Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Let's Bee Social #123

Introducing Crafted Appliqué ...... New Possibilities by Lara BuccellaI became acquainted with Lara through the Let's Bee Social soon after she started her blogA couple of weeks ago I received my copy of Lara's new book and was so excited to finally get a peek inside of this cool new book! 

On her blog, Buzzin Bumble, Lara had introduced her readers to the fact that she was writing a quilting book and then, much later, she shared a photo of the cover. I was drawn in by this retro styled campy design on the cover. And my curiosity increased! What was this new method of appliq?

It has been wonderful to develop a friendship with Lara through our online visits back and forth. But, even though I thought I was familiar with her style.... I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is so much more going on behind the scenes, as evidenced by some of the gorgeous projects she shares on the pages of her book!

These are two of my favourites....

Lara provides an in-depth introduction to the crafted appliqué method, well written instructions and beautiful templates for some really creative projects. Although each of these projects is so very tempting, they will have to wait! Because I settled quite by accident into being inspired to make something else

You see, I was recently visiting with my mom. And she sent me home with a request for an alteration to her spring jacket. Mom wanted me to replace the lining of the sleeves. They weren't damaged or ripped. But she wanted them replaced with some cotton fabric. After 50 years, I know her well enough not to ask why. I just agreed that I could do this for her if that's what she wanted.

I found the perfect yardage in my stash. This large floral print. It had just the right palette to match the peachy outer fabric. And a touch of pink and yellow to compliment. I felt it was a shame that no one would ever be able to see this bright and happy fabric. The light bulb moment came for me at that moment. I would use the remainder of this fabric to make my mom a "matching" table runner for her birthday - which is tomorrow!

And as you can see.....

This funky runner was a quick make using the Crafted Appliqué method, which promises that your raw edges won't ever fray, even after washing.

Normally I would have used a satin stitch around all my raw edges.
So very time consuming. And really not very attractive.

It's pretty....

And it was so much FUN!!!!

Crafted Appliqué… New Possibilities Blog Hop runs from May 1st to June 5th 2016

Introduce Tour   

Valerie Smith
Dana Gaffney
Lorna McMahon
Mary Schuberg
Alycia Carmin
Sherri McConnell
Lara Buccella
Guest Post

Christina Cameli
Melissa Corry
Soma Acharya
Angela Pingel
Sandra Walker

Cheryl Brickey
Judy Murphy
Yvonne Fuchs
Cindy Pieters
Connie Campbell
Cynthia Brunz

Jenn Trott-Zisserson
Paulette Horn
Sandra Jansen

Christine Sherman

Darlene Simmons
Giveaway Winners Announced!        

Lara Buccella

Lara has generously offered a copy of her book as a giveaway on every stop of the tour, so make sure you hop to each of the other bloggers, found on the calendar above. To win a copy here, just leave a comment about your experiences (or inexperience) with appliqué, at the bottom of this post, and be sure to use the Rafflecopter below to be entered in the giveaway. 

Please don't wait to see if you win a copy. Lara has assured me you will be reimbursed if you purchase a copy and then turn out to be the winner. Or, if you were that lucky, you could gift the winning copy to a crafty friend you love. This book is a must have - whether you are an old hat at any method of appliqué or have never tried it before. Have you had an unsatisfactory result with a method you have tried in the past? I promise you... The Crafted Appliqué method is going to be my go to method from now on. I highly recommend you buy a copy. Make it a part of your May is for Makers pledge. Amazon is currently sold out (if that gives you any indication of how hot this book is!!!) with more copies due on May 5th, but you can order a signed copy, right from the author herself, by clicking here.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

MAY is for MAKERS!

May Is For Makers |

Did you know that May is for Makers?

I always felt this was a year round celebration.
Makers don't celebrate only one month a year. Do they?
But it looks like the month of May has become particularly poignant.

So why not join in the fun?! 

Let's celebrate the makers!

Lindsey of LRstitched is the brains behind the movement. She wrote this post in April, declaring her intention to support indie designers during the entire month of May. This campaign is heating up over on Instagram and spreading like wildfire! Do a search on #mayisformakers

I read about this on a few of my friends blogs. Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl wrote about her willingness to participate. And Kitty of Night Quilter did too! Debbie of A Quilter's Table is also on board.

Bean Sprout FPP pattern by Kitty of Night Quilter

This is a wonderful opportunity. We are all makers. So we know what it feels like when someone says, "You matter to me." And, "The things you make are beautiful! I want to make one too!" We all need a little love now and then. A little validation.

Us quilters and stitchers by our very nature are a giving breed. We make things with love and we give them away. All the time! But when someone puts all that hard work and love into an item - whether it is an finished item or a tool like a pattern to make a quilt, a bag, an item to wear - it's nice to know that it matters. Sure it's wonderful to get free tutorials and free quilt alongs and free patterns. But we also need to tell those wonderfully talented and inventive makers that provide those generous items that they matter.

As an indie designer, I know how hard it is to get started. And I know what it feels like to sometimes think that maybe all people want is what you are willing to give away for free. Truthfully. It can sometimes seem like that. Worse yet, as a new designer, you also have moments of self doubt. Does no one like what I made well enough to pay for it?

I don't want anyone to feel like that!

We should be building each other up and supporting those hard working creators. And making sure they know that what they make is good. And beautiful. And worth compensation.

I know times are tough. I know fabric is expensive. I know we don't have an unlimited budget.

But we could skip that drive thru coffee once. And spend it to build someone up?

Beacon - a Modern, Minimal Quilt Pattern Digital Download (PDF) by Quilting Jetgirl
Beacon a Modern Minimal quilt pattern by Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl

I am taking this on.
I am a maker.

And I want to support the other indie makers out there.
To let them know that they matter.
And that what they make is worthy. 

How about you?

Are you with me?

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Friday, 29 April 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Sashing, Borders and Finishing your Quilt

Quilt Assembly Instructions:

Step 1:  Arrange your completed Ugly Sweater blocks according to the size of quilt you are making. Sew the Background 1.5” x 12.5” short sashing strips between the blocks in the rows.

Step 2:  Sew the Background 1.5” x 51.5” long sashing strips to the bottom of the rows. Sew the rows together.

Step 3:  Sew the Background side border pieces on the sides.

  •  20 block Maxi quilt side borders are 1.5” x 64.5”
  •  16 block Medium quilt side borders are 1.5” x 51.5”

Step 4:  Sew the Background top and bottom border pieces on the top and bottom to complete your quilt top.

  •  20 block Maxi quilt top and bottom border borders are 1.5” x 53.5”
  •  16 block Medium quilt top and bottom border borders are 1.5” x 53.5”

Step 5:  Prepare your backing and batting.  Baste the quilt.  And quilt as desired.  Trim and bind your quilt.
  • 20 block Maxi quilt requires (6) binding strips
  • 16 block Medium quilt requires (6) binding strips

You can click here to go to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along page for all the details. On that page you will find the layouts and quilt sizes and also see the full schedule. 

A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
Want to get in on the fun?
Then grab a button below and share it on your blog!

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If you are interested in quilting along, please add the button to your blog and help to spread the word. Also....  Please feel free to share via social media!  And add the hashtag #uglychristmassweatersqal

It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, Ugly Christmas Sweaters is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.

Sending out a special THANK YOU!!! to Angie

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