Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kona Club Challenge Giveaway Winner!


The Winner of the Kona Club Challenge - Giveaway is:

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25. Ariane said...
I would love to win this bundle. The table runner is adorable!! Love it!!

Congratulations Ariane!

We've emailed you. You can also write to us with your postal address at connect@sew-sisters.com.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Get 25% Off our Christmas Fabric!


Now is a great time to get those holiday gifts done!
Get 25% Off our Christmas Fabric from now until Sunday, October 25th!
Don't forget to get your sewing machine needles on our special Deal of the Month while you're shopping the sale.

The sale is available online until Sunday, October 25 and in the store Friday and Saturday!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Kona Club Challenge - Tea Room Table Topper by Shena from Apple Pie Patchwork

We're delighted to have Shena from Apple Pie Patchwork take the Kona Club Challenge this month! Shena does gorgeous work and has won awards for her quilts! Make sure you follow her blog for more tutorials and inspiration! 

Shena used the colors we sent out in April 2015 for Kona Club for her project today. We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make your own table topper. We are giving away the fat quarters that Shena used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!



Tea Room Table Topper

Hello! My name is Shena and I typically blog at Apple Pie Patchwork. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta, and I'm a founder and the president of the local MQG. I was contacted by Sew Sisters and asked to write a tutorial for a project that could be made using one of their Kona Club packs. Eventually I settled on this table topper. I was inspired by a window that I saw in an older local building that is now a tea room, and decided to try and re-create it.


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This is actually a very simple project to put together. It finishes at 16"x24" and is made with HSTs.

Ready to get started? This is the Kona Club pack I chose and picked the Kona Bone to go with it. The colours are, from left to right, Kona - Creamsicle, Kona - Watermelon, Kona - Limelight, and Kona - Grellow.


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Cutting Instructions:


Begin with cutting the Kona Bone: Cut 10 (ten) 1.5"x21" strips. Subcut 6 (six) strips into 24 (twenty-four) 1.5"x5" rectangles Subcut 4 (four) strips into 24 (twenty-four) 1.5"x3" rectangles 

Then you have to decide which of the four remaining colours you would like to use as your binding. I chose Grellow. You will cut only one strip from this fabric. Pay close attention to the way you orient the fabric as you cut, to ensure that you have enough left over for your binding. 

From the Kona Grellow cut: 1 (one) strip 5"x18" (make sure to cut the 18" length, NOT the 21" length) Subcut this strip into 3 (three) 5" squares Your remaining piece should measure approximately 16"x18" From this piece cut: 7 (seven) strips 2.5"x16" for binding. Set aside for now. 

Now layer the three remaining colours - Creamsicle, Watermelon, and Limelight. Again, watch the orientation to ensure you cut the correct length. Otherwise you will not have enough leftover for your backing. 

From each of Creamsicle, Watermelon, and Limelight cut: 1 (one) strip 5"x18" Subcut this strip into 3 (three) 5" squares 1 (one) strip 3"x18" Subcut this strip into 4 (four) 3" squares Your leftover pieces should measure approximately 13"x18". Set these aside for backing.


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After you are done cutting, this is what you should have. Binding strips not pictured. 

Sewing Instructions:

Take your 3" squares and sew a 1.5"x3" strip to each side. Press open. 
Take your 5"x1.5" strips and sew them to the top and bottom of your unit. Press open.

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Your unit should now measure 5". Take the 5" square that you cut from Watermelon, Creamsicle, and Limelight.
Mark the centre diagonal and layer RST with your 5" units. Stitch 1/4" away from the marked line on each side.
Cut on the marked line and press the HSTs towards the dark fabric.

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Square up to 4.5" Arrange 4 HSTs into a pinwheel shape to make your block. 
Stitch together with a 1/4" seam. Make 6 (six) blocks. Blocks should measure 8.5".


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Lay your blocks out in a 2x3 layout. Stitch together with a 1/4" seam. 
Your top should measure 16.5"x24.5".


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Find your leftover pieces of Watermelon, Creamsicle, and Limelight. Choose 2 of them and stitch them together to make a backing measuring approximately 18"x 26". 
Baste and quilt as desired. I used a walking foot to straight stitch 1/4" away from each long seam line. It made beautiful stars in the centres of the pinwheels. 

Bind with the 2.5" strips of Grellow.


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And that's it! You're done! 
Enjoy your beautiful new table topper! I hope you enjoyed this project. 
Thanks for stopping by!


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Giveaway!

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Shena used in this project!

Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.






If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Monday, October 26.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, October 27.

Good luck! 
Many thanks to Shena from Apple Pie Patchwork for this great tutorial!

Click here for more details on Kona Club. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Have you picked up your Needles?



Our Deal of the Month for October is 40% off Schmetz Machine Needles - 4 Packages!

The pack contains three Schmetz Universal Machine Needles Size 80/12 (5 ct) and one Schmetz Quilting Machine Needles Size 90/14 (5 ct).

Offer is only valid on our prepackaged pack of three Schmetz Universal Machine Needles Size 80/12 (5 ct) and one Schmetz Quilting Machine Needles Size 90/14 (5 ct).

The Schmetz Universal Needles Size 80/12 (5 ct) is a light ballpoint needle for all woven and knitted fabrics. Designed to prevent shredding and breakage when sewing with metallic and other machine embroidery threads. This is our go to needle for piecing.

Schmetz Quilting Machine Needles Size 90/14 (5 ct) have a special taper point, making them ideal for quilt work. The special design also makes sewing the crossed seams easier.

Click here to purchase: Deal of the Month - October - Schmetz Machine Needles 4 Pack

Monday, October 19, 2015

Play ‘n Snuggle Mini Blanket Tutorial Giveaway Winner!

The Winner
of the
Cuddle Fabric is
Tara!

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14. Tara said...
I would LOOOVE this for a project!!!! <3
taraz9 at excite dot com

Congratulations Tara!

We have emailed you! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Play ‘n Snuggle Mini Blanket Tutorial


Hi! Sherri from Thread Riding Hood, back again this month with another baby-related tutorial, this time using Sew Sisters' Cuddle from Shannon Fabrics. Seriously, this stuff is SO SOFT! Not being an avid quilter or blanket-maker, I admit, I haven't worked with Cuddle a lot. Whenever I pick some up it makes me think it should be a more regular thing. I'd love a blanket big enough for me - and Sew Sisters stocks a ton of colours. (Check out my September Double-Gauze tutorial - a baby swaddle blanket with a hood. It comes in a matching doll size too!) I think the Play 'n Snuggle Mini Blanket would make a great baby gift and I hope you like it too! This mini blanket reminds me of when my kids were little and I incorporated all of their favorite baby things into the design. A corner with ribbons for playing, a knot in one corner for teething and a looped cord - to attach a soother or toy. It's the perfect size to hug and not too big to bring out on trips. Bonus, it keeps that soother attached and not on the floor!
The Play 'n Snuggle finished size is about 20" x 22". Since Cuddle is extra-wide, this project only requires a 20" cut (just over 1/2 metre) of Cuddle. If you'd like to make it with a contrasting colour on the back, you will need two 20" cuts. With that much Cuddle, you will have enough to make two mini blankets. They sew up quickly, you can cut and finish one in less than an afternoon!


With tips on how to sew Cuddle and simple sewing supplies, this project is easy enough for beginners! Here we go...
Materials:


Safety First! When sewing for babies there are a few things to remember, long ribbons or cords can be dangerous. Short ones, like in this toy, are rarely a problem. That said, you still don't want your child (or someone else's!) swallowing them. I recommend the following:
  • Ribbons should be double stitched to secure well, as indicated in this tutorial.
  • Ribbon and twill tape ends should be treated with a fray-deterant such as Fray Check. Synthetic ribbons can be melted carefully over a lit candle.
  • Ribbons should be solid colours or have a woven pattern. Screen printing will come off easily when babies mouth the toy.
Optional Walking Foot:
  • A walking (or even) foot is a great sewing machine add-on that is highly recommended when sewing Cuddle fabrics. If you have one, please go ahead and use it for this project.
  • However, I made a point of sewing this blanket entirely without a walking foot on my Janome Skyline S5. I wanted to make sure it could be done and it was not hard at all! You'll just need to add a few more pins and have a little more patience.
More resources for sewing Cuddle:
Prep:
  • Print the Template: Download the Corner Template using the link in the Materials listing. Print out the pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the page, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size. Cut out the template on the outer gray line
  • Prepare the Ribbon/Twill Tape: Use Fray Check or another fray deterrent method to seal all raw ends of ribbon and twill tape.
Cutting:
  • Cut two pieces of Cuddle 20" x 22" each. Place them on your cutting table, right sides together (RST), matching all edges.
  • Place the corner template in one corner matching the edges as seen in the picture below. Trace the corner and cut along the traced lines.



  • Trace and cut each of the other two corners, placement can be however you'd like.
  • Do not cut the fourth corner, it remains square.
Instructions:
  1. Attaching the Ribbons/Twill Tape: With the blanket Cuddle fabric right sides together, pin all straight sides and the knotted corner curve. Use a lot of pins, mine are placed every 1" to 1 1/2".
  2. Lay out your ribbons so they are evenly spaced around the ribbon tag corner. I found it helpful to mark my placement along the fabric edge with a removable fabric marker.
  3. Fold all ribbons in half and insert the folded edges in between the layers of Cuddle. 1 1/2" of the ribbon will be between the layers and 1" will stick out from the corner. Pin, making sure the ribbons are straight.
  4. Insert and pin the twill tape on the soother corner with the same method. If desired, fold the ribbon in a loop (see photo) instead of folding it in half.
  5. Outer Blanket Edge: Mark a 4" opening along one long straight edge. I like to mark the opening by using a double pin.
  6. Stitch around the entire blanket with a 3/8" seam allowance, leaving the opening area un-sewn.
    • When you reach the square corner, sew all the way to the edge and back stitch. Remove the fabric from your machine and fold over the sewn seam allowance. Begin sewing again at the edge. This will produce a tidy, strong corner.
    • TIP: If the Cuddle starts to gather up while you are sewing, lift the presser foot to relieve tension on the fabric. Replace the presser foot to continue sewing.
  7. Turn only the ribbon and twill tape corners Right Side Out to check that the ribbons are placed as you would like them. If necessary, unpick your seam, straighten the ribbon and re-sew.
  8. Safety First! Turn the blanket RST again. Use a wide zigzag stitch to sew around the ribbon and twill tape corners within the seam allowance. This will make sure they are doubly secure.
  9. Top Stitching: Turn the blanket Right Side Out through the opening. Push out the corners and edges. Use a turning tool to flatten the folded edges of the square corner inside the blanket so they lay flat. (Don't you LOVE that nice square corner?!)
  10. Turn the edges at the opening under and pin all the way around the blanket. I pinned parallel to the edge because I found it seems to hold the edge in place better.
  11. Top stitch around the edges with a scant 1/4" seam. Use a longer straight stitch if desired. This will close the 4" opening. However, if you'd like, you can use a slip-stitch or ladder stitch to secure the opening as well.
  12. Optional "Quilting": Mark a sewing line 2" from each edge with a ruler and a removable fabric marker. Draw a smooth curve under the knotted corner and a square corner at the soother corner. Pin well along the line.
  13. Stitch along the quilting line. Remove markings.
  14. Knotting the Corner: Pull the knotted corner fabric together and tie a very large half knot. (Loop it around and bring the corner under and then through the loop.)
  15. Pull the corner tight, then pull the knot towards the corner. You will find that the knot will get smaller. Continue to repeat - pull the corner tight and then pull the knot towards the corner - until the knot is the correct size. It took me 6 or 7 times to get the knot small enough.
  16. Attaching a toy or soother: Place the twill tape loop through the toy/soother. Bring the loop around the toy/soother and pull to tighten. Reverse the action to remove the toy/soother.
     
Congratulations! You have finished your Play 'n Snuggle Mini Blanket.


Giveaway!

We're giving away half a metre each of the Cuddle fabrics Sherri used in this project!
For a chance to win half a metre of Cuddle Dimple - Dark Lime and half a metre of Cuddle Solids - Turquoise by Shannon Fabrics leave a comment on this post. 
Winner will be chosen Monday, October 19.
Good Luck! 

Many thanks to Sherri from Thread Riding Hood for this great tutorial!