perimeter of your block.  The first diagram in your pattern has them as a light value. The cutting directions are correct.    I laid them out both ways to see which I liked better and took a photo for you.

The  Right Version

The Wrong Version

     If you decide that you prefer  the other colour way,  you can scrounge around in your scraps.  You should have enough cream colour in your left overs.  The piecing is pretty straight forward, but the pieces are getting smaller.  We started with 4 patch blocks and now we are doing 25 patch blocks.

Sister's Choice Block

These are the finished blocks.  Very pretty, I think!!  Happy stitching everyone, see you next week.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Expansion Update

This is what the store looks like right now but we are happy to say we are functionally normally even with the hole in the wall. Look at all that space behind the cover... that's going to have more fabric! 

You can still find what you need.
So after the wonderful young men moved all the concrete blocks Fred (Judy's dad) and Karen ripped out the carpet. Can you see the long blocks of floor boards in the kitchen? They're waiting to be laid out. 

We're happy to say our classroom is up and running. It's bigger and brighter and seven wonderful ladies took a Machine Quilting class there this afternoon.

Stay tuned for more updates! Like us on Facebook for more pictures and giveaways.