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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Let's Bee Social #48 and a Southern Fabric Giveaway

Welcoming to another week of the Let's Bee Social linky party.  And yet another giveaway!

Southern Fabric is our generous sponsor for this fabulous giveaway!



You can find Southern Fabric all your fave social media sites

And for lots of quilting inspiration, be sure to follow the Southern Fabric blog!

The Southern Fabric blog shares sewing tips and projects.  And keeps you up to date on all the great sales!
Folklore by Lily Ashbury for Moda


The Southern Fabric shop has a feature called Daily Deals.



Speaking of DEALS, Aubrey says....

Holidays are in the air and Black Friday is creeping upon us.  We didn't want you to miss out on any savings so this Friday, November 28th: enjoy 25% off all full priced items all. day. long.

as well as hundreds of markdowns up to 50% off.  {Half off?  Come on now, you do NOT want to miss out on that!} 
So avoid those crowed stores and shop in the comfort of your home.  Get your hands on some super steal deals!

*Remember this is FRIDAY only!*



For the Giveaway, Southern Fabric is offering a $25 gift certificate to spend in the shop!



How do you enter the giveaway contest?

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PLUS there are two other GIVEAWAYS going on right now on the Sew Fresh Quilt blog.
Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a Mystery Giveaway here.
Fabricworm has a bundle of the new Charlie Harper - Nurture up for grabs here.

Black Friday at Accuquilt.comThanks for joining in the Linky Party and Best of luck in the Giveaways!


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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Charley Harper's Nurture Giveaway with Fabricworm

Welcoming Fabricworm, our generous sponsor for this month's fabulous giveaway!

Thank you, Fabricworm!!!

Want a chance to win a bundle of the newest Charley Harper collection from Birch Fabrics?!!!





In this giveaway you will not only get 1 chance to win.... YOU will get 3!


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To keep up with the latest from Fabricworm, including sales and incoming collections you can sign up for the Fabricworm newsletter.

Fabricworm will keep you up to date with all the latest quilty news, featuring beautiful organic cottons from Birch Fabrics.  And will keep you informed whenever they are doing a Giveaway!

You don't want to miss a thing!


For the Giveaway, Fabricworm is offering a fat quarter bundle of the new Charley Harper Nurture collection!  And you will have 3 chances to enter!






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Monday, 24 November 2014

Top 10 Tips for New Quilters - The Seam Ripper is your Friend

It has been quite a while since my last Top 10 Tips for New Quilters post was published.  It's been a busy time with so many projects and sooooo many giveaways!  In between projects, I thought to myself.... "I better get back at writing these posts.  Either that or I will have to change the title to Top 6 Tips for New Quilters."

So without further ado....

Welcome to this week's installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters - The Seam Ripper is your Friend.  For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.


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The Seam Ripper is your Friend:

In the previous tip post, I stated that your sewing machine is your best friend.  You spend hours and hours sewing and quilting.  The hum of the engine.  The sound of the needle slipping down through the fabric and reaching into the bobbin case to catch that bottom thread.  A description of bliss.  Here we are.... Happily sewing away!

But.... Wait a minute!  That's not right!  This piece is supposed to be flipped this way.  Or...  That next row does not line up with the previous row.  Or...  Wow!  Right sides together.  Duh!

We all make mistakes.

When I do, my first instinct is to figure out a way to proceed without having to rip out that seam.  Sewing is fun.  Unsewing?  Not so much.

I have learned that it is better to unsew than it is to carry on without fixing that mistake.  Yes, even the simplest patchwork rows.  If you don't unsew a misplaced square, it will bother you later.  "That's not where I wanted that piece to be.  It's too close to this one that looks just like it."  Or....  "Maybe I could just flip this row around and put it down over here.  No, now this piece is not where I wanted it to be."

Back when I was working on my Oink A Doodle Moo quilts, I was googling around, looking for inspiration, and that's when I ran into Heather Acton, a fellow Canadian quilter.  She also had purchased some of that fabric.  Then she purchased more.  She really is hilarious.  You just have to READ THIS POST!  Some of us will do anything not to have to use our seam rippers.

Meanwhile....  Here is a recent example of my having sewn something without the right sides together.


I use my seam ripper to cut the top thread, about every 5 or six stitches apart.

Here is a close up.

 Then I flip to the back side and use my long pointy tweezers to grab that bobbin thread.

And give it a tug!
Then I use the tweezers to grab all the small pieces of top thread that are now poking out.

 I placed those pieces back onto my units with right sides together and was back in business!



SUPER TIP:  Having trouble ripping those stitches?  Just like rotary cutting blades, your seam ripper can get dull over time and use.  For those of us who actually DO use our seam ripper.  Make sure to pick up a new one every once in a while!




Not only is the seam ripper my friend.  I have these four little companions close by whenever I am sitting at my machine:  Seam Ripper, Pointy Tweezers, Medium Needle and Small Snips.


Oh.... And my reading glasses, too!








Hope you enjoyed this week's tips on how the seam ripper is your friend.
Do you have any tips to share?  Leave a comment!






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Jolly Bar Blog Hop with Fat Quarter Shop

Just what is a Jolly Bar?  It's a new product, exclusively available from Fat Quarter Shop.



This little treat is just the right size.  Perfect for when you would like a little more than a charm pack.  It's half the size of a layer cake; 42 pieces of 5" x 10" cuts from these great Moda collections.  Each Jolly Bar comes with an exclusive Fat Quarter Shop coordinating pattern.

And that's not all!
Within each Jolly Bar collection, the FQS has hidden four Golden Tickets, and each is a $50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! That means, there are sixteen total Golden Tickets that are up for grabs, but they are only in the first batch of Jolly Bars.  You must pre-order for a chance to get one.

When I was offered the opportunity to take part in the Jolly Bar Blog Hop, it was not easy to choose only one collection from that yummy selection.  But I managed....


Lakeside Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings.


Lakeside Gatherings has a masculine feel, with the navies and greys, and those cool anchor prints.  I love the visual interest afforded by the checked and woven prints, too.  Those are all offset by a bit of brightness with the yellows, creams and off white prints.




This handsome little thing was a quick put together.  Only 1 fat quarter was needed for background, a half yard for binding, and 1.5 yards for backing.  Perfect for a last minute baby shower gift!


I just straight line quilted with my walking foot along the seam lines and double outlined the little white diamonds.  The background, binding and backing were all straight out of my stash.



approximately 36" x 48"

Modern Lattice is a free quilt pattern for anyone who follows the Sew Fresh Quilts blog!  Just leave me a comment letting me know how you follow and I will email you the pdf pattern.  If you are a wordpress blogger or no reply commenter, please be sure to include your email address in your comment.

EDITED TO ADD:
Due to the large number of no reply commenters who are interested in getting the Modern Lattice quilt pattern, to make things much easier and so no one misses out, I have added it to my Craftsy pattern store here,
where you can download it for FREE!




Also up for grabs is a MYSTERY GIFT from Fat Quarter Shop!


How do you enter the giveaway contest?

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Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a blog hop today for the launch of the new Jolly Bars.  Each participating blogger is showcasing an original design. Here is the lineup for the blog hop:
  
Allison of Quilting Mumma


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