Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting Ready for the Bazaar

I've been sewing like mad getting little things made to try to sell at the 2012 Town & Country Christmas Bazaar this year.  I love working under a deadline!  Yeah....I know it drives some people crazy, but it's my kind of thing :) 

I've made some aprons again this year.  They seem to be good sellers.

Got some gift bags done but will be making a few more (just in case!!).

I've made some e-reader and tablet covers to see how they sell. 

I'll take the left over Christmas stockings I made last year again.  They weren't an item that people seemed to want, but I'll try it again.

For the next several days I'll be putting together some quilts I need to finish.  I'll be posting photos of those in a week or two so stay tuned :)

Well it's off to the quilt room (my Outhouse) to work, work, work!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winners Have Been Drawn!

Thank you to everyone for visiting my blog and leave such fun comments about what you do or don't eat while quilting.  It was fun reading through everything :)

Ok.....the winners' names have been selected by random drawing and both have already been notified.

DebbyE will receive a complimentary copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Vol 6 and BeckyG will receive my Christmas Cactus pattern.  Congratulations to both of you!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

More About My Block

Wow....what a great response to the Blog Tour!  Thank you all for the wonderful comments.  The drawings for the free Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks-Vol 6 magazine and my Christmas Cactus pattern will be held after the Blog Tour so you can still enter by commenting on my November 7th blog post.  Winners will be notified by Saturday, November 10th.

I loved reading through all of the comments about what quilters do or don't munch (or drink) while quilting.  I don't usually have any food around but always my Diet Dr. Pepper.  That's pretty much a given for me anywhere!!  And thanks to everyone for the nice compliments about my block.

I do want to share some of the things that were said about my block on QM's Facebook page.  Things like:   "Is that the way it's supposed to look??"  "It doesn't look right!!"  "Looks like a mistake to me." 

I loved these comments actually because they were what my husband said when I first showed him the ;)  And.....I do have to agree for the most part.  The block isn't symmetrical at all like a traditional block and look odd.  But, that's what I intended after all :)  It is based on a Hibiscus flower (or Rose of Sharon) and the flower itself isn't symmetrical either.

So.....I thank EVERYONE for their comments.  They were all appreciated.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 6 Blog Tour - How I Do Paper Piecing

Welcome to my blog!  I'm part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 6 Blog Tour because a block I designed is in that issue of their magazine.  It's called "Year 'round Hibiscus " and you can find it on page 37.  It's Block #540.
There will be lots of giveaways as part of the blog tour.  You can get more information about that on Quiltmaker's blog called Quilty Pleasures .

                               FREE STUFF                                  
If you leave a comment on my blog saying what your favorite quilting food is, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the Volume 6 issue of QM's 100 Blocks magazine.  If your email address is blocked on your sign-in, be sure to include it so I will have a way to contact you if your name is drawn.

I will also be giving away one of my patterns to another person whose name is drawn.  The pattern is called "Christmas Cactus."  The quilt is paper-pieced, pieced, and appliqued.  It finishes at 43" x 43".

Okay.....on to how I made the Year 'round Hibiscus block. 

Photocopy or trace each template.  For this block, there are 4 different sections so that makes 12 templates in all.  Cut out each template & be sure to include the 1/4" seam allowance.
To determine the size of fabric to cut for the paper-piecing, measure the length & width of the longest & widest pieces. 
I added 1" to each length & width measurement, then cut my fabrics using that new measurement.   (For example, if the length measured 2 1/2" & width measured 3/4", I would cut the piece at 3 1/2" x 1 3/4".)
Place 1 each of the orange/pink & burgundy fabrics right sides together.  Place the pair on the wrong side of the foundation section with the edges 1/4" past the stitching line.  Stitch on the line on the right side of the foundation section.

Turn back the foundation on the stitched line.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/8".
Turn foundation piece out flat.
Press the fabric open.
Add the next piece of fabric.  Align it to about 1/4" past the next stitching line.  Adjust it up or down so that it will cover the space it needs to fill when opened.
Stitch on 2nd line.  Turn back foundation on stitching line.  Trim seam allowance to 1/8".  Turn foundation piece out flat.  Press fabric open.  Hint:  before pressing the fabric I "finger press" it first.  That usually makes for a nicer, flatter press.

Another hint:  before adding the next piece of fabric, finger-press the last piece using the printed line as a guide.  When you add the next piece of fabric, you can use the finger-pressed line to help determine correct placement.
Continue in this manner to stitch all of the fabric pieces onto the foundation section.

 Trim the excess fabric away along edge of foundation section.
Tear away the foundation pieces.  HINT:  I use tweezers to help remove the little pieces of paper that may remain.

For the center & outside templates, place them wrong-sides together on the fabric.  I then traced around each piece & cut them out.

You will have 3 pieces for each block section.
On the foundation pieced section, baste a scant 1/4" from inside curve line.   Clip curve just short of the scant 1/4" basting stitches.
Mark the center point on the inside purple piece and the inside curve of the foundation pieced piece.  Matching the center points with right sides together, pin the two sections together easing in the fullness.  Stitch on the 1/4" seam line being careful to not stitch over the pins.

Press towards the center.   
On the outer piece, base a scant 1/4" from the inside curve.  Clip curve just short of the scant 1/4" basting stitches.
Mark the center point on the of the foundation pieced section and the inside curve of the outer section.  Matching the center points with right sides together, pin the two sections together easing in the fullness.  Stitch on the 1/4" seam line being careful to not stitch over the pins.

Press towards the outer section.  Trim (square up) the block section to the appropriate size.
Place the 4 finished sections in different configurations to see what looks the best to you before doing the final stitching together.  

  This is the one I chose this time.
The final step is to sew beads to the center to give it that special touch!

Thanks for following along.  If you have any questions about how I did this, let me know.  Also, if you make this block & would like to share, email your picture to me & I'll post it on my blog.  My email is: