Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - week 26

Hi Everyone:

     Guess what!  We are half way there.  I just put the blocks up on the design wall, and I must say they look beautiful together.  Even though eventually they will have either sashing or an Irish Chain block in between them, they actually look quite nice touching each other.


26 Bocks Done!  Stonehenge



              26 Blocks Done!  30's Reproductions



They  both  are lovely!
This weeks block is called Broken Dishes.  By now you are probably finding the assembly of these blocks getting easier.


Broken Dishes Assembly

Some  of the blocks that we are working on have 36 or more pieces in them.  I know there might be a few of you that might not want to be jumping up to iron at every step. I know I don't!  But I do iron EVERTHING!  Even though I know the aroebic activity wouldn't hurt it really slows down production, so I have reconfigured my workspace so that my ironing station and cutting station are all within reach of the sewing machine.  It really speeds things up.  I found an old coffee table that doubles as my cutting area and I lowered my ironing board so that it is the same height as my sewing table.  Before I repurposed the coffee table I was using my dehumidifier.  It worked as well.  So look around your house you should be able to come up with something that would work for you.

Sewing Area with Cutting and Ironing Station
These are the finished blocks. 


Broken Dishes Block -   30's Reproductions
Broken Dishes Block -  Stonehenge
Have a good week everyone, and leave some time to sew!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

More Block of the Month Programs

Let me introduce two new block of the month programs that we will be beginning this fall.


First up is Moonglow.  Moonglow is a classic quilt designed by Jinny Beyer. The quilt is made of progressively more difficult blocks from beginner to intermediate so that you can develop your skills as you work through it. The quilt features 10 variations of the traditional Mariner's Compass block, each named after the seas of the moon. The fabrics used in the blocks are from the Jinny Beyer Palette.


Dimensions: 86-1/4" x 86-1/4"

This is a twelve month block of the month program you will be billed a $25.00 registration fee then $24.95 per month for twelve months. If you pay the full cost up front we will waive the registration fee. Please just indicate that is what you would like to do when you check out.

You will receive all fabric for the top and borders, as well as the patterns. The postage cost for this program is $3.75 per month within Canada or $6.99 per month to the USA.

This program will be beginning in October, 2012. 
Click here to register online:  Moonglow Block of the Month Registration.


Second is Color My World.  Color My World is a striking quilt made from RJR's high quality Cotton Supreme Solids. The captivating Color My World features an array of unique pieced stars set together to create a secondary medallion star center.


Also included are 3 BONUS projects to make a wall hanging, dresser scarf and accent pillow. For the perfect finishing touch, quilting motifs, including a feathered wreath and feather spray, are contained in the final installment.

Dimensions: Finished Quilt is 90" x 90".

This is a twelve month block of the month program you will be billed a $25.00 registration fee then $24.95 per month for twelve months. If you pay the full cost up front we will waive the registration fee. Please just indicate that is what you would like to do when you check out.

You will receive all fabric for the top and borders, as well as the patterns. The postage cost for this program is $3.75 per month within Canada or $6.99 per month to the USA.

This program will be beginning in October, 2012.

Click here to register online:  Color My World Block of the Month.

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Block of the Month Program - Celtic Crystals

Celtic Crystals is an elegant quilt inspired the beauty of the Irish Isles. This original design has 16 blocks plus the Celtic cross center and interlocking border designs. All the batiks are in jewel tones exactly as shown.
Dimensions: Finished Quilt is 84" x 84".

This is a twelve month block of the month program you will be billed a $25.00 registration fee then $24.95 per month for twelve months. If you pay the full cost up front we will waive the registration fee. Please just indicate that is what you would like to do when you check out.

You will receive all fabric for the top and borders, as well as the patterns. The postage cost for this program is $3.75 per month within Canada or $6.99 per month to the USA.

This program will be beginning in November, 2012.

Click here to register online:  Celtic Crystals Block of the Month

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 25

     This weeks block is called Electric Fan.  How appropriate!!  For those of you that are not from the Toronto area our temperature  today is 33 degrees Celsius, feeling like 40 degrees with the humidex.  The store is air conditioned so we are comfortable but it really hits you when you step outside.

  This weeks block is very simple.  It consists of a pinwheel  with sashing and cornerstones around it.  If you are working with the Stonehenge fabrics you might have noticed by now that some of the fabrics have a faint direction to them.  The fabric in the corner squares is one of those fabrics.  Keep that in mind when you are assembling the block.

Electric Fan Block Segments
Electric Fan Block


     In your starter pack  you should have received a few sheets of paper with numbers on them.

 
Numbered Sheets

These are meant to be cut up and pinned to your block every week.  I just cut mine apart today and attached them to my blocks.  It will help keep them organized for when you are ready to assemble them at the end of the program.

Organized Blocks

Bunny Citing





This  cute little bunny  greeted me when I arrived home from work tonight.  He was about three feet away from me when I got out of my van, but by the time I got my camera he was in the next yard.  He doesn't seem to mind the heat! 

Stay cool everyone.  See you next week.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Project - Back In Progress

I always tackle a big project during the summer -  my husband will actually tell you I always do two -  one quilting related and one **other** (this year it is expanding the store last year it was moving the family to a new house).  Well so it goes.  Last summer I started a King Sized Postage Stamp Quilt using 1930s fabric and Kona Snow.  If you are interested you can read through the posts starting last July to see how it went.  As it turned out it was a much bigger project than I anticipated and while I got a lot done I certainly didn't finish it.  This summer I am going to make a run at getting it done.

As of today I have finished one of the four panels I need to make and have started in on the second.  Each panel measures 120" x 30" finished or  180" x 45" unfinished.

The first panel measures 120" x 30"
and covers this much of the bed!

The second panel is started. 
This is my ironing set up.

Yesterday I took everything out and got to work.  I am storing my thousands of squares in a giant mixing bowl. 

At our retreat in February a "tragedy" befell my bowl.  I was carrying it in from the car with my iron sitting on the top of it and my iron drained into the bowl getting all the squares drenched.  I laid them all out in my hotel room -  it looked like a ticker tape parade in there and dried them out and then threw them back in the bowl.  Of course now a lot of them are quite wrinkly and warped (thankfully not all of them).  I spent about 4 hours ironing them and stacking them by color and only made a dent in the pile!


Ironed, sorted and stacked!

These squares are still waiting for for something to happen!



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fundamentals Sew - Along week 24

Hi Everyone:

     I hope you are all enjoying working on these blocks as much as I am.  This week's block is called Crystal Star Block.  It too has wonderful possibilities made up into a whole quilt.

      I thought I would tell you  about a great product called The Quilter's Cut'n Press. If you don't have one, it really is a good investment.  The one that I have is ancient and it is probably time for me to upgrade to a new one.
Quilter's Cut'n Press
This is a gridded ironing surface. It is wonderful because not only can you take it along to workshops and have your own personal ironing surface, you can line up your patches and ensure that they are not distorting during the ironing process.  I have lined up the bottom of the triangle block on one of the lines, and my stitching line ends at the vertical line. 

Line Up Triangle on a Horizontal line

When you fold open the triangle it should line up with the vertical line.

Vertical Line Should Line Up With Edge Of Block

Accurate Flying Geese Block

Not only can you press accurately with the pressing board.  If you flip it over, the other side is a cutting mat with the same gridded lines.  
Checking Block Segments for accuracy
Below is the finished block.  By the end of this project you all will be experts on flying geese and square in a square blocks.

Crystal Star Block
I found a funny cartoon today and thought I'd share. Go to Feathered Fibres for more of Carla Barrett's illustrations.  :)
Have a good week everyone!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Giveaway on Facebook

Hop on over to our facebook page for a chance to win 4 fat quarters from the Jungle Buzz collection by Cheri Strole. 
Go here for our Monday Giveaway.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 23

Hi Everyone

Every week I do another block I get more excited to see the finished quilt.
This week's block is called Windblown Square.  To me it looks like European tiles, and I think this block repeated over and over would make a fabulous quilt.

I found a great tool in the store that I thought I might try.  It is called "The Quilter's Boot".  I overlooked it in the past because the package says "FOR PERFECT MITERED BINDING".

The Quilter's Boot Template
Even though I love gadgets, I didn't see the need for this one as I have mastered binding.  Then I noticed that it is a triangle trimmer as well!  This I can use.  Place the ruler on your fabric triangle, lining up the sides of the ruler with the 2 edges of your triangle.

Template Lined Up With Fabric Triangle
Using your rotary cutter and the template as a guide, cut off the points of your triangles. You will make 2 cuts per corner.

Trim The Corners
The nice thing about this method is when you are adding triangles, instead of folding your fabric in half to find the centre as we have done in some of the past blocks, if you trim your triangles using this tool they will automatically line up.  The last step in this block is to join 2 triangles to create an even larger triangle.  Then you will attach them to your block (see diagram below).

Add The Last Row Of Triangles
Windblown Square
This is the finished block.  Happy sewing everyone.  See you next week!

Expansion Update

We haven't had an expansion update in a while haven't we? We're sorry about that but how do you take pictures of a wireless network? :) We've been doing a lot of back end work - putting systems in place, counting bolts, measuring the store... that sort of thing. Hence the silence.

We do have new shelves though. We did promise more fabric and more fabric you shall have!




We're going to be re-arranging the store soon so we're prepping for that.


More soon. 

Loving these Colours

We're loving these new fabrics. The prints and colours are perfect for spring.

Beautiful Blossoms

A beautiful summery collection of traditional florals coordinated with vines,
stripes and the daintiest little flowers on a light, subtle palette by 

by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio.

Click here to purchase: Beautiful Blossoms

Kaleidoscope

A bright and cheery collection from Deborah Edwards for Northcott, Kaleidoscope comes in two colourways - Peacock and Bubblegum.
Click here to purchase: Kaleidoscope

Rhapsody

Rhapsody is by Jane Spolar for Northcott Fabrics. This new collection is just in time for spring with its gorgeous butterflies, flowers and spring colours. Rhapsody comes in two colourways - Enchanted and Vivid.
Click here to purchase: Rhapsody

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Baby and Children Prints

Aren't these fabrics simply adorable! 

Forest Friends Flannel

Mint Blossom has created an enchanted forest on the highest quality flannel with Cuddle ComfortTM which is perfect for baby's delicate skin. The collection features hedgehogs, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, fawns, birds and owls with mix and match prints and blenders.
The 36" panel is an ideal size for crib quilts while character cut-outs make cuddly coordinated pillows or decorative appliques. This fabric is from Northcott.  
Click here to purchase: Forest Friends Flannel

Jungle Buzz

A bright and colourful collection, Jungle Buzz is by Cheri Strole for Northcott. The collection features lions, hippos, giraffes, zebras, elephants and more wonderful creatures from the Jungle.
Click here to purchase: Jungle Buzz


Boys at Work

The fabric is perfect for the little boy who loves trucks and digging in his backyard. Boys at Work is by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio. Click here to purchase: Boys at Work