May 22, 2015

Civil War Quilts

Martingale - Civil War Remembered (Print version + eBook bundle)It is a gray day in Utah today. Although I am quilting a bright quilt (not ready to show yet), a part of me wants to snuggle under a quilt and read a good novel. Not cold enough to light up the fireplace, but still this is what I feel like doing now (before the kids get back from school!).

So I am taking a break from quilting for a few minutes to share with you this book I saw the other day: Civil War Remembered by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, formerly from Country Threads. All the projects in this book evoke cool afternoons and reading under a quilt! Traditional blocks set in creative designs make me want to finish my current quilting project and start pulling out reproduction fabrics from my stash.

Here are some of the projects featured in the book:

Martingale - Civil War Remembered (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Civil War Remembered (Print version + eBook bundle)
(All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale)

These two are my favorites! The one on the left is called Path to Freedom, and the one on the right is Road to Victory. But wait, I love these, too:

Martingale - Civil War Remembered (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Civil War Remembered (Print version + eBook bundle)

The projects in Civil War Remembered are perfect for scraps (these designs would also look great made with other fabrics, too), which we all have drawers and bags full of, right? You will find that the patterns are easy to read with detailed diagrams and instructions. I love that most of Martingale's books now come in eBook format, as I am fresh out of space for paper books!

Kids will be home in an hour, so I've got to get some more quilting done. Enjoy your weekend,




May 21, 2015

City Girl Sew Along - Block #16

Happy Thursday! Block # 16 of our City Girl Sew Along is called "Best Friends", a puppy and a cat sitting on the window sill and watching the hustle and bustle of the city. I really like this block...

What you will need:

(1) 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" square of background
White rectangles: (2) 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles
                             (2) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
(1) 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle of dark gray for pets (I used Riley Blake Designs Blenders C200)
HeatnBond Lite fusible web (or web of your choice)
Thread for applique (I used Aurifil Mako 12 wt color 2630)

Transfer pet shapes (click here to download template) onto HeatnBond Lite. For details on how to work with fusible web, please click here. Fuse to wrong side of dark gray fabric. Using sharp scissors, cut out shapes and set aside.

Stitch white 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangles to each side of the background rectangle using a 1/4" seam. Press with seams towards the dark fabric.

Stitch 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangles to bottom and top of rectangle. Press.

Fuse shapes to background, making sure pets are 'sitting' on the window sill as above. Using blanket stitch, machine applique puppy and cat.

And you are done! How are your blocks coming along? Here are Annmarie's latest blocks:

Great blocks! What perfect fabric for the park bench! Lately, as I drive through big cities my eyes keep searching for landmarks to be featured on this Sew Along. It is so fun...

... and fun is the giveaway for this week: flannels. Have you entered it yet? You have until tomorrow at 5pm.  This week I did not send an email alerting my followers because I did not want to bother them with another one this month. So, less competition!

Enjoy your day,



May 18, 2015

Anniversary Winner and Giveaway - Part III

glitter of balloon- It's party time

Welcome to the third giveaway as I continue to celebrate my 10th anniversary as a quilter during the month of May. I would like to announce the winner of last week's giveaway:

Research Randomizer Results
1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 103 -- Unsorted

Set #1:

81 

I prefer improv blocks or paper piecing. Why fuss around with tiny little points when there's a way to get them perfect. And it's already cloudy again and looking like its going to rain :)



Congratulations! You have won an eVersion of the book of your choice from Martingale! You are sure to find a book with great shortcuts for your blocks. Go to their site, pick your book (make sure it has an eVersion), and email me. They will get in touch with you with directions to download it.


Now back to the business of revisiting quilts I have made in the past. I was visiting my son in California this weekend and spent the whole time playing with my grandson Nicholas. We played on the quilt above, called "Catch me if you can". which I designed with the Riley Blake Designs "On-the-Go" line (tutorial posted here). The fabrics have cars, trains, planes... It was fun seeing it being used every day...

... which is really why I make quilts: to be used frequently, or to hang on walls as art pieces, but always as a source of comfort to me and to others. Speaking of comfort, this week's giveaway is all about it:

(5) 1/2 yd cuts for a total of 2-1/2 yards of assorted flannels!

As before, to enter the giveaway leave a comment (leave another one to tell me you follow my blog for an extra chance to win), and if you are a no-reply blogger, make sure to leave your email address (you can write it like this so you won't get spam emails: mary(at)everywhere(dot)com). Just tell me: What do you like or look for in quilting magazines? The giveaway ends this Friday, May 22, at 5pm, and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 25.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

May 14, 2015

City Girl Sew Along Block #15

"Courthouse" is the name of Block #15 of the City Girl Sew Along. Two fabrics is all it takes: one for the columns, and one for background. Are you ready?

What you will need:

Background fabric
Fabric for columns

Cut:
From background fabric: (1) 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangle
                                         (2) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
                                         (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
                                         (1) 1-1/2" x 7" rectangle
                                         (2) 1" x 4-1/2" rectangle
From fabric for columns: (1) 1-1/2" x 7" rectangle
                                         (6) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
                                         (3) 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles

Arrange pieces next to your sewing machine as shown on picture above.

Stitch together the two 7" strips, before you open them cut them into four 1-1/2" squares, and press seams to darker fabric.

Continue stitching the rows using 1/4" seam, then stitch rows together to finish the block.


"Courthouse" reminds me of the old buildings in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. Somehow, it just did not make sense to use steps as I had originally thought. Columns had more to do with the picture on my mind.

How are you doing with your blocks? Have you any idea how you will put them together once I am done having fun designing them? I can't wait!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway this week for a chance to win any eVersion book of the vast selection that Martingale offers. Click here to read that post.

I will see you soon,

May 12, 2015

Quilting with Fabric Strips

Martingale - All About Strips (Print version + eBook bundle)

Have you seen the book All About Strips - Colorful Quilts from Strips of Many Size by Susan Guzman? Oh... you don't know what you are missing! If, like me, you like to turn fabric strips into beautiful quilts, take a look at these amazing ways to do it:

Martingale - All About Strips (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - All About Strips (Print version + eBook bundle)
(Photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale.)

Martingale - All About Strips (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - All About Strips (Print version + eBook bundle)

Susan's designs are beautiful, clever creations which go beyond the simple strip quilts we are accustomed to seeing. A passionate quilter who finds inspiration everywhere including favorite magazines, museums and library websites, Susan provides great tips about how to choose colors for your quilts, how to convey a specific mood to your quilted creations through the use of color, and how to combine all those colors to make a scrappy quilt very attractive.

And, when you just want a more muted selection, you can always make this gorgeous one:

Martingale - All About Strips (Print version + eBook bundle)

The patterns are easy to follow and the results can be very dramatic, as Bejeweled, shown above (top right picture on the set of four quilts). 

Speaking of Martingale, don't forget to enter the 10th Anniversary Giveaway this week, for a chance to win an eVersion of one of their craft books!

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy some cool inspiration for your quilting day. Have fun!


May 11, 2015

Anniversary Winner and Giveaway

Good Monday, everyone! It is a beautiful day here in Utah after a week of cloudy and rainy weather (and lots of rain we need!). Perfect day to announce the winner of last week's giveaway, and to launch another one:


$25 Gift Certificate

Research Randomizer Results
1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 216 -- Unsorted
     
Set #1: 15
Congrats to 10 years of quilting! My mom hooked me on the quilting train when I was a teenager about 13 or 14 I think. Ironically while I'm still driving with this train my mom now get most of the quilts I'm making but I still wait for the one she started to make for me shortly after she started quilting (about 20 years ago). 

 Congratulations, Hildy!You will be getting an email from me shortly.

As for me, I am still going down memory lane and looking at the quilts I made since 2005. This one is called Arabian Nights II (see original post here). I designed it and made it in 2012 after I took classes on how to use Quiltsmart products. Up to that time, I had not made the Drunkard's Path block because I did not want to stitch circles...

I designed another one using Drunkard's Path and only two fabrics, red and white. The picture I have is not that great so I will be taking another one and showing it to you next week.

In the meantime, this week's giveaway in celebration of my 10th Anniversary as a quilter is provided by Martingale:


An eVersion book of your choice! Just go to Martingale's site and choose your book, making sure it does has an eVersion (most of them do). Here is today's question [added belatedly!]: Do you prefer piecing the old fashioned way, or using products that provide shortcuts? Which product?

As before, to enter the giveaway leave a comment (leave another one to tell me you follow my blog for an extra chance to win), and if you are a no-reply blogger, make sure to leave your email address (you can write it like this so you won't get spam emails: mary(at)everywhere(dot)com). The giveaway ends this Friday, May 15, at 5pm, and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 18 (when we will have another giveaway).

I hope you have a great day and get a lot of quilting done!


May 7, 2015

City Girl Sew Along Block #14


Welcome back to our City Girl Sew Along after a brief hiatus. This week's block is called Condos by the Bay with emphasis on the fabrics: the buildings feature fabrics that remind us of yachting, sailing and other water sports and the top fabric has a very light, water color.

What you will need:

Fabric scraps for buildings
6" x 9" rectangle of fabric for water

Cut:
From water fabric: (1) 2" x 4-1/2" rectangle
                               (1) 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangle
                               (1) 2" x 3" rectangle
                               (1) 1-3/4" x 4-1/2" rectangle
                               (1) 2-1/4" x 5-1/2" rectangle
For building #1 (from left to right on block above): (1) 2" x 4-1/2" rectangle
For building #2: (1)  2-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangle
For building #3: (1) 2" x 6" rectangle
For building #4: (1) 1-3/4" x 4-1/2" rectangle
For building #5: (1) 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" rectangle

Arrange fabric pieces as shown on picture above.

Chain stitch and press seams towards the darker fabrics.

Next, stitch the columns together (no seams to nest!) and press block.

And here you have it. Super fast to make.

Before I forget: my 15-year-old son notice a 'problem' with Block #13 - the girl's foot should be straight down onto the scooter, and not where it is. I have updated the template to reflect that change which can be downloaded by clicking here. I will upload the correct block shortly onto its page and you can access it easily by going to the City Girl Sew Along page.

Finally, tomorrow is the deadline for this week's giveaway so click here to go to that post and leave a comment, for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop. Then, come back on Monday for the next giveaway.

Have a pieceful day!

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